Non-Executive Director

Job Title: Non-Executive Director
Contract Type: Temporary
Location: Hull
Salary: 0 - 0
Reference: Yorkshire and Humber Co-Operative Learning Trust (YHCLT)
Contact Name: Academy Ambassadors
Contact Email:
Job Published: August 09, 2018 10:49

Job Description

Yorkshire and Humber Co-operative Learning Trust (YHCLT) seeks two new non-executive directors with experience in the field of general management, HR, risk and/or succession planning to join its board. Board meetings are held in the Hull area.

About the Trust

YHCLT was created in 2016 and, based on co-operative values, it aims to use the strengths of the trust to benefit all pupils. The trust consists of two secondary schools and four primary schools with another two due to join the trust in September; each school has its individual ethos, strengths and challenges.

Hull has areas of high deprivation and regeneration. Some schools have a high number of children with English as an additional language and mobility is a further challenge schools face.

The trust’s aim, underpinned by co-operative values and an ethical approach to leadership, is to inspire its students and staff and bring rapid and sustained improvement to the surrounding communities.

Plans for the Future

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

  1. Recruitment – recruiting the best staff, governors and trustees in a challenging location. There is a demand for specialist teachers and a limited pool of high quality teaching resource; therefore, the trust seeks to support recruitment and training and development of staff within the trust.

  2. Financial – the new National Schools Funding Formula has significantly reduced the budget of the two secondary schools within the trust, accounting for more than half of the trust's 4,000 pupils. There is a challenge to manage resources and do the best for pupils within the trust, within an increasingly challenging budget.

  3. Standards - improving standards each year, at each school, against a number of challenges such as increased mobility of pupils, increased number of countries/ languages of pupils and increased expectations in examinations. 

Trust Ethos & Values

YHCLT strives to demonstrate the following ethical values:

  • Openness – Believe in being open with colleagues in schools and beyond, children and their families, sharing information and ideas to raise standards and life chances.

  • Honesty – Act in a professional and respectful manner in its dealings with everyone.

  • Social responsibility – Maximise its impact on the people in the communities while minimising its footprint on the world.

  • Caring for Others – Treat everyone with respect, care and sensitivity, understanding that children are its absolute priority.

  • Self-help and self-responsibility – Support learners, parents, carers and staff to help themselves.

Role Summary

Number of Positions Advertised:

Role 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.

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)

  • Real estate/ Property

  • Risk

  • Succession Planning

  • CEO/ General Management Desirable

  • CFO/ Finance

  • IT/ Technology

  • Legal/ Compliance

  • Growth Management

Person Specification

Role 1: The trust seeks a trustee with a strong and demonstrable background in real estate, risk and succession planning.

Role 2: The trust seeks a trustee with a strong and demonstrable senior leadership and general management, with specific emphasis on growth management, to help shape the trust as it seeks to grow in future. Experience in an education background would be advantageous but is not essential.

All non-executive directors must be able to work effectively as part of a team. The trust welcomes applicants with a keen interest in using their valued skills and expertise to develop the multi-academy trust board and improve education for children in the area.

Time Commitment

8 hours per month, minimum.

The Trust Board meets 6 times a year. One of these meetings is a full-day strategy meeting. Meetings are held between 9am and 11.30am on Tuesdays.
Some trustees may be asked to join sub committees, pending personal time commitment, and depending on their area of expertise.

Location of Board Meetings and Trust Website

The Pavilion, Bishop Alcock Road, Hull, HU5 4RL.

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: Friday, 31st August 2018