Non-Executive Director x 2

Dudley, West Midlands
12 Apr 2017
01 May 2017
Dudley Academies Trust
Specialist Area
HR function

Dudley Academies Trust

Dudley Academies Trust seeks two non-executive directors to join their board. The trust is a new multi-academy trust, sponsored by Dudley Technology College and consists of four secondary schools. The trust located in some highly deprived areas and seeks to raise aspirations educational outcomes for their students. Board meetings are held at Dudley College, The Broadway, Dudley, DY1 4AS.

About the trust

Dudley Academies Trust is a new multi-academy trust, sponsored by Dudley College of Technology, consisting of four secondary schools. The aspiration of the trust is to address all areas of under-performance across the individual schools and build on areas of strength. Dudley is a highly deprived borough, with some areas among the highest 10% of deprived areas in the UK. Over 15% of the population have no qualifications at all and therefore the trust faces a challenge to raise the aspirations of pupils, parents and families.

Trust ethos & values

The trust will develop an ethical culture and all improvements will be driven in line with this, to ensure the best interests of learners are served.

Plans for the Future

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

-To improve the educational outcomes for students across the trust.

-To increase the level of outstanding teaching, raising pupil confidence, ensuring differentiated interventions at all levels.

-Ensuring support is in place for English for speakers of other languages. The schools currently have a high number of children who do not speak English on arrival.

Role Summary

Number of Positions Advertised: 2

Role 1 & 2– Trustee/ Non-executive Director

The competencies required for these roles include:


  • CEO/ General Management
  • Legal
  • HR


  • Change Management
  • Succession Planning
  • Turnaround

Person specification

The trust is looking for a Trustee who will have a background within the education sector and ideally will have school improvement experience.

Time commitment

6 approximately hours per month (minimum).

Trust Website

Background on academy trusts

Academy schools, which are charities run independently of local authority control, now account for 69% of secondary schools and 23% 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 Please note candidates should live within reasonable travelling distance of the trust and/or have a link with the region. 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: 1 May 2017