Non-Executive Director X 3

Job Title: Non-Executive Director X 3
Location: Hertfordshire
Salary: 0 - 0
Reference: The Danes Educational Trust Feb 2020
Contact Name: Academy Ambassadors
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Job Published: February 03, 2020 13:33

Job Description

About the trust

The Danes Educational Trust was established as a multi-academy trust in June 2016, with St Clement Danes School, rated Outstanding by Ofsted, and Croxley Danes School a new school established by St Clement Danes in response to a need for extra school places in south west Hertfordshire. Croxley Danes School, 11 to 18 secondary school, was opened in September 2017 with Year 7 students and will grow year on year. It is a popular and oversubscribed and it will move to its new permanent accommodation in Croxley Green, Hertfordshire in spring 2020. In 2019 Chancellor's School in Brookmans Park, near Potters Bar and Onslow St Audrey's School in Hatfield also joined the Trust. The Trust has clear strategic growth plans, with two more schools planned to join in 2020.

The trust’s reputation in supporting and turning schools round is widely acknowledged to be exemplary. The CEO is a National Leader of Education and an acclaimed educationalist who has pioneered education innovation and school improvement.

The trust is fortunate to have a highly effective and talented Central Services Team which covers the areas of School Improvement, Finance, Resources, HR, IT, Comms & Marketing. The Central Services has been intelligently built and provides an efficient, value for money, service for the schools and the trust.

The vision and ethos of the trust has been well thought out and has involved stakeholders in its synthesis. In addition the trust’s Strategic Plan is ambitious and achievable and it is known and owned by those who work in the trust. A great deal of thought has been given to the levels of delegation, policies, procedures and the all-important school improvement process.

Role summary

Number of positions advertised: 3

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. 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 supporting the CEO whilst 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.

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

  • Corporate Governance
  • Strategic thinking
  • Estates and Property
  • HR
  • Finance


  • Growth Management
  • Multi-site operations familiarity
  • Education system experience
  • Chairing experience


Trustee 1 - Business Committee Chair


The trust are seeking an experienced NED to chair our Business Committee which has responsibility for areas including finance and HR.


Trustee 2 - Real Estate and Property


The ideal candidate for this role will have an understanding of issues regarding land, property assets and the ability to support the strategic and operational development of the property portfolio. With the Trust looking to grow, experience of estates/property management across several sites is essential.


Trustee 3 – Senior Leadership

The trust is seeking someone with significant experience of senior leadership/executive work and a proven track record in developing strong professional relationships whilst holding senior leaders to account.  Previous experience of working with a trust and a knowledge of corporate governance would be a distinct advantage, along with evidence of experience in strategic thinking and change management.

The trust welcomes candidates from any background that have the relevant skills and experience.

Time commitment

6-8 hours per month.