Non-executive Director - Penk Valley Academy Trust

Penk Valley Academy Trust, a seven-school trust based in Penkridge, Staffordshire, seeks to recruit two non-executive directors/trustees to its board, with a skills focus in particular around Estates, HR and restructuring. With a growth plan that anticipates up to three new schools joining the trust over a three-year period, the trust welcomes applicants capable of contributing to, and helping to drive, the strategy at board level. Trust board meetings are held at Penk Valley Academy Trust, Penkridge.

Number of positions advertised:


Roles 1 & 2 – Trustee/Non-Executive Director or Member

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:

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

  • HR AND
  • Restructuring AND
  • Succession Planning OR
  • Real estate/ Property AND
  • Risk


  • Audit
  • IT/ Technology
  • Change Management
  • Legal/ Compliance
  • Non-executive/ Trustee
  • Role 1 – HR: The ideal candidate will have a proven track record of working at strategic level in a medium or large organisation, defining strategy and working with the leadership/board to deliver effectively. Prior experience of a non-executive position is advantageous, as well as evidence of leading on a restructure of a complex, multi-site operation. Industry qualifications are highly desirable.
  • Role 2 – Estates infrastructure: A candidate with prior experience of managing the needs of a multi-site facility is required. Skills, knowledge and experience of delivering effective architecture and demonstrable evidence of doing so under tight financial conditions is highly sought. The trust seeks applicants with experience of estates and property management, as well as legal implications across multiple sites.

Candidates will be able to support the strategic development of the trust.

All non-executive directors must be able to work effectively as part of a team. While experience of school governance is not essential, the trust welcomes applicants with a keen interest in using their valued skills and expertise to develop the multi-academy trust board.

Applications are welcome from people of all faiths or none; the trust welcomes diversity. All trustees would be expected to support the trust’s ethos and values.

Time commitment

Six hours /month minimum.

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