Non-Executive Director

Job Title: Non-Executive Director
Contract Type: Temporary
Location: Unknown
Salary: 0 - 0
Reference: Emmanuel Schools Foundation (ESF)
Contact Name: Academy Ambassadors
Contact Email:
Job Published: August 09, 2018 10:47

Job Description

Emmanuel Schools Foundation seeks two new non-executive directors to join its expanding board, bringing strong financial and change management skill. Applicants of all faiths and of none are welcomed. Board meetings are held at the different schools across Middlesbrough, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear and South Yorkshire.


About the Trust

Emmanuel Schools Foundation (ESF) has been involved in education since 1989 and in that time has established a significant track record of substantial educational improvement in Northern England. The trust was created from a base of four schools: Bede Academy, Emmanuel College, The King's Academy, Trinity Academy.

The schools provide exceptional opportunities for young people, raising their aspirations, encouraging their talents, supporting their ambitions and developing their confidence; ESF believes this is the dream of every parent, the desire of every community and the right of all young people, regardless of their ability or background.

The success of the trust is not measured in academic terms, alone. Underpinning it is a non-denominational Christian ethos that informs the trust’s core values and is welcomed by families of all faiths and none; it guides their ambition to develop character in the young people.


Plans for the Future

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

  1. To develop centres of educational excellence in areas that would benefit from the trust’s experience, both through partnership and the development of new schools.
  2. To grow the trust - the trust aims to comprise around 10-12 schools.
  3. To seek and actively work with both primary and secondary schools, for access to the very best educational opportunities for children across the North of England.


Trust Ethos & Values

As a ‘character-first’ multi-academy trust, the trust seeks to foster in children and young people the virtues of love, unselfishness, forgiveness, hope, gratitude, wisdom, integrity, fortitude, courage, self-control and humility. The trust believes that these virtues, or good moral habits, underpin the good character required for success in both education and in life.


Role Summary

Number of Positions Advertised: 2 x Trustee/Non-executive Director  

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.

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
  • Risk
  • CEO/General Management
  • Change Management


  • Remuneration Committee Chair
  • Corporate Governance
  • Strategic
  • Growth Management


Person Specification

Role 1: The trust seeks a trustee with a strong financial background. This individual must work, or have worked, at senior level with finance responsibility and accountability for large budgets. Knowledge of education or academy finance requirements would be an advantage. The trustee is required to develop strategic visions and work closely with senior stakeholders on all aspects of accounting and financial as the trust seeks to grow in future.


Role 2: The trust seeks a trustee possessing a strong ‘general’ skillset around the business sphere and, in particular, strong skills in change management. This individual is required to maintain stability during a period of consolidation and growth, along with a willingness to contribute to the establishment of the trust ethos which upholds the Christin values.


Time Commitment

Four Board meetings per year.

Half-term meetings with CEO with other sub-committee commitments, possible.


Location of Board Meetings and Trust Website


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: Tuesday 14th August 2018