Non-Executive Director & Members X 2

Job Title: Non-Executive Director & Members X 2
Contract Type: Temporary
Location: Mansfield
Salary: 0 - 0
Reference: The Evolve Trust
Contact Name: Academy Ambassadors
Contact Email:
Job Published: October 05, 2018 08:10

Job Description

The Evolve Trust, in Mansfield, is situated within an area of high deprivation. The trust seeks to recruit one Member and one non-executive director bringing strong business management skills and experience in the field of change management and strategy to join its board. Board meetings are held at The Beech Academy, Mansfield.

About the trust

The Evolve Trust, formed in 2014, provides education across all sectors – primary, secondary and special. The trust is passionate about quality education for all children; all of it schools have one simple mission – to give children the very best education possible and the very best start in life.

The Evolve Trust is a values-driven organisation with an unwavering vision to ‘open minds, creating opportunities for all to believe in themselves, achieve their potential and develop the skills needed to succeed and enjoy life’.

The trust has a unique combination of mainstream and special schools, which consists of The Beech Academy is one of the highest performing special schools in the country. It caters for 70 secondary-aged students who make great progress overcoming the challenges of autism. The Brunts Academy, a secondary with 1,500 children and The Bramble Academy, a primary with 130 children.

Plans for the future

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

  1. To raise attainment and continually improve pupil progress through increasing the quality of provision in all schools.
  2. To engage staff in professional development activities that enable them to flourish and demonstrate impact on teaching and learning.
  3. To develop new partnerships and embed collaboration across the trust to build strong infrastructure which is financially viable and sustainable.

Trust ethos & values

The Evolve Trust places students at the centre of everything it does. It’s drive and focus is on creating and providing a first class, innovative and creative education for all. The trust aims to nurture, develop resilience and empower potential in every child, making it possible for them to lead productive and successful lives.

The trust’s vision is to open minds, creating opportunities for all to believe in themselves, achieve their potential and develop the skills needed to succeed and enjoy life.

This vision is underpinned by the values of Ambition, Integrity, Inclusivity, Endeavour and Resilience.

Role summary

Number of positions advertised:


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:


  • CEO/ General Management
  • CFO/ Finance
  • Non-executive/ Trustee


  • Change Management
  • Corporate Governance

The trust seeks a trustee possessing a strong ‘general’ skillset from across the business sphere, but with specific emphasis on financial strategy 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

4-6 hours per month (on average). There are five board meetings per year (autumn, spring and summer terms) with each being up to 3 hours (although the new chair is seeking to reduce their length closer to 2 hours). Meetings start around 6 p.m. In addition, there are four formal subcommittee meetings per year and the successful candidate is likely to be invite to join the audit committee which provides close scrutiny of all matters, particularly finance. 

Roles 2 & 3 – Members

A Member is able to alter the trust’s Articles of Association and appoint (or remove) trustees/directors where necessary. They provide independent oversight to the work of the board of trustees in order to ensure suitable accountability for its decision making and strategy. The Evolve Board have developed the role of Members to encourage closer oversight of the board’s work. At The Evolve Trust, the Members are expected to be signatories for the academy trust, to attend three meetings per year, and to add to the already broad skillset within the existing team of Members.

Person specification

The competencies required for this role include:


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


  • CFO Finance
  • CEO/ General Management
  • Entrepreneur/ Founder

The trust seeks individuals with an extensive and demonstrable background in change management, with strategic vision and knowledge of the role of a non-executive director.

A good communicator committed to attending Members’ meetings, the ideal candidate will be an individual with good business acumen, as well as experience of working within a charity or non-profit environment, preferably at board level. An interest in education and an awareness of current educational priorities would also be advantageous but not essential.

Time commitment

Members are required to attend three general meetings per year (one per term, autumn, spring and summer). Members’ meetings have previously been held early in the day and last up to 2 hours. Members may be invited to other ad hoc events or meetings to allow them to have an oversight of the work of the board and the trust. These could include occasional celebration or presentation evenings.

Location of board meetings and trust website

Fairholme Drive, Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, NG19 6DX. 

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: Wednesday, 24th October 2018