Ad Meliora Academy Trust

East of England and North East London | Fakenham
  • Corporate Governance
  • Human Resources
  • Legal/Compliance
Deadline date: 19th April 2019

Ad Meliora Academy Trust seeks two non-executive directors with senior HR or corporate governance experience to join the board. There are currently three primary schools in the trust. Board meetings are held at Blenheim Park Academy near Fakenham.  Ad Meliora means “towards better things”.

About the Trust

Ad Meliora Academy Trust is a fledgling multi academy trust (MAT) established in 2016 with 695 pupils, 120 staff and a budget of £3,842.  There are 135 pupil premium children at the three primary schools in the trust – two in Kings Lynn and one situated on the boundary between West and North Norfolk (approx. 10 miles away).

The trust is still small but making rapid improvements: Two schools joined the trust after an Ofsted 'Requiring Improvement' and significant inroads are being made in achieving better outcomes for all children. After a period of change the Board has a new Chair and are looking for strategic thinkers to guide them to the next phase of the Trust.

Plans for the Future

The key challenges for the board over the next 12-24 months are:

  1. Recruitment of Non-Executive Directors (Trustees) Following an External Review of Governance the trust has been advised to recruit further directors to join the board.
  2. Consolidation within the three existing academies in terms of securing excellent outcomes for all children at the same time as growing the trust
  3. Ensuring the sustainability in one of the academies which currently has 70 children on roll – the school was originally a High School for an American airbase.
  4. Support the move of St Edmund's children into their new school in September 2019

Trust Ethos & Values

Ad Meliora Academy Trust’s vision is to inspire all children to be happy and become the best they can possibly be. The values are: Respect / Excellence / Enthusiasm / Working Together / Safe / Resilience

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Role Summary

Number of Positions Advertised:


Roles 1&2 – 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.

Person Specification

The competencies required for these roles include:

Essential (due to multiple roles, candidates may be accepted who possess one or more of the skills below)
  • HR
  • Corporate Governance
  • Legal/Compliance
  • Real estate/Property
  • Risk
  • Branding/Marketing
  • Change Management

The trust is keen to recruit individuals who have the time to commit to the role and are focused on making a difference to the lives of young, and often disadvantaged, children. Specifically, the trust welcomes applicants with experience in one of the following areas:

  • HR or Legal: an individual who is engaged in HR and Change Management or a practising lawyer.
  • Corporate Governance: someone with experience of working as part of a corporate board of directors.
Time Commitment

6 hours /month minimum. The board currently meets six times a year from 10am to 12pm. 

Location of Board Meetings and Trust Website

Board meetings are held at Blenheim Academy (Lancaster Road, Sculthorpe, Fakenham, Norfolk, NR21 7PX) with some rotation around the other academies in the trust. To see the list of schools and for more information, please see the trust’s website:

Governance Structure

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Background on Academy Trusts

Academy schools, which are charities run independently of local authority control, now account for 73% of secondary schools and 29% of primaries – and their number is growing all the time.

Many of these schools are grouped together as multi-academy trusts (MATs). There are currently 760 multi academy trusts of 3+ schools.  If the schools are to fulfil their potential, the trusts need non-executives (known in charity law as trustees) to bring a wide range of skills and experience to help guide strategy, ensure their ambitions can be soundly financed and keep their schools up to the mark delivering for their pupils.

“Academy boards must be ambitious for all children and young people and infused with a passion for education and a commitment to continuous school improvement that enables the best possible outcomes. Governance must be grounded in reality as defined by both high-quality objective data and a full understanding of the views and needs of pupils/students, staff, parents, carers and local communities. It should be driven by inquisitive, independent minds and through conversations focused on the key strategic issues which are conducted with humility, good judgement, resilience and determination.” 

Source: Governance Handbook, Department for Education (2017)

Trusteeship is a voluntary, unpaid role for people who have the energy and skills to make a real contribution to shaping the future of our schools.  You do not need to have any specialist knowledge of education. 


Academy Ambassadors is a non-profit programme which recruits senior business leaders and professionals as volunteer non-executive directors onto the boards of multi-academy trusts. If you are interested in applying for the role please send your CV and a short expression of interest detailing which role you are applying for to [email protected] Please note: candidates should live within reasonable travelling distance of the trust and/or have a link with the region. For more information, please call 0207 952 8556 or visit

Key Dates

We strongly recommend applying as early as you can to have the best possible chance of being considered as we may change the closing date if we have received sufficient applications. Applicants should be aware of the following key dates in the recruitment process –

Deadline for applications: Friday 19th April 2019