Members are responsible for the Governance of the Trust and are essential to the integrity of an academy trust governance structure. They hold the Trust board accountable for effective Governance. Members approve the Articles of Association which set out the decision making, internal management and running of the Trust.
Trustees are responsible for governing a charitable company and directing how it is managed and run. Trustees must also ensure that the trust complies with all legal and statutory requirements. The Trust board is the academy trust’s key strategic decision maker. The board may delegate certain responsibilities in accordance with the academy trust’s scheme of delegation, but the trust board remains accountable and is responsible for all decisions made. The trust board must make decisions in the best interest of pupils, not personal interests, and welcome a diverse range of viewpoints when debating decisions.
Trustees work together to carry out their core functions:
Ensuring there is clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
Holding executive leaders to account for the educational performance of the organisation and its pupils and the performance management of staff
Overseeing the financial performance of the organisation and making sure its money is well spent
Ensuring the voices of stakeholders are heard