The National Governance Association (NGA) has published new guidance designed to clarify the differences between members of single and multi-academy trusts and the role of trustees.
This distinction has been ‘widely misunderstood for a number of years’, according to Sam Henson, head of information at the NGA.
The guide, which can be accessed here, outlines:
- who members are and how many a trust needs
- how members are appointed and what skills they need
- where members fit into the wider governance structure and what they should do
- how often members should meet, including details of the annual general meeting, and how decisions are made in these meetings
- how members carry out specific tasks, such as changing the articles of association or removing trustees
- what responsibilities members have if the trust becomes insolvent.
The NGA has also included a ‘myth busting’ and a ‘model members’ description as part of the guidance.
”I hope that this guidance enables single and multi-academy trusts to understand the role and utilise it in an effective way’’ added Sam Henson.
Judging from the guide – it should do just that! You can access the guide here.