Non-executive director at Penk Valley Academy Trust

Penk Valley Academy Trust

Non-executive director/ Trustee role

Could you be an Academy Ambassador in Staffordshire? Penk Valley Academy Trust seeks two non-executive directors/trustees to join its board.

The Academy Ambassadors programme brings the expertise of the business world onto boards at academy trusts 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

Penk Valley Academy Trust, a seven-school trust based in Penkridge, Staffordshire, seeks to recruit two non-executive directors/trustees to its board, with a skills focus in particular around Estates, HR and restructuring. With a growth plan that anticipates up to three new schools joining the trust over a three-year period, the trust welcomes applicants capable of contributing to, and helping to drive, the strategy at board level. Trust board meetings are held at Penk Valley Academy Trust, Penkridge.

The board seeks two business leaders with expertise in

  • HR and
  • restructuring and
  • succession planning or
  • real estate/ property and
  • risk


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

  1. Financial capacity – while the trust is financially sustainable, limited budgets mean the trust must determine appropriate ways to manage investment into areas such as estates and ICT infrastructure. This challenge also limits the size of the trust’s senior teams across its seven schools, restricting leadership capacity.
  2. Educational outcomes - all seven of the trust’s schools are due for inspection under the new Ofsted framework by 2021. Ensuring that all schools continue to provide a good standard of education is paramount. All schools are anticipated to at least retain their ‘Good’ assessment, however the trust aims to be proactive to ensure this.


Over the longer term, there is an objective for the board to grow the trust in a slow, sustainable and manageable way to ensure each new school that joins is fully integrated and supports the development of the trust as a whole. Up to three new schools are expected to join by 2023.

Furthermore, local housing developments in the area mean the trust be ready to educate the additional children that will become part of its communities.

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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