The skills required for NED roles

Board roles are available for a range of senior leaders from those seeking their first board-level experience through to those already holding a commercial non-executive director portfolio. The non-executive director role offers opportunities for accountants, lawyers, marketing professionals, HR directors, change managers and a range of other skilled leaders.

A diverse range of board-level skills is required to oversee the complexity of multi-academy trust governance. The trust will seek to use your skills and experiences together with those of other board members to build a fully-rounded board.

Corporate and public sector leaders
• ensure the design of governance structures and processes are appropriate for the scale and complexity of the organisation

Business leaders and entrepreneurs
• are highly effective at managing risk
• bring expertise of turnaround or mergers and acquisitions to drive change

Finance professionals and CFOs
• drive efficiencies and align budgets to the trust’s improvement priorities
• have financial strategic planning skills and experience in working with regulators

Human resource directors
• bring expertise in change management and engaging both staff and stakeholders
• understand personnel risks such as TUPE, recruitment and retention

Legal professionals
• can summarise large quantities of information and identify the most salient points to bring to the board’s attention
• are familiar with the regulatory environment in areas such as employment and health and safety

IT and estates and property experts
• bring expert scrutiny to complex contract management, facilities management and maintenance of the trust’s estate
• secure efficiencies in IT procurement and multi academy trust-wide systems integration

Marketing and PR professionals
• help to engage stakeholders during times of change or crisis
• are ambassadors for the trust to parents, other schools and the wider community