Non-Executive Director

Job Title: Non-Executive Director
Contract Type: Temporary
Location: Birmingham
Salary: Voluntary
Reference: The Academy Transformation Trust (ATT)
Contact Name: Academy Ambassadors
Contact Email:
Job Published: June 28, 2018 17:35

Job Description

The Academy Transformation Trust (ATT) seeks a non-executive director/trustee with a strong financial skillset to strengthen its board. With 22 schools across the West Midlands and the East of England, the trust shapes the futures of over 12,000 children.

Board meetings are held at the trust’s headquarters in the Jewellery Quarter, Birmingham.


About the trust

ATT is a multi-academy trust (MAT) and was established in 2012 and has ten primary and ten secondary schools; it also has one all-age academy. Of the academies that have been inspected the trust now has 90% of its secondary academies rated Good by Ofsted and 100% of its primaries are also rated Good..

The trust operates in areas where there are significant socio-economic disadvantages and a large proportion of pupils are identified as eligible for pupil premium funding. The trust’s academies are in Sandwell, Walsall, Thurrock, Essex, Norfolk, Suffolk, Nottinghamshire, Staffordshire, Stoke, and Warwickshire.


Plans for the Future

The challenges facing the board over the next year are:

  1. Growth and regionalisation. The trust’s current strategy is to consolidate its position in areas where it already has academies and aims to develop clusters sufficient to make a regional strategy the basis for its operations.
  2. Financial. A continuing theme and major challenge will be maintaining a tight grip on finances to ensure the trust remains sustainable.

Trust ethos & values

The trust values are based on its work being built on four key principles: transparency, innovation, collaboration and ambition for all its 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.

The competencies required for this role include:


  • CFO/ Finance AND
  • Qualified Accountant


  • Non-executive/ trustee
  • Corporate Governance
  • Audit

Person specification

The trust is looking to recruit an individual with a strong and demonstrable background in finance, who has the ability to think strategically, as well as evidence of prior working at board level. An accountancy qualification is essential as the board seeks to secure a strong candidate capable of helping to deliver scrutiny and challenge to the senior leadership team, while also helping to shape the future of the trust. Experience of corporate governance and a prior role as a non-executive director are desirable.


Time commitment

4-6 hours per month minimum.


Location of Board Meetings and Trust Website

Board meetings are held at Suite 413, The Jewellery Business Centre, 95 Spencer Street, Birmingham, B18 6DA


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, 13th July