Roles and Responsibilities of the Board

Chancery Trust Governance Structure


Members have an overarching responsibility for the viability and performance of the Academy Trust through the appointment of trustees and approval of the annual report. They have the power to amend the Articles of Association that govern the way the Trust is constituted and managed.

Main duties and responsibilities

  • To appoint trustees to the Trust Board bearing in mind the Articles of Association and the need for a balanced skill set to manage the Trust effectively
  • To remove any trustee who is not considered to be acting in the best interests of the Trust
  • From time to time to review the Articles of Association and to make changes where deemed necessary after taking advice from the Trust Board
  • To appoint other Members (to not exceed 5) as necessary in line with the provisions of the Articles of Association
  • To approve the annual report and accounts prior to submission to Companies House
  • To appoint and if deemed necessary to remove the CEO

Expected time commitment – 1 meeting per year

Board of Directors

The Board of Directors acts in the best interests of the Trust, governing in accordance with its Articles of Association and having governance arrangements that demonstrate visionary leadership, clarity of relationships, effective oversight and sustainability, and achieve the greatest possible economies.

Directors are responsible for the strategic direction, broad policy framework and oversight of the Trust and all its schools. They take decisions that are in the best interests the MAT as a whole and are not representative of any one of the constituent schools. The team are Directors of the Academy Trust which is a company limited by guarantee and registered as such at Companies House.

The Board of Chancery Trust has three core functions:

  • to set the strategic direction of the organisation
  • to monitor educational performance of all pupils within the trust
  • to ensure financial probity.

The Board is supported by the CEO, Chief Finance Officer (CFO) and Governance & Compliance Lead.

If you are interested in finding out more about our Members and Directors, please see the Meet the Members/Directors page.

Local Governing Boards

As committees of the Trust Board, the local governing boards (LGBs) play a crucial role in driving each school forward whilst offering appropriate challenge to the Headteachers.  The Scheme of Delegation sets out each LGB’s remit of delegated functions.

Governance Opportunities

If you are interested in joining our Trust Board or local governing boards and would like more information, please contact

Please also check you are eligible to serve.

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