Non-Executive Director

Job Title: Non-Executive Director
Contract Type: Temporary
Location: Birmingham
Salary: Voluntary
Reference: Robin Hood Multi Academy Trust
Contact Name: Academy Ambassadors
Contact Email:
Job Published: July 13, 2018 09:21

Job Description

Robin Hood Multi Academy Trust is an innovative trust in Birmingham and seeks to recruit a non-executive director, with demonstrable skills and track record in legal or property, to its board. Board meetings are held in Hall Green, Birmingham.


About the trust

Robin Hood Multi Academy Trust was formed in 2016 with the express aim of improving educational outcomes through collaboration and innovation. The trust is based in Birmingham and operates predominantly in areas of high deprivation and need. Together, the like-minded schools create an inspiring learning experience for all children – regardless of which school they attend.

The trust currently consists of two schools - one three-form entry primary and one three-form entry junior school with two primary schools in the process of applying to join the trust.


Plans for the Future

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

  1. To ensure that as the trust grows it maintains the ethos and culture in which it was founded. This is being done through a rigorous vetting process of interested schools.
  2. Growing to an operational size where further services can be centralised resulting in sustainable growth.
  3. Ensuring that educational aims and outcomes are maximised across all academies as the trust grows.

In the next two years the trust aspires to grow to six primary schools within the Midlands area. In order to do this, the trust has identified the skill sets required to successfully carry out its plans for the future and a key objective will be around ensuring all relevant skills areas are addressed.


Trust ethos & values

Robin Hood MAT has a reputation for challenging the status quo within education through innovation. The trust's aim is to develop an organisation that delivers a genuinely world class experience for all children regardless of the academy they attend.

The trust believes in growing capacity within each school and celebrating their individuality – the trust has decided that to nurture individuality rather than impose a set blueprint on every school. It also believes that operating as a multi academy trust provides a bright future to work with a range of people who share similar philosophies.


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.

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)

  • Non-executive/ Trustee AND
  • Growth Management OR
  • Real estate/ Property OR
  • Legal/ Compliance OR
  • Finance


  • Branding/ Marketing
  • IT/ Technology
  • Risk
  • Turnaround
  • Entrepreneur/ Founder
  • Succession Planning


Person specification

The trust welcomes applicants a strong knowledge and understanding of any of the above skill sets sit on the full Executive Board and attend committee meetings. Demonstrable experience at a senior level in any of the Essential skills areas is required as the trust seeks to grow in future. A track record of leading strategy and decision-making in a large organisation is highly-sought.

In addition, skills and expertise from the corporate sector are also desirable to the trust’s ongoing growth plans and strategic objectives. The successful candidate may be called upon to play an active role in the due diligence process. Prior knowledge or experience of the education sector is not essential, but would be advantageous in offering candidates a background in the work of the trust.

Time commitment

6 hours /month minimum.


Location of Board Meetings 

Board meetings are held at Robin Hood Multi Academy Trust, 77 Pitmaston Road, Birmingham, B28 9PP.

Trust Website:

Governance Structure


Background on academy trusts

Academy schools, which are charities run independently of local authority control, now account for 71% of secondary schools and 26% 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 980 multi academy trusts of 2+ 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, July 27