When joining an academy trust board, new non-executive directors will meet the same challenges as any business board: to define a compelling vision and strategy; to operate within financial constraints and to create an effective governance structure. However, there can be barriers faced by those joining boards from business and the professions. The alumni network aims to connect non-executive directors appointed via Academy Ambassadors to share best practice, offer support through peer-to-peer mentoring and improve governance knowledge through a range of events.