Non-Executive Director, Chair, Member

Hayes, London (Greater)
Unpaid, voluntary
20 Jul 2017
30 Sep 2017
Barnhill Partnership Trust
Evenings, Weekdays
Academy school

Barnhill Partnership Trust

Barnhill Partnership Trust in the London Borough of Hillingdon seeks up to three new board members, including a unique opportunity to join the trust as Chair of the Board. The trust consists of three schools and is situated in an area with significant socio-economic challenges. Board meetings are held at Barnhill Community High School, Yeading Lane, Hayes, UB4 9LE.

About the trust

Barnhill Partnership Trust is a small multi-academy trust of three schools located in a multi-cultural area with significant socio-economic challenges. Average rates of disadvantage are over 50% for each school. Still in its early stages of development, the trust is made up of one secondary school and one primary school which has been the case for the last four years. A change in leadership and attitude towards growth will see a new primary school joining the trust this September. The trust has made good progress in its respective schools and believes it has a strong model for school improvement. The London Borough of Hillingdon has plenty of scope for improvement of the educational provision for young people and the trust would like to extend their drive and expertise to those schools in need.

Barnhill Community High School has provision for 1400 students and has recently been rated as good by Ofsted. Belmore Primary Academy caters for 650 students, is rated good by Ofsted, with outstanding results for progress and attainment this year and hoping to achieve outstanding in the next full Ofsted. The third school is a primary with 650 pupils which will join the trust in special measures.

  Trust ethos & values

  • The belief of the power of education to improve social mobility.
  • To offer the best education to the young people of Hillingdon through high expectations, high standards and unwavering moral purpose.
  • To be the first choice for both staff, students and parents.

Plans for the Future

The key challenges for the board over the next 12-24 months are:

  1. To professionalise the governance structure of the trust, in particular in regards to the MAT board. New articles and scheme of delegation will be adapted this September.
  2. The board needs to establish itself a more strategic role within the trust, with external expertise to provide sufficient challenge.
  3. Finances are a constant challenge to the trust, which needs to grow to a size where it can benefit from economies of scale. Development of a growth plan, supported by marketing and realistic school improvement plans are pivotal for the next stage of development of the trust.

Supporting and turning around failing schools is where the trust has significant expertise; they plan to add one of these types of schools per year. The five-year plan aims to grow the trust to five or six schools plus a specialist free-school for vocational training.

Role Summary

Number of Positions Advertised:  3

Role 1 – Chair

To chair the board through a transition period for the trust, completing the work of professionalising the trust board. To monitor and challenge the executive team, liaising closely with the Executive Headteacher and meeting regularly between board meetings.

The competencies required for this role include:


  • CEO/ General Management
  • Change Management
  • Corporate Governance
  • Non-executive/trustee


  • Chair
  • Legal/ Compliance

Person specification

The successful applicant will have a track record of successful corporate achievement, have strong inter-personal skills, with an adaptive approach and strategic mind-set. They will be guided by a moral purpose and believe in the importance of education for change and social mobility.

Time commitment

1 day /month minimum. 5 board meetings/year

Role 2– Member

To hold the trust board to account twice yearly. The role is not onerous in terms of hours but there would be an expectation that the Member would be an advocate of the trust and act in the interests of the trust and its plans for growth.

The competencies required for this role include:


  • Non-executive/ Trustee
  • Corporate Governance


  • CFO/ Finance
  • CEO/ General Management
  • Entrepreneur/ Founder

Person specification

Successful applicants will be recognised as a successful figure within their chosen profession. They will have a broad range of experience within either the public services or corporate world. Moral purpose and belief in the importance of education and social mobility will be their motivation for joining the board.

Time commitment

3 hours /month minimum.

Role 3 – Non-executive director

Responsibilities include: attendance at MAT board meetings, to add value to the improvement of the trust through utilisation of specialist; to contribute to strategic planning and development and values of the trust; to monitor and challenge their trust executives; to promote and represent the trust at all suitable opportunities.

The competencies required for this role include:


  • Branding/ Marketing
  • Growth Management
  • Non-executive/ Trustee
  • Corporate Governance


  • Entrepreneur/ Founder
  • Change Management
  • Restructuring

Person specification

The successful individual will have board level or senior management experience within a public or private organisation; strategic planning skills; ability to adapt experience to an educational setting and experience chairing or committee experience. Moral purpose and belief in the importance of education and social mobility will be their motivation for joining the board.

Time commitment

6 hours /month minimum. 5 board meetings/year

Trust Website

Governance Structure

Background on academy trusts

Academy schools, which are charities run independently of local authority control, now account for 70% of secondary schools and 24% of primaries – and their number is growing all the time.

Many of these schools are grouped together as multi-academy trusts.  If the schools are to fulfil their potential, the trusts need non-executives (known in charity law as trustees) to bring a wide range of skills and experience to help guide strategy, ensure their ambitions can be soundly financed and keep their schools up to the mark delivering for their pupils.

Trusteeship is a voluntary, unpaid role for people who have the energy and skills to make a real contribution to shaping the future of our schools.  You don’t need to have any specialist knowledge of education. 


Academy Ambassadors is a non-profit organisation which recruits senior business leaders and professionals as volunteer non-executive directors onto the boards of multi-academy trusts. If you are interested in applying for the role please send your CV and a short expression of interest detailing which role you are applying for to Please note candidates should live within reasonable travelling distance of the trust and/or have a link with the region. For more information, please call 0207 952 8556 or visit

Key dates

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. Applicants should be aware of the following key dates in the recruitment process –

Deadline for applications: 30 September 2017