Become a (Non-Executive) Director

Forward Education Trust is looking for committed and skilled people to join our Board of (Non-Executive) Directors (Trustees).

As Directors of a charitable Trust, our Board of Trustees ensure that they comply with charity and company law.  The Board is also accountable in law and to Ofsted for the Trust’s performance.

As set out in the Articles of Association, at full complement, the Board has 9 Trustees, not including the CEO, and is chaired by David Lane.  The Board is not currently at full complement, so we are seeking to recruit a number of new Trustees.

The Board of Trustees meets six times per year.  As well as attending Board meetings, every Trustee is expected to sit on at least one of the Education; Audit, Risk and Finance or HR and Remuneration Committee.  Both the Education Committee and Audit, Risk and Finance Committee meet six times per year, and the HR and Remuneration Committee meets once per term.

In addition, each Trustee is linked to one of the schools or a member of the Trust Central Executive team and is expected to carry out link Trustee visits to inform their understanding of practice ‘on the ground’ and support them in providing appropriate support and challenge. 

All Members, Trustees and LAC Members must adhere to the Seven Principles of Public Life (the Nolan Principles)

  1. Selflessness
  2. Integrity
  3. Objectivity
  4. Accountability
  5. Openness
  6. Honesty
  7. Leadership

For full details of the governance structure, role of a (Non-Executive) Trustee and commitment expected, please see the Governance Charter below:

If you are interested in applying to join our Board of (Non-Executive) Trustees, or you would like further information, please contact Emma Arnott, Director of Quality Assurance and Development: e.arnott@fet.ac.

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