On 11 July, just a week after registering approximately 40 expressions of interest from delegates at our conference looking to volunteer as non-executive directors (NEDs) or trustees of school academy chains, the not-for-profit Academy Ambassadors programme announced that it had made its 600th appointment to an academy trust.
According to the programme providers, the ‘northern powerhouse’ effect has seen significant increases in the numbers of trust and businesses becoming involved across the North, Lancashire, Yorkshire, East Midlands and Humber. In 2017, so far, 27% of Academy Ambassadors’ appointments have been produced by the northern regions.
Trends in 2017 have included trusts seeking new skills for their boards, such as the recruitment of board members who have experience of small and medium sized enterprise growth, organisational change and marketing and property, as well as traditional accountants and lawyers who remain in demand.
Lord Nash, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for the School System, said:
“There is no more important work than securing a good future for our young people. The academies programme is designed to unleash the potential of our best leaders and that includes the best from industry and the professions as well as educationalists. By working together, inspirational educationalists and talented business leaders can provide a better future for the next generation.”
Academy Ambassadors provides a free, bespoke service matching business people and professionals with multi-academy trusts. The programme is funded by the Department for Education and was founded in 2013.
Anyone interested in applying for the role of a non-executive director at a multi-academy trust can find out more by visiting the Academy Ambassadors website www.academyambassadors.org
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