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Head of Governance & Trust Secretary

New College Durham Academies TrustCounty Durham

New College Durham Academies Trust (NCDAT) is seeking to appoint an exceptional, highly aspirational individual with a strong, proven track record of Governance to join us as our Head of Governance & Trust Secretary. 

We currently have two secondary Academies housed in state-of-the-art facilities located in Stanley and Consett in North West Durham, where everyone matters equally. We are keen to grow the Trust and this role will be integral in our expansion plans.  

Head of Governance & Trust Secretary - 37 hpw – Term Time Only + 2 weeks       

£45,861 - £51,096 pa whole time equivalent (£42,320 - £46,920 reflects actual salary)

The primary purpose of the Head of Governance & Trust Secretary is to steward effective governance of New College Durham Academies Trust.     

This is a strategic leadership position responsible for monitoring compliance with regulatory requirements, whilst consolidating local arrangements that provide robust challenge and support for our academies.

Reporting directly to the Chair of NCDAT, the postholder will be the lead in the Trust for ensuring high standards of governance, including the smooth and efficient administration of the Trust Board and its Committees, as well providing independent advice on governance process and practice. They will oversee compliance with regulatory and legislative requirements, ensure the Board’s decisions are acted upon, are in accordance with the Memorandum and Articles of Association, and continue to provide public benefit. 

At academy level, the postholder will be proactive and creative in identifying where governance is working well but also where interventions may be required. They will build strong relationships with the Chief Executive Officer, Principals, Chief Operating Officer and Chairs & Vice Chairs of NCDAT’s Trust Board, ensuring governance at each Academy is fully ‘Ofsted-ready’. As the Trust’s Governance and Policy expert, the postholder will design and roll-out a professional governor training programme, and also lead on governor recruitment and retention, with a licence to be innovative in attracting high calibre volunteers.

This is a role with several dual elements: the need to provide strategic leadership as well as operational management; to be innovative and creative in developing system-leading governance for NCDAT, whilst also ensuring statutory and regulatory requirements continue to be met; to be an expert on the theory and approach to governance with the ability to implement and safeguard high standards of challenge and support; and to be equally comfortable operating at central as well as local level whilst ensuring all elements of governance combine to support driving improvements in standards across the Trust.

To arrange an informal and confidential conversation / virtual meeting about this post with the Chair of the Academies Trust Board, Mr Karl Fairley, please email Lyndsay Jordan at  or tel: 0191 375 4002, to arrange a mutually convenient time.

Interested?  Candidate information packs are available on TES or via  Please submit your completed application via email to   CVs will not be accepted.

Closing date for applications is: Midday, Monday 20 September 2021

Interviews will be held week beginning: Monday 27 September 2021

New College Durham Academies Trust recognises that it has a statutory and moral duty towards safeguarding the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.  An enhanced DBS is required for this post and references will be taken up prior to interview.

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