Non-Executive Director

The Olympus Academy Trust oversees nine academies (4 secondary and 5 primary) based in South Gloucestershire with a combined annual revenue income of circa £28 million, over 5000 pupils and 500 full time equivalent staff. The Trust seeks to appoint one non-executive director with CEO expertise to join their board and finance and resources committee to support the trust through a period of sustained growth. Board meetings are held at multiple locations within the Trust.

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 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 this role includes:


  • CEO
  • Coach/Mentor


  • Corporate Governance

  • Change management
  • Growth Management
  • Risk

Time commitment

6 to 10 hours /month. The trustee will be expected to attend 6 board meetings and 6 committee meetings per year, and to be involved in appropriate panels as required.

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