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Chief Executive Officer The Tutor Trust

The Tutor Trust is an award-winning charity tackling educational inequality through supporting the North of England’s most vulnerable children and young people in accessing the best tutors, and we are looking for our next CEO. If you are a collaborative leader with experience in growing organisations and a passion for boosting educational opportunities for disadvantaged children, we would love to hear from you.

  • Location: Flexible hybrid working, with time spent in Manchester and other offices in Leeds and Liverpool. Some national travel, including London.
  • Salary: £85,000-£95,000 per annum

About the role

We are seeking an outstanding CEO to join The Tutor Trust as we embark upon the delivery of our next 3-year strategy and continue transforming the lives of disadvantaged children in the North of England through tutoring that materially impacts academic outcomes.

We began life as a small pilot project in Manchester with big aspirations and a radical new idea to boost educational opportunities for disadvantaged children and young people.

Since our first tutoring session at Whalley Range 11-18 High School, back in 2012, we have now supported over 26,000 pupils in more than 500 schools and have recruited and trained more than 3,000 tutors. In 2016/17, our randomised control trial (RCT) provided us with gold-standard evidence that our model works, and this evidence of impact was reconfirmed in a second RCT in 2021/22. We are delighted to have been able, with the support of funders and partners, to scale up our work considerably and we are a key Tuition Partner of the National Tutoring Programme.

The Tutor Trust was co-founded in 2010 by Executive Director Abigail Shapiro and Nick Bent, our current Chief Executive Officer, taking the seed of an idea and creating an organisation of almost 60 people. Initially, Abigail and Nick split the management responsibilities between them.

As the organisation grew, Nick took the full-time role of Chief Executive in 2017 and Abigail, whose background is in Communications and Public Affairs, continued to work part-time focusing on Quality, Training, Communications, Tutor Recruitment & Impact. Nick will be leaving the role of CEO at the end of 2022 to pursue another opportunity.

Abigail leads on fundraising and being able to demonstrate leadership on Impact and Quality, has added credibility in fundraising discussions; The Tutor Trust is the only provider in the sector to have been able to demonstrate impact through the two aforementioned randomised control trials. Abigail is also responsible for Alternative Provision and has led on strategy and growth in this area for over five years. Abigail is excited to work closely with the new Chief Executive alongside the other senior members of the SMT.  She is very proud of the team at Tutor Trust and what they have achieved together to date and is looking forward to the next stage. The title of Executive Director has given Abigail the credibility as a co-founder to represent Tutor Trust at the most senior levels of government and philanthropy, whilst giving the charity the flexibility to actively develop the organisational structure, as has been required with its growth.

Our new CEO will promote and reinforce The Tutor Trust’s strong culture relating to its sense of mission, focusing on quality and impact and the desire to grow in order to reach and impact more lives. The successful candidate will provide open, inclusive and developmental leadership for a strong team, working collaboratively with all internal stakeholders to shape ongoing strategic development. They will also be a key representative of The Tutor Trust externally, including contributing to the national dialogue on improving educational outcomes and helping establish tutoring as an essential part of school education. They will be responsible for the delivery of the 3-year strategy and the overall performance of The Tutor Trust.

Key areas of responsibility for the new CEO include:

  • People Leadership/Cultural Leadership
  • Vision and Strategy (including strategic delivery and ongoing strategic development)
  • Operational Excellence
  • Income Management
  • Financial Management
  • Governance
  • Representation/Advocacy

Who we are looking for

First and foremost, we are looking for someone who believes in and is passionate about the mission of The Tutor Trust and shares our values. Every member of our team cares deeply about what we do as an organisation, therefore our new CEO must also be aligned with our passion and ambition for tackling educational inequality, with a particular focus on disadvantaged children and young people.

As an organisation, we place a high value on working collaboratively, recognising the expertise of individuals and celebrating achievement. We believe that every voice counts and we seek a CEO who will bring an open, inspirational and adaptive approach to leadership.

We are particularly interested in hearing from candidates with a strong track record of leading and/or contributing to the strategic direction of an organisation, including experience developing and/or executing impactful strategy and business plans. Our next 3-year strategy will see us double in size whilst continuing to serve the needs of the North of England, and we are therefore seeking a CEO who has senior-level experience delivering growth within an organisation, including growing teams and income sustainably.

