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DCET Governance Lead

This is an exciting time to join the Dunstan Catholic Educational Trust (DCET) which opened on 1 March 2022 as one of the first Catholic multi-academy Trust’s in Clifton Diocese. The DCET currently oversees six primary schools based in Somerset and North Somerset with a combined total of circa 1200 pupils, 200 staff and £5m budget. However, the Bishop’s ambitious growth plan means it is expected to expand quickly over the next few years to over 20 mixed phase schools.


The Trust Board seeks to appoint a Trust Governance Lead, on a 0.4 permanent, part-time basis from 1 September 2022 but expansion could result in increased hours over time. You will be responsible for leading the provision of independent and authoritative expert governance advice, guidance and company secretarial support to the Members, Trust Board, its committees, executives and the Central Clerk Team. This is to enable the delivery of highly effective and ethical governance in line with the Trust’s vision, ethos, strategy, and policies to serve the best interests of all pupils.


What We Can Offer You

  • Employer contributions to the Local Government Pension Scheme
  • Excellent career development opportunities as the Trust grows
  • Handover, transition and/or coaching and mentoring support provided by an experienced external company secretary and trust governance lead. The latter could be helpful particularly if you have not worked in the education sector previously.
  • Access to continuous professional development via Trust membership of sector professional body/ies including the Confederation of School Trusts and Somerset Governor Services.
  • Annual leave of 25 days (pro rata) plus bank holidays rising after 5 years
  • A flexible approach to work life balance


Please see recruitment pack and job description for more information.

Salary: NJC Scale Points 35-40 (£39,571 - £44, 625) pro rata

Base: At a Trust location with travel to schools and flexible working as per Trust policy