Resources for non-executive directors

Find all the resources you need in your role as a non-executive director, including essential reading, the latest Department for Education guidance, useful tool kits, background information and specialist trust information. 

Essential Reading

Resources for business leaderslearn more about the role of a non-executive director/ chair
Resources for non-executive directorslearn more about academy finances
learn more about the role of a non-executive director/ chair | learn more about academy finances
This revised handbook (2020) sets out the financial framework for academy trusts, reflecting their status as companies, charities and public bodies. A must read for...
Resources for business leadersprepare for joining a board
Resources for non-executive directorslearn what makes a good multi-academy trust
prepare for joining a board | learn what makes a good multi-academy trust
The Department for Education has published its guidance on the roles and duties of school governors and academy trusts. Proving good advice on the skills...
Resources for business leaderslearn more about the role of a non-executive director/ chair
Resources for non-executive directorslearn about induction into a NED role
learn more about the role of a non-executive director/ chair | learn about induction into a NED role
A wealth of information is available for new academy trust board members. Our induction pack is designed to help you navigate through the first months...
Resources for non-executive directorslearn about induction into a NED role
learn about induction into a NED role
As with any sector, understanding the acronymns and language is key to understanding and getting to grips with the role. Created by the NGA (National...
Resources for business leaderslearn the basics of academies and multi-academy trusts
Resources for non-executive directorslearn what makes a good multi-academy trust
Resources for trustsrecruit to my existing trust board
learn the basics of academies and multi-academy trusts | learn what makes a good multi-academy trust | recruit to my existing trust board
This document from the Department for Education provides high-level information about the roles and responsibilities each structure and person holds in academy trust governance.
Resources for non-executive directorslearn the essential principles of the non-executive director role
learn the essential principles of the non-executive director role
Kim-Adele Platts trained as a hairdresser after leaving school at 15, and by the age of 18 owned her own salon. She sold her business...
Resources for non-executive directorslearn what makes a good multi-academy trust
learn what makes a good multi-academy trust
On 28th July the Chief Executive of REAch2, Sir Steve Lancashire, shared insights into how the trust has captured experience and learning from the current...
Resources for non-executive directorsbecome a more effective non-executive director/ chair
Resources for trustsinduct new board members
become a more effective non-executive director/ chair | induct new board members
Produced in partnership with NSPCC learning, this resource has been created for school governors and trustees to help them to consider safeguarding impacts of COVID-19.
Resources for business leaderslearn more about the role of a non-executive director/ chair
Resources for employerslearn more about the benefits of senior staff joining academy trust boards
Resources for non-executive directorslearn what makes a good multi-academy trust
Resources for trustsget more from my trust board
learn more about the role of a non-executive director/ chair | learn more about the benefits of senior staff joining academy trust boards | learn what makes a good multi-academy trust | get more from my trust board
Ann Mee A highly respected international board level director with governance, finance, operational risk, and change management expertise, and over 35 years’ experience delivering major...
Resources for non-executive directorslearn the essential principles of the non-executive director role
Resources for trustsinduct new board members
learn the essential principles of the non-executive director role | induct new board members
A wealth of information is available for new academy trust board members. This checklist contains the first priorities that board members have said helped them...
Resources for business leaderslearn more about the role of a non-executive director/ chair
Resources for employerslearn more about the benefits of senior staff joining academy trust boards
Resources for non-executive directorslearn what makes a good multi-academy trust
Resources for trustsget more from my trust board
learn more about the role of a non-executive director/ chair | learn more about the benefits of senior staff joining academy trust boards | learn what makes a good multi-academy trust | get more from my trust board
With over 15 years’ management experience in executive positions at Pearson, Vanessa Wright Vice President of UK Schools Sales and Marketing at Pearson and Generations...
Resources for business leaderslearn more about the role of a non-executive director/ chair
Resources for non-executive directorslearn the essential principles of the non-executive director role
Resources for non-executive directorslearn what makes a good multi-academy trust
learn more about the role of a non-executive director/ chair | learn the essential principles of the non-executive director role | learn what makes a good multi-academy trust
Sign up to our Monthly OnBoard webinars aimed to help you adjust to what may be a new sector with its own language and culture...
Resources for non-executive directorslearn what makes a good multi-academy trust
Resources for trustsget more from my trust board
learn what makes a good multi-academy trust | get more from my trust board
In the second blog from the BDD 2019, External Relations Executive Sophia-Purdy-Moore reports on the key issues covered in one of the keynote sessions on...
Resources for non-executive directorslearn what makes a good multi-academy trust
Resources for trustsget more from my trust board
learn what makes a good multi-academy trust | get more from my trust board
What are the key fundamentals to a successful organisation? How can you strike the right balance of support and challenge with the executive team? Forging...