Non-Executive Director x 2

11 May 2017
30 Jun 2017
The Two Counties Trust
Specialist Area
HR function

The Two Counties Trust

The Two Counties Trust in Nottinghamshire seeks two trustees to join its expanding board. The trust was created in April 2016 and consists of three secondary schools, sharing a collective vision: to raise educational standards and better the life chances of students within the multi-academy trust (MAT). Board meetings are held at Ashfield School, Sutton Road, Kirkby-in-Ashfield Nottinghamshire, NG17 8HP.


About the trust

The Two Counties Trust was established in April 2016, comprising three secondary schools (Ashfield, Selston and Swanwick Hall) in Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire. Since then, the MAT has grown to include two further sponsored secondary schools – one assessed by Ofsted as a being in ‘Special Measures’ school, in Nottinghamshire, and one assessed as ‘Requires Improvement’; the schools are based in Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire, respectively.


All schools within the trust are located in ex-mining areas with relatively high levels of deprivation. All schools shared a similar context, in that they have previously experienced below average levels of attainment, and their students are from predominantly white working class backgrounds. Three schools have sixth form provisions, and two are for pupils who are aged 11 - 16.


The Department of Education has given approval for a further secondary school to join the MAT in September 2017. The trust anticipates that it will continue to grow in the near future, with the addition of a further three schools. It expects to incorporate up to 10 secondary schools, at a later date.


Trust ethos & values

There is a commitment from all schools in the trust to support each other in providing the very best quality of education for students. The trust’s representatives work in partnership for the benefit of the young people in their area.


The trust’s core values include:

  • Respect for individuals
  • Integrity
  • Collaboration
  • Continual improvement
  • Accountability


Plans for the Future

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

  • Developing the capacity within the MAT to provide high quality support for its schools, in order to effect positive change and improve outcomes and progress for its pupils.
  • Creating a Central Services Team infrastructure to support the school improvement agenda across the MAT.
  • Aligning policies and practice across the school to become a more uniformed and consistent organisation, whilst making the necessary efficiencies to benefit all schools.

The trust expects to continue to expand, in terms of secondary schools. It also intends to introduce primary schools into the MAT, and has an ambition to open a free school which caters for alternative provision.


Role Summary

Number of Positions Advertised: 2


Role 1 – Trustee/Non-Executive Directors

The trust seeks an individual who is able to join the board and offer challenge and scrutiny – as well as supporting and guidance – to the CEO and CFO in ensuring they are meeting the aims outlined in the MAT strategic plan.


The competencies required for this role include:



-        CFO/ Finance

-        Remuneration Committee Chair

-        Succession Planning



-        Growth Management

-        Restructuring


Person specification

The ideal candidate will possess a demonstrable and extensive financial background The current trust has an overall grant income of almost £40m and this will increase as more schools are added. Therefore, significant expertise, knowledge and experience of managing substantial budgets is essential to this role.


Time commitment

The trust is reviewing its meeting pattern but it is expected that the time commitment will be around 4-6 hours per month (on average).


Role 2 – Trustee/Non-Executive Directors

To join the board of trustees to challenge and support the CEO and CFO in ensuring they are meeting the aims outlined in the MAT strategic plan.


The competencies required for this role include:



-        Change management

-        Growth Management

-        Restructuring

-        Legal

-        Health & Safety


Person specification

A further trustee is sought, possessing strong business and leadership skills across a range of general business areas, including change and growth management and restructuring. During a period of growth and expansion, the trust is seeking individuals who are able to offer knowledge and input on how to plan and deliver against key objectives.


Time commitment

The trust is reviewing its meeting pattern but it is expected that the time commitment will be around 4-6 hours per month (on average).


Trust Website 


Governance Structure

There are five members on the trust’s board of members, nine trustees on its board of trustees, and each school has a local governing body with agreed delegated authority.


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: 23rd June 2017 – early applications would be welcomed in order to confirm the new board before the summer break