Non-executive Director - Exceed Academies Trust

Non-executive director/ Trustee role

Could you be an Academy Ambassador in Hull?  Exceed Academies Trust seeks a new non-executive director to join its board.

The Academy Ambassadors programme brings the expertise of the business world onto boards at multi-academy trusts (MATs) throughout the country to raise standards of education and improve the life chances of young people, which is critical to our social and economic success.

The opportunity

Exceed Academies Trust serves communities with some of the highest levels of social and economic deprivation in the city of Bradford.

The trust has grown steadily following invitations by the DfE to take additional academies under its care. The trust currently has five primaries, one all-through school that caters for children from the ages of 4-16 and one alternative provision academy catering for children who struggle to cope with a normal mainstream school including those who are permanently excluded from a mainstream school. In September 2017, Exceed Academies Trust became responsible for a SCITT (School Centre for Initial Teaching Training).

The trust has potential to grow further in the future, offering further opportunities to incorporate additional schools into the trust. Its vision is to provide an outstanding school experience for all. Its schools aim to be inclusive and high achieving, in which learners, staff and the wider community strive to ‘see what’s possible’. The trust has a budget of around £23.7 million.

The board seeks a business leader with expertise in

  • CEO/General Management and/or
  • Legal/Compliance


As a key member of the board you will support the trust in achieving the following over the next 12 – 24 months:

1. Building strong governance through effective lines of accountability and compliance at all levels, as the trust restructures its board to implement a clear separation between different levels of governance.

2. Maintaining high standards and build on positive outcomes for pupils, as the trust expands while managing financial challenges.

3. Growing the trust to increase sustainability whilst maintaining high levels of performance across schools and delivering effective and sustainable improvements to joining schools.

What’s involved?

Board governance in education is a strategic, ‘eyes on, hands off’ commitment which typically involves attending c. six board meetings per year/6-8 hours’ time per month.

You will be responsible for:

  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
  • Holding executive leaders to account for the educational performance of the organisation and its pupils, and the effective and efficient performance management of staff; and
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the organisation and making sure its money is well spent

As an Academy Ambassador, you will join our alumni network which provides resources, guidance, networking events and webinars to support you in your role. All roles are pro bono.

What next?

If you are interested in this role, please send a copy of your CV and details of your location to us, either through this website or directly to

A full trust specification is available at



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