Non-Executive Director X 2

Job Title: Non-Executive Director X 2
Contract Type: Contract
Location: Bath
Salary: 0 - 0
Reference: Palladian Academy Trust
Contact Name: Academy Ambassadors
Contact Email:
Job Published: May 14, 2019 15:03

Job Description

Palladian Academy Trust (PAT)


Palladian Academy Trust (PAT) operates 10 academies across Bath and Wiltshire providing education for 3000 pupils, and overseeing circa £14.5M budget and 300 (FTE) staff.  PAT seeks to recruit 2 Non-Executive Directors/Trustees to its board. Board meetings are held in Bath.


About the trust

Palladian Academy Trust was formed in 2016 and is currently a group 10 of schools located in Bath and Wiltshire within close geographical proximity to each other.  


The Trust values and respects the individuality of every child and believes their learning and development should be personal and holistic whilst aiming to support the wellbeing of its students and staff. PAT is a partner in the Great Western Teaching School Alliance, which receives extra funding from the Government to provide continuing professional and leadership training, and to take a leading role in recruiting and training new entrants to the teaching profession.


There is enormous potential for further informal and formal collaboration to provide enriched learning opportunities for students and staff. PAT includes both church and community academies working closely together, all connected by the shared vision for students. As a result, the trust works with the Diocese of Bath and Wells, and will be working with the Diocese of Salisbury in the future. Appointed Foundation Trustees hold a key role in protecting the Christian ethos.


Plans for the future

The future brings a very exciting next step in PAT’s development. Two primary schools are due to join PAT this academic year and there is a desire to expand further in the next year with a particular interest in secondary and special school provision.


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

1. Quality of Education: All schools to show positive values for the progress and achievement of students, Key Stages 1-5, meeting floor standards in every case. All schools within PAT to be rated Ofsted 'Good' or 'Outstanding' by 2020, with the proportion of Outstanding schools increasing from a 2016 base. Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools (SIAMS) inspections to be rated good or outstanding.

2. Growth: Palladian Academy Trust is mid-way through its 3-year trust development plan. Two more primary schools are due to join the Trust this academic year and the Trust seeks further expansion during the next stage of its development.

3. Financial Sustainability: PAT has been proactive in managing its budgets and staffing structures to ensure longer term sustainability but this is an ongoing and critical area of focus.


Trust ethos & values

At the heart of the Trust’s values is the well-being of the young people it works with. The Trust helps its students to develop the character that will mean lifelong learning becomes a reality for them and to build other important capabilities including resilience, creativity and the ability to solve problems.


Role summary

Number of positions advertised:



Roles 1-2 –Trustee/Non-Executive Director

Trustees – or non-executive directors - are both charity trustees and company directors of the academy trust; the role is to set the vision, ethos and strategic direction; and hold executives to account for the educational and financial performance of the Trust. 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 objects and with company and charity law.


Person specification 1

The competencies required for this role include:



  • Chief Financial Officer Finance
  • Accountancy Skills


  • Estate Management
  • Restructuring
  • Growth/Change Management
  • Audit and Risk


Person specification 2

The competencies required for this role include:



  • Branding/Marketing/ IT/ Technology


  • Growth/Change Management


Every trustee will sit on the Trust Board and a committee (either Audit and Risk Committee or

Finance and Resources Committee), attending seven Board meetings a year and up to five

committee meetings.



Time commitment

7-10 hours /month minimum.


Location of board meetings and trust website

For the trust website, please visit Board meetings are held in Ralph Allen School, Claverton Down Road, Bath, BA2 7AD, on Thursdays at 5pm.  Committee meetings are also held on Thursdays, starting at either 8.30am or 4pm.


Governance structure

For trust governance information, please visit


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 students.


“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: 7 June 2019


Interviews:  Interviews dates and times will be confirmed after liaising with applicants.