Non-Executive Director / Member

Job Title: Non-Executive Director / Member
Contract Type: Temporary
Location: Sheffield
Salary: 0 - 0
Reference: Chorus Education Trust Feb 2020
Contact Name: Academy Ambassadors
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Job Published: February 10, 2020 10:47

Job Description

About the trust

Chorus Education Trust started as Silverdale Multi-Academy Trust, with Silverdale School at its centre. Silverdale School is based in state-of-the-art buildings in south-west Sheffield.  It is considerably oversubscribed and includes a highly successful sixth form; over 30 languages are spoken across the diverse and rich community.

Chorus Education Trust now serves almost 3,500 students (some of whom come of areas of disadvantage) and employs over 300 staff.  The annual budget is approximately £20 million.

The trust’s Teaching School - one of the biggest in the country - was designated as one of the first Teaching Schools in 2012 and sits at the heart of the Sheffield Teaching School Alliance (STSA). It has a large, cross-phase, nationally-recognised School Direct Teacher Training Programme in conjunction with Sheffield Hallam University, providing Newly Qualified Teachers (NQTs) and a fully developed programme of professional development for existing teachers. The Teaching School was also approached by the government to help tackle the national shortage of modern language teachers and now runs the National Modern Languages SCITT - a national teacher training course dedicated to modern languages, which is a unique partnership between state and independent schools across the country.

Role summary

Number of positions advertised: 3

Roles 1 & 2 – Trustees/ Non Exec Directors

Trustees – or non-executive directors - are both charity trustees and company directors of the academy trust. The core functions of their roles 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.

In the interests of safeguarding (and in accordance with DfE requirements) all new trustees will be subject to an enhanced disclosure and barring service check.

The strategic expertise required for this role includes:

Essential (due to multiple roles, candidates may be accepted who possess one or more of the skills below)
  • CFO/ Finance
  • CEO/General Management
  • HR
  • IT/technology
  • Risk
  • Change Management
  • Growth Management
  • Non-executive director
  • Corporate Governance

The trust seeks pro-active people who will prepare thoroughly for the meetings and are able to contribute to specific projects/working parties as necessary, working closely with other trustees and employees. Senior experience in either the public or business sector is welcomed.

Time commitment

Board meetings are held every half term (= 6 meetings a year) and are held on Thursday evenings starting at 6 pm and run for 2 hours. The trust has two sub-committees (Resources & Finance and Education Standards) to which some trustees are invited to join.  For those with more time available, there will be the opportunity to bring challenge and support to working parties to drive improvements further and help the board understand the day-to-day challenges. 

An induction programme will be devised to meet individual needs but this may be in conjunction with other newly appointed trustees.   It is expected that trustees would need to devote around 8 hours per month minimum which would include reading papers and attending meetings as well as any training and follow-up.


Role 3 - Member

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. At Chorus Education Trust the members are expected to be signatories for the academy trust, to attend around 3 meetings per year, and to add to the already broad skillset within the existing team of members.

Personal specification

The competencies required for this role include:


  • CEO/General Management
  • Corporate Governance


  • CFO/Finance
  • Strategic

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

A good communicator and a ‘team player’, committed to attending Members’ meetings is essential. An individual with good business acumen is advantageous, as well as experience of working within a commercial environment, preferably at board level.

Time commitment

The demands on a Member are relatively light and is likely to be around 12 hours over the year.