Non-Executive Director x 2

Wigan, Greater Manchester
09 Mar 2017
20 Mar 2017
Community First Academy Trust
Specialist Area
HR function


Community First Academy Trust in Wigan, Lancashire, is seeking two new board members to influence and help build its trust board as it enters a phase of expansion.

Board meetings are held at Platt Bridge Community School, Rivington Avenue, Platt Bridge, Wigan, WN2 5NG.

About the trust

Based in Wigan, Lancashire, Community First Academy Trust (CFAT), is a trust with a focus on sharing practice across its schools. Platt Bridge Community Primary School and Rose Bridge Academy (secondary) are the two academies within the trust but it also includes Kingsbridge Training Centre which trains teachers across all phases and the trust is also a key partner in the Westbridge Teaching School Alliance which allows a range of opportunities to share best practice. The trust operates in an area of significant deprivation but nevertheless its work has been judged as good and outstanding by Ofsted.

Trust ethos & values

‘Delivering excellence’ is the overriding focus of Community First Academy Trust, focusing on strategically delivering long term sustainability through efficiencies and savings. Moreover, delivering excellence in education serves the local communities and through the sharing of best practice and the delivery of continuous and sustained improvement the whole community can benefit.  

Plans for the Future

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

  1. Growth - the trust is seeking to expand, by adding other local schools into the trust.
  2. Capacity - ensuring succession planning is in place for key central roles and board members as well as teaching/support staff.
  3. Centralising services - continuing to centralise services including ICT/data collection and stats to achieve efficiency and best value.

In the next four years CFAT plans to grow to include around 10 schools serving the full age range. This would involve a further restructure of the board of trustees before this number is achieved. Diversity among the board of trustees is being sought in order to ensure strength and variety of skillsets and backgrounds.

Role Summary

Number of Positions Advertised: 


Roles 1 and 2 – Trustee/ Non-executive Director

Central to these roles is an ability to both support and provide challenge to the existing board and its direction, as well as ability to hold the CEO to account for overall performance.

Trustees may have one or more of the following skillsets:


  • Non-Executive/ Trustee
  • Finance
  • Legal
  • HR
  • Restructuring
  • Business Growth
  • Strategic
  • Managing Change



  • Branding/ Marketing
  • Corporate Governance
  • IT
  • Risk
  • Succession Planning

Person specification

The ideal candidate will have an understanding of business as well as an appreciation of the challenges and expectations of students living in areas of high deprivation. As the trust is seeking to expand significantly over the coming period, experience of managing change is important. Time commitment

4 meetings per year (approx. 2.5 hours each) + time to read papers etc and training as necessary.

Trust Website

Governance Structure

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: 7th April 2017 – Candidates applying earlier may be interviewed earlier.