Non-Executive Director

About the Trust

The trust comprises five primary schools including a National Support School in Surrey with a total cohort of 2,019 students with challenging contexts in the area. 25% of students across the trust have English as an additional language and a high proportion of students are in receipt of free school meals.

The trust operates with a budget of £8.8 million and currently employs nearly 400 members of staff across its schools. The trust is looking to grow over the next three years to 10 schools and this will be delivered through its school improvement model to support and add capacity.

Leading the organisation is David Harris, a National Leader of Education, an outstanding educationalist committed to sharing best practice and providing capacity to leadership teams. EEEA is committed to sharing best practice in teaching and learning. There is strong collaboration across all schools and the trust recognises that each school has a key role to play and bring unique qualities that add to the greater impact of the entire academy 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: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/583733/Competency_framework_for_governance_.pdf

The strategic expertise required for this role includes:

Essential

  • General management
  • Corporate Governance
  • Vocation in school improvement

The appointee will possess strong interpersonal skills and a desire to understand school governance at the multi-academy trust level. Candidates should have a growth mindset, show a passion for the role and work positively and proactively. An experienced professional is sought to assist in the development of effective systems and processes at board level. Candidates with experience in general management within a growth or change management environment are particularly encouraged to apply.

The trust is currently in a phase of succession planning and it is intended that the appointee will be a likely successor for Chair of the trust depending on their skills and experience.

Time commitment

Six hours per month, approximately. Six board meetings and three committee meetings per year. Board meetings are early morning.

Location of board meetings and trust website

Board meetings are moved between the trust schools in Woking, Camberley and Aldershot.
Board meetings are scheduled at 7.30am/8.00am


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