Non-Executive Director

Job Title: Non-Executive Director
Contract Type: Temporary
Location: Middlesbrough
Salary: 0 - 0
Reference: Tees Valley Education Multi-Academy Trust
Contact Name: Academy Ambassadors
Contact Email:
Job Published: July 13, 2018 09:46

Job Description

Tees Valley Education Multi-Academy Trust is looking to recruit a non-executive director with a strong background in the finance sector to its board. The appointee will have an interest in improving educational standards to help shape the future in delivering the best possible outcomes for its pupils and communities and be able to attend all board meetings, which will be held at locations in the Middlesbrough area. 


About the trust

This multi-academy trust (MAT) trust currently comprises three academies - Brambles Primary Academy, Dormanstown Primary Academy and Pennyman Primary Academy. A fourth, Wilton Primary, will join the trust from 1st August 2018 and a fifth, Discovery Special Academy, a free school, will open in September 2018. All academies are located in areas of significant deprivation and two have specialist unit provision as well as one being a special school for children with a range of SEND needs. Its leaders are passionate about the difference education can make to children’s lives and the trust is led by a National Leader in Education (NLE) with ‘Outstanding’ experience in school leadership.

Further details about the academies can be found on the trust website


Trust ethos & values

Tees Valley Education academies believe in excellence as a birthright. The trust believes that children, regardless of circumstance, have an entitlement to a world class education. The academy headteachers operate in an atmosphere of trust, honesty, integrity and an unwavering commitment to excellence for children. 


Role Summary

Number of Positions Advertised: 1

Role 1: Trustee/Non-Executive Director

Trustees, who are also Directors of the Company, will support and challenge the CEO and Senior Leadership Team across the Trust in delivering the strategic vision. They will develop and review strategic plans; ensure the operation of the trust complies with its legal requirements and delivers a high quality curriculum, using resources efficiently and effectively, with the aim of delivering outstanding education and outcomes for its pupils and communities.

The key responsibilities of the trustees include: 

  • ensuring the quality of educational provision;
  • challenging and monitoring the performance of the trust and its leaders;
  • ensuring excellent financial management and probity;
  • supporting the leadership in management of staff.

The competencies required for this role include:


  • CFO/Finance
  • Growth Management
  • Audit


  • Turnaround
  • Change management


Person specification

The trust is seeking an individual with a proven track record and extensive professional experience who has the ability to work strategically, with experience of leadership at senior management or director level. Applications will be welcomed from individuals with business backgrounds, including experience in finance, business growth, business planning and change management.


Time commitment

Trustees will meet as a full board at least four times a year with the sub-committees meeting three times a year. Each board meeting is expected to last no longer than 2 hours and the sub-committees no more than 3 hours. Non-executive directors/trustees should factor in some preparation time. 


Trust Website


Governance Structure


Background on academy trusts

Academy schools, which are charities run independently of local authority control, now account for 69% of secondary schools and 23% of primaries – and their number is growing all the time.

Many of these schools are grouped together as multi-academy trusts.  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.

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 don’t need to have any specialist knowledge of education. 



Academy Ambassadors is a non-profit organisation 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 –

The closing date for applications: Friday 10th August 2018

Visits to the trust and/or its academies are encouraged and can be arranged. There will be an opportunity to meet with an appointed Member of the trust and members of the Senior Leadership Team. 

Shortlisted candidates will be contacted after the closing date and invited to meet with the Members of the trust if they have not already done so through a visit, following which the appointment will be confirmed.

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