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Governance resources – for members of single or multi-academy trusts

It is fair to say that the role of Members of academy trusts is not widely understood in the sector. In some ways, the lack of clarity around the Members’ role and duties reflects the broader charity sector.

The corporate procedures relating to Members are also unfamiliar to many trusts. With the Department for Education focusing on the separation between Members and Trustees, a thorough understanding of these procedures is increasingly important.

We have drawn on our significant experience and expertise in supporting single and multi-academy trusts with the role and responsibilities of Members, the interaction between Members and Trustees in practice as well as the corporate procedures relating to Members powers and convening General Meetings to develop a number of practical resources for our education clients.

Our aim is to help you promote effective governance practice by providing high quality practical resources that support Members, the Board and your governance professionals implement effective practice that is legally compliant.

What we can provide

We have prepared the following:

  • a model appointment letter for Members of academy trusts.
  • a Members Handbook providing a practical reference guide to support your Members carry out the role effectively. The handbook provides context for the role and useful information to help Members be effective by understanding their role in the academy trust.
  • an AGM and General Meeting pack which provides guidance on calling and running general meetings, a guide to written member resolutions as well as a number of practical templates such as proxy forms, AGM notices and minutes.

If you have any other requirements, we would also be happy to discuss those with you.

Why choose Browne Jacobson education lawyers?

Servicing over 1,300 schools and academies across the country, our clients choose us because of our sector expertise and exceptional client service - helping to deliver your vision in a cost-effective way, through innovative packages and strategic support.


The cost of the above is £975 plus VAT.

If you would like to purchase these resources, then please do speak to your usual contact or email Lydia Michaelson-Yeates.