South Orpington Learning Alliance

Trustee SOLA

Contact Details

South Orpington Learning Alliance
Sandy Bury

01689 487073

The South Orpington Learning Alliance (SOLA) Multi-Academy Trust of 7 primary schools located in Bromley and Croydon, is looking to recruit new Trustees to the Board of Trustees. 

The Trust Board works closely with the Senior Executive Leaders of SOLA. Senior executive leaders are responsible for day-to-day operational management of the Trust and its schools, whereas the role of the Board is strategic. Trustees work together to fulfil the purpose of the Trust Board, to:

  • provide strategic leadership defining the Vision, fostering the Trust’s culture and setting the strategy;
  • provide accountability and assurance, robust and effective oversight of Trust operations and performance;
  • strategically oversee relationships with stakeholders ensuring decision-making is supported by meaningful engagement.

We would warmly welcome a discussion with anyone who is incentivised to build upon existing leadership skills and knowledge to play this strategic role. In particular, we’re looking to expand upon the Board’s existing educational and financial management skill sets. If you have experience of working successfully with leaders to establish expectations for school improvement, we would love to hear from you. Equally, if you have experience in financial planning, budgeting and monitoring in an organisation exceeding an annual income of £10 million.

You are likely to come from a professional background, playing a role as a successful, inspiring and collaborative leader. You may have governance experience and you will be a strategic thinker.

This role is voluntary but enormously rewarding. The Board meets six times a year (usually in the evening) and we encourage meaningful engagement with all stakeholders to build trust and shared ownership.

If you would like to discuss this opportunity or would like a full role description, please contact the Chief Operating Officer, Nicola Diamond at We would be delighted to support any dialogues or visits that would prove supportive.


Safeguarding and Equal Opportunities

The SOLA Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. Any offer of appointment for post is subject to a satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check as well as references. The SOLA Trust is committed to promoting and building a diverse and inclusive climate by extending diversity and inclusive awareness throughout our community. We aim to build and sustain a diverse and inclusive community where all individuals are appreciated and respected.