Non-Executive Director x 4

Sheffield, South Yorkshire
11 May 2017
31 May 2017
Silverdale Multi Academy Trust
Specialist Area
HR function


Silverdale Trust, based in Sheffield, has ambitious plans to develop over the next three years, with three hubs with several schools each being planned. In order to manage this growth and development the trust is seeking up to four new board non-executive directors to join its trust board.

Board meetings are held at Silverdale School, Bents Crescent, Sheffield, S11 9QH.


About the trust

Formed in 2016, Silverdale Trust is about to enter an exciting new phase of development and growth. The trust is now building on its experience and bringing other schools into the organisation to join the Ofsted ‘Outstanding’ Silverdale School.


Silverdale School is based in state-of-the-art buildings in south-west Sheffield and has around 1,350 secondary age students, including a highly successful sixth form; over 30 languages are spoken across the diverse and rich community, and the school has more than 120 staff. The school features in the Sunday Times’ ‘Top 20 comprehensives in England and Wales’ due to excellent exam results. The trust anticipates growth by initially sponsoring Westfield Secondary School in Sheffield, which will join the trust shortly. Other secondary and primary schools in both Sheffield and Derbyshire are in talks with Silverdale Trust about joining over the coming 18 months, with early plans to develop three hubs, with several schools each, in the next few years.


The trust’s Teaching School - one of the biggest in the country - was designated as one of the first

Teaching Schools in 2012 and sits at the heart of the Sheffield Teaching School Alliance (STSA). It has a large, cross-phase, nationally-recognised School Direct Teacher Training Programme in conjunction with Sheffield Hallam University, providing Newly Qualified Teachers (NQTs) and a fully-developed programme of professional development for existing teachers. The Teaching School was recently awarded National SCITT (School Centred Initial Teacher Training) status, working across both state and independent sectors and specialising in modern foreign languages.


Trust ethos & values

Silverdale Trust offers a fully-rounded education for students. The trust’s aim is to support schools to build upon their existing strengths and to achieve rapid improvement across all phases. It has extensive experience of school-to-school support, school leadership and being an innovator leading the way in Teaching School development.  


Plans for the Future

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


  • Creating and managing internal capacity in order to maximise growth and realise aspirations for development;
  • Establishing financial sustainability and creating a business model and a central charging model that is viable in the long-term;
  • Achieving and maintaining outstanding teaching and learning outcomes across all schools of the trust.


The trust aims to grow two hubs of up to six schools each in the next two-to-three years, with at least three hubs within five years. The trust aims for all schools to be ‘Good’ or ‘Outstanding’ by 2020, with highly-effective local governing bodies and an independent trust board with a wide and diverse range of skills, knowledge and expertise.


Role Summary

Number of Positions Advertised: 



Roles 1-4 – Trustee/ Non-executive Director

Trustees are responsible for overseeing growth and providing support to the trust board. As a trustee, individuals are expected to provide scrutiny and challenge to the board. There are clear reporting lines from Local Governing Bodies, which are responsible for the governance of each school within the trust, to the Board of Trustees, then to Members, which is the highest level of governance of the trust and holds overall responsibility for the trust’s Articles of Association. Silverdale Trust is particularly seeking individuals with skills in the following areas:


Essential – not all candidates will have skills in all areas

-        Entrepreneur/ Founder

-        Growth Management

-        CFO/ Finance

-        Risk

-        HR

-        Succession Planning

-        Legal/ Compliance

-        Real estate/ Property



-        Branding/ Marketing

-        Change Management

-        Growth Management

-        Restructuring

-        Turnaround

-        Audit Committee Chair

-        IT/ Technology


Person specification

The trust is seeking individuals able to challenge and support through a phase of active growth as it seeks to build capacity and develop an ambitious business plan. This means that individuals with experience of building a medium-to-large sized organisation, and operating at board level, would be an asset.  One of the new trustees will have clear experience of managing substantial budgets, preferably with relevant professional qualifications.

Additionally, the trust seeks someone with clear experience of managing risk to oversee and challenge the executives in terms of the growth plans and develop mitigating strategies.

Furthermore, the trust is eager to recruit a HR professional, preferably with a Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) or other equivalent qualification. Experience of managing change in a growing business is essential, preferably with some experience of TUPE - Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations 2006.

An individual with experience of managing a property portfolio and/or an estates or surveying background would be highly valued. Experience or knowledge of PFI (private finance initiative) or similar contract management would be useful.


Time commitment

The board of directors typically meets on a quarterly basis, along with termly sub-committee meetings (Finance and Audit, HR).  It is likely that trustees would spend an average of approximately six hours per month on trust business. 


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: Wednesday 31st May – however, early applications are welcomed in the hope to finalising the new Board before the summer break.