Non-executive director

Job Title: Non-executive director
Contract Type: Temporary
Location: Unknown
Salary: 0 - 0
Reference: Grand Union Partnership
Contact Name: Academy Ambassadors
Contact Email:
Job Published: July 13, 2018 08:46

Job Description

Grand Union Partnership

Grand Union Partnership in Milton Keynes seeks two non-executive directors/trustees with SME senior management or board experience to join this growing trust of three schools. Board meetings rotate around all three schools.


About the trust

The Grand Union Partnership Multi Academy Trust (MAT) was formed in Summer 2017. The first two schools joined in September 2017 and the third school is in the process of joining now (June 2018).  All are Good schools.

New Bradwell School is a large combined school and takes nursery, infants and middle school aged children. It has a three-form intake and is located in an older well-established area of Milton Keynes. The intake is mixed, with some challenges related to the socio-economic deprivation of some parts of the  catchment area of the school.

Jubilee Wood School is located in one of the newer areas of Milton Keynes (Fishermead) which is very close to the city centre. It has a very high immigrant population and has a significantly transient population. It has a similar profile to New Bradwell School in terms of intake and size.

The third school, which is currently in the process of joining the MAT, is Old Stratford Primary School, which is located in a small village just over the Northamptonshire border. It is smaller than the other two schools with just under 200 pupils between the ages of 4 and 11.


Plans for the Future

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

  1. Absorbing the school currently in the process of joining.
  2. Identifying and implementing additional cost-savings by centralising common facilities across the MAT
  3. Identifying (two) further schools to join the Trust.


Trust Ethos & Values

The Grand Union Partnership wants those willing to dare, and those daring enough to do. Education is an exciting adventure, but is also a challenge. Every great success has been achieved by those who are willing to dare, and every school has set backs.


Role Summary

Number of Positions Advertised:



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. 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)

  • Non-executive/ Trustee
  • Corporate Governance
  • Change Management OR
  • CFO/finance



  • Branding/Marketing
  • CEO/General Management
  • HR
  • Entrepreneur/Founder
  • Legal/Compliance
  • Remuneration Committee Chair


Person Specification

The trust seeks applicants with experience of senior management and/or board membership in a small to medium sized organisation, preferably with a corporate background. Specific commercial financial experience would be most welcome, but is not an absolute requirement.


Time Commitment

Six meetings a year.  Average time commitment 6 hours/month.


Location of Board Meetings and Trust Website

Board meetings are held at multiple locations.

Trust website:


Governance Structure

Please see


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 17 August