Board Member - L.E.A.D Academy Trust

L.E.A.D Academy Trust

Member role

Could you help to improve education in Nottingham by volunteering to become a member at a multi-academy trust?  L.E.A.D Academy Trust seeks a new member.

Members provide independent oversight to the work of the board of trustees to ensure suitable accountability for decision making and strategy. As multi-academy trusts (MATs) grow and develop, they face significant challenges. This role enables professionals to use skills and experience gained throughout their career to help trusts across England and improve the life chances of young people.

The trust

L.E.A.D Academy Trust was created in 2011. It has since grown to comprise 25 academies, with a mix of both primary and secondary, spread across the region from Sheffield in the north to Leicestershire in the south.

The MAT operates in deprived areas in the East Midlands and South Yorkshire areas, covering Local Authority areas of Nottinghamshire, Nottingham City, Leicestershire, Leicester City, Derby City and Sheffield. It currently employs 1500 staff, educates 10,500 pupils, has a turnover of £56m per year.

The trust is led by Diana Owen CBE, and it is one of the key sponsors operating in the East Midlands region.

Person specification

The board seeks a new member with previous experience in

  • Corporate Governance, or
  • Non-executive/ Trustee roles


Applicants should have an extensive and demonstrable background in senior leadership roles, with strategic vision and knowledge of the non-executive director role. Candidates are expected to demonstrate the seven principles of public life set out by Lord Nolan.

What’s involved?

Members have a similar role to the shareholders in a company limited by shares. They provide high-level oversight and scrutiny of the work of the trust board.

Most notably, members:

  • define the trust’s charitable object and governance structure;
  • amend the articles of association;
  • appoint or remove trustees;
  • appoint the trust’s auditors and receive the trust’s annual audited accounts; and, ultimately,
  • dissolve the academy trust if required.

Members will meet around

three times per year with preparation time required. This translates to a commitment of around two hours per month.

Further information on the member role at a multi-academy trust is available on the website.

Successful candidates will join a network of Ambassadors: experienced business leaders and professionals who have been appointed to board roles through the Academy Ambassadors Programme. All Ambassadors gain access to resources, guidance, networking events, our annual flagship conference, as well as webinars. All roles are pro bono.

What next?

Please send a copy of your CV and details of your location to us, either through this website or directly to We strongly recommend applying as early as you can to have the best possible chance of being considered, as we may change the closing date if we have received sufficient applications.

A full trust specification is available at



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