Non-executive Director - Abbey Multi Academy Trust

Non-executive director/ Trustee role

Could you be an Academy Ambassador in Leeds?  Abbey Multi Academy Trust seeks two non-executive directors 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

Abbey MAT grew initially with St Chad’s Primary School converting to academy status and joining Abbey Grange CofE Academy, to provide a solid basis to provide support for others. Over time the Diocesan trust has grown and now has three secondaries and five primaries serving children in Leeds and Halifax.  Abbey MAT is proud to serve families from a broad range of social backgrounds. It is currently in a period of consolidation but is already making plans for future growth, building capacity ahead of need.

Whilst Abbey MAT is a Church of England trust, it seeks people with the right skills and qualities to join the board; consequently applications are welcomed from people of any faith (or indeed those with no faith).  All trustees are expected to work with and support the trust’s ethos and values.

The board seeks business leaders with expertise in

  • human resources
  • growth management and/or
  • branding/marketing


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

  • Supporting the work of the trust to achieve long-term financial stability through the management of in year budgets and longer term financial planning, with appropriate initiatives for growth and cost management.
  • Ongoing activity to integrate academies into the trust, which has grown over the last 2-3 years. Maintaining an appropriate balance between preserving the identity of academies whilst ensuring the benefits of being part of a trust are realized.
  • Determining the strategic direction of the trust following a growth and consolidation phase.

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 your home or work postcode to us, either through this website or directly to

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