Become an Trustee/Academy Councillor

Charitable organisations like ours cannot function without the time and support of a dedicated group of volunteers who help the executive team of the Trust ensure that the organisation runs effectively and achieves its core purpose.

Trustees and Academy Councillors are a key part of the Trust: they scrutinise and monitor the effectiveness of our organisation and its schools, holding staff to account for our performance and the impact we have on the lives of the children.

Our trustees define strategy, make important decisions about the operation of our organisation and hold our executive staff to account. They support with strategic decisions about corporate governance, finance, HR, premises management and educational improvement.

Academy Councillors (formally known as local governors) act as a body of people with local knowledge and understanding, acting as a ‘critical friend’ in challenging and questioning decisions made by the management of a particular school to ensure that all angles have been considered and that the decisions are in the best interests of the school and its community.

As well as the benefits to our organisation of having skilled people supporting us in our corporate governance, being a trustee or academy councillor is a rewarding and enjoyable role. Our volunteers come from all walks of life and being a trustee or local governor can help you meet new people, change things for the better, learn new skills or use your existing skills in a new context. It could be a way to build your CV, gain experience of management, to contribute something positive to society, or as a way to find out more about the not-for-profit sector before making a career change.

We do not currently have any vacancies for Trustees, but welcome enquiries from individuals who may be interested in becoming a Trustee in future. For more details about the role of trustee, please click on the document below. If you have further questions or would like an informal chat about the role of Trustee, please contact Karen Wood-Stones, Trust Governance Professional, on 01977 664555 or email

Trustee Recruitment Pack

Academy Councillors
We have vacancies for academy councillors across a number of our schools. Although we are happy to receive applications from anyone with an interest in education, we would particularly welcome applications from parents of children attending Trust schools, either to become a councillor at your own child's school, or to provide the viewpoint of a parent at a different Trust school.  For more details about the role of academy councillor, click on the document below. If you are interested in the role of academy councillor at one of our schools, please contact the headteacher or business manager at the school, who will be happy to explain more about being an governor and to help you complete the application form if needed.

Academy Councillor Recruitment Pack

To apply for the role of trustee or academy councillor, please complete the application form and send by email to or in hard copy to Northern Ambition Academies Trust, Crewe Road, Airedale, Castleford WF10 3JU. 

Application Form