Join as a Trustee

We are seeking trustees to help guide and develop the trust. 

If you are interested in improving the lives of young people in Kingston and Richmond, and have a few hours to spare, you could be instrumental in determining the future direction of the trust.

We particularly need trustees with experience in the following fields:

  • Human resources
  • Change management
  • Finance
  • Legal

For full details of the roles, and how to get involved, please click on the tab below.

Role Summary

  • Trustee/Non-Executive Director

    Trustees, or non-executive directors, are both charity trustees and company directors of the academy trust. The core functions of their role are: ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction; holding executive leaders to account for the educational and financial performance of a charitable company funded by the public purse.

    The board of trustees manages the business of the academy trust and may Exercise all the powers of the trust in compliance with its charitable objects, company and charity law.
    In the interests of safeguarding and in accordance with DfE requirements, all Trustee appointments will be subject to an enhanced disclosure and barring service check.

  • Person specification:

    Every trustee is expected to abide by the trust’s code of conduct and the Seven principles of public life set out by Lord Nolan:

    ● Selflessness ● Integrity ● Objectivity ● Accountability ● Openness ● Honesty ● Leadership

A competency framework for governance (DfE) 2017 details the knowledge, skills and behaviours required for effective governance The trust seeks a skilled, knowledgeable and experienced professional to bring a depth of understanding and awareness to its board operations. Ideally with a proven Record operating at a multi-site organisation with budgetary responsibility, the individual will be comfortable challenging the executive and holding senior leaders to account. The skill set outlined would be most welcomed, but ECED is keen to hear from anyone with a passion and commitment to education, and the willingness/capacity to help drive an ambitious strategy. The board also wishes to ensure it represents the diverse communities that it serves.

  • Essential:   Finance, Legal, HR, Change management
  • Desirable:  Branding/marketing, Corporate governance, Growth management, Education experience
  • Time commitment: Seven hours /month minimum. Three board meetings and one Members General Meeting per year, with one Committee membership in addition, with three meetings per year. Meetings are held online using Google meet and also on site at the trust’s schools on a rolling basis.


Please email the ECED Company Secretary -

Click here to complete the expression of interest form.