Non-Executive Director - Waterton Academy Trust

Non-Executive Director  - Waterton Academy Trust

Non-executive director/ Trustee role

Could you be an Academy Ambassador in Wakefield?  Waterton Academy Trust seeks a new non-executives/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

Waterton Academy Trust trust has now entered its sixth year and continues to grow. The trust is now made up of thirteen academies: two infant schools, two junior schools, nine (5-11 years) primary schools.

The trust’s vision is to create a family of ‘Outstanding’ schools with strong purpose, direction and shared objectives; a collective that builds and fosters a culture of high aspiration amongst all students, regardless of their social, economic or cultural background.

Growth has brought with it the requirement for the trust to evaluate its organisational model and new governance arrangements are now embedded within the trust, this includes Hub-level governance reporting to the trust board. Trustees play a key strategic role in setting a vision for the trust and in oversight and accountability.

Who should apply?

The board seeks a business leader with a strong ‘general management’ background in the corporate/commercial sector. This includes experience in leading a large multi-site organisation, devising and delivering strategy and a strong and clear grasp of the principles of corporate governance.

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

  • Financial viability and sustainability – ensuring long-term viability of the trust by maintaining a close control on the finances, delivering compliance and sustainability;
  • Organisational growth - a continued expansion of the trust, appropriately and in line with overall objectives for efficiency, while maintaining high educational standards and financial probity;
  • Educational outcomes – the continued improvement of educational outcomes for all children that attend the trust’s 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?

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

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.

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