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Governing board roles

Link governors and trustees

Learn about required link roles, responsibilities, and considerations for appointing link governors and trustees.

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Link governors and trustees are appointed to take the lead on an area of their governing board’s responsibilities or to help monitor a specific improvement priority. This can be an opportunity to utilise an individual’s experience and skill set.

Link roles do not remove the board’s collective responsibility. As such, the governing board should ensure that the area assigned is covered on the agenda of full governing board and committee meetings as appropriate, so that all members of the governing board remain informed of the key issues, strategy outcomes and areas for development.

This page covers:

  • appointing link governors and trustees
  • a template role description
  • deciding link governor/trustee responsibilities
  • questions to ask when appointing or reviewing link roles

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