Non-Executive Director

Job Title: Non-Executive Director
Contract Type: Temporary
Location: Northwich
Salary: 0 - 0
Reference: The Sir John Brunner Foundation
Contact Name: Academy Ambassadors
Contact Email:
Job Published: December 03, 2019 12:24

Job Description

About the trust

Sir John Deane's Sixth Form College successfully converted to a Multi-Academy Trust (MAT) on April 1st, 2018 with the creation of the Sir John Brunner Foundation. The trust, which currently comprises Sir John Deane’s Sixth Form College and County High School Leftwich, recognises the importance of first class education in shaping individuals with a strong moral compass who are driven by loyalty, compassion and a strong sense of contribution to their community and to their country.

Two further High Schools are anticipated to join the trust in 2020, both of which will be either ‘Good’ or ‘Outstanding’, as assessed by Ofsted. 

Each school within The Sir John Brunner Foundation retains a strong sense of identity, place and purpose with each school contributing to a shared experience of excellence, pride and tradition whilst celebrating its own uniqueness.

The trust aims to value and recognise all aspects of a broad and diverse education which adds to a child’s personal, social, spiritual and creative development.

Role summary

Number of positions advertised: 1


Trustee/Non-Executive Director


Trustees – or non-executive directors - are both charity trustees and company directors of the academy trust. The core functions of their role are: ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction; holding executive leaders to account for the educational and financial performance of a charitable company funded by the public purse.


The board of trustees manages the business of the academy trust and may exercise all the powers of the trust in compliance with its charitable objects, company and charity law.


Non-executive directors will be responsible for maintaining stability and the management of a dynamic structure. The role also includes contributing to financial planning for sustainability and potential growth, and holding the CEO/CFO to account.


In the interests of safeguarding, all trustee appointments would be subject to an enhanced disclosure and barring service check.


Person specification

Every trustee is expected to abide by the trust’s code of conduct and the seven principles of public life set out by Lord Nolan: selflessness, integrity, objectivity, accountability, openness, honesty and leadership.


The Competency Framework for Governance (DfE) 2017 details the knowledge, skills and behaviours required for effective governance:


The strategic expertise required for this role includes:



  • Finance
  • Legal/ Compliance
  • HR


  • Growth Management
  • Risk
  • Non-executive/Trustee
  • Corporate Governance


The trust seeks an individual with extensive and significant management experience to bring depth of knowledge, critical challenge and scrutiny to its board. In particular, the trust seeks individuals with a proven track record and, where possible, a relevant professional qualification.

Time commitment

Four hours per month;           

Location of board meetings and trust website