Non-Executive Director x 4

Slough, Berkshire
12 Apr 2017
19 May 2017
The Langley Academy Trust (TLAT)
Specialist Area
HR function

The Langley academy Trust

The Langley Academy Trust in Slough seeks up to four non-executive directors to join their board as appointed or co-opted trustees. The trust seeks non-executive directors with expertise in either finance, HR, Law or Business. An interest and expertise in marketing would also be particularly helpful. The trust currently consists of three schools (one secondary, two primary), including a new primary free school that opened in 2015 and moved into new buildings in 2016. The trust’s aim is to provide an outstanding education for every child in the trust through curiosity, exploration and discovery. This is underpinned by a museum learning model to inspire and equip their students. Board meetings are held at The Langley Academy, Langley Road, Slough, SL3 7EF.


About the trust

The Langley Academy Trust is a multi-academy trust led by an executive principal who is a National Leader of Education (NLE). The trust is located on the outskirts of Slough and is sponsored by the Annabel Arbib Foundation, which has a close practical involvement in the trust. The trust currently consists of three schools: a secondary with a sixth-form and two primaries. Each school enjoys high quality accommodation with the secondary and one primary located on one state-of-the-art campus. The second primary school is two miles away and also has excellent facilities. The trust is located in a diverse area and the secondary school, whilst oversubscribed, faces keen competition for students from several local grammar schools.


Trust ethos & values

Curiosity, Exploration and Discovery are the cornerstones of learning at the trust. The secondary school has been a specialist science school and the board would like to reinvigorate scientific opportunities and achievement across the academy. Museum learning is a unique feature of the trust. The Museum Learning committee collaborates with National and independent museums to inspire teaching and learning using real things, real stories and real people. The use of museum collections enables pupils to explore the idea and importance of change from an individual to a global perspective. Projects can be as diverse as the physiology of the brain, dinosaur maths, and the politics of hairstyles. Two full-time museum professionals are employed with the objectives of leading and working with teaching staff and others to facilitate museum learning across the curriculum.


For more information please visit:


Plans for the Future

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


—    Getting the schools from Good to Outstanding – the trust is on the cusp

—    Recruitment and retention of staff, particularly for core subjects.

—    The financial challenges in a climate of reducing income, which requires budget and efficiency savings to be made. The trust is keen to explore additional fundraising and support in kind, for example, from local businesses along the M4 corridor.


The trust is increasingly considering the potential of being a hub with a small cluster of academies bridged elsewhere. A larger trust will require restructuring of Local Governing Bodies and therefore the need to recruit directors with the range of skills required for potential expansion.


Role Summary

Number of Positions Advertised:  



Role 1 - Trustee/Non-Executive Director (Finance)

The Langley Academy Trust seeks to recruit a non-executive director who will contribute to the trust's termly Finance Committee and appropriate working groups, liaising closely with the Chair of the Committee and the trust's Director of Finance.  They will also help to ensure that the committee fulfils statutory requirements whilst also seeking new initiatives and opportunities to make the business of the trust ever more efficient for the benefit of pupils. The non-executive director will provide challenge to those who hold senior financial responsibilities as employees of the trust and will bring insight and ideas to the wider trust board. They may also be asked to Chair the Audit Committee.



-        CFO/ Finance

-        (or) Legal/ Compliance



-        Non-executive/ Trustee

-        Corporate Governance

-        Growth Management

-        Risk


Person specification

The trust seeks a chartered accountant or auditor, who is skilled at chairing meetings and has the ability to explore and seek maximisation of funding.


Time commitment

Up to 6 hours per month.


Roles 2, 3 & 4 – Trustee/Non-Executive Director

Non-executive directors will be responsible holding executive leadership to account. Each director will be responsible for bringing their professional expertise to the board and will contribute to various committees in which their expertise can be utilised.


The competencies required for these roles include:



-        Legal/ Compliance

-        Restructuring

-        Change Management

-        HR



-        Corporate Governance

-        Real estate/ Property

-        Strategic

-        Entrepreneur/ Founder

-        Branding/ Marketing

-        Growth Management

-        Chair


Person specification

The trust seeks three non-executive directors with expertise in HR, law or business. Ideally, candidates should be either a qualified solicitor/barrister, HR professional or senior business executive. For all directorships, the trust seeks candidates with the ability to bring their professional expertise to a non-profit setting and the ability to hold others to account.


Time commitment

6 hours per month.


Trust Website


Governance Structure

In addition to local governing bodies of each school, the board has committees of audit, business, health and safety and museum learning. Please see for more information.


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: Friday 19th May 2017