GLF Schools

South East England and South London | Epsom
  • Audit
  • CEO/ General Management
  • Growth Management
  • Risk
  • CFO/Financial
  • Non-executive/Trustee
  • Legal/Compliance
Deadline date: 17th April 2017

GLF Schools Multi Academy Trust seeks four non-executive directors with strong financial and business experience. The trust currently comprises 28 secondary and primary schools, of which 23 are open. Board meetings are currently held at Glyn School, Epsom, Surrey KT17 1NB.

About the trust

GLF Schools was formed in 2012 following the first cross phase partnership in Surrey between Glyn School and Danetree Junior School. The Trust has grown steadily over the past four and a half years and now has 4 secondary schools, 17 primary schools and a further 7 schools due to open by September 2018. Of our 21 open schools, 6 were sponsored schools, 5 are brand new schools and, significantly, the remaining 10 schools are good or outstanding schools which have chosen to join our Trust. We work across five local authority areas: Surrey, Croydon, West Sussex, Wokingham and Oxfordshire.

The trust works with pupils aged 0 to 19 and has a proven track record in improving outcomes for children, young people and their families. 

For more information, please see

Trust ethos & values

GLF Schools’ vision is on display in each of our schools: ‘Learning and Teaching’ is the core purpose at GLF Schools. We are committed to raising the aspirations and achievement of our children and young people through:

  • Outstanding leadership at all levels
  • Inspiring learning and support for all delivered by dynamic and passionate professionals
  • Instilling a sense of challenge, enjoyment and passion for learning
  • A curriculum, unique to each school, which suits the needs of its children in their local community
  • All children will be supported and encouraged to lead healthy and active lives; making sensible choices whilst respecting the views and attitudes of others

GLF values:

  • Appreciative of our children, students and their families
  • Commitment to excellent education for all
  • Friendly and caring
  • Positive and passionate in everything we do
  • Honest, open and keep our commitments

GLF Schools holds an ambitious vision for education. Its schools are committed to our core remit of providing an outstanding educational experience so that:

  • every child and student is highly valued and expected to achieve their full potential no matter what their socio-economic background
  • all children will enjoy their learning, attain high outcomes and be helped to become confident individuals and responsible citizens whilst making excellent progress
  • all children will benefit from an inclusive ethos, excellent teaching and a broad and balanced curriculum underpinned by strong leadership, in a local school
  • all children will be supported and encouraged to lead healthy and active lives, making sensible choices whilst respecting the views and attitudes of others
Plans for the Future

GLF Schools has a strategic plan which prioritises the improvement of outcomes for children and young people at all of our schools. We aim to consolidate each of our hubs to maximise the benefits of our school to school support model.

The challenge for the Board of Trustees is to ensure that our school improvement and back office functions remain successful as the Trust grows and within the context of the funding and recruitment challenges facing the education sector.

Role Summary
Number of Positions Advertised:  4
Role Title– Non-executive directors, one to be Chair of Audit & Risk committee
  • Chair
  • CFO
  • CEO/General Management
  • Risk
  • Growth
  • Data Analysis
  • Audit Committee Chair
  • Growth Management
  • Legal/Compliance
  • Corporate Governance
Role specification

Trustees will be responsible for overseeing growth and providing support and challenge. As the trust grows, the Board needs to retain a diverse range of skills and expertise.

The Board are seeking to appoint trustees with the following background/experience:

  1. Financial. Financial management is essential and the trust is looking for candidates who have the expertise to provide advice, oversight and scrutiny on matters relating to the trust's financial systems and reporting to take on the role of Chair of our Audit & Risk committee. Candidates must be ACA qualified and preferably have experience of working at one of the main accountancy firms.
  2. Commercial. The trust is also seeking to appoint a trustee with a strong business background, with significant commercial experience The trust would expect candidates to have worked at board level, within a fast changing environment.
  3. Property/estates. Candidates should have experience at a senior level in property or estates management with a large portfolio.
Person specification

All candidates should have experience at a senior manager or director level in the private, charity or public sector, and have been a member of a board.

 Time commitment

Approximately 4 -5 half days per year plus one full day in July annually.

Trust Website

Governance Structure

More information on the trust board and governance of GLF Schools can be found here.

Background on academy trusts

Academy schools, which are charities run independently of local authority control, now account for 68% of secondary schools and 22% 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.

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 organisation 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 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

Diversity is important to the trust, so they would welcome applications from under-represented groups.

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: Monday 17th April 2017
Interviews: TBC