Non-Executive Director X 1

Job Title: Non-Executive Director X 1
Location: Oswestry
Salary: 0 - 0
Reference: The Marches Academy Trust
Contact Name: Academy Ambassadors
Contact Email:
Job Published: January 11, 2019 13:43

Job Description

The Marches Academy Trust

The Marches Academy Trust was initially formed by The Marches School, and serves a largely rural area of North Shropshire. The trust seeks to recruit a non-executive director, with a strong financial background to join its board. Board meetings are normally held at The Marches School, Oswestry.

About the trust

The Marches Academy Trust is a multi-academy trust (MAT) formed by The Marches School in 2011 as an academy sponsor. It now comprises four schools: The Grove School and College (which joined the trust on the 1st December 2018), The Marches School, Sir John Talbot’s School, which is a secondary provider, and Tilstock Church of England School, a primary provider. Another primary school is anticipated to join the trust in spring 2019.

The trust development plan centres around the rural communities it serves, to ensure that all children therein have the best possible experiences and opportunities, irrespective of their background.

The trust is the lead member of the Alliance of Leading Learning, a ‘school-led inclusive partnership’, representing all phases and school contexts nationally and internationally. The Marches Academy Trust’s core team has trained over 400 teachers and over 150 School Direct students, as part of an on-the-job teacher training programme; in addition, it has led the professional learning of over 5,000 educational leaders and governors.

The trust’s extended partner network of over 18 schools nationally is supporting over 50 schools as MAT lead schools, National Leaders Education and National Leaders Governance. The trust hosts the unique Professional Learning Conference each year, inspiring school colleagues nationally with speakers that have included Professor Robert Winston, and the renowned Sir William Atkinson.

Plans for the future

The key challenges facing the trust over the coming 12-24 months are:

1.  The consolidation of the new schools coming into the trust, ensuring continuity of existing provision;

2.   Effective financial management making maximum use of trust resources for school improvement;

3.  Effective governance and succession planning.

Trust ethos & values

Marches Academy Trust’s vision is ‘achievement through caring’, by offering a wealth of opportunities, allowing all in the learning community to experience success in many different ways and at a variety of levels. The trust believes in moving forward so that young people have the best possible experiences and life opportunities.

The trust core values are: Excellence, Integrity, Empathy, Creativity and Equality. 

Information on the trust’s Vision and Values is available here:

Role summary

Number of positions advertised:1

Role 1 – 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.

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.

Person specification

The competencies required for this role include:


  • CFO/ Finance


  • Non-executive/ Trustee
  • Growth Management
  • Audit

The trust seeks an individual with extensive and significant financial experience, including relevant qualification (e.g. ACA, ACCA) and experience of working within a charity or non-profit environment is desirable. Willingness to work constructively and effectively with all accordance to the ‘Nolan Principles: Standard of Public Life’ is essential. The successful candidate will, in due course, Chair the Finance and Operations Committee but will be expected to take full board responsibility with all trustees for performance of the schools within the trust.

Time commitment

Three hours per month minimum.

Location of board meetings and trust website

The Marches School, Morda Road, Oswestry, SY11 2AR.

Governance structure

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 832 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, 22nd February 2019.

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