Non-Executive Director

Job Title: Non-Executive Director
Contract Type: Temporary
Location: Sheffield
Salary: Voluntary
Reference: Tapton Schools Academy (TSAT)
Contact Name: Academy Ambassadors
Contact Email:
Job Published: June 14, 2018 15:00

Job Description

Tapton Schools Academy Trust (TSAT), in Sheffield, is seeking to appoint a non-executive director with legal experience, along with up to three new Members, to provide oversight to the trust board. Trust board meetings are held at Tapton School, Darwin Lane, Sheffield, S10 5RG.


About the trust

The Tapton Schools Academy Trust (TSAT) currently consists of three secondary and five primary schools, which are responsible for over 6000 learners from three years to 19 years; a total of 854 staff are employed across the schools in the multi-academy trust (MAT).

TSAT exists to support schools in all phases to build upon their existing strengths and to achieve rapid improvement. The trust has extensive experience of school-to-school support, in school leadership and has converter and sponsored academies.

TSAT was formed in 2012, starting with Tapton School followed by Chaucer School. Since that time Southey Green, Meynell and Wisewood Primaries along with Forge Valley Secondary have been sponsored and Hillsborough and Hallam Primaries have each chosen to convert and join the trust.


Trust Ethos and Values

The original vision for Tapton School was that every one of the learners deserved a first class education in an outstanding school. This was achieved in 2007 when the school was judged ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted and was repeated in January 2013.

Every school that has joined the trust shares the mission and vision for TSAT:

·Learners are treated as individuals; 

·Every one of the trust learners will have the opportunity to leave their schools fully prepared for successful lives.

·All trust staff will feel valued and be enabled to become exceptional professionals.

·At the heart of all the Trust endeavours is outstanding teaching, high quality learning and highly effective support for individual learner needs.

·The Trust’s unrelenting focus on progress for every learner and engagement with every family will be the touchstone for the work in every TSAT Academy. 

·A culture exists across TSAT of high trust, high support and low threat with common values and a shared moral compass.

·Developing high quality local leadership that ensures the fit to local conditions and needs within carefully constructed structures and approaches.

·The trust has a commitment to the development of high quality learning locally and regionally and this outward face will help to drive the improvement in TSAT.

Plans for the Future

The first priority for the trust is that all academies progress and become ‘Outstanding’ schools. Longer term it would like to grow the Tapton Schools Academy Trust and support and learn from other schools which choose to join it.


Role Summary

Number of Positions Advertised:  up to 4

Role 1 - Trustee/Non-Executive Director

The trust is seeking to add an experienced and knowledgeable legal professional to its board to offer advice, guidance and challenge on all matters related to its planned growth and development.

The competencies required for this role include:


  • Legal


  • Corporate Governance
  • Strategic
  • Change Management
  • Growth Management

Person specification

Tapton Schools Academy Trust is looking specifically for an individual with demonstrable experience in a legal capacity; expertise in non-profit and / or charity sectors is advantageous but not essential. Expertise in the area of growth / change management are also advantageous in order to enable the board to effectively develop the trust as it moves forward.


Time Commitment

The trust board usually meets four times a year along with termly sub-committee meetings (the sub-committees are risk, assurance and governance; finance and resources; learning and experience), together with task and finish groups as required. Meetings for 2016/17 are scheduled to start at 6.00pm, usually on Mondays at Tapton School. There is also an annual board away day for the purposes of strategic planning and board development.


Roles 2-4 - Member 

The role of the Member is to provide oversight and accountability to the trust board. Members have power to alter the trust’s Articles of Association and to recruit and remove trustees. This is a less ‘hands-on’ role than that of the trustee.

The competencies required for this role include:


  • Non-executive/ Trustee


  • Corporate Governance


Person Specification

Candidates will possess some experience of prior non-executive director or trustee roles and have a demonstrable track record of offering oversight in similar roles. Experience in the non-profit or charity sector is highly-sought, as well as an ability to demonstrate strategic thinking in terms of an organisation’s long-term planning.

Time commitment

Approximately one hour per month.


Trust website


Background on academy trusts

Academy schools, which are charities run independently of local authority control, now account for 69% of secondary schools and 23% of primaries – and their number is growing all the time.

Many of these schools are grouped together as multi-academy trusts.  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.

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 don’t need to have any specialist knowledge of education. 



Academy Ambassadors is a non-profit organisation 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, 21st July