The Trustees are legally responsible for the actions of the Trust and its schools. They are accountable to the Members, the Secretary of State for Education and the broader community for the quality of education in our schools, and for ensuring that public money is well spent.
The majority of Trustees are appointed by the Members to whom they report. They are both trustees under charity law and company directors under company law.
The Trust Board is the Trust's key strategic decision-maker. It may delegate specific responsibilities to the Executive Leader (the CEO), a committee or an individual by following the Scheme of Delegation. However, the Board remains accountable and is responsible for all decisions made and therefore must make decisions which are in the best interest of its pupils and its staff.
All academy trust boards have three core functions:
1. Ensuring clarity of the vision, ethos and strategic direction.
2. Holding the Executive Leaders to account for the educational performance of the school(s) and its pupils, and the effective and efficient performance management of staff.
3. Overseeing the financial performance of the school(s) and making sure that its money is well spent.
Meet our Board of Trustees below:
Cassie Buchanan OBE
Cassie joined the Trust as CEO in April 2020.
John was the Chair of Governors for The Charter School East Dulwich until November 2019.
Alex Mavolwane Wright
Alex works as an independent organisational consultant, supporting individuals, small groups and teams mainly in local authorities, charities and education.
Co-Chair of Trust Board
Claire was Co-Chair of Governors at Charles Dickens Primary School and has been on the Trust Board since 2020.
Trustee and Chair of EDI Committee
Claire is a senior civil servant at the Department for Transport
Hermione was appointed to the Trust Board in November 2022.
Co-Chair of Trust Board and Chair of Standards Committee
Jonathan left his role as Permanent Secretary of the Department for Education in 2020
Vice-Chair of Trustees
Karen has been involved in school governance since 2007.
Lawrence is the Director of Innovation Industry and Enterprise at Ravensbourne University London where he sits on the executive board.
Trustees who have stepped down in the past 12 months:
Martin Deutz - stepped down as a Trustee from 17/10/2023
Simon Tucker - stepped down as a Trustee from 08/02/2023
Steven Russell - stepped down as a Trustee from 31/12/2022