Interested in Governance?

Maiden Erlegh Trust seeks two additional Trustees with particular interest and expertise in Primary Education and Legal.

Primary Education Trustee - this role will provide the governance support to leaders and the Local Advisory Board of Great Hollands Primary School to ensure a high quality of provision for our pupils.

Legal Trustee - this role will provide the governance support to leaders and Trust Board, providing legal expertise.

Trustees are both charity trustees and company directors of the academy trust; the role is to hold to account the executive and senior leadership team. The Board of Trustees manages the business of the academy trust and may exercise all the powers of the trust. The Trustees ensure compliance with the Trust’s charitable objects and with company and charity law.

The Trust Board are responsible for maintaining stability during a period of rapid growth and the management of a dynamic structure. The role also includes contributing to financial planning for sustainability and growth, and holding the CEO/CFO to account. Applicants will serve as non-executive directors of the trust board with the opportunity to fulfil the role as Trust Strategic Lead and/or sit on an Interim Transition Board of a special measures school.

Interested parties must have experience working in Primary Education and Legal and be committed to upholding our values and ethos, and adhere to the principles of Ethical Leadership. Governance experience and an understanding of the local community are desirable. Safeguarding children, inclusion and equality underpin all our work and we are ambitious for all our learners and staff.

Role Specifications can be found below. If you, or someone you know, are interested, please email Mrs Victoria Boatman (Clerk to the Board of Trustees) at Closing date is 18 June 2021.

The Trust are also actively recruiting for Local Advisory Board members (LAB) to provide support, challenge and critical friendship to our organisation. If you feel this is something you would like to become involved in, we would be delighted to hear from you.

Role and person specifications can be found at the bottom of this page. You can also find out more about our governance arrangements here.

What is the role of a Member?

As charitable companies limited by guarantee every trust has members who have a similar role to the shareholders of a company limited by shares. They:

  • are the subscribers to the trust’s memorandum of association (where they are founding members)
  • may amend the articles of association subject to any restrictions in the articles, the funding agreement or charity law
  • may, in certain circumstances, appoint new members or remove existing members
  • have powers to appoint and remove trustees in certain circumstances
  • may, by special resolution, issue direction to the trustees to take a specific action
  • appoint the trust’s auditors and receive the trust’s audited annual accounts (subject to the Companies Act)
  • have power to change the name of the company and, ultimately, wind up the academy trust

What is the role of a Trustee?

The trustees of the academy trust are both charity trustees and company directors. 

The trustees should focus on the three core functions of governance:

  • ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
  • holding executive leaders to account for the educational performance of the organisation and its pupils, and the performance management of staff
  • overseeing and ensuring effective financial performance.

The trustees must apply the highest standards of governance and take full ownership of their duties. They must comply with the trust’s charitable objects, with company and charity law, and with their funding agreement.