Innovate Multi-Academy Trust (iMAT)

North West London and South Central England | Weedon Bec
  • Change Management
  • Entrepreneur/Founder
  • Risk
  • Succession Planning
Deadline date: 9th November 2018

Innovate Multi-Academy Trust seeks a new non-executive director with specific experience of change management to strengthen the board. Board meetings are held at Weedon Bec Primary School, West Street, Northamptonshire, NN7 4QU.

About the trust

The trust was set up in July 2014. It consists of four village primary schools in Northamptonshire, two of which are Church of England schools. Across the four schools there is a community of over 700 pupils. Three schools were rated Good at their most recent Ofsted inspections and one school was judged as Requires Improvement.

Innovate Multi-Academy Trust’s vision is to establish great primary academies that are centres for innovation and excellence for leadership and teaching, and where pupils are safe and engaged in their learning. The trust believes in staff training and development and wants to be the academy of choice for new and experienced staff. iMAT strives to ensure that the outcomes for all children will be above the national expectations in all core subjects.

As iMAT grows, it seeks a skilled businessperson to take on a non-executive director role and support the trust board in areas of change management and strategy.

Plans for the Future

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

  1. Growth – As iMAT moves forward, the trust wants to guarantee a sustainable model of growth and establish a group of collaborative schools.
  2. Performance – To raise academic standards across all schools, in particular Woodford Halse.
  3. Staff and Recruitment – To recruit and retain high quality staff throughout the trust and to develop a staffing strategy which focusses on training great teachers.

Trust ethos & Values

iMAT put children at the heart of everything they do. The trust values the importance of working supportively and collaboratively, showing mutual respect and determination. iMAT believes in celebrating diversity and maintaining an open and inclusive environment, removing barriers to success wherever possible. It is vital that each school maintains its individual identity and for the Church schools to freely celebrate and embrace the Christian ethos.

Role specification

Number of positions advertised:


Role 1 – 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.

The trust seeks a non-executive director who does not have a background in education but is committed to delivering their core aims. Non-executive directors will be responsible for establishing a sustainable growth model and the management of a dynamic structure.

Person specification

The successful candidate will have senior business experience and a proven background in change management, with the ability to strategically manage complex structures. iMAT seeks an individual who is open to new ideas and is willing to share best practice, in line with the collaborative nature of the trust. Entrepreneurial spirit and experience is essential as the trust looks to grow and continually improve. The competencies required for this role include:

  • Change Management
  • Entrepreneur/Founder
  • Succession Planning
  • Risk


Time commitment

6 hours per month minimum. iMAT hold 4 board meetings a year plus an AGM.

Location of board meetings and trust website

Board meetings are held at Weedon Bec Primary School, West Street, NN7 4QU.

Background on academy trusts

Academy schools, which are charities run independently of local authority control, now account for 73% of secondary schools and 30% of primaries – and their number is growing all the time.

Many of these schools are grouped together as multi-academy trusts.  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 don’t 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 9 November 2018