Trustee Opportunity

The Tenax Schools Trust is a Church of England multi academy trust (MAT) which currently operates 7 open schools across Kent and East Sussex, with two further in the pipeline. The Trust has grown rapidly over the past two years, and includes an open free school, a further approved free school, and a large secondary school. The Trust also operates a SCITT (school centred initial teacher training facility), and includes a Teaching School and National Support School. It has an annual turnover currently of about £13m. It is led by CEO Ian Bauckham CBE. More information about the Trust and its governance structures is available on this website.

The Board of Trustees is the governing Board of the Trust, responsible to its members for all aspects of the Trust’s work, including the educational quality and outcomes and the finance and business aspect of the Trust. Trustees – or non-executive directors – are volunteers and both charity trustees and company directors of the academy trust; the role primarily to shape the strategic direction of the Trust and hold to account the executive and senior leadership team. The Board is currently chaired by Lady (Jacqueline) Evans. The Trust places a high priority on recruiting a diverse range of trustees with relevant knowledge and skills.

A vacancy now exists on the Board for a new trustee. This presents an opportunity to offer formal voluntary service in the context of a well-regarded and nationally known Church of England charitable Trust.

We would welcome expressions of interest from people who demonstrate:

• A commitment to the Church of England ethos of the Trust
• An understanding of the Nolan principles of Public Life https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/the-7-principles-of-public-life/the-7-principles-of-public-life–2
• A strong interest in the education and well-being of children and young people

We are particularly keen at this point to attract a trustee with a professional background in education, either secondary or primary, to add capacity to this aspect of the Board’s work.

The Board has a very collaborative approach and successful candidates will want to be part of a highly committed team. Appointments are initially for four years, with the opportunity for re-appointment. Trustees are unpaid roles, but will provide you with a great deal of experience and satisfaction and the chance to shape, support and contribute your ideas and knowledge to a meaningful organisation. All out of pocket expenses are reimbursed and training is provided. Time commitment is approximately 12 meetings per year for board meetings and meetings of sub-committees of which they are members, as well as attendance at training/development seminars. Most meetings are in the evening.

For more information or an informal exploratory conversation, please contact the Trust via the Clerk to the Board, Maria Campbell on [email protected]. To apply, please submit a cv and short covering letter explaining why you are interested and what you feel you could contribute to Maria Campbell.

The Tenax Schools Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and all appointments are subject to relevant vetting checks.