Trustee Vacancy Information

We are currently seeking a member to join the board of Education Learning Trust, a trust of five schools, with an annual budget of c£23m.

As a trustee/director your key responsibilities will be to:

  • Ensure clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
  • Hold executive leaders to account – both for the educational performance of the organisation and its pupils and the effective and efficient performance management of staff
  • Oversee the organisation’s financial performance and ensure its funds are directed to the best possible educational outcomes for young people

By volunteering as a trustee/ director or member you will be responsible for contributing to the strategic decision-making of the board, helping the trust to realise immediate and long-term goals, and ultimately ensuring transparency, accountability and, challenge.

About Education Learning Trust (ELT)

Education Learning Trust is a growing multi-academy trust (MAT) based in Greater Manchester. ELT is primary / secondary trust,-comprising three primary and two secondary schools-with over 3500 pupils and 500 staff. The Trust is proud of its ethos to Collaborate, Empower and Achieve. The Trust has high aspirations for learners, both pupils and adults alike, to enable them to achieve their goals, reach their potential and become empowered citizens of the future. The Trust has income of circa £23m.

What the trust is looking for:

The Trust is looking to recruit a Member to join their board and support with safeguarding the Trust’s priorities, outcomes and governance. The ideal candidate should not have a background in the Education sector. Joining ELT will give you the chance to make a real difference to young people, give something back to school communities and use and develop your skills in a board-level environment.

Members are akin to shareholders, occupying a ‘eyes-on, hands-off’ approach to governance and holding the main Trust Board to account. They meet typically once or twice a year and are responsible for receiving the audited accounts, as well as possessing the power to amend the Trust’s Articles of Association.

What difference will you make?

Volunteering on an academy trust board is deeply rewarding as it allows you to impact the life chances of young people. Academy trusts support schools to give children a better future. For young people to have the best possible opportunities in later life, it’s vital we have individuals with the right expertise leading schools and holding executive teams accountable. Becoming a trustee is a fantastic opportunity to give back to your local community by strengthening education.

As well as looking for new opportunities to give something back to society, you may be looking for opportunities to build your experience in strategic decision-making at senior level or demonstrate your ability to perform in a non-executive position as part of a portfolio career.


All roles are pro bono

People from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Governing boards should represent the communities they serve, as well as wider society. We welcome interest from underrepresented groups to ensure academy trust boards are diverse in background, skillset, and thought.

Diversity is a powerful instrument for effective governance. Trustees are required to make choices that impact the daily lives of children, from school finance all the way through to staff and pupil recruitment. It’s essential that boards possess a broad set of beliefs, experiences, and ideas to inform their final judgements. We believe that true representation at board level enables all children to fulfil their potential.

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