Non-executive director

Job Title: Non-executive director
Contract Type: Temporary
Location: Unknown
Salary: 0 - 0
Reference: Equals Trust
Contact Name: Academy Ambassadors
Contact Email:
Job Published: August 09, 2018 09:36

Job Description

Equals Trust

Equals Trust is a collaborative primary multi-academy trust, comprising eight primary schools in south Nottinghamshire. The trust seeks to recruit a non-executive director with a strong financial background, including an understanding and experience of financial planning and accounting at a management level, to join its board. Board meetings are held in the Nottingham area (NG12 5FB).


About the Trust

The trust was founded in September 2016 and is based on the principal of equality with the aim of allowing member schools to maintain their ethos and unique identities within a tight local network. The trust promotes strong mutual accountability across its schools, shared support services and a strong collaborative approach to staff development and school improvement.  All schools within the trust are good/ outstanding


Equals Trust is a growing trust, with two further primary schools due to join in the next nine months. Central to the collaborative ethos of the trust is its Leadership Group of head teachers: led by the CEO, the group has delegated responsibility for the improvement of teaching and learning within the trust.


Plans for the Future

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


  1. To address the needs of schools against funding restrictions and constantly seek best value.
  2. To ensure the support structure is sustainable.
  3. To ensure schools receive ongoing appropriate support according to their needs as the trust grows.


The trust aims to grow to 12-15 primary schools over time and has registered with the Regional Schools Commissioner’s office as a sponsor for schools requiring support.


Trust Ethos & Values

Teaching and learning is at the core of Equals Trust which is committed to schools working with each other to achieve the best for the children in its care.


Role Summary

Number of Positions Advertised:



Role1 – 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 periods of growth and the management of a dynamic structure. The role also includes contributing to financial planning for sustainability and growth, and holding the CEO and CFO/Trust Finance Manager to account.


The competencies required for this role include:



  • CFO/ Finance



  • Audit Committee Chair
  • Change Management
  • Corporate Governance
  • Non-executive/ Trustee


Person Specification

The trust seeks a trustee with a strong financial background, with specific emphasis financial planning and accounting at a management level. Experience with public sector or charity funding would be an advantage but is not essential. This individual is required to challenge and ask difficult questions, while understanding the need to prioritise children’s outcomes as the trust seeks to grow in future.


Time Commitment

4-6 hours per month (on average)

The normal meeting patters is for 6 trust board meetings per year (roughly one each half term) and 4 Finance & Audit meetings per year.  These meetings are generally held at 6:30 in the evenings and always finish within 2 hours. In addition, there are 4 meetings with the Trust Finance Manager which can be scheduled at times to suit the trustee..


Location of Board Meetings and Trust Website

Keyworth Primary and Nursery School, Nottingham Road, Nottingham, NG12 5FB


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 24th August 2018.  However, the trust welcomes early applications and may appoint before the deadline if suitable people apply.


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