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Join Our Trust Board

Become a Trustee

Join our Board

Being a Trustee is a hugely rewarding form of voluntary work. Trustees make a real difference to our pupils, and our local community by actively contributing to the success of our schools.

We are looking for people with new ideas and a fresh perspective to join our board. As strategic leaders of the academy trust, it is vital that the Trust Board is connected with, and engages, the communities and stakeholders it serves.

We would like to hear from people with a range of skills and experiences. In particular, we are interested in diversifying our board and would welcome applications from people with experience in:

  • Strategic educational leadership
  • Audit and financial management
  • Corporate governance
  • Legal/compliance
  • Human resources

The strength of a Board of Trustees lies in the talents and commitment of its individual members, and in their ability to work together as a team.

What do Trustees do?

Trustees are responsible for:

  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos, and strategic direction
  • Holding executive leaders to account for the educational and financial performance
  • Responsible for maintaining stability and the management of a dynamic structure
  • Contributing to financial planning for sustainability and potential growth

The Trust Board meets once per term – three meetings per year. There are also three sub-committees that specialise in Finance and Resources, Education and Safeguarding and Pay and Performance. If you choose to join the Trust Board of an educational organisation, you are directly contributing to the future success of thousands of children.

Connect Education Trust is a charity and company limited by guarantee, overseen by a Board of Trustees. The Trust Board is responsible for ensuring the Trust meets its statutory obligations and sets the strategic direction for an organisation that comprises approximately 3,500 children and over 500 staff.

Of course, it’s a hugely rewarding form of voluntary work, but being part of a multi-academy Trust Board could also be good for you knowing you are part of creating remarkable futures for our pupils and people.

A force for change

If you’re passionate about education, then becoming a board member is a great opportunity to drive change in this sector. The Board of Trustees is responsible for setting the Trust’s vision, ethos and strategic direction. A rewarding and valuable role, our Trustees are also responsible for:

  • Holding executive leaders to account for educational and financial performance
  • Maintaining stability and the management of a dynamic structure
  • Contributing to financial planning for sustainability and potential growth

Connect Education Trust is looking for people to join its Board of Trustees. If you’d like to know more about the role and how you can apply please contact

Who is eligible to apply?

Candidates for this role should be able to demonstrate experience at a senior manager/director level in the private, charity, or public sector to bring depth of knowledge, critical challenge, and scrutiny.

You should live within a reasonable distance of the Trust and/or have a link to the region. Please also be aware that all Trustees are subject to a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.