Non-Executive Director x 2

09 Feb 2017
03 Mar 2017
Bursley Multi Academy Trust
Specialist Area
HR function


Bursley Multi Academy Trust, located in the Staffordshire/Derbyshire area, is entering a new period of development and is seeking two board members to help shape its future direction.

Board meetings are currently rotated around the academies within the trust and thus are held at Manifold Academy, Warslow, Derbyshire, SK17 0JP; Bursley Academy, Bradwell, Newcastle-under-Lyme, ST5 8JQ and Hollinsclough Academy, Hollinsclough, Buxton, Staffordshire, SK17 0RH.

About the trust

Bursley Academy is a large primary school in Newcastle under Lyme and became an academy in 2012. It was judged Outstanding at its last inspection. In September 2015 the school developed a Multi Academy Trust (MAT) with Hollinsclough CofE Primary and Manifold CofE Primary; both are very small rural primaries but were also both judged good at their last inspections.

The trust has faced some challenges with changes to leadership and within the trust board itself. Owing to the location, the size of the schools and the trust overall, it has found it difficult to recruit people with a range of skills and for a period the trust has not been quorate, resulting in the decision to approach Academy Ambassadors.

A new chair and additions to the Board of Directors presents a firmer foundation on which to build and this can be seen as effectively starting anew with the vision and the ethos. New Directors at this stage will help to build and develop the trust further to attract more schools to share strong practice in teaching and learning.  This represents an exciting time to join the development of this MAT.

It is worth noting that Hollinsclough offers flexi schooling, an innovative approach to engage pupils from families that prefer to home-educate their children whilst also connecting into more formal school-based education.

Trust ethos & values

The Bursley MAT seeks to adopt innovative curriculum approaches to enable all children across the MAT to reach their potential. Reviewing and shaping the ethos statement is a key aspect in the motivation to recruit new board members.

Plans for the Future

The key challenges for the board over the next 12-24 months are:

  1. To develop the trust board and Local Governing Body (LGB) to meet the diverse needs of the trust and develop into a working group.
  2. To consolidate and restructure over the next 9 - 12 months, in order to enable Bursley MAT to grow and include more schools.
  3. To develop confidence of all key personnel in the trust after a period of significant instability.
  4. To ensure financial regulations are met, including recruitment and / or development of staff in these roles. This will have a strong focus on strengthening financial procedures and ensuring compliance.

Role Summary

Number of Positions Advertised: 


Both Role 1 and Role 2– Trustee/ Non-executive Director

To become part of the trustee board to help in shaping its renewed direction, clarity of purpose and strategy. Areas the trust is looking in to developing include marketing, HR and financial efficiency. The competencies required for this role, for either or both non-executive directors, include:



  • Change Management
  • Finance
  • HR
  • Strategic





  • Branding / Marketing
  • Growth Management
  • IT / Technology
  • Real Estate / Property




Person Specification

The ideal candidates will possess knowledge and experience in all or some of the areas listed above to help lead on shaping the clear future direction of Bursley Multi Academy Trust in order to establish stability. Experience in managing change and personnel aspects of an organisation are key to this role, as well as an ability to interpret and implement recommendations around financial control and delivery.

Time commitment

4-6 hours per month (on average)

Trust Website

Background on academy trusts

Academy schools, which are charities run independently of local authority control, now account for 68% of secondary schools and 22% of primaries – and their number is growing all the time.

Many of these schools are grouped together as multi-academy trusts.  If the schools are to fulfil their potential, the trusts need non-executives (known in charity law as trustees) to bring a wide range of skills and experience to help guide strategy, ensure their ambitions can be soundly financed and keep their schools up to the mark delivering for their pupils.

Trusteeship is a voluntary, unpaid role for people who have the energy and skills to make a real contribution to shaping the future of our schools.  You don’t need to have any specialist knowledge of education. 


Academy Ambassadors is a non-profit organisation which recruits senior business leaders and professionals as volunteer non-executive directors and introduces them to boards of multi-academy trusts. If you are interested in applying for the role please send your CV and a short expression of interest detailing which role you are applying for to For more information, please call 0207 952 8556 or visit

Key dates

We strongly recommend applying as early as you can to have the best possible chance of being considered as we may change the closing date if we have received sufficient applications. Applicants should be aware of the following key dates in the recruitment process –

Deadline for applications: 3rd March, 2017

Interviews:    TBC