Ian Wilson - Chair
Gabrielle O'Meara - Vice Chair
The Trustees are responsible for the general control of the Trust in accordance with the provisions set out in the Articles of Association and this SoD. The Board of Trustees is the accountable body for the performance of all Academies within the Trust and as such must:
- Ensure clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
- Hold the CEO to account for the educational performance of the Academies and their pupils, and the performance management of staff; and
- Oversee the financial performance of the Trust and make sure its money is well spent.
As mentioned above, the Trust is a company limited by guarantee and an exempt charity. Therefore, Trustees must comply with company, education and charity law requirements. This results in the terms 'Trustees' and 'Directors' being used interchangeably. However, the Articles of Association refer to 'Trustees'. The use of the term Trustee also differentiates between executive officers with the job title director but who are not actually Companies House registered directors.
While Trustees can serve as Members, best practice recognises that the Members are responsible for holding the Trustees to account. Therefore, there should be separation between the Members and Trustees. The exception to this is the Chair of Trustees who sits as a Member to create a link between the Members and Trustees.
The Board of Trustees is permitted to exercise all the powers of the Trust. The Board of Trustees will delegate to the CEO responsibility for the day to day operations of the Trust.
The Trustees (with the consent of the Members in respect of changes to the Board of Trustees), have the right to review and adapt its governance structure at any time which includes removing delegation.
The Board of Trustees meet on a termly basis. The Board of Trustees also has two core committees: Resources & Audit and Standards which meet on a termly basis, to enable more scrutiny and challenge. These committees are made up of Trustees with the relevant skills but, subject to the consent of the Board of Trustees, external advisors, LGB representatives, Headteachers, Staff and Parent representatives may also attend any committee meetings to make recommendations to the Board of Trustees but shall not have voting rights.
The Remit of the Trust's Committees is:
Standards Committee - Chair of the Standards Committee is Gabrielle O'Meara
The Trust's Standards Committee will meet termly (or more frequently if necessary) and is responsible for ensuring that: a high quality of education is maintained; monitoring and challenging the performance of the LGBs and Headteachers is undertaken; and that quarterly summary reports are made to the Board of Directors/Trustees.
Resources & Audit Committee - Chair of the Resources & Audit Committee is Doug MacLennan
The Trust's Resources & Audit Committee will meet on a termly (or more frequently if necessary) basis. The purpose of the Trust's Resources & Audit Committee is to assist the Trust and the LGBs in fulfilling their oversight responsibilities regarding financial reporting, accounting systems and internal controls. The Board of Trustees is responsible for all appointments to the Resources & Audit Committee. The Resources & Audit Committee comprises at least three Trustees and any other persons with the relevant skills and experience, provided that the Trustees form a majority on the committee. The Chair of the Resources & Audit Committee will be appointed by the Board of Trustees and shall, wherever possible, be an independent non-executive Trustee. The Chair of the Resources & Audit Committee must not sit on any other committee. Only members of the Resources & Audit Committee have the right to attend Resources & Audit Committee meetings. However, with the consent of the Board of Trustees, other individuals, such as the CEO and representatives of external advisers, may attend all or part of any Resources & Audit Committee meeting as and when appropriate, but shall not have any voting rights at these meetings. The external auditors will be invited to attend meetings of the Resources & Audit Committee on a regular basis.