Lydiate Learning Trust

Lancashire and West Yorkshire | Liverpool
  • Branding/Marketing
  • CEO/ General Management
  • Corporate Governance
  • Legal/Compliance
  • Non-executive/Trustee
Deadline date: 15th June 2018

Lydiate Learning Trust is seeking three new Members and two new Non-Executive Directors to join it’s board. Established in January 2015, Lydiate Learning Trust is a Multi-Academy Trust (MAT) with an ethos rooted in the belief that every child should be afforded the very best opportunities in life. Board meetings are held in the Maghull area of Merseyside.

About the Trust

The trust was borne from the vision of a group of Governors, the Head Teacher and Senior Leaders of Deyes High School – It currently has two secondary schools, a Studio school (for ages 14-19) and a large teacher training centre known as the AMP SCITT (Associated Merseyside Partnership, School Centred Initial Teacher Training).

There are currently two sponsored schools within the trust. As a sponsor, the trust plays a large role in helping to improve attainment by providing: support to leadership at all levels; quality first teaching of the highest standard based on co-operative learning techniques; individual support at all levels with clear progression routes and a range of extra-curricular opportunities that enhance the curriculum and broaden horizons whilst further enhancing skill development and leadership.

The AMP SCITT is underpinned by a shared passion and drive to train and develop outstanding and inspirational teachers who are highly employable, highly successful educational professionals and leaders of learning.  It is governed by the SCITT Executive Board which reports directly to the trust board.

The trust is also a strategic partner in the Holy Rosary Teaching School Alliance which spans both the Primary and Secondary sectors and includes 12 Primary Schools and three Secondary Schools.

Trust Ethos & Values

The ethos of Lydiate Learning Trust is rooted in the belief that every child should be afforded the very best opportunities in life. The trust believes that all pupils are entitled to attend a school where the aim is “to excel in all that we do so that everyone flourishes and achieves their full potential.”

To achieve this, the trust has agreed to place teaching and learning at the centre of all that it does. It aims to make the process of learning vivid and challenging, to determine the individual needs of every student and to have high expectations of every member of its school community.

Role Summary

Number of Positions Advertised: Up to 5


Roles 1 to 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.

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

The competencies required for this role include:

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

The trust seeks applicants with strategic leadership skills who are effective communicators and have experience of providing constructive challenge and critical insight. Experience of long-term planning is essential. The individual should have commercial acumen and business focus, honesty and integrity and genuine enthusiasm for improving education. It is important that any non-executive director has the ability to maintain confidentiality and to respect the opinion of others.

Time Commitment

4-6 hours per month (on average) - though the board meets bi-monthly.


Roles 3 to 5 – 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 Lydiate Learning Trust the members are expected to be signatories for the academy trust and to add to the already broad skillset within the existing team of members.

The competencies required for this role include:

  • CFO/ Finance
  • Non-executive/ Trustee
  • Corporate Governance
  • CFO/ Finance
  • Legal/Compliance
  • Branding/Marketing
Person Specification

This individual should be able to analyse effective leadership and governance systems; to review the effectiveness of an organisation in a strategic way; and to ensure that the vision of the trust is maintained by those who lead and work for the company.

Time Commitment

Approximately 6 hours per year. Members are currently expected to attend one meeting per year (though this may increase as the trust grows).


Location of Board Meetings and Trust Website

Board meetings are held in the Maghull area of Merseyside.

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 15th June 2018