Non-Executive Director x 1, Member x 1

Devon - meetings to be held in multiple locations
12 Apr 2017
01 Jun 2017
Coast Academies
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Coast Academies


Coast Academies in Torbay currently seeks to strengthen its trust board and requires a non-executive director/trustee and a member. The trust has plans for expansion and seeks to recruit individuals with experience of growth management to help deliver this aim. Trust meetings take place on rotation in each of the trust’s schools. Currently, this is Brixham, Paignton and Cockington. 


About the trust

Coast Academies is a multi-academy trust (MAT) currently comprised of three large primary schools in Torbay that are committed to achieving the best for children by working together. To this end, the trust hopes to expand, to further develop the opportunities for collaborative working, procurement and shared resources.  


Coast Academies currently has 1,300 pupils on roll and was formed through the accreditation of Eden Park Primary School in 2013 as a Department for Education sponsor, which in turn led to Preston Primary joining the trust in a supported role in 2014. Cockington Primary School joined the trust in April 2016.  Both Eden Park Primary and Preston Primary include nursery provision. A pre-school provision on Cockington school site is provided and run independently. In addition, Preston Primary contains a specialist autism unit to provide support for its pupils and to allow them to learn effectively in a safe and secure environment.


Eden Park and Cockington Primary are both rated as good by Ofsted. Preston Primary School was rated as requires improvement in its last inspection, however, with two years of strong results the trust hopes to see this rating improve at the schools next inspection.


Trust ethos & values

Coast Academies brings together schools who share values such as collaboration, creative thinking and respect. Schools impart these values in the context of a broad, rich curriculum designed to generate a commitment to lifelong learning.


The trust’s key aims are summed up in the diagram below and further information can be found on the trust’s website.


Plans for the Future

Coast Academies is at a significant point of expansion, with a number of local schools interested in joining the trust. The trust also has the capacity to support a school that is in need of support, improvement and transformation, utilising the skills and experience of the trust’s Strategic Education Team. With a growth plan primarily focused on primary phase education, Coast Academies is currently in the process of applying to open two new, one and two-form-entry primary free schools, both with nurseries provision, in the Paignton area. The result of these applications is expected in Spring 2017. If successful the first of these schools will open by September 2018 and the second in September 2020, in order to meet the demand for pupil places identified by the local authority. The trust hopes to expand to up to 15 schools., a size at which the economies of scale and development of the central team will allow the trust to begin exploiting MAT benefits in a more comprehensive way. 


Role Summary

Number of Positions Advertised: 2


Role 1 – Trustee/Non-Executive Director


-        Corporate Governance

-        Compliance

-        HR/Organisational Development

-        Corporate Finance

-        Risk Management

-        Growth Management

-        Strategic Business



-        Branding/Marketing

-        Change Management

-        Legal


Person specification

Non-executive directors are responsible for the strategic direction of the trust and support leaders to help the trust achieve its aims and vision. Candidates should be able to demonstrate the ability to hold senior leaders to account and ensure that funding is used appropriately. The trust would particularly welcome applications from candidates with growth management or risk management experience, given the trust’s planned expansion.


Time commitment

Six hours per month minimum with four meetings per year.


Role 2– Member


-        Corporate Governance

-        Legal/Compliance

-        Strategic Business

-        HR



-        Branding/Marketing

-        Growth Management

-        Change Management

-        Risk


Person specification

Members fulfil a top-level monitoring role. Minutes of meetings, key decisions and key performance indicators need to be monitored to ensure the principles and vision of the trust are being upheld appropriately.  Members also appoint trustees and may need to attend an additional meeting to carry out this function. 


Time commitment

Two hours per month minimum with three meetings per year.


Trust Website


Governance Structure

Coast Academies trust board is currently comprised of five members and a minimum of eight trustees/non-executive directors.

More information on the trust’s governance can be found on its 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: Friday 2nd June

Interviews: Interviews will be held in the second half of June with a view to successful candidates starting with the trust in September 2017. Candidates will have an opportunity to visit the trust or speak to a member of the trust board prior to the interview.