Non-Executive Director

Job Title: Non-Executive Director
Contract Type: Temporary
Location: Devon
Salary: 0 - 0
Reference: Acorn Multi-Academy Trust
Contact Name: Academy Ambassadors
Contact Email:
Job Published: March 17, 2020 09:53

Job Description

Acorn Multi-Academy Trust (AMAT)


Acorn Multi-Academy Trust is an ambitious, forward thinking trust currently overseeing six primary schools (four of which are Church schools) located in Devon and Dorset. The trust seeks three non-executive directors to join its small board who must be willing to commit to protecting and promoting the Christian ethos. Board meetings are held in Axminster, Devon.  


About the trust


Acorn Multi-Academy Trust consists of six schools with 634 pupils, 140 staff and a budget of £3.8 million. The trust contains a higher than average numbers of pupils that are in receipt of Free School Meals at 17%, although this varies considerably between the town and rural schools, yet five schools are rated by Ofsted as Good and one as Requires Improvement.  The trust is passionate about providing high quality primary education for all pupils and values each academy’s individual identity and distinctiveness. The following principles guide our trust:

  • Every child has the right to the highest quality academic, social, emotional, spiritual and physical education
  • Clear structures are in place to ensure that the voices of all children, staff, parents and carers within the Trust are heard and valued.
  • The trust values and respects each school’s distinctive ethos and identity
  • The trust prepares children to contribute positively to society and live fulfilled lives
  • The trust protects projects and develops the Christian character and distinctiveness of the Church of England academies within the trust, in partnership with the Church at parish and diocesan level.


Role summary

Number of positions advertised:  3


Role 1 – Trustee/Non-Executive Director


Non-executive foundation directors/trustees set the strategy for AMAT, support and challenge the Executive Headteacher, ensure the financial stability of the trust, promote the safeguarding and wellbeing of children and support the achievement of educational excellence.


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.


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


The strategic expertise required for role 1 includes:


Essential (due to multiple roles, candidates may be accepted who possess one or more of the skills below)

  • Branding/ Marketing / PR
  • Corporate communications



  • Change Management
  • IT/ Technology
  • Chairing experience


The competencies required for role 2 include:



  • Business Improvement (automation of systems and processes)


  • COO / HR
  • Change/Growth/Risk Management
  • Chairing experience



The competencies required for role 3 include:



  • Primary Education Leadership



  • Change/Growth/Risk Management
  • Legal/Compliance
  • Chairing experience



Time commitment

20 hours /month minimum. Six board meetings per year plus committee meetings. In addition, occasional attendance at Local Governing Body Committee meetings to provide trustee visibility and promote two-way communication, ad hoc panel meetings and termly training events.


Location of board meetings and trust website

Board meetings are held at The Old Tool Office, Chard Street, Axminster, Devon EX13 5EB