Non-Executive Director

Nottingham, Nottinghamshire
07 Jun 2018
06 Jul 2018
Transform Trust
Specialist Area
HR function

Transform Trust is a Diocesan multi-academy trust based in the inner cities of Nottingham and Derby. The trust seeks a Chair of Human Resources to join its board. Board meetings are held in the Nottingham area.

About the Trust

Founded on the outstanding Sneinton St Stephen's C of E Primary School in 2013, Transform is both a primary-led MAT and leads a Teaching School Alliance which comprises of around 50 schools. Transform believes education has the power to transform lives and every child should have the opportunity to thrive.

The trust consists of 14 primary schools, mostly in inner-City contexts. 3 of the schools are within the Anglican Diocese of Nottingham and Southwell but the others are community schools serving a diverse range of communities.  Within the trust, there are approximately 5000 students and 800 staff.

Plans for the Future

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

  1. The delivery of consistent and continuous improvement and richness for all young people in the trust’s schools, alongside the management of available funding.
  2. Building structural resilience for the trust as it continues to grow from the current 14 schools towards 20 schools over time whilst maintaining high quality experiences for pupils and staff.
  3. Reviewing the strategic plans to allow smaller MATs to potentially join the trust through mergers without losing the core ethos of the trust.

Trust Ethos & Values

Transform Trust is an inclusive MAT where every child matters; the trust aims to nurture well-rounded young people, academically strong but richer for the experience in a Transform school.

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Role Summary Number of Positions Advertised: 1

Chair of HR

Trustees – or non-executive directors - are both charity trustees and company directors of the academy trust; the role is to hold to account the executive and senior leadership team. The board requires an experienced HR non-executive director who can support the expansion of the trust and the executive team in the management of HR risk.

The competencies required for this role include:


  • HR
  • Legal/Compliance


  • Growth Management
  • Remuneration Committee Chair
  • Restructuring
  • Succession Planning

Person Specification

The trust seeks an individual to join a settled trust board and actively participate within a cohesive group. Bringing HR expertise as well as leadership experience, the individual should advise and offer strategic guidance to trustees and the executive team in a rapidly growing 800 staff organisation.

Time Commitment

Around 6 hours per month (on average).

Location of Board Meetings and Trust Website

Board meetings are held at Unit 11 Castlebridge Office Village, Kirtley Drive, Nottingham, NG7 1LD.


Governance Structure


Background on Academy Trusts

Academy schools, which are charities run independently of local authority control, now account for 73% of secondary schools and 29% 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 760 multi academy trusts of 3+ 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 programme 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 6th July 2018.

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