Non-Executive Director

Job Title: Non-Executive Director
Contract Type: Temporary
Location: London
Salary: Voluntary
Reference: Maritime Academy Trust
Contact Name: Academy Ambassadors
Contact Email:
Job Published: June 07, 2018 13:20

Job Description

Maritime Academy Trust, which contains schools located in Greenwich and Medway, seeks a non-executive director with financial acumen to join the board. Board meetings are held in Greenwich, London (SE10).

About the Trust

Maritime Academy Trust was founded in September 2016. It emerged from a soft partnership of three schools and currently has seven primary schools across two hubs: five in Greenwich and two in Medway. All schools are located within varied areas of deprivation and community challenges, but the trust focuses on high expectations and success for every child. The trust is approaching another significant milestone as it grows the number of schools under its auspices.

Maritime Academy Trust is proud to have an entrepreneurial curriculum. The trust believes that children can be leaders and entrepreneurs – and that when students grow up and leave school and try to answer the age-old question of what to do next, they’ll have the gumption to start their own business. They will put forward their own ideas at work, or take a chance on something they might otherwise think they are too young or inexperienced to try. Why? Because they will remember that they were only in primary school when they rang up a sales company to negotiate a price; set out a marketing plan for their board game or designed and published their first book. They may have given a cooking lesson to a room full of strangers, or been the keynote speaker at a child-produced education conference in front of a room full of hundreds of parents.

The trust’s schools have a range of needs. In Greenwich, the borough average for Pupil Premium children is 32%, with our schools ranging from 18-35%. In Medway, a very deprived area, current Pupil Premium numbers for trust schools is currently only 16% - which is inaccurate because of historically poor data management. One of the trust’s priorities for the area next year is to ensure accurate data capture. Our schools contain large numbers of children with English as an additional language (EAL) – with many schools having more than 35-40 languages spoken within their cohort. Special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) provision is very important to the trust and there is a SEND Lead who is tasked with ensuring both compliance and outstanding provision for some of the most vulnerable pupils.


  • Millennium Primary - with a Designated Provision Unit (part of Maritime since September 2016) (Ofsted Outstanding)
  • Brooklands Primary (part of Maritime since September 2016) (Ofsted Outstanding)
  • Timbercroft Primary (part of Maritime since September 2016) (Ofsted Good)
  • Nightingale Primary (joined Maritime in November 2017) (Ofsted Good)
  • Greenacres Primary - with a Language Impairment Unit (joined Maritime in November 2017) (Ofsted Good)


  • Featherby Infants (joined Maritime in September 2017) (Ofsted Good)
  • Featherby Juniors – sponsor school (joined Maritime in September 2017) (Ofsted Inadequate)


Plans for the Future

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

  1. Finances - the budget is currently strong with significant reserves. However, finances are increasingly tight and the three-year projections show that the trust needs to make significant savings. The trust must decide how reserves will be utilised during a growth phase. Income generation also needs to become more sophisticated.
  2. Recruitment and Retention - of both central and school staff, especially in the midst of a teacher recruitment crisis. The trust is starting a marketing project to boost recruitment and is looking at different ways of boosting retention and becoming a destination employer, including really getting staff engaged with helping to deliver the vision.
  3. Sustainable Growth – Maritime needs to balance capacity, structures, and growth, ensuring the trust is able to best support the schools - balancing expenditure to boost capacity whilst at the same time needing that growth in order to afford it.

The trust is building a pipeline and is currently talking to various 'good' primary schools in the Greenwich area who are considering joining the trust. The trust needs to focus on building the new Medway hub, which is an area containing challenging schools. The trust is hoping to expand into secondary schools, and eventually to create a new all-through school.


Trust Ethos & Values

The trust’s vision and mindset is built around its collaborative school improvement model that has created sustained transformation in the schools.

The entrepreneurial curriculum drives school improvement. The trust does this through collaboration, innovation and exceptional education. Resilience is key – the trust is always learns from its mistakes.


Role Summary

Number of Positions Advertised: 1

Role 1 – 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.

Maritime Academy Trust is recruiting a new trustee with a finance background who will join the Trust Board and Finance & Audit committee. They will be part of a board of seven (details can be found on the Maritime Academy Trust website). An ACA qualification is not a requirement.

The competencies required for this role include:


  • CFO/ Finance
  • Risk


  • Change Management
  • Corporate Governance
  • Growth Management

Person Specification

People are really important to the trust: board and staff. Being a great fit for Maritime means you will demonstrate innovative, outside-the-box thinking; are focused on improving outcomes for all children and 'get' the vision and mindset. The trust is keen to appoint an individual secure in financial management, due diligence, financial governance, compliance and adherence to regulation.


Time Commitment

There are six Trust Board meetings (Tuesdays 19:00-21:00); six Finance & Audit meetings (Tuesday 20:00-21:00); occasional strategy meetings

Location of Board Meetings and Trust Website

Board meetings are held at Millennium Primary School, 50 John Harrison Way, London, SE10 0SZ.

Trust website:


Governance Structure

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Background on Academy Trusts

Academy schools, which are charities run independently of local authority control, now account for 73% of secondary schools and 29% 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 760 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: Monday 2 July 2018