Non-Executive Director x 1, Member x 1

Durham (City/Town)
04 May 2017
16 Jun 2017
Cleves Cross Learning Trust
Specialist Area
HR function


Cleves Cross Learning Trust is seeking to appoint a new trustee with knowledge and skills in HR and change management, as well as a member, possessing experience of senior board level working and management. Both roles will help the trust in its ambitious plans for growth. Board meetings are held at multiple locations within the proximity of the trust schools.

About the trust

Cleves Cross Learning Trust is a multi-academy charitable trust established in November 2013; the trust currently comprises two primary schools - Cleves Cross Primary School and Rosa Street Primary School.


The conversion to academy status, initially by Cleves Cross Primary School, opened up greater opportunities for decision making and budget management to enhance provision for the school. As an outstanding primary school, academy status allowed Cleves Cross to be ready to sponsor and support schools in its community that were facing challenging circumstances. In September 2014, Rosa Street Primary School joined Cleves Cross Learning Trust as a sponsored academy and is currently awaiting its first Ofsted inspection post-conversion.


In 2016, Cleves Cross Primary enhanced and expanded capacity through the addition of a 52-place nursery. The trust is now looking to grow in size with further primary schools joining the trust either via the sponsor route or by chosen conversion.


Trust ethos & values

Cleves Cross Learning Trust views itself as a growing family of schools that works together, supports each other and shares good practice. Its aim is to help all children at the trust’s schools to realise their own potential and reach their maximum achievement.


Plans for the Future

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



  • To achieve an Ofsted ‘Good’ result for Rosa Street Primary School in its first Ofsted inspection since conversion.
  • To achieve the addition of further primary schools to the trust through structured expansion.
  • To optimise opportunities throughout the trust, both in terms of financial planning and delivery and in teaching and learning, and pupil outcomes.



The trust intends to manage growth, within its local area, to a size where effective communication, positive relationships and close working arrangements are still possible. The aim is for children within the trust’s schools to achieve the best education through:


  • Exemplary teaching
  • Exciting and engaging curriculum
  • Inspirational learning opportunities
  • Engagement with the local and wider community


Role Summary

Number of Positions Advertised: 



Role 1 – Member


The trust currently has three members, responsible for the appointment of directors and signatories to its Articles. In order to ensure a further dimension, in terms of vision and community presence, the trust is seeking to add to this Membership.


The competencies required for this role include:



-        Entrepreneur / Founder

-        Business experience

-        Business development



-        IT / Technology


Person specification

The ideal candidate will possess commitment to the school community and subscribe to the vision of the trust. Further to this, the candidate will have the ability to share and expand the ethos of the trust within and beyond the current schools. Experience working at senior level, with a strategic vision, is sought in order to fully maximise the role.


Time commitment

Three meetings per annum


Role 2– Trustee/Non-Executive Director

Trust directors set the strategic direction for the multi academy trust and are accountable for the performance of the schools within it. They hold the Executive Head Teacher to account and have responsibilities as set out in the trust Articles.


The competencies required for this role include:



-        Branding/ Marketing

-        Change Management

-        HR



-        Corporate Governance

-        IT/ Technology

-        Risk


Person specification

The ideal candidate will be able to demonstrate commitment in time and expertise to add to the current board, bringing, in particular, experience in HR, branding and marketing, as well as expertise in change management. These skills are essential to help manage the period of change that is inherent in expansion and development of a multi academy trust.

The trust seeks an individual who has a genuine interest in the provision of the best possible educational experiences for children within the schools’ communities and can offer their skills, knowledge and time to help the trust achieve its objectives over the ensuing period.


Time commitment

Six board meetings per annum, with additional time for trust development. 


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: Friday, 16th June 2017