Dec 052019

2 Non-Executive Directors - Falmouth MAT

Recruiter: Academy Ambassadors
Location: Falmouth, Cornwall (GB)
Salary: Unpaid/voluntary
Posted: 03 Dec 2019
Closes: 17 Dec 2019
Ref: Falmouth Multi-Academy Trust (MAT)
Position/Level: Board
Responsibilities: Accounting, Finance
Sector: Education
Contract Type: Voluntary / Trustee

About the trust

Currently, Falmouth MAT oversees the education provision of circa 1,777 Nursery to Secondary aged pupils. The trust has a combined annual income of circa £8m and 300 employees.

King Charles Primary School received an Ofsted inspection outcome of ‘Good’ in 2014 and St Francis CofE Primary received an outcome of ‘Outstanding’ in 2012; however, Falmouth School was judged as ‘inadequate with serious weaknesses’ at its most recent inspection in May 2019. Since then the board has overseen a change in leadership with a new Interim CEO starting in post on 18 November 2019 and a number of other key appointments including a new, School Improvement Partner and a new, full-time SENDCo wef January 2020 to increase leadership capacity and support from external expertise. The trust board’s membership has also been refreshed and proactive in addressing the identified improvement priorities alongside working with the Department for Education to find a new academy sponsor to secure long-term stability and certainty for pupils, parents and staff. N.B. This means that this board opportunity is for a time limited period only and expected to end no later than 31 August 2020.

Plans for the future

The trust recently published a statement to parents/carers from the Chair of Trustees, on behalf of the Board as part of the Weekly Newsletter dated 1 November which can be viewed at the end of:

The trust aims to continue engaging with all stakeholders to oversee the smooth transition of all three academies, their respective pupils and staff, into a new academy sponsor no later than 1 September 2020.

Trust ethos & values

At the core of the trust is the ethos is ‘putting our Learners first’, enabling pupils and adults to flourish so that all pupils achieve their best. At this basis of this are their core values: ‘Aspire, achieve, respect and enrich’. Each school has its own individuality but work together to improve the life chances of the young people of the Falmouth area. They seek to improve learning experiences, assessment, professional development of staff and governors, cost effectiveness, as well as access to shared expertise and specialist resources.

Role summary

Number of positions advertised: 2

Role 1 – Trustee/Non-Executive Director

Trustees – or non-executive directors - are both charity trustees and company directors of the academy trust. The core functions of their role are: ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction; holding executive leaders to account for the educational and financial performance of a charitable company funded by the public purse.

The board of trustees 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 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 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.

Person specification

Every trustee is expected to abide by the 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 NED role 1 includes:

  • Essential (due to multiple roles, candidates may be accepted who possess one or more of the skills below)
    • CFO/ Finance/Qualified Accountant
    • Corporate Governance
  • Desirable
    • Audit
    • Safeguarding
    • Previous experience as a non-executive trustee or company director

The strategic expertise required for NED role 2 includes:

  • Essential (due to multiple roles, candidates may be accepted who possess one or more of the skills below)
    • Change Management
    • Restructure/Turnaround
    • Corporate Governance
  • Desirable
    • Safeguarding
    • Corporate Communications
    • Previous experience as a non-executive trustee or company director

Time commitment

1.5 days per month minimum. The board usually meets on a termly basis but, due to the planned change in strategic direction, additional meetings will be convened to manage urgent business as required.

Location of board meetings and trust website

The Board usually meets at Falmouth School TR11 4LH on Friday mornings but may elect to rotate some meetings to other trust academies also located in Falmouth.

Governance structure

Background on academy trusts

Academy schools, which are charities run independently of local authority control, now account for 69% of secondary schools and 33% 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 900 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 –

Deadline for applications: 10 January 2020

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