The successful candidate will be exceptional at building and maintaining strong relationships and partnerships with a wide range of key stakeholders, such as policymakers, education system stakeholders, local authorities and funders. In addition, our new CEO will be someone with experience in advocacy as well as the understanding and ability to represent and further the interests of The Tutor Trust at a high level.

Please note that for this role, you will need to have the right to work in the UK.

For further information about the role, or to arrange a confidential discussion, please contact our advising consultants at Peridot Partners:

Dr Jenn Allen | jenn@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07739 364034

Philippa Fabry philippa@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07772 902071

Dr Jenn Allen, Business Manager, Not for Profit, Peridot Partners

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Welcome from the Chair

Dear Candidate,

If this is your first interaction with Tutor Trust then welcome and I hope you enjoy finding out more about the work we do and, most importantly, the positive impact we have on the lives of disadvantaged young people across the North of England.

Tutor Trust was born eleven years ago as a start-up social enterprise with a vision to improve the life chances of disadvantaged children, by giving them access to the type of tutoring support easily available to their more well-off peers. Those eleven years have been incredibly successful for Tutor Trust and we have:

  • Provided over 150,000 hours of tutoring support
    • Exclusively to state schools and on a strictly not-for-profit basis;
    • Initially to schools in Manchester. Then across Greater Manchester, followed by Leeds, then Liverpool and finally Bradford. Tomorrow will be the rest of the North and in the future the rest of the UK (and potentially beyond?);
  • Proven our impact through the only successful randomised control trial in this space, which was reconfirmed by a second RCT in 2021/22. We proved that tuition works and changes lives;
  • Just completed the execution of an ambitious three-year plan and have already created the next three-year plan, which begins in September 2022 and will see us double the number of children we tutor;
  • Advocated for, shaped and now are delivering within the (reformed) National Tutoring Programme.

As for all organisations, Covid-19 has changed the way we work but we have risen to the challenge. We are one of the few charities in the UK to have expanded significantly since Covid struck, both in terms of staff numbers and tuition delivered.

Our existing funders have been incredibly helpful. We continue to find new funding partners to support our journey and have increased our funding levels by more than 200% in the last three years.

We think it is now safe to say we know how to make ‘all this’ work and have an incredibly positive impact on our target population. The next stage is to take ‘all this’ to more and more young people, initially across the North but ultimately we should have no boundaries.

We have evolved from a start-up to becoming the most credible not-for-profit tuition provider in the country. Our experiences and well-established delivery methods have helped to shape (and then reshape) the government’s approach to the National Tutoring Programme. We have done this under the leadership of two incredibly dynamic and inspiring co-founders. One co-founder, Nick is leaving to pursue other challenges (which is where you come in!) while the other, Abigail Shapiro, is excited to work with you as part of your team, supporting you to lead the organisation into a bright future.

If you can prove you have the right skills and attributes, I am very open‑minded about your career history, existing sector knowledge and experiences to this point. I’m looking to build a relationship with someone who has a passion to improve the lives of disadvantaged children and who is gripped by our story so far. If you are inspired to build on some great foundations, know you will get the most out of a fantastic team and can envisage an even bigger and better Tutor Trust then we’d love to hear from you.

Good luck with your application and thank you for your interest in our work.

Pete McIntyre

Chair of Trustees

About The Tutor Trust

The Tutor Trust is a registered charity that aims to tackle educational inequality in a unique way. Our mission is to ‘transform lives through tutoring’ by making sure every child who needs some additional academic support can access a great tutor. We recruit and train bright university students as tutors in the core subjects of Maths, English and Science and place them in state schools.

We were founded more than 10 years ago by Nick Bent and Abigail Shapiro and have since grown to an organisation reaching more than 26,000 pupils and partnering with more than 500 schools. Since 2019 Impetus has been a key partner, supporting an ambitious strategy that accelerated our growth from a team of 21 to 56, grew children supported by 164%, expanded cities served, established a strong Senior Management Team (SMT) and increased funding by 222%.

