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.
Co-Chair of Trustees
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 Trustees
Claire was Co-Chair of Governors at Charles Dickens Primary School and has been on the Trust Board since 2020.
Claire is a senior civil servant at the Department for Transport
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, including as a Trustee of Dulwich Hamlet Educational Trust.
Simon joined as a Trustee when the Duklwich Hamlet Educational Trust joined the Trust in April 2021
Simon works with governments and charities on innovation and new ventures.
Chair of Finance & Audit and Risk Committees
Steven is a partner in PwC's restructuring practice, with nineteen years of experience in corporate change management, specialising in advising companies in turnaround situations.
Trustees who have stepped down in the past 12 months:
David Gallie - Term of office ended 31/12/20
Kate Chhatwal - Stepped down 31/03/21
Amanda King - Stepped down 31/03/21
Stephen Potter - Stepped down 31/03/21
Emmanuel Amadi - Term of Office ended 18/03/2022