Inspire Partnership Multi Academy Trust (IPMAT)

Lancashire and West Yorkshire | Wakefield
  • Corporate Governance
  • Entrepreneur/Founder
  • Non-executive/Trustee
Deadline date: 28th June 2019

Inspire Partnership Multi Academy Trust seeks two new members to join its board. The trust’s aim is to support schools through collaboration, ensuring schools in the trust are able to provide an excellent education for children, families and the communities they serve. Board meeting are held in the Wakefield area.

About the trust

Inspire Partnership Multi Academy Trust (IPMAT) was established on 1st August 2016 and is focused on improving the life chances for primary school pupils and communities across the Wakefield District. The founding member of the trust is Gawthorpe Community Academy. 

The trust caters for children aged 3-11 years and consists of six primary schools and one infant school, with plans to grow to nine schools by the end of the next academic year 2018/2019. All of its academies have Nursery Units attached to them.

Plans for the Future

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

  1. Managing change and strategic planning

  2. Managing further growth of the relatively new trust

  3. Creating risk management strategies

Longer term, IPMAT are looking to expand the number of schools to a maximum of 15.

Trust Ethos & Values

The trust believes in the transformative power of education, for pupils, the local community and the wider society. IPMAT’s aim is to ensure that all children receive an outstanding education, achieving to their fullest potential academically, socially, morally and in their wider sporting and aesthetic development.

The trust believes in freeing teachers and leaders to concentrate on providing the very best teaching, learning, support and development that every child deserves.

Role Summary

Number of Positions Advertised: 2
Roles 1 & 2 – Member

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 Inspire Partnership Multi-Academy Trust the members are expected to be signatories for the academy trust, to attend one or two meetings per year, and to add to the already broad skillset within the existing team of members.

The competencies required for this role include:

  • Entrepreneur/Founder

  • Non-executive/Trustee

  • Corporate Governance

Person Specification

A good communicator and a ‘team player’, committed to attending Members’ meetings. An individual with good business acumen is advantageous, as well as experience of working within a charity environment, preferably at board level. An interest in education and an awareness of current educational priorities would also be advantageous.

Time Commitment

Around 6 hours per year

Location of Board Meetings and Trust Website

Board meeting are held in the Wakefield area.

Background on academy trusts

Academy schools, which are charities run independently of local authority control, now account for 71% of secondary schools and 26% 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 980 multi academy trusts of 2+ 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 28th June 2019