Non-Executive Director x 1, Member, Chair of Finance, HR, Audit and Estates (7 roles)

15 Mar 2017
15 Apr 2017
Cambridgeshire Innovation Trust
Specialist Area
HR function

Cambridgeshire Innovation Trust

Cambridgeshire Innovation Trust is seeking to recruit a number of directors for its newly forming multi academy trust based in Cambridgeshire. Board meetings will be held at The Spinney Primary School Hayster Drive, Cherry Hinton, Cambridge.

About the trust

Cambridgeshire Innovation Trust is a newly forming trust based in Cambridgeshire with an initial focus on Primary education but with a longer-term vision for all through


The founding trust schools consist of The Spinney Primary, which is a National Teaching School, lead by a National Leader of Education, and which is the lead school of The Kite Teaching School Alliance, and Fulbourn Primary School which is an excellent, caring and ambitious school with exceptional leadership.

Cambridgeshire Innovation Trust aims to be inclusive, creative, innovative and ambitious and is keen to begin working with other primary schools and partners to create a dynamic trust, which serves its young people, colleagues, and community well.

Trust ethos & Values

Core trust values include humanity, solidarity, collaboration, equity, compassion, inclusion, creativity, innovation and optimism.

The trust aims to be forward thinking and outward reaching, to be innovative and inspiring, and to realise new synergies and opportunities by working with a range of partners from all sectors, including education, research, creative, science, technology, business, industry, charitable organisations and social enterprises.

The trust will build on existing national and international partnerships including the ones created by the individual schools, the Cultural Educational Partnership "My Cambridge", and The Cambridgeshire School Improvement Board.

The trust will also benefit from association with the Teaching Schools and The Kite Teaching School Alliance, which can help to deliver Initial Teacher Education, Joint Professional Development, Skill Shares, Conferences, Festivals and exciting events and learning opportunities for young people, educators, families and the community.

The trust is committed to working in harmony with individual schools, recognising the unique skills, strengths and contexts of each setting while at the same time, sharing a vision that realises additional intellectual, cultural, creative capital as well as shared financial resource. This will be achieved through working collaboratively in a spirit of mutual trust, openness and reciprocated professional generosity. 

In addition to a compelling and inspiring vision, the trust wishes to secure effective strategies and robust structures for their HR, finance, capital, estates, resourcing, risk and auditing departments, to ensure it is commercially viable, credible and successful.

Plans for the Future

The trust is keen to create a compelling and exciting vision, underpinned by a purposeful research-based pedagogy that engages and motivates young people, their teachers and the community. The trust will offer a creative, connected, inclusive and inspiring curriculum, which ensures our young people are equipped with the necessary skills, knowledge, competencies, attitudes attributes, and virtues to be confident, articulate, compassionate citizens of the future able to follow their dreams. The trust will continue to make City, County, National and Global connections to secure an innovative, dynamic, inclusive, joyful and successful curriculum which ensures all its young people are given the chance to shine!

The trust plans to grow steadily, working with other good and outstanding schools as well as supporting schools requiring improvement. Once we reach a successful, sustainable and credible point, we hope to open a new studio school – a secondary, or an all through school - to offer the best in innovative education and to facilitate a more joined up approach to curriculum and pedagogy.

Role specification

Number of Positions Advertised:  7+

Role Title(s): 

- Member


- Trustee/ Non-Executive Director


- Chair of Audit


- Chair of Finance


- Chair of Human Resources


- Chair of Estates


- Other non-executive position


Role Summary:

The trust is looking to appoint approximately two more members and five more directors to join their board. The trust has appointed three members who will contribute substantial pedagogic leadership, and four directors however we particularly require individuals with experience in financial directorship, HR, capital knowledge, asset management, auditing and risk management.

The key challenges are that all roles will be as founder directors and founder trust members. Directors and members will need to be patient, flexible and optimistic over the next 12-36 months as the schools evolve through a creative process to build a new trust. The ideal candidates will be determined, committed and willing, open hearted, prepared to learn as part of the journey and able to work in a team.

Person Specification

Core Competencies:

  • Chairing
  • CEO/ General Management
  • CFO/ Finance
  • Non-executive/ Trustee
  • Audit Committee Chair
  • Nominations Committee Chair
  • Remuneration Committee Chair
  • Branding/ Marketing
  • Change Management
  • Corporate Governance
  • Growth Management
  • HR
  • Legal/ Compliance
  • Real estate/ Property
  • Restructuring
  • Risk
  • Strategic
  • Succession Planning

Time commitment

Once the systems, protocols and structures are in place the trust imagine that members will meet once a year and directors more frequently in the first few months of the trusts creation e.g. once a month reducing to less frequently as systems and structures become more efficient.

Governance Structure

7 Members

9 - 11 Directors

Background on academy trusts

Academy schools, which are charities, run independently of local authority control and now account for 66% of secondary schools and 19% 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 ensure their schools are leading edge in delivering optimal outcomes and opportunities for their young people.

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 but a willingness to work collaboratively with others, and be adaptive and learn through the process is essential. 


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. For more information please call 0207 952 8556. 

Key dates

Applicants should be aware of the following key dates in the recruitment process –

Application Deadline: Friday 21st April 2017

Interviews:    TBC