Trustee/Governor with financial / audit, HR or marketing expertise

Trustee/Governor with financial / audit, HR or marketing expertise

At a glance


  • Marketing strategy
  • Public relations
  • Accountancy / Auditing
  • Financial management
  • HR


Our central office is based near Newton Abbot, our schools are spread along the south devon coast. , TQ12 6JB
Mainly at home
Travel limit? Approx 40 miles (open to discussion)


Mostly outside office hours Estimate of time needed:
0-5 hours / month
Work will be mainly around meetings, set yearly in advance. School visits, follow up work and additional meetings by mutual agreement.

By joining our friendly team of trustees, you will be helping us to ensure that we have efficient monitoring systems and structures in place to evidence how we perform and comply with our statutory requirements.

What will you be doing?

Becoming a First Federation Trustee will give you the opportunity to contribute to improving the education of children. Trustees are both company directors and charity trustees. They have three core roles:

  1. Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction for the Trust;
  2. Holding the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) to account for the educational performance of the Trust schools and their pupils, and the performance management of its staff; and
  3. Overseeing the financial performance of the schools and making sure the Trust money is well spent.

You will be required to attend four board meetings (lasting about two hours) and up to six committee meetings (lasting between one and two hours) a year. These currently take place virtually. Meeting documents are circulated a week in advance via a dedicated, user friendly online platform, to give you time to digest the information and prepare questions. Ongoing training and support will be offered. 

What are we looking for?

We are looking for someone with financial and/or audit skills to help strengthen our audit committee. You do not need to have any educational expertise. We would be delighted to hear from anyone who:

  • Is interested in children’s education and the performance of a group of schools
  • Has an enquiring mind, and the confidence to ask questions and debate issues 
  • Can consider matters strategically, objectively and make informed judgements
  • Has an enthusiastic and proactive attitude
  • Is able to work well as part of a team

What difference will you make?

You will be bringing skills and expertise from your own sector and experience, and an outside perspective on what we do. By asking questions and helping us to assess our performance, risks and processes, you will help us to improve our systems and structures. This in turn will help us remain a successful and efficient organisation. 

What's in it for the volunteer?

As well as giving you an opportunity to apply your skills and expertise in a different context, becoming a trustee will give you a sense of achievement in helping make a different to children's education. You will be part of a small friendly team, where everyone's contribution is listened to and appreciate. In addition, you will be able access to free training and support in respect of education and governance matters, and network with other trustees and governors. 

A few more details

All trustees / governors have to be DBS checked, in line with Keeping Children in Education regulations. 

Before you apply

We are happy for you to approach us for an informal chat about the role, and will put you in touch with our governance officer and/or existing trustees. We are an inclusive trust, rooted in Christian values, and welcome applications from all backgrounds. You will need to meet the requirements to be appointed as Foundation trustee by the Diocese of Exeter. This means you will need to be willing to uphold the Christian foundation of our Church of England schools. Church attendance is not a requirement.
  • Education
  • We are a multi academy trust consisting of 16 primary schools working together to improve education outcomes for children. Our schools are mostly located along the South Devon coast, from the...