Non-Executive Director x 2

02 Mar 2017
02 Apr 2017
Truro and Penwith Academy Trust (TPAT)
Specialist Area
HR function

Truro and Penwith Academy Trust (TPAT)

Truro and Penwith Academy Trust, an ambitious multi-academy trust in Cornwall, seeks one or two non-executive directors to join its trust board to help broaden and deepen the skills and expertise available to the trust and to build succession planning across the board. Most board meetings are held at Truro College although meetings may take place at Penwith College (Penzance) or at trust academy locations throughout mid and West Cornwall.

About the trust

The Truro and Penwith Academy Trust (TPAT) established in 2014 has faced a period of substantial growth, growing from 3 to 14 academies over the last three years. The trust is comprised of both primary and secondary phase academies and is currently based across two hubs in Cornwall. The trust is sponsored by the Truro and Penwith College, which is rated as ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted and recognised to be one of the best tertiary colleges in the country. The College plays a substantial role in the organisation of the trust and holds responsibility for the appointment of trustees.

The academies within the trust are showing significant improvement in both attainment and progress. The trust’s mission is to secure the rapid and sustained improvement of every school it sponsors. Since joining the trust whilst in special measures, the trust’s sponsored schools have made significant progress. St Ives School is currently one of the top performing Cornish secondary schools and has recently been judged by Ofsted to be ‘Good’ with ‘Outstanding’ Leadership and Management. St Dennis Academy has achieved attainment considerably above the national primary averages in 2016. The trust’s converter academies have all been judged good by Ofsted, and on the whole, have attainment and progress in line with, or above the national average.

Trust ethos & values

The trust’s core value is to improve the outcomes for every child within the trust.  TPAT values the individual distinctiveness of each academy within the trust and has no appetite for a ‘one size fits all’ model of education. Each academy has significant levels of devolved autonomy based on strong performance, however, there is an expectation for effective collaboration between every academy, to ensure school improvement and an increase in standards.

Plans for the Future

Currently the trust has 2500 pupils on roll, however, the trust anticipates that in order to be sustainable in the long term, TPAT will need to grow to around 4000 pupils over the next two years. The trust’s priorities for future growth are mainly secondary phase focused, with the aim of focused on developing a third hub in the Bodmin area, which aligns the trust’s plans for development with those of its’ sponsor which is in active partnership with Callywith College (a Free School sponsored by Truro and Penwith College), which is due to open in September 2017. This expansion would see the budget for the Trust increase from £10 million to circa £15 million plus.

As part of this anticipated development, the trust is looking to strengthen and broaden the skills on its trust board and to develop a strong model of succession planning for all key roles.

Role Summary

Number of Positions Advertised:  1 or 2

Role 1 – Trustee/Non-Executive Director

Skills and core competences

  • CFO/ Finance
  • Non-executive/ Trustee
  • Corporate Governance
  • HR / Organisation Development
  • Change management



  • Audit Committee Chair
  • Remuneration Committee Chair
  • Estates Strategic
  • Marketing
  • Education leadership (primary)

Person specification

The trust seeks to recruit one or two non-executive directors to join its trust board and committees. Candidates should be able to demonstrate:

  • Skills and experience which will complement and enhance the overall knowledge and experience of the board of trustees
  • A track record of success, e.g. in a business, public or voluntary environment
  • The ability to work as a member of a team
  • An understanding of the role of a trustee, in particular, the distinction between governance and management and to stand by the collective decisions of the board
  • The ability to participate fully in the work of the board of trustees and one or more of its committees including, if necessary, serving on a special committee, selection panel, disciplinary or grievance appeal panel as required
  • The ability to play an active part in governance by acting as a critical friend to help maintain and develop the trust
  • A willingness to undertake appropriate training to support and develop their understanding of the Education sector and their role as a trustee

Time commitment

Approximately 10 hours per month

Trust Website

Governance Structure

Information on the governance structure of the trust can be found here.

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

The trust is running a rolling requirement to support its plans for succession planning. 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: 7TH April

Interviews: TBC