Last reviewed on 28 September 2021
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Understand the role of a co-opted governor/co-opted trustee, with guidance on who's eligible to be appointed and what their voting rights and restrictions are.


Co-opted governors (known as 'co-opted trustees' in academies) are people who, in the opinion of the governing board, have the skills required to contribute to the effective governance and success of the school. They're appointed by the board.

This is outlined in The School Governance (Constitution) (England) Regulations 2012 (these regulations apply to maintained schools, but the principle is the same for co-opted trustees).

Their role is no different from other governors – see our role descriptions for clarity on the roles and responsibilities of all governors and trustees.


Any individual from the community can be a co-opted governor/trustee, as long as they meet eligibility criteria and agree to Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks as required. 

In maintained schools, the number of co-opted governors who are eligible to be elected or appointed as staff governors must not, when counted with the 1