Non-Executive Director X 1

Job Title: Non-Executive Director X 1
Contract Type: Contract
Location: Witney
Salary: 0 - 0
Reference: The Mill Academy Trust
Contact Name: Academy Ambassadors
Contact Email:
Job Published: June 18, 2019 16:17

Job Description

About the Trust

The MILL Academy Trust was established in 2015 and its board is chaired by Professor John West-Burnham, an experienced education leader, consultant and author. The trust is driven by its values which means being truly committed to improving the education of all children it serves and the ones it will never meet.  Its moral imperative is to secure equity with the knowledge that the trust’s responsibility does not stop at the end of the school drive. 

The trust’s approach is one of sustainability, with growth being defined as improving the quality of education in the trust’s schools.  In a nutshell, no school should fall behind as a result of more schools joining the trust and it continues to work with schools and colleagues beyond the Trust as it always has.  Each schools is very different which is seen as an absolute strength:

  • Queen Emma's School - primary (4-11)
  • Finstock CofE School - primary (3-11)
  • The Henry Box School - secondary (11-19).

Plans for the future

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

  1. Recruitment and retention of the best in the profession.
  2. Achieving more for less.
  3. Securing equity of opportunity for all students across the trust
  4. To grow the trust, in order to ensure success for more children in Oxfordshire.
  5. Improve the exiting three good schools so that they become outstanding in the next three years.
  6. Utilise its effective school improvement model in order to support other schools and communities.

Trust ethos & values

Securing equity for children who are disadvantaged, the trust’s approach is based on NFER research.  The improvement strategy is based on the key principles of: whole school ethos of attainment for all;  addressing behaviour and attendance; high quality teaching for all; meeting individual learning needs; deploying staff effectively; being data driven and responding to evidence and clear, responsive leadership.

Role summary
Number of positions advertised: 1
Role 1– Trustee/Non-Executive Director: legal or growth management

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.

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

Person specification

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:

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)
  • CEO/General Management
  • Growth management
  • Legal/compliance
  • Change Management
  • Corporate Governance
  • IT
  • HR

The successful candidate will provide support in the measured expansion of the trust to enable our expertise to have a positive impact on the learning of more children and ensure maximum economies of scale.

Time commitment

6 hours a month minimum. The Trust Board meet six times a year in the afternoon.  Meetings are usually two hours.

Location of board meetings and trust website

Board meetings are held Church Green, Witney, Oxfordshire, OX28 4AX.

For more information on the trust, please see:

Governance structure

For more information, please see:

Background on academy trusts

Academy schools, which are charities run independently of local authority control, now account for 74% of secondary schools and 31% 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 980 multi academy trusts of 2+ 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: 5th July 2019