Non-Executive Director

Job Title: Non-Executive Director
Contract Type: Temporary
Location: Prenton
Salary: Voluntary
Reference: Wirral Academy Trust
Contact Name: Academy Ambassadors
Contact Email:
Job Published: June 14, 2018 15:35

Job Description

Wirral Academy Trust is seeking to add to its board the expertise, knowledge and experience of a business leader, capable of helping to guide its strategy and direction, while allowing the trust to maintain its focus on high quality education. Board meetings are held in the Prenton area.


About the Trust

Wirral Academy Trust (WAT) is a Multi-Academy Trust (MAT) established by Birkenhead Sixth Form College to allow institutions across the area to work together to meet the needs of local students, to deliver high academic standards and a curriculum that raises aspirations and outcomes for all students.

WAT is a trust based in Wirral with a focus on developing ambition and establishing excellence for all. The trust’s philosophy is that high academic standards go hand in hand with the development of character, manners and behaviour and students’ ambitions should not be defined by social background.

The trust is seeking to support the development of innovative educational organisations that deliver an ambitious and creative learning environment to ensure that the academic potential of all students can be fulfilled within a secure and caring environment. Each academy within the trust retains its own identity and serves its local community, whilst sharing the ethos and vision of the trust.

The trust comprises Birkenhead Sixth College which is an outstanding 16-19 academy and The Birkenhead Park School, a comprehensive 11-16 provider. Students in both organisations are drawn from across the Wirral including areas of high deprivation.


Plans for the Future

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

  1. To increase the capacity of the trust to enable it to grow and develop;
  2. To ensure the high quality of provision across all members of the trust in a climate of financial challenge in the education sector;
  3. To identify and recruit new individuals to the trust to enable it to meet its objectives.

Currently, the trust is planning a staged growth that will ensure that quality of provision is maintained.


Trust Ethos & Values

The trust’s ethos centres around enabling students to experience an ambitious and creative learning environment to reach their academic potential; to offer a broad, balanced and rich curriculum that enables core skills to be attained; to be an innovative educational organisation which uses best established practice to attain high standards of teaching and learning.

The trust works with each student to ensure high expectations are set for all students, excellent teaching is delivered, there is a focus on the development of core skills and outstanding support is provided to facilitate transition to the next step for all students.



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.

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)

  • Entrepreneur/ Founder
  • Change Management
  • Growth Management


  • Branding/ Marketing
  • Corporate Governance
  • IT/ Technology
  • Turnaround


Person Specification

The ideal candidate for this role will possess proven experience of strategic planning at senior management level, budget preparation, setting and monitoring, financial forecasting and interpreting and analysing financial and management accounts, reports and interpreting complex data. An ability to make sound judgements, challenge, be creative and contribute to strategy and business decisions in relation to the trust is highly sought.

Time Commitment

6 hours per month on average; four meetings per year.


Location of Board Meetings

Birkenhead Sixth Form College, Park Road West, Claughton Village, Prenton, CH43 8SQ


Trust Website:     



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: Friday 6th July 2018