Non-Executive Director

Rising Academies

Rising Academies

London, UK
Posted on Tuesday, January 23, 2024

The context:

Across the developing world, more children than ever are in school – but they are not learning. At Rising Academies, we’re changing that, and we want your help. Our mission is to create the best schools and the most powerful teaching and learning tools for the people that need it most. We’re one of the fastest-growing quality-focused education companies in Africa, and a Certified B Corp®.

About us:

We own and operate our own great value private schools, partner with governments to improve the quality of public school systems, and use our content and technology to help other education providers. Founded in Sierra Leone in 2014, we provided emergency education to children kept out of school by the Ebola Epidemic before opening our first school in April 2015. Today, we serve more than 250,000 students across more than 900 schools in Sierra Leone, Liberia, Ghana and now Rwanda.

Through great curriculum, intensive teacher coaching and actionable data, we help teachers and school leaders bring quality to every classroom. And we get results: independent studies show Rising students make more than twice the progress of their peers in comparable schools.

About the role:

Rising is at an exciting moment in its journey, having recently closed a Series A investment round and reached several significant commercial and social impact milestones. To support the company with its ambitious plans for the future, we are looking to strengthen our board by adding a non-executive director.

Rising’s Board of Directors is small, nimble, active and engaged. It seeks to strike a balance between empowering management to get on and execute while providing support and challenge, both on big strategic decisions facing the company but also on critical operational matters like financial management and child safeguarding.

The board currently comprises the two founders along with representatives of its major shareholders. This will be the first independent non-executive director.

The Non-Executive Director will:

  • Contribute to great board meetings.
  • Proactively support, amplify and connect Rising and its Management.
  • Become the board’s leading voice on one or more critical topics.
  • Help Rising keep children safe


Most board meetings take place in the UK and it is a requirement for interested candidates to be resident there. In practice, most meetings happen via videoconference, although we try to meet in person at least once a year in one of Rising’s operating countries.

Application deadline:

The deadline for applications is 9am GMT on Thursday 15th February 2024.