Non-Executive Director X 2

Job Title: Non-Executive Director X 2
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: Norwich
Salary: 0 - 0
Reference: Unity Education Trust
Contact Name: Academy Ambassadors
Contact Email:
Job Published: February 01, 2019 11:20

Job Description

Based in mid-Norfolk, Unity Education Trust (UET) is a high achieving Trust that aims to continue to improve to reach the nation’s top 25% in school performance. The Trust seeks one or two non-executive directors with either finance, management and entrepreneurial or legal, compliance and corporate governance experience to engage fully with the current trustees in supporting our schools and delivering UET’s strategic plans. Board meetings are held in Dereham.

About the Trust

Unity Education Trust (UET) was founded in 2017 as a multi-academy trust comprised of schools spanning the 3-19 age range with a rating of Good by Ofsted and located in Dereham and nearby villages in mid-Norfolk. This encompasses two infant schools, Grove House and King’s Park; two primary schools, Beeston and Garvestone; Northgate High School and Dereham Sixth Form College.   In November 2018 the East of England Headteacher Board approved UET as an academy sponsor to help support schools in challenging circumstances.

The Trust sets high expectations in every aspect of their work, providing pupils with the best opportunities through outstanding teaching, modern facilities, inspirational leadership and a growth mindset approach. They ensure that each of their academies maintains their unique identities at the heart of their communities. The Trust is committed to engaging with all stakeholders and developing mutually beneficial partnerships with other multi-academy trusts, schools and businesses.


Plans for the Future

The key challenges for the Board of Trustees over the next 12-24 months are:


  1. To continue the effective management of the Trust’s resources and to develop strategies to increase student numbers at the time of increasing pressures on school funding generally.
  2. All UET primary and infant schools are due an Ofsted inspection soon, therefore a priority is to ensure they are ready and able to secure at least a Good grade. School development and improvement is necessary to achieve the objective of all schools performing in the top 25% nationally. 
  3. To expand and develop by refreshing the Board with non-executive directors who have the appropriate skills and experience to meet the Trust’s needs and can contribute to the Board’s collaborative working with local governors.


Trust Ethos & Values

UET holds an unrelenting belief and focus that all students can achieve high standards, whatever their background and life experiences when given a positive climate of support, challenge and development through outstanding teaching. All members of the Trust are valued for their individuality and nurtured to ensure high levels of success through creative approaches, which develop people with a passion for learning, ability to be adaptable and supportive of all within the community.


Role Summary

Number of Positions Advertised:

One or two

Roles: 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 these roles include:


  • CFO/Finance OR
  • Legal/Compliance
  • Corporate governance
  • CEO/General Management


  • Entrepreneur
  • Growth Management
  • Non-Executive/Trustee
  • HR

The Trust seeks candidates with finance/senior management or legal/governance experience in either a private business or public sector context. Candidates should also be able to contribute to entrepreneurial strategies for future growth and development.

Time Commitment

6-8 hours per month minimum. Six Board Meetings per annum twice termly – 2.5 hours normally held at 4.30pm.

Location of Board Meetings and Trust Website

Dereham Sixth Form College, Crown Road, Dereham, NR19 4AG

For more information on the Trust please visit their website:

Governance Structure

For information regarding the Trust’s government structure, please visit:


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: Monday 11 March 2019