We are the only organisation to have demonstrated the impact of our tutoring model in a randomised control trial (RCT), the results of which were a key input to the design and funding of the National Tutoring Programme as part of the pandemic recovery plan. The strong evidence of impact was reconfirmed in a second RCT in 2021/22, with findings published in June 2022. Quality of provision and evidence of impact is core to The Tutor Trust’s mission and are key drivers of our excellence in fundraising and hence ability to grow.

We have won multiple awards and are now recognised as one of the most innovative and impactful education charities in the UK as well as a national voice in tutoring, with contributions to select committees and multiple awards including– Best New Charity (The Charity Times Awards), Best Partnership Initiative/Collaboration Award (Spirit of Manchester Awards), The Learning Award (National Children and Young People Now Awards) and the Scaling Award (Fair Education Alliance) to name a few. We were also awarded ‘Promising Project’ status by the Education Endowment Foundation.

The Tutor Trust’s mission is to transform the lives of disadvantaged children in the North of England through tutoring that materially impacts academic outcomes. A proudly Northern born-and-bred charity, we serve the Greater Manchester, Leeds-Bradford and Merseyside city regions. With our strong SMT, robust financial position and motivated, ambitious and adaptable team, The Tutor Trust is excellently positioned to deliver our next 3-year strategy to double in size whilst continuing to serve the needs of the North of England.

Our Strategy

Our plan for the next three years is a continued trajectory of growth and development.

We are ambitious for ourselves and for the pupils we support, and that is reflected in our Three-Year Plan for 2022/23 to 2024/25. We have developed this with our partners at Impetus, who have provided us with pro bono support for this process from Evelyn Partners (formerly Smith & Williamson).

We are aiming to double the number of pupils we serve to around 13,000 by 2024/25, the third year of the Three-Year Plan; we have exceeded our target of 6,500 pupils in 2021/22.  Cumulatively, this would mean a 25% increase in pupil numbers year-on-year from 1st September 2022 onwards.

We know that we have the opportunity to work with more schools and support more pupils across our current cities. Given that we doubled our pupil numbers in 2020/21 at very short notice and at the height of the pandemic, we believe that a 25% year-on-year increase is eminently doable.

Our headline target for year three also includes doubling our numbers of Looked After Children and those in Alternative Provision, whom we plan to serve through our ‘Tutoring Plus’ proposals.

Our Values

  • We believe in fairness; we want every child and young person to have the opportunity to achieve their full potential and we want all pupils to get all the support they need to overcome any barriers they face. We are a generous collaborator with all those who share our vision and values.
  • We are passionate about making a difference; we care deeply about boosting outcomes and improving life chances for children and young people in our communities. We do everything we can to make it easy and affordable for schools to work with us effectively.
  • We are inclusive and supportive; we nurture all our people to thrive and succeed by caring, by listening and by investing in their talents and well-being. We believe that every team member, tutor and trustee has an important voice and a vital role.
  • We are quality focused; we strive for high professional standards in every aspect of our work to maximise the beneficial impact of tutoring. The pupils we serve deserve the very best.
  • We are ambitious; we aspire to be more than a match for the massive challenges of inequality, through both the scale and the quality of our work. We constantly innovate and we want to expand our reach in tandem with refining our programmes.
  • We learn; we constantly seek feedback, perform analysis and explore new ways both to draw on and contribute to the research evidence. An open and reflective culture underpins our approach to continuous improvement.


At The Tutor Trust, we take our accessibility responsibilities incredibly seriously.

Our accessibility provisions include:

  • Step-free access to the building, accessible workstations (e.g. desk, office), and step-free access to all key meeting rooms and toilets.
  • Accessibility dogs are welcomed.
  • Papers and materials can be presented in different formats if needed.
  • Working patterns / working locations can be adjusted.

If you have any further needs around accessibility, please get in touch with the advising consultants for a confidential chat on how we can best fulfil your needs.

Dr Jenn Allen | jenn@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07739 364034

Philippa Fabry philippa@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07772 902071

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    Closing date: 9 a.m. Monday 3rd October 2022
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