Brunel Academies

Non-Executive Director/Trustee Vacancy

Are you a board-level professional looking for an opportunity to make a significant impact on the educational experience of our future generations?

Brunel Academies Trust (Brunel), together with its subsidiary company Brunel Education (BE) is a 0 - 25 multi-academy trust (MAT) specialising in the Special Education and Primary Education sectors. The organisation has the experience, skills and expertise to focus on Primary and Special Education enabling the development of diverse quality provisions while maintaining high standards and performance which will improve the life chances and outcomes of all children and young people, including those with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND). Brunel and BE work in partnership with their charitable partner, Uplands Enterprise Trust (UET).

The Brunel Academies Trust and Brunel Education Boards are looking to bring the expertise of senior leaders in the business world, public sector or the professions in order to raise standards of education and improve the life chances of children and young people.

The role of Trustee in education is a strategic commitment which typically involves attending six board meetings per year; between 10 and 16 hours time per month. You will attend full board meetings and sit on a relevant committee.

All roles are pro bono

People from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

What next?

Please register your interest with the Clerk to the Board of Trustees at to be considered for the role. 

Deadline Date:  September 2022

Safeguarding Statement:

Brunel/BE are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We particularly welcome applications from under represented groups including ethnicity, gender, transgender, age, disability, sexual orientation or religion.

Our Shared Vision

Brunel and BE’s shared vision is to be an exceptional creative education family opening doors, opening minds and changing lives through a “boutique” MAT which values and recognises the need for each Education Provision (EP) to be creative and unique to ensure they meet the individual needs of all children and young people.

Each of our EPs are committed to the Brunel/BE Vision and Mission, having firmly embedded the core values and principles in all they do.

Our Vision

To be an exceptional creative education family opening doors, opening minds and changing lives.

Our Mission 

We will significantly improve life chances & outcomes for all children & young people:

  • Exceptional Educational
  • Exceptional People
  • Exceptional Practice
  • Exceptional Strategy 

Our Values

The Vision and Mission are underpinned by the shared core values:

  • Aspiration
  • Integrity
  • Inclusion

Aspiration for all is underpinned by absolute integrity resulting in true inclusion for all

Person Description

Brunel Academies Trust and Brunel Education are seeking business leaders with board-level experience in any of the following areas:

  • human resources
  • legal/compliance
  • finance at CFO level (with accountancy qualifications)
  • strategic leadership
  • growth/change management
  • corporate governance
  • IT/digital transformation
  • estates/facilities management
  • branding/marketing
  • education leadership

By working together, inspirational educationalists and talented business leaders can provide a better future for the next generation. Improving the life chances of young people, particularly the disadvantaged, is critical to the UK’s social and economic success.

The key functions of the board are:

  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
  • Holding executive leaders to account for the educational performance of the organisation and its children and young people, 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
  • Ensuring the voices of stakeholders are heard

Volunteering on an academy trust board is deeply rewarding because there is no more important social mission than improving the life chances of young people. In this role you will be responsible for making decisions that directly impacts the prosperity of the next generation and beyond.

Brunel Academies Trust and Brunel Education are charitable bodies which support our unique Education Provisions to give all children and young people a better future. For children and young people to have the best possible opportunities in later life, it’s vital that we have individuals with the right expertise leading schools, holding executive teams accountable. Becoming a Trustee is a fantastic opportunity to give back and impact your local community, by strengthening education.

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