Members X 2

Job Title: Members X 2
Contract Type: Temporary
Location: Castleford
Salary: Unpaid/Voluntary
Reference: Northern Ambition Academies Trust
Contact Name: Academy Ambassadors
Contact Email:
Job Published: October 04, 2018 15:43

Job Description

Northern Ambition Academies Trust seeks two new members to contribute to the success of the organisation. The current schools in the trust are located within a mile of one another and serve areas of high socio-economic deprivation. The trust believes that every child has potential and that all should be given the chance to succeed. Board meetings are held at Airedale Academy (WF10 3JU).

About the trust

The trust was originally established when Airedale Academy converted to an Academy in April 2011. In August 2014 it became a multi-academy trust and took-on responsibility for operating Oyster Park Primary School.

Airedale Infants School and Airedale Junior School joined the trust in November 2014 and January 2015, respectively. The trust then changed its name to become Northern Ambition Academies trust and reflect its desire to raise the ambitions of children across the North of England.

Northern Ambition Academies Trust consists of four schools - one secondary, one (through) primary, one infant and one junior school.

Plans for the future

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

  1. To ensure that all schools within the trust are at least good and working towards outstanding
  2. To increase the number of schools in the trust
  3. To continue to review governance to ensure the trust is learning from best practice

Northern Ambition Trust would like to steadily increase the number of schools within the trust over the next 12-24 months.

Trust ethos & values

The trust’s mission is for every child to leave its schools equipped with the essential skills they need to contribute effectively to society and to become well-rounded, confident, happy adults. The values of the trust are those of ambition, bravery and respect. 

Role summary

Number of Positions Advertised: 2

Roles 1 & 2 – Member

The key role for members is to provide independent oversight to the work of the board of trustees in order to ensure suitable accountability for its decision making and strategy.

Members also act as the ‘conscience’ and ‘moral guardian’ of the company. They undertake legal duties reserved to members, appoint (or remove) other members and trustees and oversee the performance of the trustees. Members attend two meetings per year, and add to the already broad skillset within the existing team of members.

Person specification​

The competencies required for this role include:


  • Corporate Governance


  • Non-executive/ Trustee
  • CFO/Finance
  • CEO/General Management
  • Legal/Compliance

The trust seeks individuals with a commitment to the education of children from disadvantaged communities and a strong moral purpose; an understanding of the barriers faced by these children and the communities they come from and a willingness to champion them; and a desire to put children at the heart of decisions.

Ideally, the appointed individuals will have experience of approving financial accounts and annual reports, and exercise the knowledge and judgement to appoint the trust’s auditors.

Time commitment

Up to 12-15 hours a year to be used in small blocks of time for the two meetings and to read papers and respond as necessary to maintain strategic oversight of the trust.

Location of board meetings and trust website

Airedale Academy, Crewe Road, Airedale, WF10 3JU.

Governance structure 

Background on academy trusts

Academy schools, which are charities run independently of local authority control, now account for 71% of secondary schools and 26% of primaries – and their number is growing all the time.

Many of these schools are grouped together as multi-academy trusts (MATs). There are currently 980 multi academy trusts of 2+ schools.  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 do not need to have any specialist knowledge of education. 


Academy Ambassadors is a non-profit programme 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: 2nd November 2018