Non-Executive Director

Job Title: Non-Executive Director
Contract Type: Temporary
Location: Newcastle upon Tyne
Salary: 0-0
Reference: Trinity Academy Newscastle
Contact Name: Academy Ambassadors
Contact Email:
Job Published: August 09, 2018 10:48

Job Description

Trinity Academy Newcastle is a multi-academy trust (MAT) based within the West End of Newcastle. The trust seeks two new non-executive directors to join the board and assist with financial stability and strategic operations, so that it may succeed and expand, as a Special MAT, to provide for young people in the community. Board meetings are held in the Newcastle upon Tyne area.


About the trust

The identified needs of the students within Trinity Academy Newcastle are complex and significant, in the area of Social, Emotional and Mental Health, as described in the SEN Code of Practice. Students may also have associated needs in the areas of cognition/learning and communication and interaction (autistic spectrum disorder and/or speech and language difficulties).

The trust comprises two academies and one private company. Trinity Academy is a Non-Maintained Day Special Academy, for students between the ages of 7-16 years (Key Stages 2-4), and Trinity Solutions Academy is a Post-16 provision, for students aged 16-19 years. There is also a provision within the trust for the education of Post -19 Learners with Learning Difficulties and Disabilities (LLDD) Students; this is called Trinity Post-16 Solutions Limited. It is a private company, which provides older students with an appropriately paced and differentiated curriculum. 


Plans for the Future

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

  1. Maintaining financial stability.
  2. Ensuring the Directors skillset is relevant to the needs of the trust.
  3. Expanding the Trust as a Special MAT

As part of the expansion of the MAT, the trust plan to include another Special academy. It is also exploring a Free School application.


Trust ethos & values

According to its vision statement, the trust is determined to strive for excellence in everything it does. In doing so, it knows that it changes lives on a daily basis. In an environment where “kindness”, "honesty" and "calm" are revered, the trust is "preparing the parents of the future".


Role Summary

Number of Positions Advertised: 2

Trustee/Non-Executive Director

Trustees are responsible for overseeing growth and providing support to the trust board. As a trustee, individuals are asked to provide scrutiny and challenge to the board. 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 trust is seeking talented individuals who have the ability to work strategically, with experience of leadership at management or director level.  

The competencies required for these roles include:


  • CEO/General Management


  • IT/Technology
  • Change Management
  • Growth Management
  • HR
  • Finance
  • Audit
  • Strategic
  • Educational


Person specification

Due to the nature of the trust – it is beneficial for this individual to have interest and preferably experience in the education sector, social care, Looked-After-Children, or Special Educational Needs related professions.


Time commitment

4 hours per month (minimum).


Location of Board Meetings and Trust Website

Trinity Academy Newcastle, Oakfield College Site, Condercum Road, Benwell, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE4 8XJ.


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 31st August 2018