Non-Executive Director

About the trust

Waterton Academy Trust has maintained the rationale of building a strong base for school improvement and not overreaching its capacity. Ten of the thirteen schools within the trust are judged by Ofsted as being ‘Good’ or better and one as a borderline ‘Requires Improvement’. There are currently two sponsored academies within the trust; both are being well supported and making good progress. 

Growth has brought with it the requirement for the trust to evaluate its organisational model and new governance arrangements are now embedded within the trust which include Hub-level governance reporting to the Trust Board. Trustees play a key strategic role in the oversight and accountability of the trust. The trust has also fully implemented centralised business functions which secures greater efficiencies and capacity for the future.  

The trust’s vision is to create a family of ‘Outstanding’ schools with strong purpose, direction and shared objectives; a collective that builds and fosters a culture of high aspiration amongst all students, regardless of their social, economic or cultural background. The trust will lead and support in striving for excellence in teaching and learning; aiming for a strong engagement in learning, one that fosters a lifelong learning ethos for all learners.

Role summary

Number of positions advertised: 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.

In the interests of safeguarding and in accordance with DfE requirements, all trustee appointments will 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/General Management


  • Non-executive Director/Trustee
  • Branding/ Marketing
  • Legal/ Compliance

The trust seeks an individual with a strong ‘general management’ background in the corporate/commercial sector. This includes experience, experience and acumen in leading a large multi-site organisation, devising and delivering strategy and a strong and clear grasp of the principles of corporate governance. A commitment to the trust’s vision and values, and willingness to work constructively and effectively with all accordance to the ‘Nolan Principles: Standard of Public Life’ is essential.

Time commitment

The Trust Board hold approximately four meetings per year (meetings are generally held mid-week starting at 6pm and last for up to two hours). There is also the AGM and annual conference. There would be a requirement to undertake induction training.

Trustees are likely to need to spend 4-6 hours per month, on average, on trust business.

Location of board meetings and trust website

Board meetings are held at Walton Primary Academy, The Grove, Walton, Wakefield, WF2 6LD


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