Published
September 15, 2022
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Short Summary
We are seeking a governance volunteer with finance, accountancy and resource planning experience to join our Finance and Resources Committee
Salary
Voluntary
Working Pattern
Approximately 20 – 30 hours per year • 2 year term of office
Closing Date
September 25, 2022

Description

Voluntary role • Approximately 20 – 30 hours per year • 2 year term of office • Hybrid (participation in meetings can be either remote, via Microsoft Teams, or in person)

Do you share our belief that education transforms lives?

We are seeking a governance volunteer with finance, accountancy and resource planning experience to join our Finance and Resources Committee as a co-opted member to realise our vision, mission and strategy to enable us to have a positive impact on the children and young people in the communities we serve across Sussex.

This provides a fantastic opportunity for a finance professional to:

  • share their skills, experience and expertise for the benefit of children and young people, especially those from disadvantaged backgrounds
  • further develop their learning and broaden their experience, benefitting their career development
  • where available, participate in a volunteering programme supported by their employer, supporting your organisation’s social responsibility strategy or similar

The person

You will have experience as a finance professional (or a manager with significant finance and resource planning experience) who will contribute to the Trust’s vision and future strategy through membership of the Finance and Resources Committee which is responsible for:

  • monitoring the Trust’s financial strategy and the financial performance of the Trust and its academies
  • recommending approval of annual budgets and monitoring them, along with major capital and asset planning and expenditure
  • monitoring the Trust’s Estates and ICT strategies

You will be able to demonstrate sound business judgement, effective communication and interpersonal skills, and a willingness to work as part of a team to help us achieve our aims. We will expect you to be ‘challenging’, but at the same time respectful of the views of others, and to adopt a constructive, collegiate and supportive approach to this very important role.

We are looking to develop a Finance and Resources Committee that is as inclusive as possible and which effectively represents the broad, diverse communities we serve; therefore, we would welcome applications from the broadest spectrum of backgrounds.

The role

Committee members promote the highest standards of governance and transparency, ensuring that the Board of Trustees and its committees fulfil their responsibilities for the governance of the Trust. Together with the Trustees, committee members and the Chief Executive, you will help determine the strategic direction of the Trust and set policy.

You will attend each Finance and Resources Committee meeting (typically four meetings a year). Attendance at meetings can be in person or remotely, using Microsoft Teams.

For more information about the role, please refer to our role description.

About us

The University of Brighton Academies Trust is one of the largest multi-academy trusts in the south east, with 15 infant, primary and secondary schools in East and West Sussex. We educate 7,700 children aged 3 months to 16 years and employ 1,200 staff.

We work collaboratively to help our pupils and everyone connected with our academies achieve excellence. By working together, sharing insights and best practice our schools support each other to improve.

The University of Brighton is our sponsor.  We work closely with the University’s School of Education: in 2019 it was judged as Outstanding by Ofsted for all Initial Teacher Training and was awarded the Student Union’s school of the year.

For more information about the Trust, please refer to our candidate pack and website.

Our commitment

The University of Brighton Academies Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. All appointments are subject to an enhanced DBS check.

We welcome applications from all members of the community.

The Trust is proud to be part of the government’s Disability Confident scheme which underpins our staff recruitment practices.

Please download the attached role description, and candidate pack for further details. Before you apply, we encourage you to contact Sam Coates, Executive Director of Strategy, for an informal discussion about the role.

Please email s.coates@brightonacademiestrust.org.uk.

Closing date: 25 September 2022

Interview date: Week commencing 3 October 2022

Our Commitment

The University of Brighton Academies Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. All appointments are subject to an enhanced DBS check.  

We welcome applications from all members of the community.

The Trust is proud to be part of the government’s Disability Confident scheme which underpins our staff recruitment practices.

Only registered members can apply for jobs.

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