Non-Executive Director

Job Title: Non-Executive Director
Contract Type: Temporary
Location: Wakefield
Salary: Voluntary
Reference: The M Academy Trust
Contact Name: Academy Ambassadors
Contact Email:
Job Published: October 04, 2018 15:26

Job Description

The Mast Academy Trust seeks two new non-executive directors, with finance and HR skills, to join its board. The trust was established in December 2016 to build upon strong, existing partnerships around the pupils and families in its locality, through academy status. The four schools within the trust have now established strong relationships. Over the next 12 - 24 months the trust will be talking to other schools about trust expansion so that a growth of 1-2 schools per annum can be achieved. Board meetings are held in the Wakefield area.

About the trust

The Mast Academy Trust currently comprises four good and outstanding schools across the 4-13 years age range; two Middle schools (Kirkburton and Scissett) and two first schools (Shelley and Birdesedge), comprising around 1,400 pupils in mainstream education.

This is a collaborative trust - all leaders supporting the development of Mast within the context of an Executive Leadership Team. Working strategically together, within its three tier Pyramid of schools and with other services, the trust aims to transform provision and outcomes for its pupils and their families.

Plans for the Future

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

1.     To ensure the ongoing excellent educational outcomes of all the schools with a robust and sustainable school improvement model that benefits all current and future schools in the trust.

2.     Continuing to embed effective governance so that the solid base already established by the trust can continue and capacity for improvement is ensured at local governing body and trust level.

3.     Shape the trust in such a way that its collaborative culture can embrace other schools wishing to join. New schools joining the trust will have to be committed to its values of collaboration in order to ensure its continued success.

Trust Ethos & Values

The trust aims to support everyone to be the change they wish to see in the world. It understands that this is achieved through helping individuals, rather than through grand gestures. The trust believes in Care, Collaboration, Community.

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.

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.

Person Specification​

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)

  • CFO/ Finance
  • Legal/Compliance
  • HR


  • Audit Committee Chair
  • CEO/General Management
  • Growth Management
  • Corporate Governance

Role 1: This individual must have a strong financial planning and analysis skillset, with experience of strategic planning and an understanding of public sector funding arrangements. An appetite for a collaborative way of working is desired.

Role 2: The ideal candidate will have experience in a HR setting, with expertise in change management and leading strategic growth. 

Time Commitment

Six hours per month (minimum)

Location of Board Meetings and Trust Website

Wakefield Road, Scissett, HD89JX 

Governance Structure 

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 2nd November 2018

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