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The Bishop Wheeler Catholic Academy Trust

Become a Director

Welcome to the Director recruitment page. If you are new to the world of MAT governance the concept of becoming a Director can be daunting.

This page will answer some of the questions that you may have regarding becoming a Director.

If you find that some questions go unanswered, or if you would like to go-ahead and start your new journey as a Director, then our friendly and supportive Governance Team is on hand to help, and guide you.

Contact the BWCAT Governance Team at: j.johnson@bwcat.org

What do Directors do?

Directors, like Governors are volunteers, however, they are accountable for the decisions made at Trust level. The Trust Board sets the strategic direction and monitors the development of the Trust strategy through subcommittees, meetings, visits, data, reports, internal and external audits and uses this information to inform its future decisions. The areas that the Trust Board deals with are:

  • Mission & Catholic Life
  • Safeguarding
  • IT/Cyber Security
  • Curriculum
  • Finance
  • Governance/legal
  • Estates/business operations
  • Staff/HR

It is advised that you have some strong Governance experience, or relevant skills/ experience in one or more of the above subjects. However, if you have any questions regarding your suitability for a role as Director, then please contact the BWCAT Head of Governance and Clerk to the Trust Board:

Mrs Jemma Johnson j.johnson@bwcat.org

Support for Directors

As well as being welcomed as a part of a friendly, supportive and inclusive community, and the feel-good benefit of making a difference to the lives of pupils, becoming a Director offers an opportunity to build a wealth of transferable skills and network regularly with like-minded, skilled individuals from a variety of backgrounds.

Perhaps you have an interest in building a career in education? The direct skills and knowledge you will acquire as Director will set you apart from those who have not had your experience.

BWCAT has a plethora of platforms for learning, and training opportunities available. As a Director, you will benefit from a supportive Trust Governance Team who will guide from application, to your last day of office, and an abundance of skilled and experienced peers who share best practice in the ever developing landscape of education.

Director training and development opportunities are offered by the Trust, Diocese, Local Authorities, National College, Confederation of Schools Trust (CST) and other training providers. The training and development opportunities will serve to better your output as a Director, however, it goes without saying that the benefits will be seen in your personal and professional life through experiencing the new channel of growth and opportunity.

General Eligibility Criteria


To be eligible for an appointment as a Director applicants must be over the age of 18. Directors are required to be a practicing Catholic.

Further details of the eligibility and disqualification criteria can be found on the application form.

Please contact the Governance Team for an application form.