Trustee for Multi Academy Trust Board 26 Days Remaining

26 Days Remaining
  Job Reference #
York, North Yorkshire, YO30 6ZS
  Contract Type
  Contract Term
  Closing Date
Midnight, 9th Sep 2022
  Start Date
To be discussed

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About this Role

We have an opportunity to contribute to communities across York, Scarborough and Hull by becoming a Trustee at the 15-school Hope Sentamu Learning Trust.  Board meetings are held either at the Trust Head office in York or via Zoom.  The Trust has close links to the Church of England's Diocese of York but applicants of all faiths and of none are welcomed.

The Trust seeks:

  • a non-executive director/trustee with board level skills, and preferably committee chairing experience, in finance/accountancy and/or audit,

  • a non-executive director/trustee with board level skills in educational improvement and performance, and/or pupil wellbeing,

to help the board in its role to support the Chief Executive Officer while ensuring that the Trust meets its compliance objectives as detailed within the Academy Trust Handbook (

Trustees – or non-executive directors - are both charity trustees and company directors of the academy trust.  The core functions of their role are: ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction; holding executive leaders to account for the educational and financial performance of a charitable company funded by the public purse.

The board of trustees manages the business of the academy trust and may exercise all the powers of the trust in compliance with its charitable objects, company and charity law.

Non-executive directors will be responsible for maintaining stability and the management of a dynamic structure.  The role also includes contributing to financial planning for sustainability and potential growth, and holding the CEO/COO/CFO to account.

Trust Board governance in education is a strategic 'eyes on, hands off' commitment which typically involves attending approximately 6 board meetings plus approximately 6 committee meetings per year/6-8 hours' time per month, and building links with some of the Trust’s schools.

Ideal candidates will have an in-depth understanding of the impact of effective governance, possessing an independent-minded, enquiring and analytical approach.  A drive for improvement is key to success, as well as preparedness to challenge the status quo and raise standards across the trust.  All trustees and local governors are expected to demonstrate their ability to work effectively as part of a team.

Every trustee/governor is expected to abide by the trust’s code of conduct and the seven principles of public life set out by Lord Nolan: selflessness, integrity, objectivity, accountability, openness, honesty and leadership.

Hope Sentamu Learning Trust is committed to safeguarding and protecting our children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.  All posts are subject to a safer recruitment process which includes enhanced criminal records and barring checks, referencing and other vetting checks.

The Competency Framework for Governance (DfE) 2017 details the knowledge, skills and behaviours required for effective governance: Competency_Framework_for_Governance

For an informal chat with the Chair of Trustees please contact   To apply  please complete the attached application form and submit it to: hello@hslt.accademy

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