Non Executive Director x 3

Board meetings are held at Healing School
05 Nov 2018
05 Dec 2018
Healing Multi-Academy Trust
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Healing Multi-Academy Trust

Healing Multi-Academy Trust seeks to recruit two new trustees with growth management or real estate experience to its board. The aim of the trust is to support local schools in improving the outcomes for pupils across North Lincolnshire and the South Humber region. Its proud history is based on traditional values and high standards for all. The trust has a strong track record for school improvement and is an accredited academy sponsor for primary and secondary schools. The trust is currently overseen by a small and skilled board of trustees to ensure it continues to provide effective governance as it grows and expands. Board meetings are held in Grimsby.

About the trust

Healing Multi-Academy Trust is home to the Humber Teaching School which provides a range of training courses for trainee teachers as well as experienced staff including leadership development programmes. The Teaching School has a strong reputation for high-quality training and broader school improvement across the whole of the region. The trust aims to act as a partnership of schools that are genuinely committed to collaborative working, whilst retaining individuality. By working together those within the trust strive to create a genuine partnership of academies of which pupils, parents, staff, governors and the local community can be proud to be a part.

Healing Multi-Academy Trust has been a small trust comprising of four academies - one secondary and three primary - in and around the outskirts of Grimsby, in North East Lincolnshire. In November the trust expands to seven academies as three new primary academies, one more in Grimsby and two in Lincoln, join the trust. The new academies have worked together previously in a small trust but have experienced some significant challenges with results below expectations. Some of the academies have been judged by Ofsted as inadequate. The trust was commissioned to support all of the academies earlier in the year and helped them to improve results this summer. The trust is re-shaping many of the leadership structures in the new academies including governance and they are already on a positive trajectory.

Healing Multi-Academy Trust seeks to expand further the number of academies in the trust. Through the capacity and expertise in the trust and the Humber Teaching School Alliance, which includes over 50 local schools, the trust aims to support other schools in North Lincolnshire and the Humber region to improve pupil outcomes.

Plans for the future

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

  1. Education: To improve the standards, expectations and outcomes for pupils in the three new academies joining the trust on 1st November. These all require significant support to improve. This must be achieved whilst maintaining the standard of education and outcomes for pupils in the trust’s existing academies.
  2. Finance and Budgets: To support all academies in the trust to provide quality education and support for all pupils given challenges in budgeting.
  3. Quality Centralised Support Structure: To ensure the trust has the expertise and capacity to provide finance, HR and admin support in the most efficient and effective manner.

The trust has grown with care over the last three years and wants to continue to grow in this way, ensuring it has the capacity to provide school improvement whilst maintaining the standards in its existing academies.

Trust ethos & values

Healing MAT is a distinctive partnership of schools led by local people, for local people. The trust values the uniqueness of its academies and has an unrelenting drive to provide a quality education for the benefit of all pupils. The academies within the trust share expertise and bring together best practice and the best practitioners.

The trust is committed to supporting all its academies to contribute to sharing best practice, mentoring and coaching staff and the recruitment and training of governors for local governing bodies.

Role Summary Number of positions advertised: 3 Roles 1-2 – 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 are responsible for maintaining stability and the management of a dynamic structure. The role also includes contributing to financial planning for sustainability and potential growth and holding the CEO/CFO to account.

Person specification

The competencies required for these roles include:

Essential (due to multiple roles, candidates may be accepted who possess one or more of the skills below)

  • Growth Management
  • Change Management
  • Corporate Governance
  • Real estate/Property
  • Risk


  • Succession planning
  • Restructuring
  • Non-executive/ Trustee

Role 1 spec: The trust seeks an individual with a proven track record and extensive professional experience who has the ability to work strategically, with experience of leadership at senior management or director level. Applications will be welcomed from individuals with knowledge of large business, including business growth, business planning and change management.

Role 2 spec: A background in Estates Management is essential for this role. This individual will have experience of managing property across numerous sites and will be equipped to support the board and the CEO and CFO in managing risks, achieving best value and improvement planning associated with school premises. A thorough understanding of health and safety and external legislative requirements is desirable.

Time commitment

Trustees/Non-Exec Directors - The trust board is likely to shortly move from the current five meetings per year to a new schedule of six meetings per year, additionally operating an Audit sub-committee which offers closer scrutiny on key areas of finance and risk. Routine finance matters are managed within normal board meetings which operate from 3-6 pm. 

The trust will tailor an induction programme to match skills and experience and broader training opportunities are available. Trustees are invited to visit some academies occasionally to see first-hand the impact of trust policies and practice.

Overall trustees are likely to spend an average of 4-6 hours per month in the role.

Role 3 – Member

A member is able to alter the trust's Articles of Association and appoint (or remove) trustees/directors where necessary. They provide independent oversight to the work of the board of trustees in order to ensure suitable accountability for its decision making and strategy. At Healing Multi-Academy Trust the members are expected to be signatories for the academy trust, to attend up to four meetings per year, and to add to the already broad skillset within the existing team of members.

Person specification

The competencies required for this role include:


  • CEO/ General Management
  • Non-executive/ Trustee
  • Corporate Governance


  • Audit Committee Chair
  • Remuneration Committee Chair
  • Corporate Governance
  • Strategic

Experience in a senior leadership role with a strategic responsibility for corporate governance and accountability is vital to the Member role. A long and proven track record in business allows candidates to approach the position with a clear and broad overview of the expectations of the trust board, to enable it to be challenged and held to account.

Time commitment

Members meet up to four times per year including the AGM. Two of the meetings are informal and allow Members to update themselves with ongoing work and progress within the trust. The time demands on Members are less onerous than in a trustee role - they would be expected to commit a total 10-15 hours across the whole year.

Location of board meetings and trust website

Board meetings are held at Healing School - A Science Academy, Low Road, Healing, Grimsby, North East Lincolnshire, DN41 7Q.

Governance structure

Background on academy trusts

Academy schools, which are charities run independently of local authority control, now account for 74% of secondary schools and 31% 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 775 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 14th December 2018