Non-Executive Director at Owlcotes Multi Academy Trust (OMAT)

Owlcotes Multi Academy Trust (OMAT)

Non-executive director/ Trustee role

Could you be an Academy Ambassador in West Yorkshire? Owlcotes Multi Academy Trust (OMAT) seeks two new non-executives/directors with skills in HR or risk 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

OMAT was established in March 2018 by two primary schools, Pudsey Primrose Hill and Pudsey Waterloo: serving a community in West Leeds. It was established with the clear vision and purpose of developing effective collaboration and excellent practice to improve achievement for all its pupils.

The aim of the trust is to grow steadily with a view to becoming MAT of five primary schools in three years. OMAT is an outward facing trust and has links with the Noctua Teaching School Alliance.

The CEO of the trust is a National Leader of Education. Primrose Hill is also the lead school for Initial Teacher Training in a consortium of approximately 15 schools across Leeds and Bradford.

The trust consists of two primary schools, each with two forms of entry, and a one-form entry primary school; it caters for approximately 1200 pupils. All of the schools have school-based nursery classes.

The board seeks two business leaders with expertise in

  • human resources or
  • legal/compliance and
  • risk


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

  • build a strong governance through developing effective trust-wide policies and lines of accountability and compliance at all levels.
  • grow the trust to increase sustainability whilst maintaining high levels of performance across schools and delivering effective and sustainable improvements to joining schools.
  • maintain high standards and build on positive outcomes for pupils, as the trust expands, while managing financial challenges.

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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