Non-Executive Director x 3

Broughton Astley, Leicester
Voluntary, unpaid.
22 Sep 2017
22 Oct 2017
Success Academy Trust
HR Jobs Level
Director / Head / VP, Manager
Contract Type

Success Academy Trust is seeking to recruit three new non-executive directors to join its board. This is a cross phase trust of primary and secondary schools, based in Leicestershire, with collaboration and smooth transition for pupils at the heart of its work. The trust operates across areas of lower deprivation in Broughton Astley and Cosby, and higher deprivation in the Hinckley schools: its values and ethos, however, are constant. The trust is proud to have already secured ‘improved achievement’ in its first year for all four of its schools, and seeks skilled business professionals to help it progress further on its improvement journey. Board meetings are held at Thomas Estley Community College, Station Road, Broughton Astley, Leicestershire, LE9 6PT.   


About the trust

The trust has grown from existing close collaboration and extensive school improvement work, which began in 2013, within TELA (Thomas Estley Learning Alliance), a teaching school alliance of over 40 Leicestershire primary and secondary schools.

It currently consists of one secondary school and three primary schools, and has an intention to grow: two-three primary schools have expressed an interest in joining next year.


Plans for the Future

Three key challenges for the trust over the next 12-24 months are:

  1. Preparing for sustainable and impactful growth, both non-sponsored and sponsored academies. Getting the groundwork right, ensuring financial and school improvement sustainability, attracting the right schools.
  2. Ensuring the right balance of skills on the Trustees board.
  3. Continuing to improve outcomes for all of its schools and learners. 

In the long-term, the trust would like to grow to include more schools, including sponsored primary and secondary schools.

It is looking to expand its current board of seven to nine or ten this year, to improve skills coverage and effectiveness and reducing overlap with committees.


Trust ethos & values

The trust aims to secure high achievement, challenge barriers to success, and excel in all areas. It has a collaborative approach to operations, and works within a supportive community of learning and partnerships.

The trust’s values and ethos grew from those of TELA and can be found on the trust website


Role Summary

Number of Positions Advertised:  3 x Trustees/Non-Executive Directors

Trustee/Non-Executive Director

Non-executive directors will be responsible for maintaining stability during a period of rapid growth, and the management of a dynamic structure. The trustee is required to sit on trustee board thus attending full trust meetings, and the AGM, and possibly sub-committees by negotiation.


Role 1 – Trustee/Non-Executive Director

The competencies required for this role include:


  • CFO/ Finance


  • Real Estate/ Property
  • Legal/ Compliance
  • Corporate Governance

Person specification

Ideally, this candidate will have an accountancy or finance background and will be expected to attend the finance sub-committee. Due to the nature of the role, is important for this individual to understand and accurately scrutinise company accounts, in order to provide challenge, reassurance, and quality assurance as part of their governance.

Time commitment

4-6 hours (on average) per month.


Role 2 –

The competencies required for this role include:


  • Change Management
  • Growth Management


  • Non-executive/ Trustee
  • Branding/ Marketing
  • Real estate/ Property
  • Restructuring
  • Risk

Person specification

Ideally, this candidate will have a business development and/or change management background. Experience in a management role involving planning for sustainable business growth is necessary.

Time commitment

4-6 hours (on average) per month.


Role 3 –

The competencies required for this role include:


  • HR


  • Succession Planning
  • Turnaround

Person specification

This candidate should have a school improvement (mainstream) background, and will be involved in supporting the improvement of standards and provision across the trust’s schools.

Time commitment

4-6 hours (on average) per month.


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 25% 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.

“Academy boards must be ambitious for all children and young people and infused with a passion for education and a commitment to continuous school improvement that enables the best possible outcomes. Governance must be grounded in reality as defined by both high-quality objective data and a full understanding of the views and needs of pupils/students, staff, parents, carers and local communities. It should be driven by inquisitive, independent minds and through conversations focused on the key strategic issues which are conducted with humility, good judgement, resilience and determination.”  Source: Governance Handbook, Department for Education (2017)

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: 27 October 2017