1. NOCN Group / CPCS

Trustee Vacancies

Sheffield / Hybrid

We are looking for Trustees to join our Board here at NOCN Group, specifically with a background in IT, and Finance and Governance.

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Who we are

NOCN Group is an educational charity whose core aims are to help learners reach their potential and organisations thrive. The group includes business units specialising in regulated UK and international qualifications, End Point Assessment, assured short courses, SMART job cards, assessment services, consultancy, and research.

The role

This is a rewarding pro bono appointment. If you would like to make a difference in our world, this is a great opportunity to bring your skills, knowledge and experience to help us achieve our objectives. Travel expenses directly incurred as a Board member can be reimbursed. Board and other meetings are held in the Group’s central Sheffield office located directly over from the railway station. Committee meetings are held virtually.Board members are appointed for an initial three-year term with the opportunity to extend for a further two three year periods; a maximum of nine years in total. As Trustee, your commitment to NOCN will include attending the quarterly Board meeting (11.00-15.00 excluding travel) the annual Strategy Day and up to four Committee meetings, held each year. Board meetings are held with a hybrid approach. The strategy day is in person.

Overall Objective

The Board of Trustees hold the executive to account for the organisation’s mission and vision, and implementation of the agree Business Strategy and Plan.

Principal Responsibilities

  • Attend and contribute effectively to Board meetings at NOCN.
  • Attendance at committees which may be required.
  • Scrutinise Board papers and participate in discussion.
  • Assist the Chief Executive and Senior Leadership Team in the delivery of their objectives and the achievement of key performance targets.
  • Promote equality, diversity and inclusion though positive action.
  • Provide guidance on issues in which the Trustee has special expertise
  • The above list is indicative only and not exhaustive. The Trustee will be expected to perform all such additional duties as are reasonably commensurate with the role.

Person Specification
We seek an experienced individual with governance skills and strategic ability, an individual who will be an ambassador for NOCN and who can help us maximise our ability to grow both in the UK and internationally, with a commitment to the objectives of the organisation.

You will also bring:

  • Commitment to the purpose of NOCN.
    A strong communicator with excellent listening skills and an empathy for education and training.
  • Enthusiasm and drive.
  • A persuasive and effective influencer who can work collaboratively across boundaries and achieve performance and results through others.
  • Ensure that personal interests do not conflict with the responsibilities of a Board member. • Commitment to the organisation and its beneficiaries.
  • Willingness to devote the necessary time and effort.
  • Willingness to speak your mind.
  • Understanding and acceptance of the legal duties, responsibilities and liabilities of trusteeship.
  • Ability to work effectively as part of a team.
  • Impartiality, fairness and the ability to respect confidences.
  • Knowledge and experience relevant to the needs of NOCN and its Board.

To abide by Nolan’s seven principles of public life:


Holders of public office should act solely in terms of the public interest. They should not do so in order to gain financial or other benefits for themselves, their family or their friends.


Holders of public office should not place themselves under any financial or other obligation to outside individuals or organisations that might seek to influence them in the performance of their official duties.


In carrying out public business, including making public appointments, awarding contracts, or recommending individuals for rewards and benefits, holders of public office should make choices on merit.


Holders of public office are accountable for their decisions and actions to the public and must submit themselves to whatever scrutiny is appropriate to their office.


Holders of public office should be as open as possible about all the decisions and actions they take. They should give reasons for their decisions and restrict information only when the wider public interest clearly demands.


Holders of public office have a duty to declare any private interests relating to their public duties and to take steps to resolve any conflicts arising in a way that protects the public interest.


Holders of public office should promote and support these principles by leadership and example

How to apply

To apply in confidence to become a Trustee of NOCN please forward a copy of your CV together with a completed application form (located here) including a list of any directorships or trusteeships that you currently hold.

Please ensure that your application fully addresses the requirements for the role.

Finally, please ensure that you have included all your contact details.

Applications should be submitted to: Bridget Randall, Executive Assistant [email protected]

Supporting document(s)

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