Non-executive Director - Inspire Education Trust

Inspire Education Trust (IET)

Non-executive director/ Trustee role

Could you be an Academy Ambassador in Coventry? Inspire Education Trust seeks two non-executives/directors – one of which will ultimately assume the Chair role, 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

A six-school multi academy trust situated in Coventry, Inspire Education Trust currently has c.4000 pupils on roll and around 500 staff, with a budget of £15mn/pa. There are significant numbers of children receiving Free Schools Meals, and also SEND learners. Additionally, a large proportion of learners have English as an Additional Language. As it grows, the trust seeks to strengthen governance and develop a robust Strategic Plan; it requires two candidates, one of which will ascend to the Chair role in due course, with skills in HR, Legal and Branding/Marketing. Candidates of all faiths and none are welcome to apply – those sympathetic to all schools in the trust are encouraged to register an interest.

The board seeks (x number) business leaders with expertise in

  • human resources or
  • marketing/ branding or
  • legal/ compliance or
  • risk or
  • chair or
  • corporate governance


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

Governance - building a governing board capable and sufficiently skilled to strategically manage the rapid growth of the trust, hold the CEO to account and ensure the finances are managed effectively as the trust grows.

Devising and delivery of Strategic Development Plan – a three- to five-year plan, aligning to that of the trust’s schools, including a review and refresh of trust Vision, Values and Purpose.

Ofsted - helping contribute to the preparations for impending Ofsted inspections for those schools in the trust that are waiting to be assessed..

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?

Please visit for more information on the role - a full trust specification is available at

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