Company Secretary, Derby City Centre

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St Ralph Sherwin Catholic Academy TrustDerby City Centre
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Start date: As soon as possible
Contract type: Full Time
Salary: S2 (Scale Point 41-45) £37,107 - £40,858 full time equivalent
Contract term: Fixed Term

St Ralph Sherwin Catholic Multi Academy Trust has a rare opportunity for an experienced Company Secretary to join the Trust on a fixed term basis for two years. 

Reporting to the Chair of the Board, the successful candidate will advise the Trust Board on matters of governance and compliance with legislative and regulatory requirements affecting the Multi-Academy Trust and its activities. 

 As part of this role, you will assist the Chair of the Trust Board in ensuring that all decisions made are in accordance with its Catholic ethos, the Articles of Association, reflects the objects of the Multi-Academy Trust and continue to provide public benefit. 

 This role will also ensure the smooth and efficient running of the meetings of the board of directors and committees, establishing and monitoring procedures to ensure that the Multi Academy Trust complies with the Department of Education’s Academy Funding Agreement, ensuring that the Trust Board is aware of any changes in regulatory requirements. 

In addition, the successful candidate will inform and advise the Board on Complaints, Data Protection, Statutory Returns, Governance and act as a channel of communication for the directors, local governing bodies and stakeholders and communicating with pupils, parents, other stakeholders, and the Multi-Academy Trust’s members where applicable, (e.g. through circulars, newsletters); maintaining good general relations with relevant stakeholders on matters relating to the governance of the Multi- Academy Trust. 

 The ideal candidate will have experience of working as a Company Secretary within the education or charitable sector, with a solid understanding of regulatory frameworks for the education sector and experience of completing statutory returns for Companies House and other legislative organisations at a senior level and a good understanding of regulatory frameworks relevant to MATs, including charity law, data protection, governance and complaints. 

 The ability to manage a varied and complex workload as well as delivering to timescale is essential, alongside excellent planning and organisation skills and excellent time management and communication skills. You should be educated to A Level or above, including a minimum of 5 GCSE’s (or equivalent) including grade C in Maths and English is essential.  A certificate in charity law and governance is highly desirable. 

The base for this role is available within 10 miles of Derby and at Glossop, however the successful candidate will be expected to travel to meetings around the Trust area.  Home working will be possible for this position. Due to the nature of the role, a full driving license and access to a car is essential. 

The hours of work are 0.6 FTE, 24 hours a week to be worked flexibly, and some evening work will be required in line with the role and the Trust meeting schedule. 

About the St Ralph Sherwin Catholic Multi Academy Trust: 

As of 1st September 2018, we have brought together 25 schools from Derby City, Derbyshire, Staffordshire, Stockport and Nottinghamshire (of which 20 are primary and 5 are secondary) to form the Trust. The St Ralph Sherwin Catholic Multi-Academy Trust has been formed to preserve, maintain and develop Catholic education in the areas served by its academies. We are committed to providing the highest quality of education for every child and young person we serve. 

Whilst being a Catholic is not a requirement, you must be willing to support the Catholic life and ethos in our academies. 

In return, we offer excellent training and development opportunities, membership of the Local Government Pension Scheme and generous holiday allowances. 


How to apply 

 For more information, an application pack and to apply please visit or email 

Closing date: Monday, 10th December 2018  

Interviews: As soon as possible 


The St Ralph Sherwin Catholic Multi Academy Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. This post is subject to satisfactory references, an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check, medical check, evidence of qualifications plus verification of the right to work in the UK. 


The Trust will endeavor to make any necessary reasonable adjustments to the job and the working environment to enable access to employment opportunities for disabled job applicants or continued employment for any employee who develops a disabling condition. 


You do not need to be a Catholic to work in our Trust. There are certain reserved positions, which require someone to be Catholic, i.e. CEO, Headteacher, Deputy Headteacher, Subject Leader/Head of RE and Lay Chaplain but other than that a respect for our ethos and a willingness to participate in what we do is all that is required. 




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More about St Ralph Sherwin Catholic Academy Trust
Type: English Secondary Schools
Address: C/o Saint John Houghton Catholic Voluntary Academy, Abbot Road, Kirk Hallam, Ilkeston, Derbyshire, DE7 4HX, United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 115 932 2896