Non-Executive Director X 3

Job Title: Non-Executive Director X 3
Contract Type: Temporary
Location: Hampshire
Salary: 0 - 0
Reference: The Gryphon Trust
Contact Name: Academy Ambassadors
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Job Published: January 06, 2020 14:31

Job Description


The Gryphon Trust is a multi academy educational trust which seeks three experienced non-executive directors who have backgrounds in accountancy, legal or corporate governance to support its vision and the development of a future growth strategy. The MAT Board holds its meetings at The Arnewood School in New Milton, Hampshire.

About the Trust

The Gryphon Trust was established as a multi-academy trust (MAT) in 2011 and currently consists of two schools. The Arnewood School provides mainstream secondary education to over 1100 pupils, aged 11-19, chiefly from local feeder schools. The Eaglewood School is a new free school taking a maximum of 72 pupils, aged 7-16, from across Hampshire and Dorset, and offers alternative provision for those trying to overcome emotional and medical barriers to learning before re-entering a mainstream school environment.  The Eaglewood School offers both full time and part-time temporary placements.

Both schools have been inspected by Ofsted in the last year and have received a "good" with the sixth form meriting an "outstanding".

The Gryphon Trust is fully inclusive in terms of ability, religion, ethnicity, gender, sexuality or social background. The Trust aims to provide an environment where pupils reach their own highest level of achievement in an enjoyable but challenging way. The Trust has a budget of £7.2milion.

Plans for the future

The Gryphon Trust is a small trust with ambitions to expand or to collaborate with other schools in the local area. This will then enable efficiencies and the sharing of best practice in teaching and learning thereby enhancing the outcomes of our students.

  1. To raise standards in the secondary phase to ensure strong progress and GCSE results.
  2. To improve attendance and outcomes for disadvantaged pupils at Arnewood and support Eaglewood through to its full capacity whilst maintaining its unique learning environment.  
  3. To ensure that finances are sustainable and the reserves position of the trust supports possible future trust growth.
  4. To enhance both the capacity and the skill sets on the trust board.

Trust ethos & values

Our vision is to establish a strong community of local schools who are like-minded where working together will have the ability to provide outstanding education and choice for all our children. To be fully inclusive and aim to provide a safe and enjoyable, but challenging environment, for all its pupils.

To view full mission statement

Role summary

Number of positions advertised: 3

Roles 1-3 – Non-Executive Directors (Trustees)

The Gryphon Trust is currently looking to recruit three non-executive directors to sit on their MAT board, one with a background in accountancy, one in legal and one with experience of leading a business.

All three non-executive directors will be expected to offer support and independent challenge to the CEO, local governing bodies and the senior leadership team, and to play a proactive role and take responsibility for decisions and actions taken by the board as a collective.

Non-executive directors are both charity trustees and company directors. Their core functions are -  ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction; and holding executive leaders and local governing bodies to account for educational and financial performance.

The MAT board upon which the non-executive directors sit 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 are therefore responsible for maintaining stability and the management of a dynamic structure whilst contributing to financial planning for sustainability and potential growth, and would be expected to additionally join one committee (e.g. Finance/Audit/Compliance, Pay/Performance).

In the interests of safeguarding, all non-executive director appointments will be subject to an enhanced disclosure and barring service check.

Person specification

Every non-executing director is expected to abide by the academy 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)

  • CFO/ Finance or
  • Legal or
  • General Management


  • Non-executive/trustee

Role 1 - Accountancy background: A finance specialist with an accountancy qualification to help the board deliver its strategy, and with the ability to challenge and hold the senior executive team and finance officer to account. Experience of audit procedures would also be an advantage.

Role 2 - Legal background: An individual from a legal background, possessing relevant qualifications and the ability to help the trust through a planned period of growth.

Role 3 – Corporate Governance Background: A business person with general management experience in a director, trustee role or similar, bringing the ability to help shape the academy trust’s vision, planning and strategy for growth, whilst maintaining standards, operational sustainably and delivery of objectives

Time commitment

6 hours per month minimum.

The MAT Board meets 6 times per year and its Committees 4-6 times per year

Location of board meetings and trust website

Board meetings are held at Arnewood School, Gore Road, New Milton, Hampshire BH25 6RS.

Governance structure

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.