Non-executive director x 2

Job Title: Non-executive director x 2
Contract Type: Temporary
Location: Ossett
Salary: 0 - 0
Reference: Accord Multi Academy Trust
Contact Name: Academy Ambassadors
Contact Email:
Job Published: August 30, 2018 11:12

Job Description

Accord Multi Academy Trust seeks two new non-executive directors with extensive and demonstrable commercial experience, who are able to subscribe to the vision and values of the newly formed trust. Board meetings are held in the Ossett area.

About the trust

Accord Multi Academy Trust is a cross phased partnership with a shared vision – ‘celebrating the differences of each academy through strong collaboration in order to inspire all members of its learning communities to be the best they can be’.

The trust was formed in September 2016 when Horbury Academy converted to academy status and joined Ossett Academy & Sixth Form College, in Wakefield. Both academies have been inspected since their conversion to academy status and remain solidly good schools. On 1 December 2016 the MAT expanded to include Horbury Primary Academy and Middlestown Primary Academy as converter academies and they too were judged ‘good’ at their last inspection.

As the trust’s two primaries have nursery provision and Ossett Academy has a sixth form, the trust caters for the full 3-19 age range and all the academies are in a tight geographic location around Ossett.


Plans for the future

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

  1. Ensuring strong lines of accountability at all levels as the trust restructures its board to prepare for future growth and development.
  2. Building capacity to achieve sustainable growth and develop more robust business practices to capitalize on efficiencies.
  3. To develop a robust framework for school to school support to aid progress at all levels.


Trust ethos & values 

Each Accord Academy works on the following key principles:

  • Ambitious for our children and staff;
  • Create a positive climate and ethos for learning and success;
  • Collaborate across the MAT and beyond to secure the best learning experiences for children and staff;
  • Open its doors to parents, carers and be fully inclusive;
  • Resilient and develop in children and staff a mind set for success;
  • Dynamic, reflective learning communities. 


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 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.

Non-executive directors will be responsible for maintaining stability during a period of rapid growth and the management of a dynamic structure. The role also includes contributing to financial planning for sustainability and growth, and holding the CEO/CFO to account.

The competencies required for this role include:

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

  • CFO/ Finance
  • CEO/ General Management
  • Non-executive/ Trustee
  • Growth Management


  • Corporate Governance
  • Risk
  • Change Management
  • HR

Person specification

The trust is seeking two individuals with significant experience in leadership roles, able to bring a high level of scrutiny, challenge and strategic direction to the board. At least one of the successful candidates is likely to have extensive Board experience and possess a high level of expertise, knowledge and experience from a commercial setting in at least one of the competencies listed above.

Time commitment

4-6 hours per month (on average).  The Board currently meets 4 times a year (Sept, Dec, Mar and July).

Candidates may be required to join the Finance, Audit or Standards Sub-Committees; this can be discussed at interview (meetings are currently held 4 times per year). Meetings are generally held in the early evening.


Location of board meetings and trust website

Board meetings are held at Ossett Academy, Storrs Hill Road, Ossett, WF5 0DG. 


Governance structure 


Background on academy trusts

Academy schools, which are charities run independently of local authority control, now account for 71% of secondary schools and 26% 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 980 multi academy trusts of 2+ 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: Friday 21st September, 2018