Non-Executive Director/Board Chair

Job Title: Non-Executive Director/Board Chair
Location: London
Salary: 0 - 0
Reference: The Dunraven Educational Trust (DET)
Contact Name: Academy Ambassadors
Contact Email:
Job Published: January 06, 2020 14:19

Job Description

The Dunraven Educational Trust (DET)


Dunraven Educational Trust (DET), a multi-academy trust with over 2,400 pupils, seeks to recruit a two non-executive directors, one of whom it is intended will take on the chair role within 12-18 months. Candidates should possess either human resources or financial expertise. Board meetings are held in Streatham, SW16.


About the trust

The Dunraven Educational Trust is a Multi-Academy Trust (MAT) currently consisting of three schools: Dunraven School, a 4-18 all-through academy in Streatham; Van Gogh Primary in Stockwell, which was formerly part of the Durand Education Trust; and Goldfinch Primary in Streatham Vale. The Trust was founded in 2015 and became a MAT in 2018.


DET wants to change lives for the better, to promote social mobility and to develop young people who are ready for the world, capable, confident and able to navigate the world successfully. It serves a culturally and ethnically diverse community with very high levels of deprivation.


In 3 years, DET aims to ensure that each school is rated good or better at the next Ofsted inspection; Dunraven is currently outstanding (October 2014) and the other two schools were in Special Measures prior to academy conversion. The schools’ contexts show that free school meals, special educational needs and/or disabilities and English as a second language are significantly above the national average. Pupil premium in Dunraven’s secondary phase is over 40% for example. There is a budget of £20 million and a staff of 300 across the Trust.


Plans for the future

Three key challenges for the next 12-24 months

As a newly established MAT, with 3 schools that are of different sizes, shapes and stages of development.


  1. To design and implement a governance structure that is robust and consistent but sufficiently flexible to allow each school to flourish and maintain its independence.


  1.  To maintain healthy financial reserves and to manage risks of future funding cuts through the development of a 3 year financial plan.


  1. The finalisation of a 3 year strategic plan exploring the growth potential of the Trust through taking on new schools or merging with another multi-academy trust.

Role summary

Number of positions advertised: 2


Trustee/ Non-Executive Directors /Trust Chair

The board requires 2 non-executive directors/Trustees to join an already established and experienced Board of Directors. Applications from individuals prepared to consider taking on the role of Trust chair within 12-18 months would be particularly welcome. The Trust is also keen to develop the diversity of the Board’s membership, so that it better reflects the community we serve.


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.


The Chair leads the board of non-executive directors, or trustees, managing its business while providing an element of leadership for the organisation as a whole. The role is to hold to account the executive and senior leadership team, most specifically the CEO. The Chair needs to ensure that the board is able to deal with problems and related proposals professionally, both in terms of the skills of the trustees and the way in which it conducts its business. S/he will have a key role to play in recruiting and inducting new trustees.

The Chair also provides strategic leadership and governance for the trust. They are responsible for the safeguarding and education of pupils, as well as for setting and monitoring performance benchmarks.


In the interests of safeguarding, all trustee appointments would be subject to an enhanced disclosure and barring service check.


Role 1 - Trustee/ Non-Executive Director HR

Potential candidates will be experienced trustees with a human resources background capable of offering guidance, scrutiny and challenge to the executive leadership team through this period of consolidation and growth. Applications from candidates with senior and strategic HR experience and responsibility within a multi-site organisation would be particularly welcome.


The strategic expertise required for this role includes:



  • HR
  • Corporate Governance




Time commitment

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


Role 2 – Trustee/ Non-Executive Director Finance

The trust seeks a qualified accountant, ideally with ACA status who would be prepared to sit on the Audit and Resources Committee.  Applications from candidates with senior and strategic Finance experience and responsibility within a multi-site organisation would be particularly welcome.


The competencies required for this role include:


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

  • Finance Qualified Accountant
  • Corporate Governance


Time commitment

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




Person specification (both roles)

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:


Location of board meetings and trust website

The Trust Board meets 6 times per year and and the Annual General Meeting of the Dunraven Educational Trust is held in the Autumn Term. Board meetings are held at Dunraven School 94/98 Leigham Court Road, London, SW16 2QB.