Become a local board member

Could you be the link between your local community and its academy?

Support us by becoming a Local Board member at one of our academies and help make a difference to the quality of education for young people in Sussex.

Maintaining close links with our academies communities is important to us so each academy has a Local Board that works closely with its senior leadership team and provides a vital link to the trust’s Board of Trustees.

Why become a Local Board member?

As a Local Board member you’ll act as the link between your academy and its community, while developing your skills in a new environment that will benefit you professionally and personally.

Volunteer with us to help your local academy:

  • shape their vision and future strategy
  • communicate effectively with parents and carers
  • monitor pupil wellbeing, admissions, complaints and concerns
  • make a positive impact on young people’s lives and your local community
  • help resolve issues that you feel passionate about.

You will spend time at meetings, completing background reading and conducting visits to the academy. This is a voluntary role, so we’ll provide you with free training and all the support you’ll need including an ;induction pack, face-to-face training and 'Learning link' a nationally recognised governance training package. We also hold an annual Governance Development Conference which helps Local Board members explore best practice and offers workshops on essential roles and responsibilities.


I volunteered because I wanted to put something back into the academy. I enjoy seeing the children flourish and enjoy their environment

Paul Taylor, Local Board, Robsack Wood Primary Academy
What does a Local Board member do?

Our Local Board members are involved in many aspects of the strategic leadership of an academy. For example, you will contribute to discussions on the academy’s strategic direction; ensure the academy develops and maintains strong links with its local community; ensure that there is effective communication with parents/carers and other stakeholders; oversee pupil wellbeing and serve on academy and trust panels.

Local Board members also have the opportunity to contribute more widely to the strategic leadership of the University of Brighton Academies Trust by joining one of the Board of Trustees’ committees.

Local Board members include a mix of people from the local community. They work alongside elected parent and staff representatives, and the academy’s Principal.


I am a retired banker and grandad. I volunteer as I have always been interested in education and doing this helps me to make a difference.

Bill Steele, Local Board, Lindfield Primary Academy
What skills do I need?

We are looking for people with a variety of experiences and perspectives.

Our academies would benefit from board members who have knowledge or experience of any of the following:

  • primary or secondary education
  • the local community
  • local businesses
  • strategic planning
  • the local and regional economy
  • working or volunteering with children or young people
  • understanding special educational needs
  • fundraising
  • marketing and communications

As a mother of four I’m a firm believer in the importance of a good education. I see my role as a critical friend to the academy and I find being a Local Board member interesting and inspiring!

Josephine Notaras, Local Board, Desmond Anderson Primary Academy
How do I apply?

To have an informal chat, arrange a visit or to find out more fill in your details using the form below.

If you’re interested in applying to be a Local Board member please complete our expression of interest form and return it by post or email. Contact details can be found here.

Local Board vacancies are also listed on our current vacancies page.

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