Non-Executive Director

Job Title: Non-Executive Director
Contract Type: Temporary
Location: Nuneaton
Salary: 0 - 0
Reference: MacIntyre Academies Nov 2019
Contact Name: Academy Ambassadors
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Job Published: November 26, 2019 16:54

Job Description

About the trust

A three-school trust comprising provision designed to support children and young people who have an Education, Health and Care Plan for autism or social, emotional or mental health needs, MacIntyre Academies Trust current has 218 students on roll and a budget of c.£9m.


Within the trust, the constituent academies are:


  • Endeavour Academy is the trust’s first academy and opened in September 2014, having been developed in partnership with Oxfordshire County Council to offer many children who had previously attended out-of-county schools the opportunity to be educated and receive specialist support much closer to home. The academy provides 30 places for children and young people (aged 8 to 19) with autism and learning difficulties who are in need of specialist education, care and support. Endeavour also offers flexible residential opportunities including 52 week, term time, weekly and shorter placements in the onsite Children’s Home, Endeavour House. An extended curriculum enables children to take part in after school activities as well as during the weekend, and the school holiday periods.


  • Discovery Academy – also opened in September 2014 in Nuneaton, Discovery is focused on for children and young people, aged 9 – 19 years who have an Education, Health and Care Plan for autism or a social, emotional or mental health need. It had its first Ofsted inspection in July 2018, the outcome of which was ‘Good’ in all areas.


  • Quest Academy – like Discovery, Quest is for children and young people, aged 9 – 19 years who have an Education, Health and Care Plan for autism or a social, emotional or mental health need. Opened in September 2017, Quest Academy is gradually increasing numbers of pupils starting at 30 and will eventually provide 80 places across all age groups. The school's permanent home will be in Rugby but until then it is based in Nuneaton. 

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.


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:



  • Audit
  • Non-executive/ Trustee
  • Corporate Governance



  • Qualified Accountant
  • Risk


The trust seeks an individual with prior experience in a non-executive/ trustee position and demonstrable knowledge of corporate governance. In addition, expertise in audit is essential, while knowledge of risk and an accountancy qualification are highly desirable, but not essential. Furthermore, a commitment to the organisation, strategic vision, an ability to think creatively and willingness to devote time to the board are all vital to success in this role.

Time commitment

8 hours /month minimum.

Location of board meetings and trust website

Trust board meeting are held at various locations; the trust registered office is Discovery Academy, Vernons Lane, Nuneaton, CV11 5SS


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