Trustee Opportunity

We are now seeking to appoint talented and committed new trustees to complement an experienced Board.  The Board of Trustees is the governing Board of the Trust, responsible to its members for all aspects of the Trust’s work, including the educational quality and outcomes and the finance and business aspect of the Trust.  Trustees – or non-executive directors – are volunteers and both charity trustees and company directors of the academy trust; the role is to hold to account the executive and senior leadership team.

This presents an opportunity to take on a formal charitable role, and to contribute to the development and strategic vision of this nationally well-regarded and growing Trust.

We are keen to receive expressions of interest from people who demonstrate:

• A commitment to the Church of England ethos of the Trust
• An understanding of the Nolan principles of Public Life–2
• A strong interest in the education and well-being of children and young people

As the Trust is keen to bring additional skills to its Board, we are particularly interested to hear from people who can also demonstrate one or more of the following:

• Experience at senior or board level in a private, public or voluntary organisation
• Finance or accountancy expertise
• Leadership experience in the education sector
• Knowledge of charity law

The Board has a very collaborative approach and successful candidates will want to be part of a highly committed team.  Appointments are initially for four years, with the opportunity for re-appointment. Trustees are unpaid roles, but will provide you with a great deal of experience and satisfaction and the chance to shape, support and contribute your ideas and knowledge to a meaningful organisation.  All out of pocket expenses are reimbursed and training is provided.  Time commitment is approximately 12 meetings per year for board meetings and meetings of sub-committees of which they are members, as well as attendance at training/development seminars.  Most meetings are in the evening but some may be in the school day.

For more information or an informal exploratory conversation, please contact the Trust via the Clerk to the Board, Maria Campbell on [email protected].  To apply, please submit a cv and short covering letter explaining why you are interested and what you feel you could contribute to Maria Campbell by 12 noon on 27 February.

The Tenax Schools Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and all appointments are subject to relevant vetting checks.

The Tenax Schools Trust is a Church of England multi academy trust (MAT) which currently operates 7 open schools across Kent and East Sussex.  The Trust has grown rapidly over the past two years, and includes an open free school, a further approved free school, and a large secondary school. This is an exciting time for the Trust as it is likely to continue to grow and has several schools who wish to join in the near future.  The Trust also operates a SCITT (school centred initial teacher training facility), and includes a Teaching School and National Support School.  It has an annual turnover currently of about £13m.  It is led by CEO Ian Bauckham CBE. More information about the Trust and its governance structures is available on the Trust website at