Become a (Non-Executive) Director

Forward Education Trust is looking for committed and skilled people to join our Board of (Non-Executive) Directors (Trustees).

As Directors of a charitable Trust, our Board of Trustees ensure that they comply with charity and company law.  The Board is also accountable in law and to Ofsted for the Trust’s performance.

As set out in the Articles of Association, the Board has up to 9 Trustees appointed by the Members; the Trustees may also co-opt additional Trustees to the Board. The Board is chaired by Kate Canty. 

The Board of Trustees meets four times per year.  As well as attending Board meetings, every Trustee is expected to sit on at least one of the Education; Audit, Risk and Finance or HR and Pay Committee.  Both the Education Committee and Audit, Risk and Finance Committee meet five times per year, and the HR and Pay Committee meets once per term.

In addition, each Trustee is linked to one of the schools or a member of the Trust Central Executive team and is expected to carry out link Trustee visits to inform their understanding of practice ‘on the ground’ and support them in providing appropriate support and challenge. 

All Members, Trustees and LAC Members must adhere to the Seven Principles of Public Life (the Nolan Principles)

  1. Selflessness
  2. Integrity
  3. Objectivity
  4. Accountability
  5. Openness
  6. Honesty
  7. Leadership

For full details of the governance structure, role of a (Non-Executive) Trustee and commitment expected, please see the Governance Charter below:

If you would like further information, please contact Emma Arnott, Director of Governance and Development: