Non-Executive Director

Job Title: Non-Executive Director
Contract Type: Temporary
Location: London
Salary: Voluntary
Reference: TBAP Trust
Contact Name: Academy Ambassadors
Contact Email:
Job Published: June 07, 2018 12:52

Job Description

TBAP Trust seeks to recruit two individuals to its board, demonstrating respective key experience and skills in the field of financial planning, strategy and leadership, as well brand management, marketing and stakeholder engagement. Board meetings are held at The Bridge AP Academy, Fulham London.


About the Trust

Established in 2013, the TBAP Multi-Academy Trust supports learners who are experiencing difficulty with, or have been excluded from, mainstream education. The trust has three regional hubs situated in London, the East and the North West of England with a total of 12 schools at present with two more in the NW in the process of joining the NW hub.   TBAP is the largest provider of AP provision in the country and these roles offer an exciting opportunity to make a real difference to generations of young people who have struggled to thrive in mainstream education.

TBAP provides outstanding education and intervention through its Alternative Provision (AP) Academies, Special Academies and outreach teams which work hard to ensure that every learner reaches their full potential.

As a DfE-approved academy sponsor the TBAP Trust sponsors Pupil Referral Units (PRUs) and Special Schools to become AP Academies. The trust also has the capacity to support converter AP Academies and new Free Schools wishing to join the TBAP Trust.

TBAP has proven to be highly successful at supporting the most vulnerable learners in many ways and retains a strong belief in providing support to young people throughout their lives. The trust has established a post-16 offer and a rural therapeutic residence in addition to its existing educational services to meet all needs.

At present, the trust comprises one Primary AP/Special Educational Needs (SEN) Academy, four Primary/Secondary AP/SEN Academies, four Secondary AP Academies, one post-16 Academic AP Academy, one Special Secondary Academy, three Managed Intervention Centres and two Primary Outreach Teams.

Plans for the Future

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

  1. Recovering a healthy financial position for the trust
  2. Balancing planned growth of the trust
  3. Fully engaging with all stakeholders to ensure staff wellbeing is maintained and excellent outcomes for TBAP learners continue to be achieved

By 2020 the trust anticipates having a network of at least 15 academies spread across its three regional hubs. The completion of its new build TBAP Campus site in Fulham will coincide with the development of a traded services offer to Alternative Provision and mainstream schools across the country.


Trust Ethos & Values

TBAP Trust has core values of Resilience, Compassion and Innovation, which are central to its work. The trust's mission is to empower disadvantaged children to achieve success now and in the future.

TBAP's 2020 Vision can be found here:


Role Summary

Number of Positions Advertised: 2

Roles 1 & 2 – Trustee/Non-Executive Director

Trustees – or non-executive directors - are both charity trustees and company directors of the academy trust; the role is to hold to account the executive and senior leadership team. The board of trustees manages the business of the academy trust and may exercise all the powers of the trust. The trustees ensure compliance with the trust’s charitable objects and with company and charity law.

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

The competencies required for this role include:

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

  • CFO/ Finance
  • Branding/ Marketing
  • Growth Management
  • Restructuring


  • Corporate Governance
  • Non-executive/ Trustee
  • Risk
  • Turnaround
  • Entrepreneur/ Founder
  • Real estate/ Property
  • IT/ Technology


Person Specification

  • CFO/ Finance: An individual is sought with significant experience of managing complex finances and successful implementation of recovery plans. A proven track record of leading in a senior capacity on financial strategy and planning is essential to this role.
  • Branding/ Marketing: This trustee will sit on the main board and provide support and challenge in the areas of communications, PR, marketing and Stakeholder Engagement. Skills, experience and a demonstrable track record in the area of brand engagement and communications is therefore essential. There may be an opportunity for this candidate to take a lead in supporting the trust’s use of ICT and new communication channels.

Time Commitment

6 hours /month minimum.

Location of Board Meetings and Trust Website

Trust board meetings are held at The Bridge AP Academy, Finlay Street, London, SW6 6HB

Trust website -

Governance Structure


Background on Academy Trusts

Academy schools, which are charities run independently of local authority control, now account for 73% of secondary schools and 28% 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 726 multi academy trusts of 3+ 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: Friday 29 June 2018

Interviews: Within three weeks of the closing date