Head of Governance
Laidlaw Schools Trust
£40,478 per annum
10th Sep 2023
Head of Governance – Newcastle / Hybrid Working
Salary £ 40,478
37 hours per week – All year round
Are you an experienced professional with a governance background who is keen to grow in an organisation that values your ambition and determination? We are seeking to appoint a governance professional to lead the governance activity across our trust. Reporting directly to the Chair of the Board of Trustees this role is critical to ensure high standards of governance across Laidlaw Schools Trust.
This role is wide and varied, you will support the Trust Board, it’s subcommittees and any complaints or permanent exclusion panel hearings. Supporting 9 Local Governing Bodies (LGBs) as well as providing training to trustees and governors, you will clerk for the Trust Board and co-ordinate and keep records for the LGBs. You will co-ordinate our 3rd party partners who provide minute taking and other governance support at LGB level.
Your knowledge of statutory and legal requirements around governance will ensure our boards are compliant and informed and that effective administration and training is undertaken. You will be brave and curious and not afraid to challenge the status-quo or accepted norms when providing specialist support and solutions.
Working in partnership with key stakeholders you will anticipate needs and provide a professional and joined up service, turning ideas into action.
You will be keen to develop ways of working that enable the trust to grow whilst maintaining quality work. You will have the ability handle complex situations with attention to detail and to prioritise and delegate in a fast-changing environment.
Developing and maintaining professional working relationships with key stakeholders including Chairs, Board members and Executive Leaders is essential to effectively influence. You will be keen to network with other governance professionals to ensure your knowledge and best practice is up to date.
Whilst our Head Office in Newcastle will be your main work base, this role is offered on a flexible hybrid basis and a mix of office and homeworking is supported. Some evening work may be required from time to time due to board timings.
We offer excellent benefits including 31 days holiday (plus public holidays), access to the Local Government Pension Scheme, discounted and free gym access as well as salary sacrifice schemes such as NHS car lease scheme and cycle to work scheme.
We are shortly introducing a number of employee wellbeing initiatives including a healthcare cash plan to support with everyday healthcare costs, access to Perkbox (with a wide variety of discounts and freebies at a range of retailers), financial wellbeing tools and discounted travel schemes.
LST is a growing multi academy trust in the North East of England, serving children and families in the west of Newcastle, Sunderland and Sedgefield. We pride ourselves in being a progressive, inclusive trust that supports every child to develop their talents whatever they may be and to reach their academic potential. It is important that as a learning organisation we adapt and change to the needs of our pupils. We take care to value and develop all colleagues to make sure they can do their very best for children across the Trust’s schools.
With over 5,000 children, excellent resources and a drive for continuous improvement, LST is actively seeking staff who want to make a difference and be part of this exciting phase of our development.
Further details and an application pack can be downloaded from the Careers section on the Laidlaw Schools Trust website https://www.laidlawschoolstrust.co.uk/72/vacancies-1. If you wish to have an informal discussion about this post, please contact: Rebecca Tills, Clerk to the Trust Board and Head of Governance.
Closing Date: 12 midnight on Sunday 10th September
Applications should be returned to: email@example.com
We are an equal opportunities employer strongly committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people. The successful candidate must be able to demonstrate their commitment to children’s safeguarding. All successful appointments will be subject to an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check and a range of other pre-employment recruitment checks.
An online search will be undertaken for shortlisted candidates as part of the recruitment process on information available in the public domain. Candidates should disclose anything that may be relevant in line with Keeping Children Safe in Education. This search does not form part of the shortlisting process and candidates will have the chance to discuss any issues of concern that may arise during this search at interview.
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Laidlaw Schools Trust
Laidlaw Schools trust (LST) is a Multi Academy Trust (MAT) serving areas of deprivation in Newcastle and Sunderland. It currently comprises two all-through academies, Excelsior Academy educating pupils from 2 – 19 years with Academy 360 teaching students from 4 – 16 years, and four primary academies in Newcastle and Sunderland.Visit School Website