Aug 302018

Trustee / Non-Executive Director - Cleves Cross Learning Trust

Corporate GovernanceNon-executive/Trustee
Deadline date: 12th October 2018

Cleves Cross Learning Trust is seeking to appoint a new trustee/non-executive director with experience of corporate governance. Additionally, skills in the area of marketing, IT and risk are desirable. The current board is made up of 6 directors with a broad range of skills, knowledge and experience and a new addition to the board will help the trust in its ambitious plans for growth. Board meetings are held at multiple locations within the proximity of the trust schools.

About the trust

Cleves Cross Learning Trust is a multi-academy charitable trust established in November 2013; the trust currently comprises two primary schools - Cleves Cross Primary School and Rosa Street Primary School.

The conversion to academy status, initially by Cleves Cross Primary School, opened up greater opportunities for decision making and budget management to enhance provision for the school. As an outstanding primary school, academy status allowed Cleves Cross to be ready to sponsor and support schools in its community that were facing challenging circumstances. In September 2014, Rosa Street Primary School joined Cleves Cross Learning Trust as a sponsored academy.

In 2016, Cleves Cross Primary enhanced and expanded capacity through the addition of a 52-place nursery. The trust is now looking to grow in size with further primary schools joining the trust either via the sponsor route or by chosen conversion.

Plans for the Future

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

  1. To achieve an Ofsted ‘Good’ result for Rosa Street Primary School in its next Ofsted inspection.
  2. To achieve the addition of further primary schools to the trust through structured expansion.
  3. To optimise opportunities throughout the trust, both in terms of financial planning and delivery and in teaching and learning, to positively strengthen pupil outcomes further.

The trust intends to manage growth, within its local area, to a size where effective communication, positive relationships and close working arrangements are still possible. The aim is for children within the trust’s schools to achieve the best education through:

  • Exemplary teaching
  • Exciting and engaging curriculum
  • Inspirational learning opportunities
  • Engagement with the local and wider community

Trust Ethos & Values

Cleves Cross Learning Trust views itself as a growing family of schools that works together, supports each other and shares good practice. Its aim is to help all children at the trust’s schools to realise their own potential and reach their maximum achievement.

Role Summary

Number of Positions Advertised: 1

Role 1 – 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:


  • Corporate Governance AND
  • Non-executive/ Trustee


  • Branding and Marketing
  • IT/ Technology
  • Risk

Person Specification

The ideal candidate will be able to demonstrate commitment in time and expertise to add to the current board. In particular, experience in branding and marketing, corporate governance, IT Technology or Risk Management would be desirable. These skills are preferred in order to help manage the period of change that is inherent in the expansion and development of a multi-academy trust.

The trust seeks an individual who has a genuine interest in the provision of the best possible educational experiences for children within the schools’ communities and can offer their skills, knowledge and time to help the trust achieve its objectives over the ensuing period.

Time Commitment

Six board meetings per annum, with additional time for trust development work and training.

Location of Board Meetings and Trust Website

Trust board meetings are held at Cleves Cross Primary School, Ferryhill, Durham, DL178QY

Trust website:

Governance Structure

Background on Academy Trusts

Academy schools, which are charities run independently of local authority control, now account for 73% of secondary schools and 29% 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 760 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: Friday, 12th October 2018

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