HAT Trustee Vacancy - join our team

28 March 2023

HAT Trustee Vacancy - join our team


This is a rewarding voluntary role similar to that of a school governor. We are looking for someone who would like to join us in supporting the development of Hampton Academies Trust. You will be an integral part of the Trust Board whose main functions are:

• Meeting statutory duties
• Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction of all settings
• Monitoring the overall educational performance of the trust and its pupils, and the effective and efficient performance management of leaders
• Overseeing the financial performance of the organisation and making sure its money is well spent

The role is strategic rather than operational. Trustees do not get involved with the day to day running of the schools, instead supporting and challenging the leadership teams to drive school improvement. There is no requirement for you to have an understanding of the education system, just the necessary skills, character and time to contribute.

Schools benefit from a range of professional knowledge on their Trust Board including education, finance, human resources, legal, marketing and public relations, property and estates management, and organisational change.

The Role:
Being an effective Board member, working with other Trustees to provide appropriate levels of governance and oversight, including challenge and support as required.
Encouraging an environment of maximum transparency and objectivity in discussion and decision-making.
The willingness to participate outside of the formal board/ committee meetings - to include termly school visits and presence on other panels, recruitment tasks, etc.
Engaging with stakeholders as appropriate, in both formal and informal settings (e.g. parents’ evenings, open days, etc.).

The successful Trustee is likely to possess a blend of the following skills and experience:
Great listening skills, offering sound judgement with the ability to probe and challenge in a constructive way.
Excellent interpersonal skills, capable of positively engaging with a wide range of people, and possessing the art of knowing when to get involved and when to hold back.
The ambition to see our schools grow and develop and provide an excellent educational experience for local children and young people.

What will it involve?
Trustees usually attend around 10 -12 meetings a year. Being a trustee is a commitment and a responsibility but offers you the chance to see first-hand the impact you can make in improving education for young people. The role is unpaid, and the term of office is 4 years. Meetings usually take place early evening and are a hybrid of inperson and online. Training and induction will be provided.

Additional information
Hampton Academies Trust embraces diversity, equal opportunity and creating an inclusive environment where everyone can prosper. We are committed to building a Board that is representative of our wider community, with a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills. We are committed to safeguarding and the welfare of students and staff. The successful candidate will be subject to satisfactory recruitment checks, including an enhanced DBS check and references. Academies are both charities and companies limited by guarantee, trustees are therefore both charity trustees and corporate directors and must comply with company and charity law. This includes registering trustees with Companies House as a director.

To apply for the vacancy, find out more, or if you have any additional questions not answered in this advert, please contact the HAT Governance Lead:
Tel: 01733 246700 | Email: eculpin@hamptonacademiestrust.org.uk
Additional information can also be found on the trust website: www.hamptonacademiestrust.org.uk

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