Non-Executive Director

Job Title: Non-Executive Director
Location: Leicestershire
Salary: 0 - 0
Reference: Learn Academies Trust
Contact Name: Academy Ambassadors
Contact Email:
Job Published: October 19, 2018 14:52

Job Description

Learn Academies Trust (Learn-AT)

Learn Academies Trust is a new charitable, school-led multi-academy trust (formed in August 2016). The trust aims for continued growth over the next two to five years and may bid to open a brand new school in the area to meet rising demand from parents. The trust seeks to recruit a new non-executive director with finance and risk management skills to support its board. Board meetings are held in the south-east Leicestershire area.

About the trust

Learn-AT was formed from a group of seven primary schools based in and around Market Harborough. The trust now comprises 10 schools which are a combination of Church of England and community primary schools. Two schools have recently been designated as lead schools for a new teaching school alliance. There is a strong focus across the trust on professional learning and research.

The trust’s vision is to remain true to its founding core purpose – learning, and its founding core value – fellowship. Those within the trust work together to build a flourishing, hospitable and inclusive organisation, in which the Church of England and Community academies work together in the service of local children and families.

Plans for the future

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

  1. Managing expectations of growth, within the context of the Department for Education MAT strategy, so that the trust has long-term viability. The trust aims for continued growth over the next two to five years and may bid for a new school to meet rising demand from parents and also meet the needs of new housing planned for the area. The trust is open to welcoming secondary schools to join the MAT to provide for the full age range.
  2. Ensuring that all schools continue on a trajectory of improvement through implementing and embedding a robust school improvement strategy.
  3. Ensuring operational efficiency and consistency to maximise resource across the trust.
  4. Building a strong reputation for professional learning and talent management.

Trust ethos & values

Learning is the core purpose of this trust. The trust’s culture is underpinned by a shared commitment to wisdom, professional openness to deep learning and research engagement, generosity of spirit, industry, integrity and kindness.

Whether they are Church of England or community academies, all schools within the trust aim to promote an ethos designed to nurture the wellbeing of every child; to allow each child to love learning, to flourish and to be able to enjoy life in its fullness.

Learn-AT prioritises the development of systems, structures and cultures which ensure that both adults and pupils thrive. The trust believes that flourishing and engaged pupils require and deserve flourishing and engaged adults, able to work on their behalf at the cutting edge of evidence-informed practice. For this reason, it puts a strong emphasis on the development of high-quality and effective professional learning for staff.

Role Summary

Number of positions advertised:1

Role 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 and the management of a dynamic structure. The role also includes contributing to financial planning for sustainability and potential growth and holding the CEO/CFO to account.

Person specification

The competencies required for this role include:


  • CFO/ Finance
  • Growth Management
  • Risk


  • Branding/ Marketing
  • Change Management
  • Real estate/ Property

The trust seeks a trustee possessing a strong ‘general’ skillset from across the business sphere, but with specific emphasis on financial strategy and risk at management level. Experience within public sector funding would be an advantage. The trust also seeks a number of complementary skills, as listed in the ‘desirable’ section, to help develop its board strength and breadth. Experience in business management at senior level would be advantageous, along with a willingness to work constructively and effectively with all in accordance with the ‘Nolan Principles: Standards of Public Life.’ ( Click here for details )

Time commitment:

3 Board trustee meetings per year (Autumn, spring, summer terms)

6 finance sub-committee meetings per year (one each half-term)

1 AGM meeting per year

All meeting start at 6.30pm and last up to 2 hours.  With preparation time for meetings (reading papers) and the potential for some training and additional ad hoc requests it is expected the time commitment would average 4-6 hours per month.

Location of board meetings and trust website

Learn Academies Trust (Lubenham All Saints Primary School), School Lane, Lubenham, Leicestershire, LE16 9TW.  

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 30% 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 775 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, 23rd November 2018

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