The members of an academy trust are the guardians of the governance of the trust. They have a limited and distinct role, but one which is often misunderstood. Although the role has not changed since we released the first edition of this guidance in 2018, new myths can develop which need to be busted.

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The third edition of this guidance, published in May 2021, explains what members are and what they should and shouldn’t be doing. Trust members should use this guidance to assure themselves of the remit and limitations of their role, but it should also be invaluable to the trust board who report to the members.

The guidance covers:

  • What are members?
  • How do members contribute to academy trust governance?
  • How many members do we need?
  • How are members appointed?
  • What do members do?
  • Holding the trust board to account
  • How often do members meet, and what happens at the meetings?
  • How do members make changes to articles of association?
  • How do we appoint and remove trustees?

New content for 2021:

  • Keeping members informed
  • Addressing trustee board underperformance

Download academy trusts: the role of members (PDF)

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