Non-Executive Director - Premier Learning Trust

Job Title: Non-Executive Director - Premier Learning Trust
Contract Type: Contract
Location: Essex
Salary: 0 - 0
Reference: Premier Learning Trust
Contact Name: Academy Ambassadors
Contact Email:
Job Published: November 05, 2018 13:04

Job Description

Premier Learning Trust

Based in Clacton-on-Sea, Premier Learning Trust seeks to recruit three non-executive directors to support growing education standards across a pupil cohort of almost 900 with an average of 22% deprivation. Of the recruited non-executive directors, experience in HR, property and finance are required. Board meetings rotate between the two schools.

About the trust

Premier Learning Trust consists of two schools – one primary (Holland Park Primary School) and one junior school (Alton Park Junior School). The primary is two-form entry and the junior is four-form entry, totalling almost 900 pupils with 150 staff across the trust.

Holland Park Primary at its last Ofsted inspection before conversion was rated ‘Good’ and was asked to work with Alton Park Junior. This led very rapidly to a collaborative multi-academy trust approved in April 2016.

Both schools are in coastal settings, with deprivation reaching heights of 51% at Alton Park Junior. Furthermore, levels of pupil exclusion in this area have incited a need, recognised by the local authority, to open a new alternative provision free school. Premier Learning Trust is working with the Local Authority and other partners locally to help facilitate this.

Plans for the Future

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

  1. To raise education standards of teaching and learning to achieve ratings of Good by Ofsted.
  2. Continue to provide a strong provision for supporting children and families in challenging circumstances.
  3. Open a new alternative provision free school

Over the next five years, the trust hopes to further study various methods of teaching and learning to provide the best curriculum at the forefront of educational research.

Trust Ethos & Values

The mission for each school within Premier Learning Trust is to serve the local community by providing excellent education, so no child is left behind and children develop the resilience to be the best they can be. This will be achieved within a safe, supportive and nurturing environment.

For more information on Premier Learning Trust’s ethos and values, please see:

Role Summary

Number of Positions Advertised: 3

Role 1, 2 & 3 – 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.

Person Specification

The competencies required for this role include:


  • Real Estate/Property OR
  • HR OR
  • CFO/Finance


  • Entrepreneur/Founder
  • Restructuring
  • Change Management
  • Growth Management
  • Restructuring
  • Branding/Marketing
  • Risk
  • Corporate Governance

Property: The trust seeks candidates with extensive experience in a real estate/property setting in order to advise on infrastructure and estates management.

HR: In this role, the non-executive director will advise on HR to enable fellow trustees to understand and challenge restructuring, change management, succession planning and HR legislation. The ideal candidate will have senior experience in HR with specific expertise to advise from a board level.

Finance: Candidates will have director or executive level experience in finance, including but not limited to qualified accountants. the non-executive director will understand and challenge the trust budget and finance reports, examine significant procurements and contracts and ensure the Finance, Audit and Premises Committee discharge their delegated responsibilities effectively.

Time Commitment: 6 hours per month minimum.

Location of Board Meetings and Trust Website

Board meetings rotate between Holland Park Primary School, Holland Road, Clacton-on-Sea, Essex CO15 6NG and Alton Park Junior School, Alton Park Road, Clacton-on-Sea, Essex CO15 1DL.

For more information on the trust, please see the schools’ websites at: and

Governance Structure

Please see: or

Background on Academy Trusts

Academy schools, which are charities run independently of local authority control, now account for 73% of secondary schools and 29% 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 760 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: Friday 7th December 2018