The Good Shepherd Trust

Job Title: The Good Shepherd Trust
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: Unknown
Salary: 0 - 0
Reference: The Good Shepherd Trust
Contact Name: Academy Ambassadors
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Job Published: November 23, 2018 15:01

Job Description

The Good Shepherd Trust

The Good Shepherd Trust (the Trust) seeks three non-executive directors with senior finance, change management and growth management experience to join the board, supporting 12 schools across Surrey and Hampshire. The Trust would particularly welcome applications from well-qualified candidates willing to consider taking on the role of chair of the board within two years. Board meetings are held in Guildford, Surrey.  The Trust provides education, underpinned by a Christian ethos and values, to c4000 pupils across its 12 academies.

About the trust

The Good Shepherd Trust was established by the Church of England Diocese of Guildford in 2012 as part of its vision to offer pupils a transformational culture for human flourishing and educational excellence, inspired by Jesus, the Good Shepherd. There are currently 12 schools in the trust; 11 primary and one secondary school. There are 11 church schools and one community school with three more schools due to join the trust during 2018 and up to another five during the remainder of the 2018/2019 academic year. The primary schools are located in both urban and rural areas, range in size from two form entry primaries to one form entry infants and serve advantaged and disadvantaged communities. One school also includes a children’s centre and another runs a maintained nursery.

The Trust operates in Surrey and Hampshire where it has demonstrated a strong track record in turning around Church schools which have faced challenging circumstances and poor performance. It is also the trust of choice for good and outstanding Church schools and this mix is enabling the development of strong models of school improvement based on school-to-school support, sharing best practice in teaching and learning and executive leadership development. The schools range from Ofsted rated Inadequate (1) and Requires Improvement (1) to nine Good schools and one Outstanding.

As a Church of England MAT, the Trust has close links with the Diocese of Guildford and four of its five Members are Church of England appointees. Members are responsible for the appointment of directors and ensure that all director appointment are skills-based, linked to the skills audit carried out by directors.

The recently appointed CEO has conducted a process of strategic review to rearticulate the Trust’s vision and values and deliver the Trust’s Growth Plan, which has the approval of the Regional Schools Commissioner. The trust aims to grow to 30 – 35 schools by 2022 through the development of local hubs of schools, which will work collaboratively around leadership, educational standards and business efficiencies – so they can achieve excellent outcomes for their pupils and provide the capacity to take on other schools.

Plans for the future

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

  1. Improving educational outcomes in the Trust’s schools where they are not yet good and ensuring that both existing and newly admitted schools continue to improve the quality of their educational provision.
  2. Building the Trust’s capacity in school effectiveness and improvement and developing the central team to provide high-quality services to schools.
  3. Implementing the Trust’s growth strategy, managing the accompanying organisational change, and integrating new schools successfully.

In the longer term, the Trust intends to build the identity, leadership and capacity of four locally based hubs. Extending professional development opportunities to develop outstanding teachers and leaders of tomorrow is also a focus together with refining the role of local governing committees. The Trust is also building the capacity of the central team.

Trust ethos & values

The trust holds at its heart a mission, inspired by Jesus the Good Shepherd, to bring ‘life in all its fullness’ by establishing a transformational culture for human flourishing and for educational excellence in all its schools. See the website for further details

Role summary

Number of positions advertised:3

Roles 1-3 – 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. The trustees ensure compliance with the trust’s charitable objects and with company and charity law.

Trustees are responsible to the Diocesan Board of Education for the trust’s Church of England character. As part of the trust's succession planning, applications are welcome from those willing to consider the role of chair within two years.

Person specification

The competencies required for this role include:

Essential (either)

  • CFO/ Finance
  • CEO/General Management
  • Growth Management
  • Change Management


  • Risk
  • Non-executive/Trustee
  • Chair

CFO/Finance: The trust welcomes applicants from qualified accountants with a strong financial background. This trustee will also be part of the Resources Committee and should take a strategic approach to financial data.

Growth/Change Management: Applicants should have leadership experience in an environment of growth and change together with experience in strategic planning and developing and in monitoring KPIs.

CEO/General Management: Applicants should have strategic or operational experience including experience of managing growth and the accompanying change as the trustee will support infrastructure development across the trust.

Candidates must be fully supportive of the Trust’s Christian ethos and Anglican character.

Time commitment

8 - 12 hours per month. The Board meets 4 - 6 times a year; Education and Resources subcommittees meet termly.

Location of board meetings and trust website

Board meetings are held at The Academies Office, Larch Ave, Guildford, GU1 1JY.

Please see more details at:

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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.

“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: 11th January 2019