Leadership and governance structures of trusts
Understand the requirements on how to structure the roles of leaders, trustees and local governors in your trust. We explain what the rules are, and what's up to you to decide.
You must appoint certain roles
Your board of trustees must appoint a senior executive leader for the trust, who may also be appointed as a trustee.
- Single academy trusts, this should be the principal/headteacher
- Multi-academy trusts (MATs), this should be the chief executive or equivalent
This leader must also be appointed as your accounting officer. They'll oversee financial transactions.
Additionally, your board must appoint a chief financial officer (CFO). They'll be responsible for your trust’s detailed financial procedures, and they should play both a technical and leadership role.
Both of these individuals should be employees of your trust.
See sections 1.33 to 1.48 of the Academy Trust Handbook (ATH).
Overall structure is up to you
Your structure should be appropriate to your context and central team capacity. You should also make sure that the structure allows stronger school(s) in your trust to support