Trustee Position

Non-Executive Director / Trustee Roles

The LEO Academy Trust based in South West London / Surrey seeks up to three non-executive directors / trustees to join its board. Board meetings are held in Worcester Park. However, during the pandemic, meetings were held on Google Meet and virtual attendance is also an option for the future when appropriate. This is a great opportunity for an ambitious individual, looking to take on a non-executive director role.


The Opportunity

LEO Academy Trust is a distinctive Multi Academy Trust, based in South West London & Surrey. We currently serve over 3500 pupils from across the London Borough of Sutton, with a further school from Surrey joining our Trust in January 2022. Our Trust was formed in 2015. Since then, we have developed a self-improving network of great learning communities formed from seven primary schools, supported by a range of hubs of excellence, providing endless opportunities for our pupils, staff and the local communities we are part of.

We recognise the importance of placing our pupils at the centre of everything we do and for preparing them for progression into secondary or higher education, and employment.

The trust serves a broad spectrum of children and families across six (soon to be seven) academies. We have over 450 staff and manage a budget of around £20 million.

The trust feels it has reached a turning point in our current growth and development, and is now seeking additional forward thinking and dynamic non-executive directors / trustees with the expertise sought to join them in shaping the next phase of our development.

The board seeks up to three strategic business and /or education leaders with executive level experience in:

  • Business (mergers & acquisitions and / or change management)

  • Education (within a multi academy trust, an educational charity or school improvement organisation)  

  • Digital (EdTech, Digital Transformation and / or Cyber Security)

Throughout your term of office (typically 4 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:

  1. High Quality Education – Following the COVID-19 pandemic, the trust aims to ensure the needs of all children are met through Quality First Teaching, effective pastoral support and excellent learning facilities, with an ongoing focus on pupil and staff well-being. In pursuit of this, the trust will also prioritise the recruitment, development and retention of high quality staff as it works to secure Employer of Choice status.
  2. Growth and Development – The trust is still expanding and is in the process of establishing targets for all aspects of growth, including how much growth the trust can support whilst protecting the local community and staying true to their ethos and maintaining accountability.
  3. Governance Review – The trust has performed a thorough review of governance at all levels. The Trust aims to ‘stop, think, review, reset’ its structures to ensure good balances between local and executive accountability, and the effectiveness of links between local governance, partnerships and board.

What’s Involved?

Board governance in education is a strategic, ‘eyes on, hands off’ commitment which at LEO Academy Trust involves, on average 8-10 hours per month. 

The Board meets up to 7 times per year which includes the AGM.  In addition, the board operates three sub committees; Finance, People and Education which each meet 3 times a year and the successful candidate would also be expected to join one of these sub committees. 

Board meetings  usually start at 8am, preferably face-to-face.  In addition there are 3 strategy days per year, plus ad hoc training (usually via virtual means) and school visits and attendance at trust events.

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

All roles are pro bono.

The Trust welcomes all applications and is keen to involve people of all ages and cultural backgrounds and strongly encourages applications from under-represented groups and from all sections of the communities served.

What Next?

Please complete the application form now to be considered for the role. If you are unable to access the form please email the Trust’s Director of Governance and Compliance, Diane Rowsome -

The Trust website is here  

A full trust specification is available here