Trustee at Diocese of Salisbury Academy Trust

Wiltshire, Salisbury
14 Jan 2022
11 Feb 2022
JN -012022-4683
Job role
Contract type
Part time
Experience level

Volunteering on an academy trust board offers you a chance to test your leadership skills in a new setting. Academy trusts seek business leaders and professionals who can apply their skills and expertise by offering strategic oversight to the challenges and opportunities faced across education. Diocese of Salisbury Academy Trust seeks to appoint three trustees with experience in HR, Business Development, Digital Transformation or PR/Branding to the board. Meetings are held at SP2 0FG when safe to do so, but are currently held virtually.

The Academy Ambassadors programme brings the expertise of the business world onto boards at single-academy and multi-academy trusts (SATs and MATs). Academy trusts exist to improve the outcomes of young people; at the highest levels of governance, they need highly skilled individuals with a variety of experiences to hold executive leadership teams to account. Insights from a wide-range of backgrounds ensure that boards are able to make informed choices on decisions that impact the lives of children and staff.

The Academy Ambassadors Programme is funded by the Department for Education, to match senior business leaders with academy trusts looking to strengthen their boards. By working together, inspirational educationalists and talented business leaders can provide a better future for the next generation.

The opportunity

The Diocese of Salisbury Academy Trust (DSAT) was established at the end of 2013 to provide a home for schools within the Diocese of Salisbury who wanted to convert to academy status. DSAT consists of 18 schools with 3,313 pupils 21% of these pupils receive free school meals and 20% have special educational needs. The trust has 800 staff and a budget of 18 million. DSAT works in dynamic and strategic partnership with the Diocesan Board of Education to transform provision and outcomes for the children in their care and provides an opportunity for schools to convert to academy status in a way that is different to many academy trusts:

  • Individual schools that can thrive in their own context and in line with their own vision and values;
  • A home for church schools committed to maintaining their Christian distinctiveness and values;
  • A home for schools without a Christian foundation, who are wanting to work with the trust in partnership to secure better outcomes for children;
  • A dynamic collaboration, working in conjunction with a range of partners, to deliver tailored programmes of school improvement that will meet the needs of each academy;
  • Services are provided to academies that will support improvements to teaching and learning, allowing schools to focus on their core business rather than being distracted by academy business;
  • The flexibility to engage with schools where they are on their journey and to adapt to their specific circumstances

The board seeks three business leaders with board level experience in:

  • Human Resources or
  • Business Growth/management or
  • Digital Transformation/Cyber Security/Data Protection or
  • Marketing and PR

Throughout your term of office (typically four years, but this may vary between trusts), you will be an active contributor to key board decisions. Specifically, in the next 12 - 24 months the trust's key focus areas will be:

  • To ensure Covid recovery.
  • For every child to attend an excellent school, through effective delivery of the Trust Improvement Model
  • To inspire children with an ambitious, well designed and well sequenced curriculum.
  • For leaders and staff at every level to be empowered and supported towards career progression.


What's involved?

Board governance in education is a strategic, 'eyes on, hands off' commitment which at DSAT typically involves attending six board meetings per year, as well as subcommittee meetings amounting to approximately six hours' time per month.

You will be responsible for:

  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
  • Holding executive leaders to account for the educational performance of the organisation and its pupils, and the effective and efficient performance management of staff; and
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the organisation and making sure its money is well spent

As an Academy Ambassador, you will join our ambassador network which provides resources, guidance, networking events and webinars to support you in your role.

All roles are pro bono.

The Academy Ambassadors Programme is committed to supporting boards with inclusive recruitment practices, and we actively encourage applications from individuals from diverse backgrounds.

What next?

Please register your interest now to be considered for the role.

When you select the option to Apply you will be redirected to the Academy Ambassadors webpage where you will find a full role specification with more details of the opportunity and the trust, including details of how to apply for the position.

Please be aware the closing date may change if we have received sufficient applications.