Non-Executive Director x 2

Stowupland, Stowmarket
Unpaid, voluntary
14 Sep 2017
24 Oct 2017
John Milton Academy Trust
Evenings, Weekdays
Academy school

John Milton Academy Trust

The John Milton Academy Trust, a new multi-academy trust comprising one secondary and three primary academies, seeks to recruit a non-executive director to its trust board. Board meetings are usually held at Stowupland High School, Church Road, Stowupland, IP14 4BQ.

About the trust

Based in Suffolk, John Milton Academy Trust was established in September 2016. The trust comprises one secondary (Stowupland High School) and three primary academies (Bacton Primary School, Cedars Park Community Primary School and Mendlesham Primary School). At their last inspections, Ofsted rated all academies as “Good”.

All four academies are situated near Stowmarket, Suffolk serving a predominantly rural population. Stowupland High School is an 11-18 secondary school with 1,050 pupils. Bacton Primary School is a small primary school with approximately 166 pupils, Cedars Park Community Primary School is a larger primary school with approximately 447 pupils and Mendlesham Primary School is a small primary school with approximately 99 pupils.  The close geographical proximity of the schools enables the trust to develop a relationship with parents and children from Early Years through to sixth form. 

The trust is seeking to appoint new non-executive directors with the skills and energy both to build on existing plans and also to assist in driving the strategy forward.

Trust ethos & values

The ethos of the John Milton Academy Trust is "A Partnership of Aspiration and Excellence”, committed to providing the highest standard of education and progression for all its pupils from primary through to sixth form.  There is close collaboration between schools to develop and facilitate excellent curriculum experiences and opportunities so that as many young people as possible have access to the very best education and life chances.  Quality-first teaching is a priority across all Schools.

Plans for the Future

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

  • To establish a cross-phase school improvement capability which will enable the trust to maintain and improve the quality of teaching and learning delivered in all schools;
  • To bring in additional schools into the trust, either by attracting existing schools, or through opening new schools;
  • To embed and develop centralised trust services so that the optimum amount of funding can be directed to the teaching and learning activities in all schools;
  • To enhance the learning environments of all schools.

Role Summary

Number of Positions Advertised:  2

Role 1 – Trustee/Non-Executive Director


  • CFO/ Finance
  • Audit


  • Non-executive/Trustee

Person specification

The trust seeks to recruit a non-executive director with a finance and/or audit background.

The ideal candidate will have extensive professional financial skills, experience of working at a senior management level in a large organisation and a demonstrable track record of managing large budgets.

Time commitment

Four to six hours per month (minimum), including five trust board meetings over the year.

Role 2 – Trustee/Non-Executive Director


  • Non-executive/ Trustee
  • HR


  • Performance Management
  • Strategic

Person specification

The Trust would be keen to hear from candidates with a senior management background in the legal or HR sector.

Time commitment

Four to six hours per month (minimum), including five trust board meetings over the year.

Trust Website

Governance Structure

Currently four Members, six directors and a number of committees including a LGB at each school. In the long term, the trust’s vision is for Members to increase to six and trust directors to ten (including the CEO).

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.

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: 24th October 2017

Interviews: TBC