Jul 292020

2 Non-Executive directors - River Tees Multi-Academy Trust (RTMAT)

Branding/Marketing | Communications | Human Resources
Deadline date: 28th August 2020

River Tees Multi-Academy Trust seeks two new non-executive directors with experience of HR and Marketing/Communications to join its board. The trust was created from a base of three Alternative Provision (AP) schools in Middlesbrough, a town with significant levels of deprivation. It has since expanded with a further Alternative Provision school in Gateshead, which joined the trust in January 2018 and the trust has further expansion plans. Board meetings are held at Sulby Avenue, Middlesbrough although some meetings will be held virtually.

About the trust

At River Tees Multi Academy Trust, learning is at the centre of everything that is achieved. It is recognised that each learner requires a unique setting and support programme to help them back into either mainstream education or a specialised educational setting.

The trust believes that Alternative Provision (AP) should give every learner the chance to be the best that they can be. It believes that this is achieved through the removal of barriers to learning and the delivery of personalised programmes which lead to valued and valid qualifications.

Currently the trust has four Alternative Provision academies across the North East and an extensive Home and Hospital Teaching Service in Middlesbrough which includes provision at a Tier Four Mental Health Adolescent Hospital.

Trust ethos & values

River Tees Multi-Academy Trust is dedicated to providing high quality education through an innovative structure, so that vulnerable students have access to advanced and energising centres of learning. They are supported to develop the lively and enquiring minds of young people, whilst ensuring that they feel safe and valued in an inclusive environment. The ethos of inclusion is central to all of the work of the trust in helping young people to achieve aims and ambitions.

The trust recognises four key priorities:

  1. High Aspirations
  2. Effective Intervention
  3. Removing Barriers
  4. Outstanding Outcomes

Plans for the Future

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

  1. Post-Covid 19 recovery – ensuring the trust responds to, and recovers from, the challenges of Covid-19;
  2. Strong governance – developing and strengthening governance from outside the education sector by identifying strong trustees, able to contribute to the effective and robust management of the trust;
  3. Senior Leadership – backfilling senior leadership roles to enable these individuals to be released, enabling them to focus resource on improving failing schools;
  4. Growth - sustained and substantial growth of the trust while maintaining high standards and vision.

​As the trust embeds its vision and expands, it will further develop its relationships with other similar organisations in the North East. Its aim is to engage with other Ofsted ‘Good’ schools, and eventually welcome them into the trust as partners. This will enrich each organisation and strengthen the trust’s ability to support similar schools facing challenges.

Role Summary

Number of Positions Advertised: 2

Trustee/Non-Executive Director

Trustees – or non-executive directors - are both charity trustees and company directors of the academy trust. The core functions of their role are: ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction; holding executive leaders to account for the educational and financial performance of a charitable company funded by the public purse.

The board of trustees manages the business of the academy trust and may exercise all the powers of the trust in compliance with its charitable objects, company and charity law.

In the interests of safeguarding, all trustee appointments would be subject to an enhanced disclosure and barring service check.

Person specification

Every trustee is expected to abide by the trust’s code of conduct and the seven principles of public life set out by Lord Nolan: selflessness, integrity, objectivity, accountability, openness, honesty and leadership.

The Competency Framework for Governance (DfE) 2017 details the knowledge, skills and behaviours required for effective governance.

The strategic expertise required for this role includes:


  • Marketing/ Communications OR
  • HR


  • Risk
  • Change management
  • Growth management
  • Corporate Governance
  • Education leadership

Role 1 – Marketing/Communications: For this role, the trust seeks someone with senior experience in a marketing background, to help strategically guide the trust in further raising its profile. Whilst previous experience as a trustee may be useful it is not essential. Evidence of senior leadership positions in complex, multi-site organisations, driving strategy and with a demonstrable track record in charity/corporate governance is highly sought.

Role 2 – HR: The trust is looking for an individual with a background in the field of HR – it is desirable for candidates to possess a knowledge of, or prior experience in, teaching and learning and/or an education leadership context.

The trust is interested in speaking to any candidates with experience across a variety of business sectors, in particular with knowledge of growth in a non-profit setting. While it is acknowledged that not all candidates will possess all essential and desirable skills, it would be advantageous to identify an individual with experience of sustaining quality during growth across a number of establishments, including organisations requiring improvements to outcomes.

For both roles, the trust requires strategic thinkers with excellent communication skills, who are forward-thinking and embrace change.

The trust is seeking individuals able to actively and support its ‘inclusion ethos’, reflecting the belief that all young people can achieve, given the opportunity to feel included in, and empowered by, the learning environment.

Time commitment

Six hours per month.

Location of board meeting and trust website

Trust board meetings are held at Sulby Avenue, Pallister Park, Middlesbrough, TS3 8RD. In the immediate future, virtual and remote meetings will be held.


Governance Structure


Background on academy trusts

Academy schools, which are charities run independently of local authority control, now account for 74% of secondary schools and 31% 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 832 multi academy trusts of 3+ 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.

“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 focussed on the key strategic issues which are conducted with humility, good judgement, resilience and determination.” Source: Governance Handbook, Department for Education (2019)

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 www.academyambassadors.org.

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 August, 2020

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