Being a Trustee is a hugely rewarding role. Our Board of Trustees are all volunteers and come from a range of professional and educational backgrounds who contribute their expertise to the Board and the ongoing strategic development of the Trust and who share a commitment to making a difference to the students in our schools. Employees cannot be Trustees.

Trustees must:

  • Ensure that The Two Counties Trust complies with charity law, and with the requirements of the Education and Skills Funding Agency as regulator; in particular ensure that the charity prepares reports on what it has achieved and annual returns and accounts as required by law.
  • Ensure that The Two Counties Trust does not breach any of the requirements or rules set out in its governing document, funding agreement or the Academies Trust Handbook and that it remains true to the charitable purpose and objects set out there.
  • Comply with the requirements of other legislation and other regulators that govern the activities of The Two Counties Trust.
  • Act with integrity and avoid putting themselves in a position where their duty to the charity conflicts with their personal interests or loyalty to any other person or body.

The time commitment is four Board meetings a year, plus two half-day strategy days. We also ask our Trustees to join one committee which meets three times a year. You will need to be able to commit to attend these meetings, and be willing to act as a Link Trustee to one of our schools. Trust Board meetings are typically held at 4pm in Kirkby in Ashfield on a Thursday.

Being a Trustee offers lots of opportunities for professional development. All Trustees share a commitment to the mission and values of The Two Counties Trust and for the education and welfare of children and young people who attend our academies.

The Two Counties Trust

We exist to provide our students with opportunities and experiences to enhance their life choices, making a positive contribution to the world we share.

We have built a strong reputation, gained through striving for excellence in all that we do. We understand that families trust us each day with their child and every member of our Trust community is focused on serving the students in our care and doing whatever it takes to give them the best life choices when they leave us.

Our Trust has a strong track record of collaborative working, high quality central services and delivering impactful school improvement. The majority of our schools are now judged by Ofsted to be Good, with many moving to Good since joining our Trust. Our ambition is for all schools to be Good within three years of joining the Trust and most schools within our Trust to be Outstanding.

We are an ambitious Trust, but one which believes firmly in the importance of taking people with us on the journey. Our goal is to be the Trust of choice for students, families, and staff, ensuring that all students make good progress, realising our ambition to be in the top highest 20 performing Trusts nationally for student outcomes.

We are passionate about making a difference where it matters the most and all members of the Trust are committed to our values of Ambition, Teamwork and Honesty.

To find out more:

If you would like an informal discussion to explore the role of a Trustee in more detail please contact our Lead Governance Professional, Sarah Hand, via or visit our website for more information on governance at our Trust and the work we do:

How to apply

Please send your CV to our Lead Governance Professional, Sarah Hand via