Non-Executive Director x 2

Kenton, Harrow
Unpaid, voluntary
11 Aug 2017
22 Sep 2017
Chrysalis Multi Academy Trust
Evenings, Weekdays
Academy school

Chrysalis Multi Academy Trust

Chrysalis Multi Academy Trust in North West London seeks two board members with finance and legal skills to join this newly established trust. Board meetings are held at Claremont High School, Claremont Avenue, Kenton, HA3 0UH.

About the trust

Chrysalis Multi Academy Trust (CMAT) is a small, local multi academy trust that includes primary and secondary schools in London Borough of Brent. The trust has been formed by two stand-alone academies: Claremont High School and Sudbury Primary School. Claremont High School will be supporting Sudbury Primary School after it was judged by Ofsted to ‘Requires Improvement’ (Ofsted 2015). CMAT goes live on 1 September 2017 when Sudbury Primary School transfers to CMAT.

The trust plans to grow to five-seven schools by 2022 which will engage with between 5,000 and 7,000 pupils. There are currently two schools in the trust. They are Claremont High School, a secondary school with approximately 1500 pupils and was graded outstanding at the last two Ofsted inspections. Sudbury Primary School has approximately 900 pupils, graded requires improvement. Discussions have been held with two local primary schools, although neither has yet made a decision.

Trust ethos & values

The trust is committed to:

  • Raising standards in teaching and learning
  • Providing high quality governance and leadership
  • Working in partnership with outstanding organisations;
  • Achieving value for money

The core values of Chrysalis Multi Academy Trust are:

  • Excellence
  • Respect
  • Aspiration
  • Enjoyment
  • Perseverance
  • Integrity
  • Compassion

Plans for the Future

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

  1. Maintaining standards at Claremont High School and securing an outstanding Ofsted judgement for Sudbury Primary School.
  2. Establishing and growing CMAT successfully – the strategy for 2017-2022 proposes growth up to seven schools.
  3. Developing a medium term financial and operational plan for the growing CMAT.

Role Summary

Number of Positions Advertised:  2

Role 1 – Trustee/Non-Executive Director (Chair of Finance)

The Board is supported by two CMAT committees (Finance and Audit) and each school has a Local Governing Body (LGBs). Trustees are expected to understand the trust budget, to understand and challenge finance reports, to examine significant procurements and contracts, and to ensure LGBs discharge their delegated responsibilities effectively.

The competencies required for this role include:


  • CFO/ Finance
  • Audit Committee Chair
  • Risk


  • Non-executive/Trustee
  • Legal/Compliance

Person specification

Chrysalis Multi Academy Trust seeks a non-executive director with professional finance qualifications coupled with senior financial leadership experience. They should ideally also have experience of growing an organisation. Experience of audit processes, risk management, and/or of being a non-executive would be advantageous.

Time commitment

6 hours /month minimum.

Role 2– Trustee/Non-Executive Director

The Board seeks a legally qualified trustee to play an active role in the Board and at least one of its committees (Finance and Audit). This may include taking a lead role in a particular area (such as special educational needs) or chairing a committee or working party.

The competencies required for this role include:


  • Legal/Compliance


  • Non-executive/Trustee
  • Corporate Governance
  • Risk
  • Succession Planning

Person specification

The trust would welcome a legally qualified individual with organisational leadership experience, ideally including experience of growing an organisation. Experience of procurement/contracts, employment, due diligence, and/or land/property would be advantageous, as would experience of being a non-executive director.

Time commitment

6 hours /month minimum.

Trust Website

Governance Structure

Board of Trustees, two CMAT Committees (Finance and Resources, Audit and Risk), and a Local Governing Board for each school (Claremont High School and Sudbury Primary School)

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: Friday 22nd September 2017