Non-Executive Director

Job Title: Non-Executive Director
Contract Type: Contract
Location: Nuneaton
Salary: 0 - 0
Reference: The Midland Academies Trust Feb 2020
Contact Name: Academy Ambassadors
Contact Email:
Job Published: February 10, 2020 10:24

Job Description

About the trust

The Midland Academies Trust is a multi-academy trust (MAT) established in 2010 by North Warwickshire and South Leicestershire College, which sponsors the academies for which the trust is responsible.

The trust operates in areas of significant deprivation and comprises four schools - currently three secondary schools in Nuneaton and one secondary school in Earl Shilton, Leicestershire.

The trust aims to transform the lives of children and young people and to release their potential through excellent education and the opportunity to acquire new skills. The trust is overseen by the College, which is graded by Ofsted as ‘Good’ with Outstanding features; it is uniquely placed to enable young people’s progression throughout their school career and into further or higher education, training and employment.

All schools within the trust are united in their vision to rapidly improve the learning experience of their students and raise the aspirations of the local communities they serve.

Role summary

Number of positions advertised:

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 and in accordance with DfE requirements, all trustee appointments will 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 strategic expertise required for this role includes:

  • CFO/ Financial 
  • Qualified Accountant
  • Audit
  • CEO/ General Management
  • Non-executive/ Trustee
  • Corporate Governance

The successful candidate will exhibit a strong and demonstrable track record in finance, ideally possessing an accountancy qualification. Experience in a CFO role is essential, along with evidence of working strategically, holding the executive to account and strong interpersonal and relationship-building abilities. The presence and personality to successfully manage myriad stakeholders and demonstrate leadership throughout is vital. Prior experience in a strategic role with knowledge and expertise in corporate governance and non-executive directorship are highly advantageous.

Time commitment

Five hours per month, minimum. Meetings are held in the evening and candidates may be required to join sub-committees as part of the role.