The role of the Members
The first members are the original signatories of the Articles of Association which legally forms the charitable company that is the multi-academy Trust called Education South West. The members have only a minimal role in the day-to-day running of the Trust, but an important role in ensuring that the Trust fulfils its original objectives.
The members do this by holding the Board to account, forming an important function in the system of checks and balances. They ensure that the Board operates in accordance with the principles of charity governance. They appoint auditors as part of the process of ensuring financial probity. They hold the Board to account for the success of the Trust. In order to help do this, they can appoint and remove the trustees who serve on the Board.
All this can be summed-up in the concept that members are our “guardians of governance.”