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Clerk to Trust Board & Governance Officer

Westcountry Schools Trust (WeST)Plymouth, Devon

Permanent, 25 hours per week (x5 hours per day) x 52 weeks per year

Plymouth based

Are you looking to join a dedicated and well-qualified central team supporting the work of some 2000 staff, Local Governing Boards and Trustees committed to delivering exceptional education? 

WeST is a complex schools trust that is maturing rapidly, and this post provides an exciting opportunity to join an organisation with students and staff at its heart, built on an extensive track record of excellence.

The Trust consists of 22 schools (secondary colleges and primary) and a Teaching and Learning Institute.  Our schools are in relatively close geographical proximity to one another, across south Devon, Plymouth and south east Cornwall.  We are positioned in the heart of the south west peninsula, a stone’s throw from some of the most picturesque countryside and coastal locations in the UK.

If you are looking to develop your skills in the education sector in support of governance, this is the ideal opportunity to take the next step in your career.

Working as part of WeST’s Core Services Team, this role will support the Company Secretary (Chief Financial Officer) and Clerks of Local Governing Boards in ensuring the effectiveness of corporate governance, and the Chair of the Trust Board and Chairs of Trust Committees with committee administration.

The ideal candidate will have a background in providing governance and high-level administrative support to senior leaders/managers within a highly regulated framework.  You will have excellent written and verbal communication skills along with experience of committee administration/clerking. You will be able to work on your own initiative, think on your feet and thrive in a fast-paced environment.  If you fulfil that criteria but have no previous experience in the education sector we would still like to hear from you.  Full training and development will be provided to the right candidate to progress successfully in this role.

Stakeholder engagement is key and there will be a high level of interaction with internal staff and Trust Board Committee members.

In return we offer:

• Working with a supportive team who genuinely want the best for our staff and students

• A commitment to your own professional development

• Membership of the generous Local Government Pension scheme

• Paid annual leave

• Free car parking at Morley Meadow

For an informal discussion regarding the role please contact Peter Gregory, Company Secretary (and Chief Financial Officer) on mob. 07742 600529.

If you believe you can demonstrate the dedication, skills and passion required, we look forward to receiving your application.  Further details and an application form can be downloaded from the Westcounty Schools Trust website:

Completed applications should be submitted to by midnight (GMT) on Monday 12th April 2021.

We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

An enhanced DBS disclosure is required for this post.

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