Non-executive director - Exceed Academies Trust

Non-executive director - Exceed Academies Trust

At a glance


  • Governance
  • Strategic development and planning


Bradford , BD5 9LQ
Mainly at the office
Travel limit? Candidate should live within reasonable travelling disbands within the trust


Either in or out of office hours Estimate of time needed:
0-5 hours / month
The Board meets each half term (six times per year). Board meetings are held at 4pm.


12 Apr 2020

Exceed Academies Trust serve communities within the Bradford district, seeks to recruit a new non-executive director with legal/compliance experience to join its board.

What will you be doing?

Roles – 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 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.

What are we looking for?

The competencies required for this role include:


Essential (candidates may be accepted who possess one or more of the skills below)

  • Legal/ Compliance



  • Non-executive/ Trustee
  • Corporate Governance


The trust is developing a board with experience and expertise from across a variety of professional backgrounds and seeks to recruit a suitably skilled candidate to complement current skills on the board. The role requires an individual possessing a strong ‘general’ skill-set.


Individuals with experience – and, importantly, relevant professional qualifications where applicable – in law and compliance are most highly sought by the trust, as well as a broad array of complementary skills, as listed in the ‘desirable’ section, to help develop its board strength and breadth. Experience of willingness to work constructively and effectively with all accordance to the ‘Nolan Principles: Standard of Public Life’ are essential.


The trust works with and supports a diverse range of communities and would welcome applications from candidates reflecting this diversity.

What difference will you make?

Exceed Academies Trust has grown steadily following invitations by the DfE to take additional academies under its care. The trust currently has five primaries, one all-through school that caters for children from the ages of 4-16 and one alternative provision academy catering for children who struggle to cope with a normal mainstream school including those who are permanently excluded from a mainstream school. Throughout the growth of the Trust, the team has secured and maintained high pupil outcomes at the end of Key Stage 2 (KS2) over several years. This has underpinned the accreditation and development of two teaching schools that jointly lead the alliance of partner schools and academies.


In September 2017, Exceed Academies Trust became responsible for a SCITT (School Centre for Initial Teaching Training). In both years since the SCITT was formed, 100% of trainees have been successful in recommendation for the award of Qualified Teacher Status and in achieving a Postgraduate Certificate in Education. 

Exceed Academies Trust has potential to grow further in the future, offering further opportunities to incorporate additional schools into the trust

What's in it for the volunteer?

Improving the life chances of young people, particularly the disadvantaged, is critical to the UK’s social and economic success. The objective of the academies programme is to change education in England for the better by raising standards. As multi-academy trusts (MATs) grow and develop in pursuit of this objective, they face significant challenges. The skills and experience of business leaders can help these trusts and their pupils succeed.

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