Non-Executive Director x 3

Barnsley, South Yorkshire
23 Feb 2017
31 Mar 2017
The Shire Multi Academy Trust
Specialist Area
HR function

The Shire Multi Academy Trust

The Shire Multi-Academy Trust in Barnsley is seeking a non-executive director to assist in forming the trust’s strategy for the future. The trust currently consists of two primary schools, both rated good or outstanding by Ofsted. The trust is looking to expand by taking on schools in challenging circumstances or partnering with schools with similar ambitions and ethos. Board meetings are held at Sandhill Primary School, Dearne Street, Great Houghton Barnsley, S72 0EQ.

About the trust

The trust currently consists of two schools: Sandhill Primary School and Laithes Primary School. Laithes is the third most deprived school in Barnsley and was sponsored by Sandhill Primary School. Sandhill is ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted and Laithes has shown great improvement and is now judged as ‘good’.

Trust ethos & values

The trust’s ethos is simple and aims to put children first. The trust strives to provide their students with opportunities via which they can excel.

The trust aims to be:

  • Inclusive
  • Collaborative
  • Innovative
  • Accountable and Responsible
  • Aspirational

Further information can be found at:

Plans for the Future

The trust aims to expand either sponsoring a school facing challenging circumstances or partnering with other good or outstanding schools.

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

  • To expand the trust and welcome academies who share the same ethos, values and ambition.
  • To continue to build on current strengths and improve outcomes for children and their communities.
  • To ensure current governance and staff succession plans remain robust during expansion and offer opportunities for all to develop, grow and strengthen the dynamic of staff and leadership teams.

Role Summary

Number of Positions Advertised:  up to 3

Roles 1-3 – Trustee/Non-Executive Director

The new Directors will have one of more of the following skills



  • Change Management
  • Growth Management
  • Strategic
  • HR
  • Legal



  • Branding/ Marketing
  • IT/ Technology
  • Risk

  Person specification

The trust seeks candidates who can assist in formulating a strategy for the future and ensuring the trust continues to be robust and high-achieving. The trust is keen to hear from candidates with leadership or organisational experience in business, financial, HR or the legal sector who would relish an opportunity to make aspirations come true.

Time commitment

The Board meets every half term (approx. every 6-7 weeks) for approx. 90 minutes.  Time will be needed to read papers ahead of meetings and you may wish to visit academies within the trust occasionally to see them in action.

Trust Website

Governance Structure

The trust is currently reviewing its Board structure and plans to have has five Members and a trust board of around 9 Directors.  Each school has a Local Governing Body.

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

Interviews:    TBA