Non-Executive Director x 2

Falmouth Multi-Academy Trust (MAT)


Falmouth MAT is based in Cornwall. The Trust is looking for two new trustees with expertise in finance or change management to support the trust’s board in managing a time-limited restructuring project which aims to re-broker/transfer its three academies to a new academy sponsor no later than 1 September 2020. Board meetings are usually held at Falmouth School TR11 4LH.


About the trust


Currently, Falmouth MAT oversees the education provision of circa 1,777 Nursery to Secondary aged pupils.  The trust has a combined annual income of circa £8m and 300 employees.


King Charles Primary School received an Ofsted inspection outcome of ‘Good’ in 2014 and St Francis CofE Primary received an outcome of ‘Outstanding’ in 2012; however, Falmouth School was judged as ‘inadequate with serious weaknesses’ at its most recent inspection in May 2019.  Since then the board has overseen a change in leadership with a new Interim CEO starting in post on 18 November 2019 and a number of other key appointments including a new, School Improvement Partner and a new, full-time SENDCo wef January 2020 to increase leadership capacity and support from external expertise.  The trust board’s membership has also been refreshed and proactive in addressing the identified improvement priorities alongside working with the Department for Education to find a new academy sponsor to secure long-term stability and certainty for pupils, parents and staff.  N.B. This means that this board opportunity is for a time limited period only and expected to end no later than 31 August 2020.

Roles 1-2 – Trustee/Non-Executive Director


Trustees – or non-executive directors - are both charity trustees and company directors of the academy trust. The core functions of their role are: ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction; holding executive leaders to account for the educational and financial performance of a charitable company funded by the public purse.


The board of trustees manages the business of the academy trust and may exercise all the powers of the trust in compliance with its charitable objects, 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 NED role 1 includes:


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

  • CFO/ Finance/Qualified Accountant
  • Corporate Governance



  • Audit
  • Safeguarding
  • Previous experience as a non-executive trustee or company director



The strategic expertise required for NED role 2 includes:


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

  • Change Management
  • Restructure/Turnaround
  • Corporate Governance



  • Safeguarding
  • Corporate Communications
  • Previous experience as a non-executive trustee or company director



Time commitment

1.5 days per month minimum. The board usually meets on a termly basis but, due to the planned change in strategic direction, additional meetings will be convened to manage urgent business as required.


Location of board meetings and trust website

The Board usually meets at Falmouth School TR11 4LH on Friday mornings but may elect to rotate some meetings to other trust academies also located in Falmouth.


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