Non-executive Director - Cidari Multi Academy Trust

Job Title: Non-executive Director - Cidari Multi Academy Trust
Contract Type: Temporary
Location: Blackburn
Salary: 0 - 0
Reference: Non-executive Director - Cidari Multi Academy Trust
Contact Name: Academy Ambassadors
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Job Published: May 13, 2020 10:00

Job Description

Cidari Multi Academy Trust

Non-executive director/ Trustee role

Could you be an Academy Ambassador in the Blackburn area?  Cidari Multi Academy Trust seeks two new non-executives/directors to join its board.

The Academy Ambassadors programme brings the expertise of the business world onto boards at multi-academy trusts (MATs) throughout the country to raise standards of education and improve the life chances of young people, which is critical to our social and economic success.

The opportunity

Cidari MAT was established in November 2013 and is part of the Blackburn Diocese. The trust comprises nine schools including nursey, primary and secondary provision. Applicants of all faiths and of none are welcomed.

Cidari academies are located in Blackpool, Blackburn with Darwen and East Lancashire, the schools cater for a number of pupils from disadvantaged areas - 60% of pupils qualify for the Pupil Premium. Across its nine schools, the trust serves around 2,850 pupils. It has 350 staff and a budget of £16 million.

The board seeks two business leaders with expertise in

  • legal/compliance
  • human resources, or
  • finance/accountancy


As a key member of the board you will support the trust in achieving the following over the next 12 – 24 months:

  • To continue to improve core outcomes at KS1, KS2 and KS4
  • To grow by two or three academies over the next two academic years.
  • To maintain the good financial health of the MAT.

What’s involved?

Board governance in education is a strategic, ‘eyes on, hands off’ commitment which typically involves attending c. six board meetings per year/6-8 hours’ time per month.

You will be responsible for:

  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
  • Holding executive leaders to account for the educational performance of the organisation and its pupils, and the effective and efficient performance management of staff; and
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the organisation and making sure its money is well spent

 As an Academy Ambassador, you will join our alumni network which provides resources, guidance, networking events and webinars to support you in your role. All roles are pro bono.

What next?

If you are interested in this role, please send a copy of your CV and details of your location to us, either through this website or directly to

A full trust specification is available at 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.