Non-Executive Director x 3

Cheshire East
Unpaid, voluntary
05 Oct 2017
10 Nov 2017
Congleton Multi-Academy Trust
Specialist Area
HR function

Congleton Multi-Academy Trust (CMAT)

Congleton Multi-Academy Trust seeks three non-executive directors to join their board and support ambitious growth plans.  Board meetings are held at Congleton High School, Box Lane, Congleton Cheshire East, CW12 4NS.

About the trust

Established in 2013, Congleton Multi-Academy Trust (CMAT) comprises of two primary schools and one secondary school, serving families in the market town of Congleton in Cheshire and north Staffordshire.

Congleton High School has around 1,200 secondary students, including a successful post 16 provision, while Black Firs Primary School has 300 children and Castle Primary School just over 100. All schools are rated Good by Ofsted and are working towards Outstanding status. There are over 250 employees working together across three sites to provide excellent educational outcomes.

An effective school improvement model has been developed by the trust, utilising and formalising school-to-school support. Central services also enable schools to benefit from economies of scale and a key strength is the sharing of resources between the schools. CMAT is keen to ensure it provides career and development opportunities to all employees.

Congleton Multi-Academy Trust is about to enter an exciting new phase of development and growth. The expansion of the town of Congleton with over 4000 new houses means increased demand for new school places. The trust will initially grow by establishing Congleton College, a 14-19 vocational school, to deal with the increasing demand for apprenticeships in Engineering. The trust will also submit proposals for starting a new primary school.

Plans for the Future

The trust is exploring opportunities for growth with other secondary and primary schools in the region and several are already in talks about joining over the coming months. Other challenges facing the board over the next year are:

  1. Achieving and maintaining outstanding teaching, learning and leadership across all schools of the trust;
  2. Creating and managing internal capacity in order to maximise growth and realise aspirations for development and;
  3. Strengthening governance by recruiting independent trustees and members.

Trust ethos & values

Congleton Multi-Academy Trust is a family of academies that promotes lifelong learning and inspires everyone to succeed. The trust works collaboratively to ensure that all the adults involved in educating children from aged 3 to 19 provide a quality of education that enables them to be successful. For more information, please see

Role Summary

Number of Positions Advertised: 


Role 1 – 3: Trustee/Non-Executive Director

Trustees are responsible for overseeing growth and providing support to the trust board. As a trustee/non-executive director, individuals are expected to provide scrutiny and challenge to the board. The competencies required for this role include:


  • Non-executive/ Trustee ​AND
  • CFO/ Finance OR
  • Audit OR
  • HR OR
  • Legal/Compliance OR


  • Change Management
  • Growth Management
  • Restructuring
  • Risk
  • Corporate Governance
  • Succession planning
  • Branding/Marketing
  • Real estate/property

Person specification

The trust seeks individuals able to challenge and support through a phase of active growth as it seeks to build capacity and develop an ambitious business plan. This means that individuals with experience of building a medium-to-large sized organisation and operating at board level would be an asset.

  • Audit: applicants should have audit experience and be willing to serve on the trust’s audit committee.
  • Finance: the trust would welcome applicants who have clear experience of managing substantial budgets, preferably with relevant professional qualifications.
  • HR or Legal: the trust is keen to recruit individuals with either relevant professional legal or HR qualifications.

Time commitment

6 hours /month minimum.

Trust Website

Governance Structure

Please see

Background on academy trusts

Academy schools, which are charities run independently of local authority control, now account for 71% of secondary schools and 26% of primaries – and their number is growing all the time.

Many of these schools are grouped together as multi-academy trusts (MATs). There are currently 980 multi academy trusts of 2+ schools.  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 do not 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 10th November

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