About the organisation
The Liberty Academy Trust currently has three academies based in the local areas of Cheshire East, Reading and Kennington; all of which are at different stages of development. As a Trust, we are clear about the importance of achieving long-term sustainability for our academies.
Our vision is to lead through moral purpose, whilst taking advantage of collaborative opportunities and partnership work, to secure an excellent educational offer for our children and young people.
With high expectations for staff and pupils alike, those we recruit can demonstrate that they share our values, are highly motivated to work with colleagues to continuously develop their skills, pursue professional excellence, and are committed to providing the highest standards.
We'd love to hear from you if you feel you have skills that the board and trust would benefit from.
About the role
Liberty Academy Trust has an exciting opportunity for experienced professionals looking to develop new skills as well as make a positive contribution to a family of schools providing specialist education to autistic children, their families and our communities.
•To ensure that the trust complies with its Articles of Association, funding agreements and Department for Education (“DfE”) requirements, whilst upholding its vision and values.
•To ensure the trust applies its resources effectively and in accordance with the Academy Trust Handbook and any DfE or Education and Skills Funding Agency (“ESFA”) requirements.
•To contribute actively to the board of trustees' role in giving firm strategic direction to the organisation, setting overall policy, defining goals including trust growth strategy.
•To safeguard the good name and values of the trust.
•To represent the trust at functions and meetings as appropriate.
•To be collectively responsible for the actions of the trust and other trustees.
•To abide by the trust’s equal opportunities policy and the trusts Code of Conduct.
•To support the CEO of the trust and monitor their performance.
•To attend meetings, and to read papers in advance of meetings.
• To attend sub-committee meetings as appropriate.
Our ideal candidate
Ideally suited to professionals with experience of leadership and decision-making, the role of Trustee is challenging but very rewarding with real scope for personal and professional development as well as enhancing the life chances of our pupils.
No specific qualifications are required to become a Trustee, but there are certain expectations. We are seeking people who have enthusiasm, time and a real desire to make a significant difference to children, we are especially interested in recruiting Trustees with the following areas of expertise:
•Previous MAT Trust Board experience
•Safeguarding of children with complex needs
•Financial expertise, e.g. chartered accountant
You will need to be able to work as part of a team and commit to attend meetings, training and school and trust monitoring visits. You will need to take a strategic view of the priorities in running a charity.
What’s in it for you
The role will give you a chance to play a key role in delivering our Vision and Values of courage, determination and teamwork. You will also be instrumental in making a real difference to the lives and life chances of children – and particularly those who are autistic – so that they receive the educational opportunity they deserve.
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