Non-Executive Director X 3

Job Title: Non-Executive Director X 3
Contract Type: Contract
Location: Norfolk
Salary: 0 - 0
Reference: HEART Education Trust
Contact Name: Academy Ambassadors
Contact Email:
Job Published: June 06, 2019 10:40

Job Description

The HEART Education Trust


The HEART Education Trust in Norfolk supports four primary schools and over 1,000 pupils. The trust seeks three non-executive directors with senior business experience as it focuses on improving attainment and plans to grow. Board meetings take place in Norwich.


About the Trust

The HEART Education Trust is a multi-academy trust based in Norfolk, established in April 2013.  It currently consists of four primary academies in Norwich with a total of just over 1,000 pupils, 150 staff and a budget of £5m.  The Trust has 400 children who received pupil premium funding.


The trust is fully committed to the belief that schools themselves are best placed to secure improvement in educational outcomes for pupils and young people. They have developed a model for school improvement that sees schools working together, sharing the best possible practice to deliver an outstanding education and sustaining that outstanding practice. One school is Ofsted Outstanding and the other three are rated Good.  The Trust has recently appointed a new Chair and is looking to strengthen the board having invested in the infrastructure and central team.  There are currently no Local Governing Bodies at the schools given their small size.


Plans for the Future

The trust plans to take on a further two schools within the next 18 months. The key challenges for the trust over next two years will be:


  1. Improving teaching and learning to raise progress and attainment
  2. Raising aspiration within the communities the trust serves
  3. Recruitment and retention


Trust Ethos & Values

The HEART Education Trust vision is for every pupil to leave their academies having identified and developed their knowledge, and possess a range of skills and talents and a sense of their own uniqueness.  They believe that by the end of their time at a Trust academy, each one of its pupils should be confident in themselves and know that through hard work, dedication and perseverance, they are capable of achieving anything they aspire to. For more information, please see


Role Summary

Number of Positions Advertised:



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 objective and with company and charity law.


Person Specification

The trust welcomes directors who can bring an independent viewpoint and advise on trust policies, processes and systems. The competencies required for these roles include:


Essential (either)

  • Corporate Governance
  • Non-executive/Trustee
  • CEO/General Management



  • Change Management
  • Growth Management
  • CFO/Finance
  • HR
  • IT/Technology
  • Risk
  • Turnaround
  • Entrepreneur/Founder
  • Succession planning
  • Property/Estate management

Person Specification

Candidates could come from any sector but the trust would particularly welcome those from a corporate background with skills in HR, finance, risk, growth and change management or legal. They should have experience of leadership in a similar sized organisation and be committed to improving the life chances for young people. Technical IT network strategy experience would also be an asset.


Time Commitment

6 hours /month minimum. There are six afternoon meetings a year which are preceded in the morning by committee meetings.


Location of Board Meetings and Trust Website

Board meetings take place at Heartsease Primary Academy, Rider Haggard Road, Norwich, Norfolk NR7 9UE. The trust website is


Governance Structure

Please see for more information.


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 28th June 2019