Non-Executive Director

Job Title: Non-Executive Director
Contract Type: Temporary
Location: Paignton
Salary: 0 - 0
Reference: Bay Education Trust (BET)
Contact Name: Academy Ambassadors
Contact Email:
Job Published: November 19, 2019 13:27

Job Description

Bay Education Trust (BET)

The Bay Education Trust consists of three academies serving the needs of over 2000 young people in Paignton. The trust seeks one new non-executive director with change management and board experience. Board meetings are held in Paignton


About the trust

Bay Education Trust comprises two primary schools and one secondary, offering provision for students up to the age of 16. In the surrounding area there are also three local selective schools and this influences the trust cohort.


Approximately 40% of student at both the secondary school and one primary receive free school meals and a further 60% of the students in the second primary are in receipt of these. In addition to this, a large number of pupils at the trust have special education needs and this influences the trusts strategy and approach.


The trust currently has two ‘Good’ ratings from Ofsted and one ‘Requires Improvement’ rating. All schools are expected to be rated ‘Good’ during the 2019/20 academic year. 400 members of staff work across the trust, which operates under a budget of approximately £13m.

Plans for the future

Three key challenges for your trust over the next 12-24 months are:


  1. Financial stability - the trust is subject to a Financial Notice to Improve (FNTI) and the trust needs to work towards repaying funds whilst also improving standards.
  2. Improving facilities - the trust has recently been successful with several CIF bids and is now beginning to improve the building conditions, however, there is still much to be done to make the buildings fully fit for purpose.
  3. Pupil standards – the trust is experiencing poor literacy standards at the secondary school and wishes to focus resource on improving these during a financially challenging period.


The next two years will concentrate on removing the FNTI, improving the premises and raising pupil standards. Once these challenges have been met the trust will then explore options of expansion or merger.

Trust ethos & values

The trust upholds five key values throughout its work:

  • To uphold the highest moral values with openness trust and integrity.
  • To serve every young person their families and the needs of the community.
  • To be child centred and inclusive valuing individual learners.
  • To work in partnership through a collaborative approach driving standards.
  • To achieve consistent teaching and pedagogy.




Role summary

Number of positions advertised:

[e.g. 4]


Role 1 – Trustee/Non-Executive Director or Member


Trustees – or non-executive directors - are both charity trustees and company directors of the academy trust. The core functions of their role are: ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction; holding executive leaders to account for the educational and financial performance of a charitable company funded by the public purse.


The board of trustees manages the business of the academy trust and may exercise all the powers of the trust in compliance with its charitable objects, 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.


In the interests of safeguarding, all trustee appointments would be subject to an enhanced disclosure and barring service check.


Person specification

Every trustee is expected to abide by the trust’s code of conduct and the seven principles of public life set out by Lord Nolan: selflessness, integrity, objectivity, accountability, openness, honesty and leadership.


The Competency Framework for Governance (DfE) 2017 details the knowledge, skills and behaviours required for effective governance:


The strategic expertise required for this role includes:



  • Change Management
  • Corporate Governance
  • Non-executive/ Trustee


  • Branding/ Marketing
  • Entrepreneur/ Founder
  • Growth Management
  • IT/ Technology


The appointee will have senior leadership experience managing change, ideally within a multi-site organisation. The trust seeks candidates that are willing to be involved in a challenging area and engage fully with the strategy that has been developed by the current board to improve the education and therefore the life chances of the pupils. The ideal candidate will possess some SEN knowledge or be prepared to upskill themselves.


Time commitment

6 hours per month minimum.


Location of board meetings and trust website

Board meetings are held at Paignton Academy, Bay Education Trust Head Office, Borough Road, TQ3 3WA.

Governance structure

Background on academy trusts

Academy schools, which are charities run independently of local authority control, now account for 69% of secondary schools and 33% 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 900 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.


“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 (2019)


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 20th December 2019

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