Members hold the trust board to account for the effective governance of the trust. It is the trust board, not the members, who are the organisation’s key decision makers. In the academy’s Funding Agreement there are some critical decisions that sit with the members.
Members are often compared to shareholders of a company. Like shareholders, members, have a real interest in the success of an academy and will judge ‘success’ against how much the trustees are doing to achieve the objectives of the trust. Like shareholders, members too have an annual general meeting (AGM) at which they can express their views and, depending on their rules, can vote on certain key issues such as remuneration policies. But beyond this, shareholders
have no day-to-day role in running the company.
Members are in effect the ‘guardians’ of the governance of the trust. That means they sit at the top of the governance structure.
Members of the Bordesley Multi Academy Trust are drawn from the Local Governing Bodies of its Schools