Non-Executive Director

Job Title: Non-Executive Director
Contract Type: Temporary
Location: Unknown
Salary: 0 - 0
Reference: Leodies Academies Trust
Contact Name: Academy Ambassadors
Contact Email:
Job Published: August 09, 2018 10:48

Job Description

Leodis Academies Trust is seeking new board members with a strong finance background including PFI funding, compliance, legal and/or risk management. Board meetings are rotated across our academies which are all in the WF3 area on the Leeds/Wakefield border.


About the trust

Leodis Academies Trust was established in April 2016 to formalised the collaborative working of four high performing schools within a three mile radius. It offers young people the opportunity to experience consistency and security in their education from 3 to 18 years old; from nursery into adulthood.

The principles of the founding schools are:

  • Each academy has its own ethos and identity ensuring they have the freedom to develop these;
  • Each academy commits to working collaboratively to secure high quality outcomes for;
  • Each academy is at a different point on their journey and the Trust recognises and supports academies actively and positively in their development;
  • Local Governing Boards of founding schools are responsible for overseeing the operational direction under the umbrella of a strategic Board of Trustees;
  • The Board of Trustees is responsible for identifying when individual academies are in need of additional support and agreeing how this might look.

The Trust is currently made up of 1 outstanding and 3 good schools (as rated by Ofsted). In addition, the Trust is an approved sponsor and is working alongside other schools; both those who share its vision of collaboration offering strength to highly performing schools and those who need support to develop their leadership teams and quality first teaching to improve outcomes. Another primary school is set to join the trust in the autumn which is currently judged ‘inadequate’ by Ofsted and will be the trust’s first sponsored academy.

The trust’s four strategic aims are:

  • All Academies within the Trust reach good or better outcomes.
  • All Academies within the Trust share a self-sustaining, system-led, collaborative approach to improvement.
  • Leadership within and across the Trust is at least good and mainly outstanding.
  • The number of academies within the Trust has grown steadily to secure its future sustainability.


Plans for the Future

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

  1. Develop the school improvement team to support all the academies across the Trust Particularly but not exclusively, the newly sponsored academy which will join in autumn 2018.
  2. Ensure the delivery of  a robust and sustainable financial plan during the transition to the National Funding Formula and a period of Trust growth.
  3. To maintain and build positive outcomes for pupils as the Trust expands and against growing financial pressures.

The Trust is currently restructuring their governance and seeking to grow Leodis in both the primary and secondary sectors and to collaborate with other small to mid-size MATs for school improvement and procurement.


Trust Ethos & Values

Leodis Academies Trust is committed to ‘forging young futures’ by developing every young person‘s full learning potential through a wide variety of educational experiences in an environment that fosters positive relationships based on mutual respect. Collaboration is at the heart of their work both within and beyond the Trust.


Role Summary

Number of Positions Advertised: 3

Roles 1 to 3 – 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 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
  • HR
  • Branding/ Marketing


  • Legal/ Compliance
  • Risk
  • Non-executive Director/Trustee


Person Specification

Role 1: The trust seeks a trustee with a strong finance background with specific emphasis on significant financial acumen. Experience within education or charity sector and/or PFI funding, compliance, legal and/or risk management would be an advantage. 


Role 2: The trust seeks a trustee with a strong and demonstrable background in HR, with specific emphasis on change management, organisational development, succession planning and turnaround, to help shape the trust as it seeks to grow in future. 


Role 3: The trust seeks a trustee with a strong Branding/Marketing background with specific emphasis on communications, marketing and PR, to help raise the trust profile as it seeks to grow in future.


Time Commitment

The Board will meet up to 6 times each year and meetings are held at 6 pm on weekdays. Some trustees may be invited to join the Finance and Risk committee.  It is expected that the time commitment will be in the region of 4-6 hours per month (on average)


Location of Board Meetings and Trust Website

Board meetings are rotted between the Trust’s academies all of which are within a three mile radius and all within the WF3 postcode area on the border of Wakefield and Leeds.

The trust website is at


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: Wednesday 29th August 2018 – however, early applications are particularly welcome.