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East of England Academy Trusts seek Business Ambassadors

27 Aug 2018
IoD East of England

Volunteer opportunities to support your local education trusts

Secretary of State for Education, Damien Hinds, recently partnered with the Institute of Directors to encourage the nation’s business leaders to invest in their local community by becoming school governors or non-executive/trustees. Rt. Hon Damien Hinds specifically acknowledged Academy Ambassadors for successfully managing the recruitment of non-executive/trustees on multi-academy trust (MAT) boards.

Academy Ambassadors is a Department for Education funded programme that recruits senior business leaders as volunteer non-executive directors on MATs. Since its inception in 2013, Academy Ambassadors has appointed over 950 NEDs whose expertise and skillsets from an array of industries, such as legal, finance, property and business, have driven positive outcomes in education standards and ultimately improved the life chances of young people.

 MATs are formed when independent, self-governing schools – academies – come together to centralise and share their expertise for the benefit of school improvement. The MAT’s board of non-executive directors (NEDs) lead the trust and provide oversight for defining a compelling vision and strategy; operating within financial constraints; and creating strong and effective governance.

NEDs in your area have said –

“I wanted to become a director to help trusts and their executive leadership teams improve their financial skills and knowledge of running businesses so they are well equipped to deal with a world of increasing pressure of funding & resources whilst, at the same time, delivering improved educational outcomes” – appointed in May 2017 to Parkside Federation Academies Multi-Academy Trust, Cambridgeshire.

 “I have a wealth of experience and training as a senior leader and member of teams that have succeeded in challenging circumstances across public services and wanted to share that as a NED and give back to communities. The Academy Ambassadors were instrumental in helping me fulfil that wish with one of the new MATs, a great opportunity to make a difference” – appointed in April 2018 to Eastern Multi-Academy Trust, Norfolk.

 We are recruiting for six multi-academy trusts across the East of England region who are looking for new board members with a range of skills:


  • The Department for Education is particularly focused on Fenland and East Cambridgeshire areas as they pose unique challenges with high levels of deprivation, and pupils eligible for free school meals. If you would like to be informed of any upcoming vacancies in this area, please register your interest here.


  • CHANGE Schools Partnership in Essex seeks three NEDs with experience in either law, IT or estate management to support the trust as it seeks to grow over the next two years. The trust consists of four primary schools; board meetings are held in Colchester.
  • We will shortly be advertising for Catalyst Academies Trust; they seek two NEDs with growth and risk management or legal skills. Board meetings are held in South Ockendon – please register your interest here.


  • Herts for Learning seeks two Members and one NEDs to join the trust. The trust has ambitious plans to grow from 2,710 pupils in 2018 to 10,000 pupils by September 2020. The trust consists of nine primary schools; board meetings rotate between Watford, Letchworth Garden City, Welwyn Garden City and Borehamwood.


  • The Engage Trust in Norfolk is committed to provide education for children with social, emotional and mental health needs. It seeks three NEDs with HR, legal or property experience to support improving standards. The trust consists of two schools – one secondary and one all-through. Board meetings are held in central Norwich.
  • Ad Meliora Academy Trust seeks three NEDs with HR, finance, legal or property skills to join the board. There are currently three primary schools in the trust with plans to grow. The trust consists of three primary schools; board meetings are held in Kings Lynn.
  • We will shortly be advertising for Unity Education Trust; they seek a NED with marketing skills; board meetings are held in Dereham. The ieTrust also seeks two non-executive directors with marketing or legal expertise; board meetings are held in Wymondham – please register your interest here.


  • Ipswich and the surrounding area has been highlighted by the Department for Education particularly for its high levels of coastal deprivation. If you would like to be informed of any upcoming vacancies in this area, please register your interest here.

Please note: all roles are unpaid, pro bono roles.

If you are interested in becoming a non-executive director and feel your skillset could benefit a multi-academy trust then please visit the website to apply email or call 0207-952-8556

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