Non-Executive Director X 2

Job Title: Non-Executive Director X 2
Contract Type: Temporary
Location: Huntingdon
Salary: 0 - 0
Reference: The Diamond Learning Partnership Trust (TDLPT)
Contact Name: Academy Ambassadors
Contact Email:
Job Published: February 17, 2020 10:40

Job Description

About the trust

TDLPT currently consists of twelve primary schools in the St Neots, Fenlands and Royston areas. The trust has grown and developed since an original partnership between Winhills Primary Academy and Middlefield Primary Academy in 2012. One school within the trust, Wintringham Primary Academy, is a free school. The first secondary school is scheduled to join the trust in March 2020.

The trust aims to provide an outstanding learning environment to 2,340 pupils across its twelve schools. In doing so, the trust employs 543 members of staff and operates with a budget of £12 million.

The trust caters for a wide range of pupils across its schools, within which: over 25% of students are in receipt of free school meals, over 10% speak English as a second language and over 17% receive special educational needs support.

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 and in accordance with DfE requirements, all trustee appointments will 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 this role includes:

Essential (due to multiple roles, candidates may be accepted who possess one or more of the skills below)
  • Audit
  • Chair
  • CFO/ Finance
  • CEO/ General Management
  • Legal/ Compliance
  • Non-executive/ Trustee
  • Qualified Accountant

The trust seeks two senior professionals with experience operating with budgets equal to or exceeding £12 million at multi-site organisations.

The appointees will be responsible, alongside the existing board members, for the overall strategic direction and development of the trust through good governance and clear strategic planning, to ensure it delivers the best possible outcomes for its pupils.

The trust particular welcomes candidates from minority ethnic backgrounds.

Time commitment

Six hours /month minimum. The trust has 6 board meetings/year.

Location of board meetings and trust website

Board meetings are held at: Winhils Primary Academy, Off Duck Lane, St. Neots, PE19 2DX.