Non-Executive Director x 2, Member x 1

Castleford, West Yorkshire
04 May 2017
14 Jun 2017
Airedale Academies Trust
Specialist Area
HR function


Airedale Academies Trust is seeking to appoint two non-executive directors and a member to its trust board to contribute to its growth and improving standards across all schools.

Board meetings are held at Airedale Academy, Crewe Road, Airedale, Castleford, WF10 3JU.

About the trust

Airedale Academies Trust was formed in 2011 as a single converter academy, before forming a multi academy trust (MAT) in August 2014. The emergent MAT is cross-phase, serving communities experiencing endemic deprivation and low aspiration. Children are at the centre of the trust’s focus and motivation, specifically encouraging children from some of the most disadvantaged communities in the country to adopt big aspirations – and equipping them with the tools to achieve those dreams.

Airedale Academies Trust currently comprises four schools located within a one-mile radius in Castleford, West Yorkshire: one secondary school - Airedale Academy – and three primary phase schools - Airedale Infants School, Airedale Junior School and Oyster Park Primary School.


Trust ethos & values

The trust’s ethos is to focused on resilience and encouragement to achieve, even in challenging circumstances. There is an inherent value placed on the differences and diversity within the trust’s schools, acknowledging, respecting and valuing the contribution of all individuals:


Plans for the Future

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

  • The recruitment and development of trustees and local governors to raise governance standards and ensure robust levels of accountability for all schools in the trust.
  • Overall improved standards across all four schools within the trust, in order to meet the minimum Ofsted standard of ‘good’
  • The creation of capacity for growth of the trust in order to further expand and develop as the trust matures and seeks additional development within the ensuing three-year period.


Role Summary

Number of Positions Advertised: 


Roles 1&2 – Trustee/ Non-executive Director

These roles are responsible for the effective operation of the trust and each academy within it, setting the strategic direction of the organisation, providing ongoing challenge and support to the Executive Team. The ideal candidate will possess some of the following traits:


Essential (not all candidates will possess all of the below skills)

-        Non-executive/ Trustee

-        Corporate Governance

-        Risk

-        HR

-        Succession Planning

-        Legal/ Compliance



-        CEO/ General Management

-        CFO/ Finance

-        Audit Committee Chair

-        Change Management / Growth Management

-        Restructuring


Person specification

The ideal candidate will have an in-depth understanding of the impact of effective governance, possessing an independent-minded, enquiring and analytical approach. A drive for improvement is key to success, as well as preparedness to challenge the status quo and raise standards across the trust. As a number of roles are being recruited, the trust is seeking skills across the areas listed, but not all candidates are expected to possess all of the skills.  


Time commitment

6 hours /month minimum.  


Role 4– Member

Members appoint the trustees, have a limited role in overseeing the work of the trust board and undertake some other legal functions such as being able to change the name of the company or its articles of association.



-        Chair



-        CEO/ General Management

-        CFO/ Finance

-        Growth Management

-        Turnaround


Person specification

The ideal candidate will possess the ability to oversee the achievement of the objectives of the company, acting as the ‘conscience’ and ‘moral guardian’ of the company’s purpose. Essential to this is independent-minded, enquiring and analytical approach. A drive for improvement is key to success, as well as preparedness to challenge the status quo and raise standards across the trust.


Time commitment

1 hour /month minimum.


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