Governors and trustees are "generally protected" from personal liability
Although the board is legally responsible for the conduct of its school(s), individual governors and trustees are "generally protected" from personal liability.
As long as you act honestly, reasonably and in good faith, you shouldn't be held personally liable.
This is explained in section 4.5 on page 47 of the Governance Handbook.
Chairs and vice-chairs aren't more liable than others
The Department for Education (DfE) told us that all governors/trustees are equally protected from personal liability.
Liability beyond period of office
If a governor/trustee hasn't acted in good faith, it's uncertain how long they'd remain personally liable – it will be judged on a case-by-case basis. The DfE explained this to us.
If you or your board are concerned about the legality of any actions taken, you should seek legal advice.
It's possible for an individual acting