Non-Executive Director x 1, Member x 2

Washington, Tyne and Wear (GB)
Unpaid, voluntary
17 Aug 2017
22 Sep 2017
ACER Learning Trust
Evenings, Weekdays
Academy school

ACER Learning Trust

ACER Learning Trust is seeking a new non-executive director and two new members to join its board. This is an exciting period of development for the trust, and is keen to appoint directors who have strategic, business and planning experience to drive and facilitate growth. Board meetings are held at Holley Park Academy, Ayton Road, Washington, NE38 0LR.

About the trust

ACER Learning Trust was established in December 2015 as a multi academy trust with sponsor status. The Trust currently consists of one Academy - Holley Park academy – which was established in 2012. Holley Park Academy achieved a Good with Outstanding safeguarding classification from Ofsted, in March 2015.

The Trust is looking to expand and is seeking to appoint additional representatives to the Trust Board to commence in September 2017. The Trust Board is particularly keen to work with schools across the north east region.

Acer Learning Trust has strengthened its role in the local community. The Trust’s educational ethos is well established, and is characterised by high academic standards.

Trust ethos & values

 The Trust adopts an inclusive approach, and aims to improve the quality, opportunity and aspirations for all. The Trust promotes outdoor learning and is well established in the local community.

Plans for the Future

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

  1. The Trust was approved as a sponsor in December 2015 and wants to increase its capacity and expand from a single academy to a Multi Academy Trust, in order to fulfil its sponsor role.
  2. To promote and successfully market the benefits of joining Acer Learning Trust. The geographical position of the Trust is such that a number of LA’s are within a 45-mile radius (up to 1-hour drive).
  3. To maintain the high attainment standards at Holley Park embed these in attainment and progress for all schools in the Trust.
  4. To ensure the high quality of education, outstanding safeguarding, ethos and values in all schools within the Acer Learning Trust

Role Summary

Number of Positions Advertised:  3

Roles 1 & 2 – Member

The trust is looking to recruit two individuals to join four others to sit on the Members’ board, providing independent oversight to the work of the main trust board in order to ensure suitable accountability for its decision making and strategy. Members have a less ‘hands-on’ approach than trustees and meet less frequently. The members are able to alter the trust’s Articles of Association and appoint (or remove) trustees/directors where necessary.

The competencies required for this role include:


  • Growth Management
  • Risk


  • Succession Planning
  • Business experience
  • Branding/ Marketing

Time commitment

6 hours per year – 2 hours per term (minimum).

Role 3 Trustee/Non-Executive Director

The trust is looking to appoint an additional director to commence in September 2017. It is looking to recruit a person with demonstrable strategic business and planning experience, who can work with a range of stake holders to drive and facilitate the growth of the Trust.


  • Growth Management
  • Risk


  • Business experience
  • Branding/ Marketing

Time commitment

4 hours per month (minimum).

Person specification

This Director will come from a business background and should be able to demonstrate

  • Commitment to the trust and its objectives
  • A willingness to devote the necessary time and effort to the business of the trust.
  • Strategic vision.
  • An understanding of the role, in particular the distinction between governance and management.
  • The ability and willingness to ask probing questions and to participate in robust debate.
  • The ability to communicate effectively, to express ideas clearly and listen to others.
  • The ability to work as a member of a team and to stand by the collective decisions of the board of trustees.

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 25% 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.

“Academy boards must be ambitious for all children and young people and infused with a passion for education and a commitment to continuous school improvement that enables the best possible outcomes. Governance must be grounded in reality as defined by both high-quality objective data and a full understanding of the views and needs of pupils/students, staff, parents, carers and local communities. It should be driven by inquisitive, independent minds and through conversations focused on the key strategic issues which are conducted with humility, good judgement, resilience and determination.”  Source: Governance Handbook, Department for Education (2017)

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.