Non-Executive Director x 3

23 Feb 2017
31 Mar 2017
The Warriner Multi Academy Trust
Specialist Area
HR function

The Warriner Multi Academy Trust

The Warriner Multi Academy Trust (The Warriner MAT) seeks three non-executive directors to join the board of this rural trust serving 1,500 pupils in Oxfordshire. The trust is keen to appoint individuals with HR, legal or branding/marketing experience. Board meetings are held at The Warriner School, Bloxham, Oxfordshire, OX15 4LJ.

About the trust

The Warriner MAT was set up on 1st August 2015 and consists of one large secondary school (The Warriner School) and three small rural primary schools, the largest of which has 110 students and the smallest of which has 85, all of which are located in North Oxfordshire. The secondary school has 1,230 students on role and has a rural catchment of nine feeder primary schools. One of the primary schools is a Church of England school and part of Oxfordshire diocese. The trust plans to add a further two primary schools (one is a CofE primary school and will be joining the trust on 1st June 2017) and open a secondary free school in the near future.

Trust ethos & values

Vision: To set up a family of likeminded local schools who collaborate in order to share what they do well so that all children receive the very best education.

  • All schools to be good or better or on a programme of rapid improvement toward this
  • All schools to retain what makes them unique whilst still making a distinctive contribution to the MAT
  • The work of the MAT to have a sustained impact upon the progress and outcomes of all our students


  • Excellence - doing the right things for the right reasons
  • Collaboration - working together for the benefit of all our children
  • Trust - sharing our challenges so that we can support each other to improve

Plans for the Future

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

  1. Setting up the free school
  2. Getting all schools to good or outstanding
  3. Ensuring we have leadership capacity for the growth plan
  4. To form a VA MAT (Voluntary Aided Multi Academy Trust) with Oxfordshire diocese

Role Summary

Number of Positions Advertised: 3

Role 1, 2 and 3 – Trustee/Non-Executive Director

The role of a non-executive director is to provide strategic oversight, setting vision and policies, ensuring appropriate governance, decision-making, compliance with regulations setting appropriate targets, holding HEB and local leadership to account reviewing performance across academies and the MAT.

The trust is looking for non-executive directors with HR, marketing and legal skills:



  • Branding/Marketing
  • HR
  • Legal/Compliance



  • Real estate/Property
  • Change Management
  • Risk
  • Strategic

Person specification

The Warriner MAT is looking to recruit three non-executive directors who have prior experience of governance. They are looking for skills and experience in HR, legal or branding/marketing.

Time commitment

6 hours /month minimum.

Trust Website

Governance Structure

For the trust’s governance structure, please see

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 onto the 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: Friday 31st March 2017