Non-Executive Director x 4

18 May 2017
18 Jun 2017
The Evolve Trust
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The Evolve Trust


The Evolve Trust, a multi-academy trust with three academies situated in the Mansfield area, is seeking two members and two non-executive directors to join its board. The trust currently has three academies: a primary and two 11-18 secondary academies, one of which serves students with special educational needs. Board meetings are held at Ransom Hall, Ransom Wood, Southwell Road, Mansfield, Notts, NG21 0HJ


About the trust

The Evolve Trust consists of three academies: The Brunts Academy, a large comprehensive with a sixth form, the Bramble Academy, a small primary and the Beech Academy, a special school catering for students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). All of the schools are based in the Mansfield area of Nottinghamshire.


The Brunts Academy is a successful, oversubscribed academy with over 1500 students on roll. At the last Ofsted inspection, carried out in March 2017, the school retained its Ofsted ‘Good’ rating in all areas. The Beech Academy is a special school with 70 students on roll, the majority of whom are diagnosed with ASD. When Beech Hill joined the trust it was in Special Measures and the trust has helped and supported the school to drive improvements. The school is due to be inspected shortly and is anticipated to have made improvements in all areas.


The Bramble Academy (formerly known as the Robin Hood Primary School) is the latest addition to the Evolve Trust, transferring from the Local Authority on the 1st June 2014. The Robin Hood Primary School was latterly graded as ‘inadequate’ and the Bramble Academy has not been inspected by Ofsted. Significant school improvement support is being provided by the trust to address areas of need and to improve standards across all areas.


Trust ethos & values

The trust is passionate about quality education; all of its schools share one mission – to give its children the very best education possible and the very best start in life. The trust places its pupils and students at the heart of everything it does, with the aim of nurturing and developing resilience and potential in every child, making it possible for them to lead productive and successful lives. Those who work within the trust desire their students to strive for ambitious futures, leaving a positive mark both on the trust’s community and their own.


The trust seeks excellence through inspirational leadership, collaboration, teamwork, innovation and challenge and it works to ensure that it achieves the very best for its students.


Its vision - ‘to open minds, creating opportunities for all to believe in themselves, achieve their full potential and develop skills needed to succeed and enjoy life’ - is at the heart of its schools.


The trust has five key values, which are:


  • Ambition - Striving for the highest personal achievement
  • Integrity - The moral courage to be sincere, reliable and trustworthy at all times
  • Inclusivity – Together, creating a stronger community
  • Endeavour - The best preparation for tomorrow is doing the best today
  • Resilience - Take on challenges, learn and thrive


It expects all members, trustees and governors to sign up to the trust’s vision and values, and to be first class leaders who ensure that the trust becomes a system leader in school improvement and the provision of world class education.


Plans for the Future

The trust has plans to grow further by adding more schools and is also developing a Free School application to set up Beacon Charter School.  Beacon Charter will offer early intervention, academic and therapeutic support, together with behaviour modification programmes. This alternative provision will provide personalised diagnostic pathways to re-engage vulnerable children and reintroduce them to the learning environment.


Role Summary

Number of Positions Advertised: 4


Roles 1&2 – Trustee/Non-Executive Director

The trustees will be responsible and accountable for the strategic priorities of the trust.


They will be responsible for:


  • Agreeing the strategic priorities of the trust
  • Agreeing targets for student and pupil achievement at individual academy level
  • Agreeing the budgets for academies in the trust
  • Monitoring performance through transition to transformation operational plans
  • Ensuring each academy curriculum is relevant and broadly balanced
  • Review performance and pay of the Executives and Principals in conjunction with Chairs of Local Governing Bodies


The competencies required for this role include:



-        CFO/ Finance

-        Growth Management

-        Corporate Governance



-        Succession Planning

-        Strategic Planning

-        Risk


Person specification

For all directorships, the trust seeks candidates with the ability to bring their professional expertise to a non-profit setting and the ability to hold others to account. Each individual will, ideally, have expertise general and/or financial management, and strategic oversight., with demonstrable evidence of success in these areas. The trust board is looking for people who have strong moral purpose and want to make a difference to the lives of all young people, by applying their knowledge, skills and experience to helping develop robust and accountable systems of governance across the trust board.


Time commitment

Four to six hours per month (on average).


Roles 3&4– Trustee/Non-Executive Director

Members will hold the Board of Trustees to account. Their role is primarily a strategic one, accountable for the strategic priorities of the trust. Members have a less ‘hands-on’ approach than trustees and meet less frequently. Members have the power to appoint and remove trustees from the trust board and are able to alter the trust’s Articles of Association.


The competencies required 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

One meeting per year.


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: 30th June 2017