Non-Executive Director X 2

Job Title: Non-Executive Director X 2
Contract Type: Temporary
Location: Ipswich
Salary: 0 - 0
Reference: Asset Education (AE)
Contact Name: Academy Ambassadors
Contact Email:
Job Published: November 25, 2019 13:38

Job Description


 ASSET Education (AE)

Asset Education seeks two non-executive directors one with a background in finance, and the other with experience in a senior management position in the third sector or business to support its vision and help strengthen a highly skilled trust board. The trust comprises 14 schools located across Suffolk, all committed to collaborative working in order to provide the very best possible learning environment and experiences for the children and a fantastic working environment for our adults where relationships, communication and positivity are highly valued. Trust meetings take place at Ufford Park Yarmouth Road Melton Woodbridge Suffolk IP12 1QW.

About the trust

Initially centred in Ipswich, the trust aims to make a real difference to education in our local area. Bringing together our skills and expertise, as well as learning from the best practice nationwide, our vision is to create a hub of outstanding practice in teaching and learning and real opportunities for the children in Suffolk to achieve the best outcomes possible.

Our Members and Directors bring expertise from a wide range of backgrounds to the pursuit of excellence in educational practice including... 

  • Educational expertise in setting our strategic vision for excellence in pupil achievement, developing leadership and learning from the best whilst keeping the focus on classroom improvement, teaching and learning.
  • Business expertise in guiding the formation of a strong business unit to oversee the efficient running of the finances, buildings and administration of our schools freeing up school leaders to focus on what they came into education to achieve.

ASSET is proud to educate over 3000 pupils employs nearly 600 staff with a budget of £20m. Ofsted graded The Oaks outstanding.  Eight of the trust schools are graded good, two others were graded ‘requires improvement’ and one ‘inadequate’ before joining the trust. 


Plans for the future

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


  1. To ensure outstanding outcomes for children at all the trusts school through outstanding teaching.
  2. To strengthen the trust’s central team (which largely comprises the heads of the trust schools) to provide in-house support to meet the needs of each school and create a highly effective succession plan.

3.  To ensure all the local communities around each of the trusts schools are aware of the highly effective education provided by the school thus ensuring all the schools are full.

Trust ethos & values

The Trust believe children deserve to be in the best schools in the country and relentlessly drive towards improvement and excellence to achieve this ambition.  They seek to recognise and maximise people’s strengths and energy in order to engage everyone in the mission to raise aspirations, improve learning and achieve success.  Building a positive, resilient and empowering culture striving always to do better and aiming for ‘excellence’.  Pupils are supported to achieve strong literacy and numeracy skills and talk confidently and knowledgeably about being the best they can be.  Striving to develop the skills, knowledge, behaviours and attitudes that enable every individual to be happy, successful and fulfilled.  The curriculum is irresistible, relevant and life-enhancing for learners and learning pitched so that all pupils are supported and challenged to achieve success.


Statement of Intent:


  • To promote excellence with staff, pupils and parents through high expectations and aspirations for success.
  • To equip every pupil with the skills, particularly literacy and numeracy skills, attributes and basic knowledge to succeed in life.
  • To fully understand the learning needs and barriers of each of our pupils and to carefully monitor and guide their progress in collaboration with parents.
  • To make learning irresistible, relevant and life-enhancing.
  • To retain, train and recruit the best staff at all levels, including trustees/governors.
  • To research, develop and implement the best practice and strategies for improvement in all aspects of our operation.
  • To develop strong partnerships for the benefit of all, particularly with parents.


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 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.


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)

  • Finance
  • CEO/Entrepreneur
  • Strategic planning and delivery
  • Marketing/Branding/Customer Service



  • Non-executive/ Trustee
  • Corporate Governance



The Trustees are responsible/accountable for statutory functions/performance of all schools. They must carry out the following core functions: clarity of vision, ethos/strategic direction, hold the Executive to account for the educational performance/performance management of staff & oversee the financial performance and make sure money is well spent.

Finance: The ideal candidate will be a qualified accountant with experience at a senior level in financial management.


Corporate Governance/ Strategic Leadership:  The successful candidates will demonstrate innovative thinking, will be focused on improving outcomes for all children and will show an understanding of the vision and mindset of the trust.

Time commitment

2-6 hours a month on average. ASSET offers an induction to all new trustees.


Location of board meetings and trust website

Board meetings take place at Ufford Park Hotel near Woodbridge and Committee meetings rotate around the 14 schools to allow trustees to spend time in each of the schools.


The ASSET Trust Board meets six times a year.  Trust Committees meet each term.  Terms of Reference are detailed in the Scheme of Delegation.

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.


“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 (2019)


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: 30/12/19