Non-Executive Director

Job Title: Non-Executive Director
Contract Type: Temporary
Location: London
Salary: Voluntary
Reference: Chrysalis Multi Academy Trust
Contact Name: Academy Ambassadors
Contact Email:
Job Published: June 14, 2018 15:07

Job Description

Chrysalis Multi Academy Trust seeks three board members with finance, IT and marketing skills to join this trust supporting over 2,400 pupils in North West London. Board meetings are held at Claremont High School, Kenton.

About the trust

Chrysalis Multi Academy Trust (CMAT) was founded in 2017 and is based in North West London. There are currently two schools in the trust. They are Claremont High School, a secondary school with approximately 1500 pupils and was graded Outstanding at the last two Ofsted inspections. Sudbury Primary School has approximately 900 pupils and was graded Good by Ofsted last July.

Chrysalis Multi Academy Trust is an multi academy trust (MAT) for local schools and has high ambitions for anyone and everyone they work with. They believe that every young person, regardless of where they came from or their ability or personal needs is deserving of a world class education experience at CMAT. An outstanding education unlocks the potential of all learners and provides them with a wealth of opportunities regardless of their backgrounds or their individual starting points.

The trust plans expand the number of academies in the trust by at least one school (likely at primary level), anticipating they may also explore secondary membership opportunities in the longer term. They will support identified local schools, create strong and open links with the Brent Schools Partnership, the Local Authority and the Regional Schools Commissioner.


Plans for the Future

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

  1. Embedding the developing links and connections between the primary and secondary schools and ensuring that each continues to grow its own uniqueness within the supportive structure of the MAT.
  2. Developing exceptional leadership across both phases and especially in the roles of the Local Governing Bodies and Trustees.
  3. Strategically responding to the need to expand within the agreed business plan and ensuring that this is the driving force rather than external pressure.

Trust Ethos & Values

Equity: to improve the life chances of all learners through high expectations of the performance for all

Learning: quality teaching and learning leadership: that has an impact at all levels

Curriculum: Positive growth mindset and creating opportunities for all

Professional Development: quality training and professional development

Communication: Positive professional relationships


Role Summary

Number of Positions Advertised: 3

Roles 1-3 – 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.

Chrysalis MAT seeks three non-executive directors who have experience of working across a range of strategic areas and holding other to account in either Business Strategy or Financial Planning and Management. 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)

  • Branding/Marketing


  • IT/Technology


  • CFO/Finance



  • Corporate Governance
  • Growth Management
  • Turnaround
  • HR
  • IT/Technology
  • Change Management
  • Entrepreneur/Founder
  • HR
  • Risk

Person Specification

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.

IT/Technology: The trust would welcome a technology minded individual with organisational leadership experience, ideally including experience of growing an organisation. Experience of procurement/contracts, risk, growth management or turnaround would be advantageous, as would experience of being a non-executive director.

Finance: Chrysalis Multi Academy Trust seeks a non-executive director with professional finance qualifications coupled with senior financial leadership experience. They should ideally also have experience of growing an organisation. Experience of audit processes, risk management, and/or of being a non-executive would be advantageous.


Time Commitment

6 hours /month minimum.


Location of Board Meetings and Trust Website

Board meetings are held at Claremont High School, Claremont Avenue, Kenton, HA3 0UH.

Trust website:

Governance Structure

Please see


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: 9 July 2018

Interviews:    within three weeks of the closing date (date tbc)