Non-Executive Director X 2

Job Title: Non-Executive Director X 2
Contract Type: Temporary
Location: Romford
Salary: 0 - 0
Reference: Epping Forest Schools Partnership Trust (EFSPT)
Contact Name: Academy Ambassadors
Contact Email:
Job Published: December 02, 2019 11:37

Job Description

About the trust

Epping Forest Schools Partnership Trust was created in 2018. The trust consists of fifteen primary schools, with 4200 pupils and employs over 700 staff. It is fortune to benefit from the inclusion of a special school.  The overarching objective for the trust is to support the schools in being welcoming, caring, calm and purposeful; schools which will stretch our young people academically, support them pastorally and help to develop them socially, emotionally and spiritually. Ofsed have rated all the schools at least Good, with one securing an Outstanding Ofsted rating.

Through the success of the trust’s leadership and strategic approach, 2 additional primary schools have become associate members.

Role summary

Number of positions advertised: 2


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.


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.


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 these roles includes:



(due to multiple roles, candidates may be accepted who possess one or more of the skills below)

  • CFO/ Finance
  • Audit
  • CEO/General management


(due to multiple roles, candidates may be accepted who possess one or more of the skills below)

  • Entrepreneur/ Founder
  • Corporate Governance
  • Risk

Finance: The ideal candidate will have experience at a senior level in financial management and comfortable dealing with a budget of over £20 million. The budget managed centrally which releases the heads to focus on learning and standards.

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

Time commitment

6 hours per month minimum. Number of board meetings 6 per year.