Apr 072020

Non-Executive Director - The Gateway Learning Community Trust (GLC)

CEO/ General Management | Human Resources | Legal/Compliance
Deadline date: 10th April 2020

The Gateway Learning Community Trust seeks a new NED to support the running of the Multi Academy trust and determine its strategic direction. The trust is committed to playing a leading role in the regeneration of the local community. The board meets once every half term to track the trust’s progress against KPIs; to agree policy changes; monitor finances and provide specialist guidance to the executive team. The board meetings are held at Marshfoot Road, Tilbury/Chadwell-St-Mary, Essex.

About the trust

The Gateway Learning Community Trust spans from Nursery to secondary across the Essex area. The trust has a total budget of £16.00m, with 5 schools, 427 staff members and 2,873 pupils. Four of the schools rate Good overall, with Herringham Primary Academy achieving Requires Improvement.

They deal with a range of needs including, 235 of free school meal pupils, c.500 special needs students and c.500 with English as a second language students. They provide personal support, including extra-lessons where necessary, for children with Special Educational Needs or those who are not progressing as they should.

The GLC Gateway Academy was the first academy in Essex and was the catalyst for the creation of one of the first locality based multi academy trusts in the UK. The trust is working to ensure a sustainable future in which each of its academies is judged to be at least Good by Ofsted, whilst also building external relationships with other MATs and organisations.

The trusts key mission is to develop confident, aspirational, resilient, high-achieving, healthy, caring and fulfilled members of society. This includes the development of productive relationships to prepare children for learning and life.

Plans for the future

The GLC has no immediate plans to expand the number of academies, but aims to drive further improvements and consolidation by developing strategic alliances with other MATs and organisations. The trust plans to deal with the following challenges:

  • To recruit and retain good quality, experienced teachers
  • To achieve consistently good provision in one of our primary schools that currently 'requires improvement
  • To ensure the trust meets its aims in an ever-changing and challenging context.

Trust ethos & values

To develop confident, aspirational, resilient, high-achieving, healthy, caring and fulfilled members of society.

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 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.

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: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/583733/Competency_framework_for_governance_.pdf

The strategic expertise required for this role includes:

  • Essential
  • HR
  • Legal/Compliance
  • Desirable
  • Risk
  • Succession Planning

The trust are hoping to recruit a director who shares their values and ethos and who is committed to working to improve the wider community through the education of children. The ideal candidate will possess good working knowledge of HR and associated legal compliance.

Time commitment

6-8 hours per month

Location of board meetings and trust website


The board meetings are held at Marshfoot Road, Tilbury/Chadwell-St-Mary, Essex, RM16 4LU.

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 academyambassadors@newschoolsnetwork.org. 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 www.academyambassadors.org.

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 10th April 2020

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