Why recruit non-executive directors?

Governance is ever more important and requires a high-calibre board in a system where funding, accountability and control are devolved to trusts. The Department for Education, Regional Schools Commissioners and Education and Skills Funding Agency have high expectations. Trusts therefore need to have the right people with the right skills around the board table to provide challenge and scrutiny, guidance and support.

It is vital for trusts to grow and change and this requires a regular refresh of board membership. Newly formed and small multi-academy trusts outgrow their legacy membership and growing multi-academy trusts must continually develop in order to ensure the board has an evidence-based strategy, drives financial efficiencies and holds the trust’s executives to account.

Chairs and chief executives increasingly recognise the benefits of acquiring external, independent expertise in order to steer their trust as it develops.

Our free, bespoke recruitment service pairs an expert, senior Regional Adviser with every multi-academy trust to refine the role and shortlist only the best candidates for the trust.

Find out more about how to recruit non-executive directors, whether your trust is eligible and download our free Guide to Recruiting

​​“We approached Academy Ambassadors to recruit three trustee directors with specific experience in HR, safeguarding, due diligence and strategy. We are now in the position, thanks to their help, of having a board of directors and support that would not be out of place for a listed company.”

David Tait, Chair, The Bridge Trust, London 

The Academy Ambassadors Programme Guide to Recruiting provides more detail on the specific skills and experiences non-executives can bring linked to the trusts's stage of growth and development and the trusts 3-year plan. Download your free copy here. 

In a survey of 101 trusts, 97% of those that had used the Academy Ambassadors Programme said they would use the service again.

Most trusts return to the Academy Ambassadors Programme because of the quality and the differentiated skillsets of the candidates.