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What does a Trustee do?

The Trustees work together to carry out their core functions which are:

  • to ensure there is clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
  • to hold executive leaders to account for the educational performance of the organisation and its pupils, and the performance management of staff
  • to oversee the financial performance of the organisation and make sure its money is well spent

The Trustees must ensure compliance with the Trust’s charitable objects and with company and charity law.  They sign off the annual accounts and are responsible for adherence to the Trust’s funding agreement with the Secretary of State.  It is the Trustees who are therefore responsible for the Trust’s accountability to Parliament and to the Secretary of State as the Principal Regulator of academies as exempt charities.

Trustees delegate some functions to Local Advisory Boards (LABs) which sit for each Academy within the Trust.  The Local Advisory Board Members focus on improving standards at that individual Academy.  A Trustee is not school specific but will have an overarching and strategic view of all schools in the Trust.

What’s the commitment involved and what’s in it for me?

There is no doubt that within a growing multi-academy trust, Trustees will find themselves in demand.  Currently Trustees meet up to ten times a year for board or committee meetings.  You will also need to allow time to prepare for these meetings, ensuring papers are read and challenging questions are formulated.  You will need to make a commitment to attend training to expand your knowledge of governance.  There are times when the LABs need some support and you may be called to do some school specific work.

The position of Trustee is rewarding and allows you to make a difference to the lives of young people in your community.  You will gain new skills and experience and get the chance to meet and work with other Trustees who are as passionate about improving educational outcomes as you are.

If you are interested in becoming a Trustee, please contact Jo Brown, Clerk to the Trustees,


Vacancies for Local Advisory Board Community Members

Become a Local Advisory Board Member


If you would like to apply to a particular school in the Trust, please visit the school website for more information


Further information

We would recommend reviewing some of the information available from The National Governance Association.