Non-Executive Director

Job Title: Non-Executive Director
Contract Type: Temporary
Location: King's Lynn
Salary: 0 - 0
Reference: KWEST Multi Academy Trust
Contact Name: Academy Ambassadors
Contact Email:
Job Published: November 19, 2019 14:48

Job Description

KWEST Multi Academy Trust


The KWEST Multi Academy Trust seeks three non-executive directors with backgrounds in finance, legal, HR and change management to support its vision and the development of its future growth strategy. The trust has an exciting strategic business plan with a very innovative approach to growth and income generation including; an international dimension, franchising its governance model and approach to early years education, and utilising Artificial Intelligence in learning. Board meetings are held on a rotational basis across the schools in King’s Lynn, Norfolk.


About the trust

KWEST Multi Academy Trust was created in March 2018. The Trust consists of seven schools, with 1,000 students, from nursery to through to Secondary School, including one special school. The Trust’s geographic base is located across the North West, Norfolk, and its local borough council is King’s Lynn & West Norfolk.  The Trust believes that outstanding Multi Academy Trusts are inclusive and have a commitment to lifelong learning. They do so by embedding early intervention into development plans, and identify barriers to learning at any stage in a child or young person’s life.


The Trust’s geographic base is located across the North West, Norfolk, and its local borough council is King’s Lynn & West Norfolk.


Plans for the future

  1. Growth in number of schools in the trust from the current 7 schools up to 20. The trust is keen to explore the development of international schools.
  2. Growth in Revenue from £9m - £30m which offers long-term sustainability.
  3. Succession planning for trustees and the executive team.


Future plans:

  • Create a KWEST franchise.
  • Expand associate membership of schools.
  • Develop coherent succession planning.
  • Open free schools to deliver innovative curriculum models.
  • Develop a conference centre to deliver national and international training.
  • Develop a range of early year’s provision.
  • Develop an International arm to open KWEST Academies abroad.
  • Embrace AI in order to future prime education.


Trust ethos & values

  • Core values are: Inclusion, Excellence, Independence, Community and Capacity.
  • To facilitate lifelong learning for a confident future.
  • KWEST has a strategic focus guaranteeing that individual schools retain their unique culture, and are best equipped to deal effectively and appropriately with the needs of the communities they serve.


Role summary

Number of positions advertised: 3


Roles 1-3 – Trustee/Non-Executive Director


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 these roles includes:



(due to multiple roles, candidates may be accepted who possess one or more of the skills below)

  • CFO/ Finance OR
  • Change Management OR
  • Legal/Compliance OR
  • HR OR


(due to multiple roles, candidates may be accepted who possess one or more of the skills below)

  • Audit
  • Entrepreneur/ Founder
  • Corporate Governance
  • Risk



Financial: The ideal candidate will have experience at a senior level in financial management and comfortable dealing with a budget of over £9 million. The trust budget is managed centrally which releases the heads to focus on learning and standards.


Change Management: The Trust welcomes applicants with a successful track record in change management. This role will have a particular focus on supporting/challenging the executives to enable suitable succession planning, and ensuring systems are appropriate as new schools join the trust.


HR: The ideal candidate will have experience at a senior level in personnel management and will be comfortable dealing with different ways of working including an international dimension.


Legal/Compliance: The Trust welcomes applicants with legal and compliance experience.


Time commitment

6 hours per month minimum. Number of board meetings 6 per year.


Location of board meetings and trust website

Board meetings are held on a rotational basis across the schools in King’s Lynn, Norfolk.


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 –


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