Non-Executive Director

Job Title: Non-Executive Director
Contract Type: Temporary
Location: Gillingham
Salary: Voluntary
Reference: Barnsole Primary Trust
Contact Name: Academy Ambassadors
Contact Email:
Job Published: June 20, 2018 15:48

Job Description

Barnsole Primary Trust is a specialist ‘primary only’ trust in Medway. Currently comprised of four schools, the trust is looking to expand over the next two years. The trust is looking for two non-executive directors with finance or branding/marketing experience to join the trust board. Board meetings are held in Gillingham.


About the Trust

Barnsole Primary is a ‘primary only trust’ based in Medway, a local authority that has underperformed, especially at Key Stage 2, for a number of years. There are currently four schools in the trust with approx. 1,200 pupils. The trust believes that every child has the right to access a good or outstanding school. This means a commitment to working collaboratively and effectively using everyone’s strengths to meet a common aim. They are proud of the teaching and leadership capacity that is being built across Barnsole Primary Trust; as a result of this strength, the trust is now poised to move forward into a period of significant growth.

Barnsole Primary Trust is a cost-effective organisation that has a clear business model delivering the efficiency, effectiveness and challenge required to ensure that school improvement is at the forefront of everything we do. There is a relentless drive for continued improvement in teaching, learning, leadership and governance, to achieve the best personal and educational outcomes for every pupil.


Plans for the Future

The trust is in discussion with two other schools who are considering joining the trust by the end of the calendar year. It anticipates expanding to 10 schools in the next two years.

Trust Ethos & Values

The trust’s vision is to provide the best possible education for young people in Medway. The vision is underpinned by seven core values:

  • To promote social mobility by ensuring there are no achievement gaps between groups of children, particularly the most disadvantaged;
  • To provide an environment where each child feels happy, valued and safe;
  • To provide each child with an entitlement that offers them the access to a curriculum which values their unique need, talent and skill;
  • To value and develop staff to ensure they become the best possible professionals they can be;
  • To target resources and time that leads to direct school improvement;
  • To provide a holistic education working in partnership with parents, carers and the wider community;
  • To recognise, value and maintain the unique identity of each school within its community


Role Summary

Number of Positions Advertised: 2

Role 1 – Trustee/Non-Executive Director (Chair of Finance Committee)

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 appointed individual will also take on the role of Chair of the Finance Committee.

The competencies required for this role include:


  • CFO/ Finance
  • Corporate governance
  • Growth Management

Person Specification

The trust is keen to hear from high calibre candidates with substantial financial business expertise and a good understanding of governance.

Time Commitment

Six board meetings per year and six committee meetings a year


Role 2 – Trustee/Non-Executive Director

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:



  • Branding/Marketing
  • IT/Technology
  • Growth Management

Person Specification

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.

Time Commitment

Six board meetings per year and six committee meetings a year


Location of Board Meetings and Trust Website

Board meetings are held at Barnsole Primary School, Barnsole Road, Gillingham, Kent ME7 2JG.

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 28% 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 726 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 16th July 2018