Non-Executive Director

Job Title: Non-Executive Director
Contract Type: Temporary
Location: Grantham
Salary: 0 - 0
Reference: Community Inclusive Trust
Contact Name: Academy Ambassadors
Contact Email:
Job Published: October 05, 2018 08:16

Job Description

Community Inclusive Trust (CIT) was established in September 2014 and consists of a mix of special needs schools and primaries within the south of Lincolnshire. The trust seeks to appoint three new non-executive directors and two members to its board. Board meetings are held in Grantham area.

About the Trust

The trust consists of nine academies; Ambergate Sports College, The Grantham Sandon School, Woodlands Academy, The Garth School, The John Fielding Special School, The Isaac Newton Primary School, The Priory School, Caythorpe Primary School and Chapel St Leonards Primary School, with Poplar Farm Primary school set to join in September 2018.

The trust has a proven track record of leading schools that are either in Special Measures or causing the Local Authority concern, to become graded Good or Outstanding by Ofsted. CIT is very proud that in September 2015 two of its schools gained joint Teaching School designation and established Lincolnshire Education and Research Network (LEARN).

Alongside the improvement work, the trust is working actively with other schools, academy chains and Local Authorities to extend its influence in education. This engagement enables greater levels of system-led improvements and outcomes for pupils and further opportunities for collaboration between leaders and staff at all levels of the organisation and beyond.

Plans for the Future

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

  1. To address financial challenges presented by the current economic climate.
  2. To unify systems across all the schools and ensure economies of scale, in respect to finances and time efficiencies.
  3. To monitor the level of support that the trust provides to other organisations.
  4. To grow the trust to be the fore front of change, and attract/retain the best leadership and educational talent in schools.

Trust Ethos & Values

Community Inclusive Trust’s strategic vision is designed to create a first class infrastructure that influences education, provides the most enriching educational environment for the community, and enables outstanding lifelong learning. In achieving its “vision” the trust will adhere to the following values:

  • Trust
  • Respect
  • Outstanding provision
  • Personalised learning

Role Summary

Number of Positions Advertised: 5

Roles 1-3 – 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 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.

Person Specification​

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)

  • HR
  • Legal/ Compliance
  • Risk
  • CEO/General Management
  • Corporate Governance


  • Change Management
  • IT/ Technology
  • Growth Management
  • Restructuring

Role 1 – HR: The trust seeks a trustee with a strong HR background with specific emphasis on restructuring and succession planning. Experience of managing issues for financial and operational outcomes would be an advantage.

Role 2 - Legal and Risk: The suitable individual must have the skills and experience necessary to understand, evaluate and provide strategic input. They must have experience of engaging with stakeholders, self-evaluation and acting as a critical friend.

Role 3: The trust is keen to appoint a non-executive director with strong and demonstrable general management/senior leadership experience, a good understanding of corporate governance and an ability to approach planning with a strategic, long-term view. Experience in growth and change management, organisational development, restructuring and turnaround would also be highly sought by the trust. Prior experience in a non-executive or trustee role would be advantageous, but is not a prerequisite. 

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

5-6 hours per month, minimum.

Roles 4&5 – Member

A member is able to alter the trust’s Articles of Association and appoint (or remove) trustees/directors where necessary. They provide independent oversight to the work of the board of trustees in order to ensure suitable accountability for its decision making and strategy. At Community Inclusive Trust the members are expected to be signatories for the academy trust, to attend up to two meetings per year, and to add to the already broad skillset within the existing team of members.

Person Specification​

The competencies required for this role include:


  • Non-executive/ Trustee
  • Corporate Governance


  • CFO/Finance
  • Strategic

The trust seeks individuals with an extensive and demonstrable background in corporate governance, with strategic vision and knowledge of the role of a non-executive director.  

A good communicator and a ‘team player’, committed to attending Members’ meetings. An individual with good business acumen is advantageous, as well as experience of working within a charity environment, preferably at board level. An interest in education and an awareness of current educational priorities would also be advantageous.

Time Commitment

Up to four meetings per year with additional meetings for sub committees.

Location of Board Meetings and Trust Website

Helmsley Road, Grantham, NG31 8XF 

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, 26th October 2018