Non-Executive Director

Darlington, Durham
27 Apr 2017
05 Jun 2017
St. Aidan's Academy
Specialist Area
HR function

St Aidan's Academy

St. Aidan’s Academy, in Darlington, seeks a non-executive director to join its board. The trust is a single academy in a highly deprived area of Darlington. Board meetings are held at St Aidan's Academy Darlington, Hundens Lane, Darlington, DL1 1LL.


About the trust

St Aidan's Academy is a single academy trust in a highly deprived area of Darlington. The academy is a Church of England secondary school and is sponsored jointly by the Crosslands Group and the Diocese of Durham. In recent years the trust has seen continued school improvement and has moved from the Ofsted Category of ‘Serious Weakness’ to ‘Requires Improvement’ with Leadership and Management rated as ‘Good’.


Trust ethos & values

The trust promotes care, respect and responsibility and expect high standards in all aspects of academy life. As a Church of England academy, St. Aidan’s aims to build a community clearly based on the Christian values of love, forgiveness and reconciliation, integrity and the unique value of each individual. The trust aims to build self-esteem, model conflict resolution, protect the weak and is committed to justice and compassion. Mutual respect and trust are central within the academy.


Plans for the Future

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

·        Improve standards by continuing to develop leaders and managers.

·        Improve standards by delivering consistently good and outstanding learning experiences.

·        Continue to develop the trust board to enable leaders to provide the best possible educational outcomes.


Role Summary

Number of Positions Advertised:  1


Role 1 – Trustee/Non-Executive Director


-        Restructuring

-        Succession Planning

-        Turnaround


-        HR

-        IT/ Technology

-        Risk


Person specification

The trust is seeking to recruit a trustee who will contribute to a raising of standards across the academy trust, bringing scrutiny and vision to the trust board to help the trust continue its progression and improvement.


Time commitment

Up to six hours per month on average

The trust board meets five times per year and each tends to be preceded by a sub-committee meeting on the same day.


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: 5th June, 2017