Advantage Schools in Bedford

Job Posted: 11 January 2022 By Next Up

We are looking for a new Chair of the Board of Governors

Salary: Unremunerated


The Chair of the Board will work alongside eight talented non-executive Directors, a nationally acclaimed CEO and his team to ensure the Trust’s ambition is realised.

The Chair will have a duty to ensure the extensive future network of schools have the best academic curriculum available, with the Trust being recognised as a sector leader with influence across the education sector. They will do this through adopting and promoting the Nolan Principles of Standards in public life and setting an example to the sector in the manner in which is transparent, open, ethical and fair.

Working closely with the CEO to provide robust support and challenge, through both formal and informal appraisal, as Chair you will use your substantial experience of strategic leadership to apprise plans and encourage innovation.

You will be both leader of the Board, and external ambassador; raising the profile of Advantage Schools with potential future partners, funders, regulators and stakeholders.

For further details including the timeline for appointment of the Chair:

If you think you might be interested, please contact:

Clare Connor, Recruitment Consultant, Peridot Partners

Direct line: 0161 408 0703


Skills required:

As the Chair of Advantage Schools you will bring talent and experience which will enable the Trust to grow strategically and sensibly.

You will use your experience of Non-Executive Board exposure to support the development of the Trust’s governance structures and encourage accountability and success in each of the schools. It is expected they will continue to develop appropriate systems for the Board of Directors to be apprised of developments and enable strategic discussions and planning, which the Chair will be very much involved in.

You will have experience of leadership in a complex organisation, a track record in organisational development and the ability to act as an influential ambassador for Advantage Schools.

Ultimately, they require a Chair who is attracted by their ambitious plans and wants to be part of an education system which aims to offer the sector best practice and influence it right across the country.

The time commitment for the Chair is expected to be around four days per month.


About the organisation:

Advantage Schools is an excellent school trust with ambitious plans for growth. Performance is good, as are the finances. It is because of this that the Trust is ideally positioned for growth and the Chair will need to foster the ambition of the whole organisation and support the CEO and Board through this period of expansion.

Advantage Schools believes in social mobility through academic rigour and support for children, and they do not compromise on quality. They believe they have a model which, through planned growth, can influence the education sector and will see their School Trust being recognised as sector leaders and innovators.

For full details about Advantage Schools and the role of Chair:

Contact email:

How to apply

Do you think this role could be next for you? Just send your CV and introductory letter to the contact email address above.


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