Finance and Operations Director

The Gallery Trust
Location: Oxford
Salary (£): Competitive
Closing Date: Tuesday, 25th June 2024
Start Date: September 2024 or Earlier
Phase: Mixed

Role Managed by

Rebecca Beach
Executive Search Consultant


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The Gallery Trust are seeking a skilled and effective Finance and Operations Director to join our high performing and ambitious executive team on our mission to improve outcomes and enhance the life prospects of students with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities in Oxfordshire.

The Gallery Trust is a successful and expanding Trust and has grown from a single special academy in 2013 to the largest special school MAT in Oxfordshire with seven schools across the county. The Trust is continuing to grow, with a further free special school in the pre-opening stage and other exciting services and growth initiatives under way, including our Outreach offer and Training Hub.

Our schools deserve high calibre support so they can continue to move forward, and this new role, with its broad remit across finance and operations, will be an integral and vital part of our central team. We are very proud of what we have achieved, and we are looking for an exceptional person to join us as we build on our successes and embrace the opportunities and the challenges ahead.

If you are inspired by our work, are keen to work collaboratively and with authenticity with key stakeholders and are enthusiastic at this opportunity to play an influential role in the future of our Trust, then please do read on through the candidate information pack and job description and we very much look forward to receiving your application.

If you would like to discover more about this exciting opportunity, need any further information or wish to arrange an informal discussion with Kay Willett (CEO), please contact our retained consultant at Academicis: Rebecca Beach – or 07733 628155.

Benefits of working at The Gallery Trust include:

Professional development opportunities

  • Regular training and access to a range of internal and external professional development opportunities tailored to your learning needs, your job role, and your career aspirations.
  • Opportunities for career progression, secondments and transfers within The Gallery Trust, the largest special school Academy Trust in Oxfordshire.
  • Opportunities for collaborative working across the schools in The Trust, offering the chance to liaise with experienced colleagues, building knowledge and professional networks.


  • Competitive salaries
  • Excellent terms and conditions.
  • Access to attractive pension plans (TPS and LGPS), linked to salary life assurance.
  • Contribution towards glasses and eye tests for DSE use.
  • Salary sacrifice schemes, including childcare vouchers and cycle to work.


  • The opportunity to be a key member of a friendly and supportive staff team, dedicated and committed to improving outcomes for students.
  • 24/7 access to a free Employee Assistance Programme to provide confidential advice and guidance.
  • Excellent induction processes, and strong line management structures to promote your wellbeing at work.
  • Generous annual leave entitlement for support staff which increases to reflect length of service.
  • A culture which is open to employee ideas and encourages open dialogue.
  • Complimentary tea and coffee.
  • Regular staff surveys to gain feedback on wellbeing and to drive improvements.
  • The opportunity to join colleagues for social events.
  • Family friendly policies, which promote your wellbeing.