The Goldsworth Trust

South East England and South London | Woking/ Surrey
  • CEO/ General Management
  • Corporate Governance
  • Growth Management
  • Human Resources
  • Legal/Compliance
  • Non-executive/Trustee
  • Risk
Deadline date: 15th January 2020

Based in Surrey, The Goldsworth Trust consists of two primary schools, Goldsworth Primary and St Johns Primary schools. Due to expansion, the Trust seeks five new board members in total, three non-executive directors/trustees and two Members. The Board meetings are held at Goldsworth Primary School, Bridge Barn Lane, Woking, GU21 6NL.

About Trust 

Formed in 2012 by Goldsworth Primary, in 2013 St John’s joined the multi-academy trust (MAT). The schools within the trust work closely together to share best practice whilst keeping their own individual uniqueness. With a growth plan to increase the number of schools to four within the next year there is now a focus on strengthening the governance structure to support the growth of the MAT. Goldsworth Primary was recently rated outstanding and aims to continue this strong performance as the trust grows.

Plans for the future

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

1. The integration of new schools that are due to join the Trust in the autumn.

2. A period of adjustment as the trust it grows, involving embedding changes to the governance structure and to back-office functions.

3. The need for increased collaboration among staff at all levels in order to raise standards across the Trust.

4. The need to build capacity for the Trust to grow further in the future.

Longer term the Trust hopes to grow further, delivering its ambition for children to achieve their potential to even more pupils in the area.

Trust ethos & values

Our academy trust will consist of outstanding schools which are all centres of excellence in working with their own particular cohort of pupils to ensure that they are happy, respectful, well-rounded children achieving their highest potential and each finding their unique talents.

Role summary

Number of positions advertised: 5

Role(s) 1(-3) – Trustee/Non-Executive Director

Trustees – or non-executive directors - are both charity trustees and company directors of the academy trust. The core functions of their role are: ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction; holding executive leaders to account for the educational and financial performance of a charitable company funded by the public purse.

The board of trustees manages the business of the academy trust and may exercise all the powers of the trust in compliance with its charitable objects, company and charity law.

Non-executive directors will be responsible for maintaining stability and the management of a dynamic structure. The role also includes contributing to financial planning for sustainability and potential growth and holding the CEO/CFO to account.

In the interests of safeguarding, all trustee appointments would be subject to an enhanced disclosure and barring service check.

Person specification

Every trustee is expected to abide by the trust’s code of conduct and the seven principles of public life set out by Lord Nolan: selflessness, integrity, objectivity, accountability, openness, honesty and leadership.

The Competency Framework for Governance (DfE) 2017 details the knowledge, skills and behaviours required for effective governance:

The strategic expertise required for the roles the trust intends to fill

  • CEO/ General Management 
  • Corporate Governance 
  • Non-executive/ Trustee


  • Growth Management
  • HR
  • Legal/ Compliance
  • Risk

We require talented and committed individuals to join the Trustees of the Goldsworth Trust. Trustees are responsible for setting the strategy to ensure the Trust achieves its vision. They hold key staff to account for their implementation of that strategy, their stewardship of finances, improving educational standards and pupil welfare.

Applications from individuals with senior managerial experience from the private or public sector are particularly welcome. Candidates should be financially literate and be excellent decision makers. Non-Exec Board level experience is desirable but not essential. A background in Legal/Compliance, Marketing, Operations, Procurement or HR would be especially desirable at this time. Commitment to the role is essential.

Time commitment

6 hours per month (minimum).

Role 2 – Members

A member is able to alter the trust’s Articles of Association and appoint (or remove) trustees/directors where necessary. They provide independent oversight to the work of the board of trustees in order to ensure suitable accountability for its decision-making and strategy. At the trust, the members are expected to be signatories for the academy trust, to attend meetings per year, and to add to the already broad skillset within the existing team of members.

The trust requires talented and committed individuals to join the Members of the Goldsworth Trust.

Members are responsible for safeguarding the vision of the Trust and they hold Trustees to account for the way that the vision is achieved.

Person specification

The competencies required for this role include:

  • CEO/ General Management
  • Corporate Governance
  • Non-executive/ Trustee

We are looking to recruit individuals with senior managerial experience from the private or public sector. Members must be excellent decision makers who can assimilate information easily. NonExec Board level experience is desirable but not essential. Commitment to the role is essential.

Time commitment

6 hours per month (minimum).

Location of board meetings and trust website

Governance structure

Background on academy trusts

Academy schools, which are charities run independently of local authority control, now account for 74% of secondary schools and 31% 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 832 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.

“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 (2019)

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 date: Friday 6 December 2019