Non-Executive Director

Wirral, Merseyside
28 Jun 2018
18 Jul 2018
OAK Trees Multi Academy Trust
Specialist Area
General HR Function

OAK Trees Multi Academy Trust is seeking to appoint a new board member, bringing strong HR background including an understanding of employment law, contracts and conditions of employment. Board meetings are held in the Bebington area of the Wirral.

About the trust

OAK Trees Multi-Academy Trust (MAT) originated with five schools, all of which received strong Ofsted assessments. The schools had worked together for a number of years prior to forming a multi-academy trust.

Two of the trust’s schools are situated in more affluent areas, while a further two are in average areas in terms of deprivation and one of the schools is in a highly disadvantaged area with high levels of deprivation.

The trust’s CEO - is also an Ofsted inspector, and the Chair of Trustees is a National Leader for Governance.

The trust currently comprises four academies, all of which are convertor academies; the fifth school is set to join in September 2018. The trust intends to apply to become a primary sponsor during next academic year with a view to the trust growing gradually by adding more schools over time.

Plans for the Future The key challenges for the board over the next 12-24 months are: 1.To ensure full compliance with the Academies Financial Handbook; including following up any issues from the current audit. 2.Ensuring due diligence for new academies joining the trust. 3.Ensuring that the trust school buildings are safe, vibrant and well maintained and all necessary checks and planning are in place to maintain them in the future. 4.To grow the trust gradually and introduce a School Improvement Team using funds as the trust grows.  

Trust Ethos & Values

OAK Trust Multi Academy Trust’s mission is to:

  • Co-operate and collaborate
  • Achieve excellence for all
  • Raise aspirations and inspire imaginations
  • Explore new interests and new ideas.

More information on the MAT’s aims and values is available here:

Role Summary Number of Positions Advertised:1

Role 1 – Trustee/Non-Executive Director

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 of trustees manages the business of the academy trust and may exercise all the powers of the trust. The trustees ensure compliance with the trust’s charitable objects and with company and charity law. Non-executive directors will be responsible for maintaining stability during a periods change and potential growth as well as the management of a dynamic structure. The role also includes contributing to financial planning for sustainability and growth, and holding the CEO/CFO to account. The competencies required for this role include:  


  • HR


  • Restructuring
  • Succession Planning
  • Employment law

  Person Specification

The trust seeks a trustee with a strong and demonstrable background in HR, with specific emphasis on restructuring and succession planning, to advise the Executives on the shape of the trust as it seeks to grow in future.  

Additionally, the ideal candidate will have experience and in-depth understanding of employment law, contracts and conditions of employment to support the trust in their decisions.

Time Commitment

4-6 hours per month (on average). The intention is to move trust board meetings to approximately every half term (4-6 per year). The Trust currently has a Finance sub-committee and plans to add a Standards sub-committee. The new trustee may well be asked to join a sub-committee as well.

Location of Board Meetings and Trust Website

Stanton Road Primary School, Stanton Road, Bebington, CH63 3HW.

Governance Structure

Background on Academy Trusts

Academy schools, which are charities run independently of local authority control, now account for 72% of secondary schools and 27% 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 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:  Wednesday 18th July 2018

Note – The trust hopes to appoint the new trustee before the start of the new September term, so early applications are welcomed. If potential candidates are away on holiday during July, interviews may be delayed until late August or very early September.