How to become an ACE Director

Directors “should have the skills and attributes to:

  • constantly focus on what’s best for the Trust and pupils by challenging in a constructive manner, asking probing questions and visualising the strategic picture, in terms of both the MAT and the academies within it
  • understand and effectively carry out their roles, responsibilities and accountabilities, with the ability to take risks and consider dynamic and innovative options
  • measure and lead school improvement and drive the necessary changes
  • understand the financial and the business elements of leading a MAT, as well as the legal aspects of the role and how the Trust and the business work
  • work as part of a team and accept shared responsibility and accountability, as well as undertaking frequent self-evaluation in order to remain effective
  • act with a strong moral purpose, integrity and honesty, and as an advocate for the MAT’s values, ethos and philosophy
  • express disagreement in a rational and professional manner
  • adopt an entrepreneurial mind-set in order to see and make the most of opportunities that are outside the day-to-day practices of the MAT or academy
  • be innovative, creative and open-minded by engaging in futures thinking and ‘horizon scanning’
  • ensure that they have the commitment and stamina to drive forward the MAT, as well as the will to abandon the ‘good’ in order to find the ‘outstanding’” [1]

ACE MAT Directors support the Executive Principal and Leadership Team in delivering the strategic vision of the Trust. They review strategic plans; ensure the operation of the Trust complies with its legal requirements and delivers a high quality curriculum, using resources efficiently and effectively, to deliver outstanding education and outcomes for its pupils and communities. Trustees meet twice a term. 

The key responsibilities of Directors include: 

  1. ensuring the quality of educational provision

  2. challenging and monitoring the performance of the Trust and its leaders

  3. ensuring excellent financial management and probity

  4. supporting the leadership in management of staff 

Directors are talented individuals who have the ability to work strategically and have experience of leadership at senior management or director level.

Responsibilities of a Director

  • Duty of Compliance
  • Duty of Prudence
  • Duty of Care
  • Duty to act within powers
  • Duty to promote success of the Trust
  • Duty to exercise independent judgement
  • Duty to exercise reasonable care, skill and diligence
  • Duty to avoid conflicts of interest
  • Duty not to accept benefits from third parties
  • Duty to declare an interest in a proposed transaction or arrangement. [2]

ACE MAT has the following Directors:

  • up to 6 Directors, appointed under by Members

  • up to 4 LGB Chairs

  • the Executive Principal

  • a minimum of 2 Parent Directors, if not appointed by Local Area Boards

    ACE MAT may also have Directors co-opted onto the Board by other Directors. The total number of Directors (including the Executive Principal) must not include more than one third who are employees of the Trust.

If you are interested in becoming a Director of ACE MAT, please send a pen portrait/CV and covering letter to the Company Secretary.[3]


[1] National College for Teaching and Leadership, “Governance in multi-academy trusts”

[2] Browne Jacobson LLP

[3] ACE MAT Articles of Association