Remember, the members really control our MATs
If a multi-academy trust hits the headlines for the wrong reasons, the spotlight usually falls on its trustees – but its members actually hold more power, writes Matthew Wolton
One of the less-understood aspects of how academy trusts work is the role that “members” play. We often hear about the “trustees” of trusts in articles. This isn’t surprising, as an academy trust is a limited company and the trustees are the directors of that company: legally and financially responsible for what that company does. If the academy trust is looking to take on a new academy, or enter into a big contract, the trustees will make the final decision and sign the documentation. Quite rightly, therefore, the focus falls on them if there are questions about how the trust is run.