Opportunity to Guide Top Yorkshire School Trust

A multi academy trust that manages five academies in Leeds and prides itself on its inclusive, compassionate approach to education is looking for people to share their skills and help secure the best possible outcomes for its pupils.

Managing 23 academies across Yorkshire and Lincolnshire, Wellspring Academy Trust is among the 30 biggest trusts in the UK and is responsible for the education of more than 4,500 young people. The trust is now eager for people who would like to play a part in driving the future success of the Trust to get involved by joining as board members.

Karen Froggatt, chief governance officer and company secretary, explained: “Our board members play an essential role in governing how effectively the trust works and ensuring it delivers excellent outcomes for pupils, staff and the wider communities in which our schools are based.

“From a personal perspective, getting involved as a board member offers individuals superb opportunities for developing important transferable skills such as leadership and learning about the ever-changing education system. We’re particularly eager to expand the diversity of our board and would love to hear from women and people from BME communities.”

Board members are both directors of the Trust as a company and trustees of Wellspring as a charitable trust and have responsibility for three strategic functions – vision, ethos and strategy, holding the leadership to account and overseeing financial performance. They meet five times a year at the Trust’s Barnsley headquarters, and also sit on one of three board committees which focus on finance and resources, audit and school standards.

Wellspring manages a range of primary, secondary and special/alternative provision schools, meaning board members get involved in education at every level, gaining a rare insight to the whole education system.

Mark Wilson, chief executive at Wellspring, added: “For the right people, this is a fantastic opportunity to really make a difference at a Trust that is unique in the sector. With a philosophy driven by inclusivity and positive regard for all its pupils, Wellspring is committed to improving the life chances for all pupils; being involved in that is hugely rewarding.”

In addition to board members, the Trust is also looking for a co-opted member to sit on each of its board committees which meet 3-4 times a year. People with relevant skills and experience in either finance, audit or school standards are encouraged to contact the Trust.