Non-Executive Director x 1

Brent, London (Greater)
12 Apr 2017
01 Jun 2017
Brent Specialist Academy Trust
Specialist Area
HR function

Brent Specialist Academy Trust

Brent Specialist Academy Trust seeks a trustee with experience in HR and training to join their board. The trust currently has two schools, a specialist primary school and an all-age specialist free school. Both schools serve pupils with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND), with a majority of students diagnosed with Autism. The trust seeks to expand in near future, to become a multi-academy trust (MAT) of five to six schools. Board meetings are held at Manor School, Chamberlayne Road, Brent, London, NW10 3NT.


About the trust

Brent Specialist Academy Trust has two special schools within a multi-academy trust (MAT), a primary specialist school and an all-age specialist free school. Both schools work with pupils who have special educational needs and disabilities (SEND). The range of needs of pupils within the schools is varied although the majority of pupils have a diagnosis of Autism. Pupils in these schools come from across Brent and some of the neighbouring areas. Some of these areas have high levels of deprivation, with almost 50% of the trust’s pupils on free school meals and/or eligible for the Pupil Premium.


Trust ethos & values

The trust’s vision is to ‘Love, Laugh, Learn’. The trust is fully committed to providing excellent, personalised education to vulnerable pupils with SEND.


Plans for the Future

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

-       Opening their free school

-       Growing the trust

-       Developing leadership at all levels and recruiting the right staff for the trust


The trust aims to become a MAT of five to six schools providing outstanding specialist educational provision for the children/families in the area of Brent.


Role Summary

Number of Positions Advertised:  1


Role 1 – Trustee/ Non-executive Director 


The competencies required for this role include:


-        Non-executive/ Trustee

-        HR

-        Restructuring


-        Succession Planning


Person specification

The trust is looking to recruit a Trustee with HR experience and training to support and advise the trust in this period of growth.


Time commitment

3 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 June 2017