Non-Executive Director

About the trust

Empower Trust is a network of unique and diverse church and community academies dedicated to ensuring the provision of an outstanding education for every child within the trust. The trust champions a collaborative approach to school improvement and develops and promotes innovative and dynamic approaches to learning, combining levels of expertise across its academies.

The trust aims to support all stakeholders to raise aspirations for all children and nurture their ambitions for future success. Empower Trust celebrates the fact that every school is different.

Each academy within Empower Trust retains its unique ethos and character in order to meet the needs of its local community. Academies within Empower Trust demonstrate the courage to innovate and empower every member of the school community to play their part in developing exciting and imaginative child-centred learning experiences.

The emphasis of Empower Trust is to delegate as much local governance to each academy as possible, particularly where schools are judged to be ‘Good’ or ‘Outstanding’. As a committee of the board, delegation can be removed at any time. However, the aim of Empower Trust is to work in partnership with the academy headteachers and Local Governing Boards (LGBs) to ensure all schools work towards being ‘Outstanding’.

The trust currently comprises eight Primary Schools.

Role summary

Number of positions advertised:



Trustee/Non-Executive Director

Trustees – or non-executive directors - are both charity trustees and company directors of the academy trust; the role is to hold to account the executive and senior leadership team. The board of trustees manages the business of the academy trust and may exercise all the powers of the trust. The trustees ensure compliance with the trust’s charitable objects and with 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.


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:



  • Corporate Governance AND
  • Growth Management AND
  • Legal/ Compliance OR
  • Business Development OR
  • Succession Planning



  • Branding/ Marketing
  • Restructuring
  • Non-executive/ Trustee



Empower Trust seeks an individual possessing specific skills, experience and knowledge from the highest level of corporate governance, with a focus on growth – a candidate with a proven track record of leading on growth in a complex organisational structure is highly sought, in order to help deliver the prospective growth of the trust in line with its plans for the medium- to long-term.


While a number of key competency areas are sought, the trust recognises that applicants may possess a combination of some of these areas and welcome expressions of interest from anyone who can offer one or more of the essential criteria.


As a non-executive director, the onus is on board members to provide challenge and scrutiny to the executive team, ensuring accountability for decision-making and, where necessary, asking difficult questions. Experience of board-level working is, therefore, essential.


The ability to see the bigger picture and contribute to strategy development is essential, as well as experience of working at board level. Knowledge of, and willingness to adhere to, the Nolan Principles of Public Life is essential.


A trustee at Empower Trust should have:


  • Integrity - a commitment to the Trust and its objectives;
  • Understanding and acceptance of legal duties and responsibilities of trusteeship;
  • Willingness to devote the necessary time and effort to their duties as a trustee;
  • Strategic vision; good independent judgement; financial management.


Time commitment

6 hours /month minimum.

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