Non-executive director X 2

Bristol (City Centre), City of Bristol
unpaid/ voluntary
22 May 2019
22 Jun 2019
Endeavour Academy Trust
Specialist Area
General HR Function
HR Jobs Level
Director / Head / VP

Endeavour Academy Trust

Based in an area of high deprivation in north Bristol, Endeavour Academy Trust seeks two non-executive directors to support the expansion of the trust and improvement of education standards for 1,500 pupils. Candidates with HR, corporate governance, marketing and communications experience are encouraged to apply. Board meetings are held in North Bristol.

About the trust

Endeavour Academy Trust is a small but growing trust of three primary academies, with a fourth opening in 2019. Situated in North Bristol and South Gloucestershire, their schools serve areas of relatively high deprivation; on average, 30% of pupils across the trust are eligible for free school meals. The trust began in 2012 with the conversion of Little Mead Primary Academy, rated Outstanding by Ofsted, which was also designated as an academy sponsor. Henbury Court Primary Academy, taken into the Trust as a sponsored school, is now rated as Good (2019) by Ofsted having been in Special Measures at the time of sponsorship. Fonthill Primary Academy’s last inspection was in 2014 and received a rating of Good by Ofsted. Each academy has a nursery with up to an additional 60 places in each.

The trust’s current capacity is just over 1,000 pupils and will grow to almost 1,500 with the introduction of Charlton Wood Primary Academy. Charlton Wood Primary Academy is currently in the build phase and will open in September 2019. It will be a two form entry academy and will open with two reception classes and Year 1 class.

Plans for the future

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

  1. Teaching and Learning: the trust aims to raise attainment to ensure consistently strong education standards in all schools and especially for disadvantaged pupils. All schools will receive an Ofsted rating of Good (or better) at the point of inspection. This will enhance the reputation and popularity of the schools and provide confidence in the trusts' readiness and capacity to grow. The Trust is currently seeking to widen the opportunities for staff to work across the trust with all senior leaders holding trust wide roles and responsibilities to support school improvement.
  2. Succession planning: the Trust has recently appointed a new CEO and is currently undergoing a period of restructure in business and finance functions in order to centralise services and ensure there is capacity to grow. As a small trust, the challenge is to ensure that the loss of key individuals (staff and trustees) does not compromise stability and continuity.
  3. Growth: the trust has ambitions to grow, which has proved a challenge as there is very little appetite for academisation in the local area. The trust feels as though the sponsor route cannot be the only growth strategy; instead, they aim to attract high-performing schools rated Good by Ofsted in order to build capacity. Having successfully bid to open the new school Charlton Wood, The trust would be interested in bidding again for new school projects. 

Over the next five years, Endeavour Academy Trust aims to continue growing and will consider widening the geographical scope to include one new school per year. Additionally, they aim to build and consolidate strategic alliances with Bristol teaching schools and initial teacher training providers.

Trust ethos & values

Endeavour Academy Trust strives for outstanding achievement and ambition for all pupils. Additionally, they aim to improve the life chances of their pupils, overcome the barriers of disadvantage and have a transformational impact on their communities. More information can be found at:

Role summary Number of positions advertised:


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 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.

In the interests of safeguarding, all trustee appointments would be subject to an enhanced disclosure and barring service check.

Person specification

Every trustee is expected to abide by the trust’s code of conduct and the seven principles of public life set out by Lord Nolan: selflessness, integrity, objectivity, accountability, openness, honesty and leadership.

The Competency Framework for Governance (DfE) 2017 details the knowledge, skills and behaviours required for effective governance:

The strategic expertise required for this role includes:

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


  • HR
  • Branding/Marketing
  • Business growth
  • Succession Planning
  • Non-executive/Trustee
  • Corporate Governance
  • OR
  • Premises Portfolio Management & Health and Safety
  • Desirable


    • Change Management
    • Entrepreneur/Founder
    • Corporate Governance
    • Non-executive/Trustee
    • Risk


    Time commitment

    4 hours per month minimum.

    Location of board meetings and trust website

    Board meetings are held at multiple locations.

    For more information on the trust, please see their website:

    Governance structure

    For more information in regard to the trust’s governance structure, please see:

    Background on academy trusts

    Academy schools, which are charities run independently of local authority control, now account for 73% of secondary schools and 30% 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 28th June 2019

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