Changing governor/trustee category

An existing governor or trustee can move to a different category as long as they fit the eligibility criteria. Use this process to re-appoint a governor or trustee in a new category.

Last reviewed on 13 May 2022
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  1. Before making the change
  2. Process
  3. Chairs and vice-chairs

It's possible for existing governors and trustees to change to a different category mid-way through their term of office. This is as long as they're eligible to be appointed in the new category and the right number or proportion of governors and trustees in the new category is maintained.

Before making the change

Make sure you have a good business case for the change, aimed at keeping necessary skills on the board. Rather than getting into a cycle of appointing the same people repeatedly, you should carefully consider the needs of the board.

Conduct regular skills audits and consider whether new skills might be needed, as well as looking at the balance and diversity of your board.

If you're in an academy trust, check your articles of association and schemes of delegation for any specific rules on changing category and to understand who can make appointments.


The first step is for the

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