Person Specification

Personal Attributes:

  • Able to lead the Board and engage positively with a range of internal and external stakeholders promoting an inclusive and supportive Board room environment, building good relationships, encouraging participation from all members, with a calm and collaborative approach
  • Possess integrity, objectivity, accountability, honesty, with an ability to think creatively with diversity of thought
  • Ability to inspire confidence and trust in the Board and to listen actively to feedback
  • Skilled at working effectively as part of a team, contributing independent judgement and perspective yet able to motivate and empower others to achieve their potential
  • Facility to provide and move easily between positive support, constructive challenge, chairing, scrutiny, mentoring and coaching; able to manage contentious issues
  • Communicate effectively and easily with a wide range of stakeholders building consensus and empowering decision-making amongst the Board
  • Commitment to supporting strategically the Trust and the Schools as they build vibrant communities, cultivate creativity, foster integrity, and transform lives

Experience and Knowledge of the following would be desirable

  • A thorough understanding of good governance with, ideally, previous chair experience of substantial sub-committees of a board as a minimum
  • A passion for and understanding of education, and the place that schools hold as the bedrock upon which young people build their resilience, explore their potential and achieve their success
  • Experience gained through leadership, management, or operations of a complex organisation, in the education, business, government or not-for-profit environment
  • Experience of change management