Non-Executive Director x 2

Middlesbrough, North Yorkshire
04 May 2017
14 Jun 2017
Endeavour Academies
Specialist Area
HR function

Endeavour Academies

Endeavour Academies, in Middlesbrough, seeks two non-executive directors to join their board. The trust is specifically looking for candidates who can add expertise in HR and health and safety. The trust currently has two schools, a large 11-18 secondary school and a primary school that is soon to join.

Board meetings are held at Macmillan Academy, Stockton Road, Middlesbrough, TS5 4AG

About the trust

Endeavor Academies is based in inner-city Middlesbrough, with some of the most deprived wards in the country providing students who attend the trust’s founding school. The founding school is an 11-18 academy with 1600 students on roll. As a former city technology college and converter academy the founding school has a long established reputation in Teesside. The trust is also about to expand, an anticipates welcoming a further primary in due course.


Trust ethos & values

The trust will commit to a learning community based on moral purpose and high aspirations. The trust also will embrace four strategic aims: -       The pursuit of excellence in teaching and learning;  

-       Developing a whole education;

-       Promoting student health and wellbeing;

-       Inspiring students for future employment.  

The trust expects its schools to be outward facing organisations which will work together to champion best practice and to secure excellent outcomes. The trust expects its academies to demand outstanding standards for all students. There will be a continuous focus on teaching, learning and student progress in classrooms with the preparation of students to face the world through experiences much wider than curriculum subjects.  


Plans for the Future

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

-       To maintain standards despite changes in examination and assessment systems and in context of a challenges around teacher recruitment.

-       To secure non-executive directors capable of bringing further expertise to the trust, as well as improving overall levels of accountability.

The trust is seeking to grow, with the aim of becoming a trust of five academies in the near future. The trust is also bidding for teaching school status in order to enhance the suite of continuing professional development opportunities.


Role Summary

Number of Positions Advertised: 2


Role 1 – Trustee/ Non-executive Director

The trust seeks a non-executive director with the ability to contribute to the trust’s human resources expertise. This individual will provide advice on policies and procedures, the appointment and dismissal of staff, hearing appeals and grievances.


The competencies required for this role include:



-        Non-executive/ Trustee

-        Remuneration Committee Chair

-        HR



-        Restructuring

-        Succession Planning


Person specification

Trustees will contribute to the work of the academy by offering insight, challenge and vision in order to improve the standards across the whole trust. By welcoming individuals from a broad background, the mix and diversity of the trust board is positively impacted.


Time commitment

Up to six, two-hour meetings across the academic year.


Role 2– Trustee/Non-Executive Director

The trust seeks a Director who can work with the health and safety advisor ensuring that all schools meet the conditions of the Health and Safety at Work Act. Equally, the director should be able to give advice on building conditions, environmental considerations and maintenance scheduling.



-        Change Management

-        Legal/ Compliance

-        Risk



-        Real estate/ Property


Person specification

Directors will contribute to the work of the academy by virtue of their profession and qualifications. Whatever background, the trust positively welcomes applications from persons who can add to the diversity of the trust. Time commitment

Up to six, two-hour meetings across the academic year.


Trust Website


Governance Structure


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: Wednesday, 14th June 2017