Become a local board member

Would you like to make a difference to the quality of education for young people in Sussex?

By joining one of our local boards you will be supporting our aim of providing high-quality education for children in the area.

Maintaining close links with our academies communities is important to us so each academy has a Local Board that works closely with its senior leadership team and provides a vital link to the trust’s Board of Trustees.

Why become a Local Board member?

By volunteering as a local board member you’ll use and develop your skills in a new environment that will benefit you professionally and personally. You will:

  • develop new skills that employers recognise and value
  • acquire board-level leadership, strategy and team working skills
  • make a positive impact on young people’s lives and your local community, and help resolve issues that you feel passionately about

We’ll provide you with free training and support. This is a voluntary role, and it can be a busy one. You will spend time at meetings, completing background reading and on academy visits.

What does a Local Board member do?

Our local board members are involved in many aspects of the strategic leadership of an academy. For example, you will contribute to discussions on the academy’s strategic direction; ensure the academy develops and maintains strong links with its local community; ensure that there is effective communication with parents/carers and other stakeholders; oversee pupil wellbeing and serve on academy and trust panels.

Some local board members have the opportunity to contribute more widely to the strategic leadership of the University of Brighton Academies Trust by joining one of the Board of Trustees’ committees.

Local board members include a mix of people from the local community. They work alongside elected parent and staff representatives, and the academy’s Principal.

What skills do I need?

We look for people with a variety of experiences and perspectives.

Our academies would benefit from board members who have knowledge or experience of:

  • primary or secondary education
  • the local community
  • local businesses
  • strategic planning
  • the local and regional economy
  • working or volunteering with children or young people
  • understanding special educational needs
  • fundraising
  • marketing and communications
How do I apply?

If you’re interested in becoming a local board member please complete our expression of interest form and return it by post or email. Contact details can be found here.