Non-Executive Director x 4, Member x 2

Coventry, CV2 5BD
Voluntary, unpaid.
13 Aug 2017
08 Sep 2017
Castle PhoenixTrust
Specialist Area
HR function, Recruitment

Castle Phoenix trust in Coventry seeks new board members as it enters a period of growth. Six roles are being recruited for – two members and four non-executive directors. Board meetings are held at Caludon Castle School, Axholme Road, Wyken, Coventry, CV2 5BD.


About the trust

The Castle Phoenix Trust is a growing multi-academy trust which was founded in February 2013 on the success of Caludon Castle Teaching School (the original trust member). There are currently three schools within the trust - Caludon Castle Secondary Teaching School (Coventry), Kingsbury Secondary School (Warwickshire) and Hill Farm Primary School (Coventry).

The ethos behind the trust is one of sustainable school improvement through shared understanding and collaboration; schools joining the trust do so with the prime aim of improving each other so that they can all become outstanding schools. The trust wants children to be the best they can be both academically and personally, with an emphasis on leadership development.


Trust ethos & values

Key aims of the trust include supporting and challenging children and staff to achieve their best and trust working values are: Trust, Honesty, Respect, Empowerment and Excellence. The website includes a full vision statement:


Plans for the Future

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

1.     Managing growth of the trust.

2.     Ensuring the correct IT systems are in place and fully utilized.

3.     Developing communications, marketing and PR material.


The trust wants to ensure that schools within the trust remain appropriately challenged with greater focus on higher-level scrutiny and strategic planning. The accountability framework needs to be designed so that it can be scaled up as more schools join the trust.


Role Summary

Number of Positions Advertised:  6

Roles 1 and 2 – Member

Members are required to act in the interests of the trust, for the benefit of the students and the communities it serves, as an ambassador for the trust. They should promote the trust mission, vision, objectives and achievements, whilst bound by the obligations as set out in the articles of association.

The competencies required for this role include:


-       Branding/Marketing

-       Change Management

-       Growth Management


-       IT/ Technology

-       Legal/ Compliance

-       Real estate/ Property

Person specification

The trust is keen to appoint individuals with the ability to commit to the trust in terms of strategic contribution. There should be no conflict of interest, have the ability to exercise independent judgement, due care and diligence. They should be skilled in managing business growth and ideally experienced in transforming IT provision and shared service models.

Time commitment

2 hours /month minimum.


Role 3-6– Trustee/Non-Executive Directors

The role of the non-executive director is to determine the vision for the trust and ensure its achievement underpins all strategic planning and decision-making. They should develop trust values and develop, review and take ownership of the trust's strategic plan, incorporating financial plans, and monitor its implementation, whilst ensuring all relevant compliance.

The competencies required for these roles fall in the following categories:


-       HR

-       Legal/ Compliance

-       Finance

-       Real estate/ Property

-       Non-executive/ Trustee


-       Change management

-       IT/ Technology

-       Succession Planning

-       Risk Management

Person specification

The trust seeks individuals who have the ability to commit to the trust in terms of time and strategic contribution. The trust welcomes applicants with HR, legal, finance or property experience, who are able to lead and support significant change and growth.

Time commitment

6 hours /month minimum.


Trust Website


Governance Structure


Background on academy trusts

Academy schools, which are charities run independently of local authority control, now account for 70% of secondary schools and 24% 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: 8 September 2017

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