We are currently seeking trustees to join the board of Success Academy Trust, a trust of four schools, with an annual budget of £10.5 million.

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 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 Success Academy Trust

Success Academy Trust is a multi academy trust providing learning for children and young people aged from two to 16 years, including primary and secondary schools as well as pre-schools. The Trust focuses on improving school performance, while building leadership and character together.

The Trust is passionate about the power of leadership and character development to maximise life chances, to build wellbeing and confidence, and to equip young people, whatever their background, ability, interest or need, to make a positive difference in their local community and beyond. The Trust believes that alongside great academic results, this focus ensures that children will grow to shape the world around them, to make it a fairer, kinder and better place to live in. The Trust believe that their focus on Building Leadership and Character together for both children and adults makes us a special place to work and to learn.

The Trust’s requirements

HR link Trustee:

  • The ideal candidate will have senior experience within HR or employment law.
  • Experience of working within organisations with complex staffing structures.
  • Experience or knowledge of mergers and/or acquisitions is not essential but would be beneficial.
  • Scrutiny to ensure the Trust policies are compliant
  • Experience around professional development and talent management would also be beneficial.

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.

Useful information – about the trust

Trust website: https://successat.org.uk/

Companies House information: https://find-and-update.company-information.service.gov.uk/company/08135389

Get Information About Schools: https://get-information-schools.service.gov.uk/Groups/Group/Details/16350


Useful information – academy trust governance

Academy Trust Handbook: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/media/64a52424c531eb000c64fe78/ATH_2023_FINAL_040723__digital__tracking_off.pdf

Academy trust governance guide – https://www.gov.uk/guidance/-governance-in-academy-trusts