Castle School Education Trust (CSET) - Member

South West England | Bristol
  • Committee member
  • Corporate Governance
  • Governance Clerk
  • Non-executive/Trustee
Deadline date: 12th March 2021

Could you help to improve education in South Gloucestershire by volunteering to become a member at a multi-academy trust?  Castle School Education Trust seeks two new members.

Members provide independent oversight to the work of the board of trustees to ensure suitable accountability for decision making and strategy. As multi-academy trusts (MATs) grow and develop, they face significant challenges. This role enables professionals to use skills and experience gained throughout their career to help trusts across England and improve the life chances of young people. All roles are pro bono.

The opportunity 

Castle School Education Trust (CSET) in South Gloucestershire currently oversees four large secondary schools and three primary schools employing 600 staff and with a budget of £26 million and 5,000 pupils. Castle School Education Trust  seeks two members to join its board and help shape the forward vision that takes the trust to the next level.  The board is establishing a trust leadership team to continue to lead improvement and provide capacity for future growth. 


Person specification

The board seeks two members with previous experience in

  • Corporate Governance, or
  • Non-executive/ Trustee roles

Applicants should have an extensive and demonstrable background in senior leadership roles, with strategic vision and knowledge of the non-executive director role. Candidates are expected to demonstrate seven principles of public life set out by Lord Nolan.

What's involved?

Members have a similar role to the shareholders in a company limited by shares. They provide high-level oversight and scrutiny of the work of the trust board.

Most notably, members:

  • define the trust's charitable object and governance structure;
  • amend the articles of association;
  • appoint or remove trustees;
  • appoint the trust's auditors and receive the trust's annual audited accounts; and, ultimately,
  • dissolve the academy trust if required.

Members will typically meet once per year with preparation time required. This translates to a commitment of around two hours per month.

As a key member of the board you will support the trust in achieving the following over the next 12 – 24 months:

  • Work collaboratively to strengthen all the schools within the trust, foster outstanding professional development for all staff and provide quality education for students
  • Support organisational development and growth, actively pursuing additional schools
  • Modernisation of the trust’s facilities with the recent £14miilon capital funding secured


Location of board meetings and trust website

(Board meetings are currenlty held virtually) 

CSET Office, Mangotsfield School, 2 Rodway Hill, Emersons Green, Bristol BS16 9LH.

Governance structure

Background on academy trusts

Academy trusts are charitable groups of academy schools, run independent of local authority control. 

Over 50% of children in England attend an academy, and there are over 900 academy trusts with three or more schools. For these schools to fulfil their potential, academy 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.

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. 

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.