Non-Executive Director x 2, Member x 2

Liverpool, Merseyside
18 May 2017
30 Jun 2017
Lydiate Learning Trust
Specialist Area
HR function


Lydiate Learning Trust is a diverse trust offering a variety of educational opportunities in the Merseyside area. With ambitious plans for developing its offering, the trust is seeking two new trustees bringing skills and knowledge to guide the process, as well as a further two Members, responsible for holding the trust board to account. Board meetings are held at Deyes High School, Deyes Lane, Liverpool, L31 6DE.

About the trust

Lydiate Learning Trust is a growing Multi-Academy Trust (MAT) based in Maghull, Merseyside. The trust currently has approximately 2,500 students, 320 employees and 48 trainee teachers. It was established in January 2015 and borne from the vision of a group of Governors, the Headteacher and Senior Leaders of Deyes High School.


Lydiate Learning Trust is currently formed of Deyes High School in Maghull, a secondary school in Liverpool, Childwall Sports and Science Academy, the ‘Studio@Deyes’ Studio School (age 14-19) and a large teacher training centre known as Associated Merseyside Partnership-School Centred Initial Teacher Training (AMP-SCITT).


The SCITT demonstrates the desire of the trust to share its passion and drive to train and develop outstanding and inspirational teachers who are highly employable, highly successful educational professionals and leaders of learning. The AMP SCITT plans and delivers its own teacher training course resulting in high quality, practical, classroom-focused teacher training delivered by experienced, practising teachers and based within schools in the partnership.


Lydiate Learning Trust is also a strategic partner in the Holy Rosary Teaching School Alliance which spans both the Primary and Secondary sector and includes 12 Primary Schools and three Secondary Schools.


Trust ethos & values

The trust’s ethos is rooted in the belief that every child is afforded the very best opportunities in life. The trust believes all pupils are entitled to attend a school where the aim is ‘to excel in all that we do so that everyone flourishes and achieves their full potential.’


To achieve this, the trust aims to:

  • Place teaching and learning at the centre of all its activity;
  • Make the process of learning vivid and challenging;
  • Determine the individual needs of every student;
  • Have high expectations of every member of the school community;
  • Celebrate success in all aspects of school life.


Plans for the Future

The trust is about to embark on a period of significant growth and is looking to expand to include more Primary and Secondary schools, along with an enhanced SCITT provision. In order to manage this development and expansion, the trust is seeking to identify the optimum number and blend of trustees, possessing the necessary skills, knowledge and strategic vision to help contribute to and manage the growth.


Role Summary

Number of Positions Advertised: 



Roles 1&2 – Trustee/ Non-executive Director

The trust is looking to recruit individuals to both the main trust board and the SCITT Executive Board. Trustees, or non-executive directors, are expected to work with the rest of the trust board and offer guidance, clarity, vision and strategic leadership, holding to account the schools’ senior leaders in delivering outstanding outcomes for students.



-        Legal/ Compliance

-        HR

-        General Management

-        Change Management



-        Marketing/ Branding

-        Communication

-        Project Management


Person specification

The ideal candidate/s will have prior experience working at Senior Manager/ Director level in the private, charity or public sector, demonstrating significant expertise as a strategic leader and effective communicator with experience of providing constructive challenge and critical insight.The trust is seeking individuals with enthusiasm for improving educational standards, alongside commercial acumen and strategic perspective.


Time commitment

4-6 hours per month (on average). The trust board meets every two months.


Roles 3&4 – 2 Members

The trust is looking to recruit two individuals to sit on its Members board, providing independent oversight to the work of the main trust board in order to ensure suitable accountability for its decision making and strategy. Members have a less ‘hands-on’ approach than trustees and meet, on average, less frequently. The members are able to alter the trust’s Articles of Association and may appoint or remove directors if necessary. Prior experience as a non-executive director is beneficial and advisable for anyone seeking to become a Member of the trust.


The key competencies for this role include:


-        Corporate Governance

-        Non-executive director


Person specification

To become a member, it is desirable for an individual to have had previous experience in a NED (non-executive director) or trustee role. Potential candidates should be able to demonstrate experience at a senior manager or director level in the private, charity or public sector. It is important that members of this trust can be relied upon to act honestly, diligently and in good faith.  


Time commitment

Currently the Members Board only sits once per year for a meeting lasting up to 1.5 hours. Members may also be required to read papers resulting from board meetings which may add another 1 hour per month maximum.


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 30th June, 2017

Interviews:    TBC