Non-Executive Director

Job Title: Non-Executive Director
Contract Type: Temporary
Location: Cheadle Hulme
Salary: 0 - 0
Reference: The Laurus Trust
Contact Name: Academy Ambassadors
Contact Email:
Job Published: August 30, 2018 11:13

Job Description

The Laurus Trust, based in Greater Manchester and centred around Cheadle Hulme High School, has recently entered an exciting phase of development, with new free schools opening and further schools seeking to join the trust. To help guide the next phase of this growth and expansion, the trust seeks a trustee to join its board, offering skills in the area of growth management and business change. Trust board meetings are held at Cheadle Hulme High School, Cheadle Hulme.

About the Trust

The Laurus Trust is a growing trust with Cheadle Hulme High School (CHHS), the founder school, at its centre. CHHS is a significantly-oversubscribed academy converter with a reputation locally, and further afield, for outstanding teaching and learning through the pursuit of excellence and a determination to ensure that every child succeeds.

CHHS is a Teaching School and has been judged Outstanding in every category by Ofsted (2011 and 2015). Furthermore, the Altius Alliance school centred initial teacher training (SCITT) was also judged as Outstanding in November 2017.

Gorsey Bank Primary School (GBPS) joined The Laurus Trust in October, 2016. GBPS is a high performing two form entry primary school, which is frequently oversubscribed, and has a reputation for hard work and success. Attainment at Gorsey is consistently strong: for the early years, phonics, Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2.

The trust currently has five Free Schools in the pre-opening phase – Cheadle Hulme Primary School (CHPS), Laurus Cheadle Hulme (LCH), an 11-16 High School, and Laurus Ryecroft (LR), an 11-18 High School; all three are due to open in September 2018 and are oversubscribed with waiting lists for their first cohort in 2018.

In addition, the trust has an 11-18 High School in Didsbury opening in September 2019, with approval to open an 80-place Alternative Provision (AP) School in Stockport – the Laurus AP. The Pendlebury Centre, an Outstanding Pupil Referral Unit (PRU), is currently in the process of joining The Laurus Trust.

Access to funding from the Law Family Education Trust (LFET) provides opportunities for all students within The Laurus Trust to have the same access to high quality enrichment as those students who attend private schools.

Cheadle Hulme High School is in the top 3% across the UK in Progress 8, and was named as one of the top 10 most sought-after schools in Greater Manchester. It was also named in the top 25 top secondary comprehensive state schools in the UK by The Sunday Times.

Plans for the Future

The main challenges facing The Laurus Trust over the next 12-24 months are:

  1. Academic focus - maintaining and improving the headline performance and student progression for existing Laurus Schools and continuing to develop both the academic curriculum and electives programme across all schools in the trust.
  2. Management of trust growth - ensure central trust services have sufficient capacity; through effective procurement achieve increased economies of scale; expansion and professional development of workforce for successful succession including SCITT growth; robust due diligence of existing schools wishing to join Laurus; effective project management of capital projects.
  3. Reputational Development - effective marketing communication and branding; strong and effective accountability & quality assurance.

The trust is aiming to submit bids for two new free schools in Wave 13, and there are two existing schools currently exploring the possibility of joining the trust. The growth and development of the trust will form a main focus through this potential expansion.

Trust Ethos & Values

The Laurus Vision is for everyone regardless of background or circumstance to be inspired, to thrive in all environments, to recognise what it takes to succeed, to set aspirational goals and work hard to achieve them. The trust’s culture is one of achieving self-worth for every child by being unashamedly academic, unapologetically aspirational and by having uncompromising standards. More on the vision of The Laurus Trust is available at:

Role Summary

Number of Positions Advertised: 1
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:


  • Growth Management
  • Change Management
  • Corporate Governance
  • Strategic


  • CEO/ General Management
  • Non-executive/ Trustee
Person Specification

As The Laurus Trust enters into a period of change and growth, with the introduction of both free schools and those looking to join the trust, it seeks an individual who is able to offer strategic vision and skills in managing change and growth. This individual will have a track record of leading change in a large organisation, including all aspects of scalability and resourcing. Experience in leadership positions, with demonstrable responsibility for board-level working is highly desirable to brings skills and experience to The Laurus Trust board.

Time Commitment

6 hours /month minimum.

Location of Board Meetings and Trust Website

Trust board meeting are held at Cheadle Hulme High School, Woods Lane, Cheadle Hulme, SK8 7JY 

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 765 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, 14th September