Desired skills and experience:
We are seeking commercially minded professionals who can add tangible value and have the gravitas to influence, challenge and support senior decision makers during a period of growth and consolidation.
SFE is committed to promoting a diverse and inclusive community and welcome applications from all backgrounds. Prior experience does not need to have been gained from within the charitable sector, but a passion for seeing lives transformed through education is essential.
We would particularly welcome applications from individuals with experience in one or more of the following areas:
- Experience of working at senior or Board level, providing strategic leadership during times of change
- Primary or Secondary school headship experience (ideally a current HT)
- Entrepreneurial experience
- Finance expertise
- Commercial/PR expertise
- Experience gained from working in the Arts and Cultural Sector
Successful candidates would be required to commit to regular attendance at virtual Board Meetings (usually 6 Monday evening meetings per year lasting up to 2 hours, with dates fixed at the start of the academic year) and occasional meetings with members of the Senior Leadership Team as appropriate. We have recently introduced two (virtual) sub committees as part of our continuous improvement approach to governance. Several of our Trustees sit on one of these sub committees – two or three meetings per year, diarised in accordance with Trustees’ availability. As we emerge from the challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic, we would hope to incorporate one ‘in person’ twilight strategy session each year.
Our work ‘comes to life’ through our annual programme of events such as the Youth Proms at the Birmingham Symphony Hall. Trustees are warmly welcomed to such events during the year and their attendance is encouraged.