Non-Executive Director x 3

Newcastle Upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear
04 May 2017
13 Jun 2017
Newcastle East Mixed Multi Academy Trust
Specialist Area
HR function


Newcastle East Mixed Multi Academy Trust (NEAT) is seeking to appoint three new board members as it embarks on a challenging and exciting period of development. Board meetings are held at Benfield School, Benfield Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE6 4NU.

About the trust

The newly-formed Newcastle East Mixed Multi Academy Trust (NEAT) comprises five schools within a close geographical area - Benfield School, an 11-18 provision, Central Walker Church of England Primary School, Tyneview School, Walkergate Community School, West Walker Primary School – all of which have worked together, informally, for a number of years, developing a system-led approach to school improvement.


East Newcastle is an area of high deprivation - welfare and well-being are key agendas to enable positive outcomes for children. Children and their achievement are at the centre of all activity at all of the schools within the newly-formed Multi Academy Trust (MAT).


There are four primary schools, including a nursey, within the MAT, and one secondary school with post-16 provision. All of the schools are assessed as ‘Good’ by Ofsted.


Trust ethos & values

The MAT aims to ensure a healthy, happy environment for all of its young people and their families, to facilitate achievement and offer optimum opportunities to make the most of their talents and fulfil their potential. The MAT seeks to ensure the achievement, personal development and wellbeing of children and young people no matter their starting point.  


Plans for the Future

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

1. To establish the trust and make it secure, including overall governance, the operation of the central team, financial security and capacity for school improvement.

2. To establish links outside the current trust academies, in order to share outstanding practice and school improvement, particularly in the secondary sector, in which the MAT currently only has one school.

3. To begin to develop an "all through" approach to education in East Newcastle, involving families and the community in the concept.

The trust board will be seeking to expand the MAT once a secure and sound base is established with the existing schools, with particular focus on introducing a further secondary school to the trust. Such a level of expansion would involve additional review of governance structures within a two-year period.


Role Summary

Number of Positions Advertised: 



Roles 1-3 – Trustee/ Non-executive Director

The MAT is seeking to appoint three non-executive directors to work across a number of areas as it develops a strong base with the initial schools.

This will necessarily include experience of organisation development, creating and managing a central team resource, driving business efficiency, business growth, HR and succession planning, among other key competencies; candidates will possess some of the following:



-        Change Management

-        Corporate Governance

-        Growth Management

-        Restructuring

-        Risk

-        HR



-        Branding / Marketing

-        Legal / Compliance

-        Real estate / Property

-        Succession Planning


Person specification

Across the three roles the trust is seeking to fill, a range of skills are necessary to provide a strategic overview of key areas inherent in growth and development of an organisation.Experience of working at a high level within a HR context is essential, as is an individual with significant experience of growing a business at pace, due diligence, governance and the structure of the central team.


Time commitment

Up to 9 meetings throughout the year.


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: Tuesday 13th June, 2017