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The governance structure at Accord Multi Academy Trust has three reporting lines to hold the CEO and Principals / Headteachers to account and to ensure that the Trust operates as a charity and a limited company should do.

We are currently recruiting to one of our four Academy Education Committees. Further information about these roles can be found using the link below.

  • Become a Governor



The Members of the Trust are responsible for the constitution of the Trust and are made up of local people who have influence and strong links within our local communities.

Members appoint Members and Trustees in line with the Articles of Association which sets out details for our internal management, decision making and running of the Trust. The Members meet once a year at an annual general meeting. The Annual Accounts and Report are presented to Members at this meeting.

  • Trust Members

    Meet our Trust Members below.

    Find out more about their role and responsibilities, here.

    John Ruane

    Chair of Members | Accord MAT

    Katie Spiers

    Trust Member | Accord MAT

    Nick Adams

    Trust Member | Accord MAT

    Charlotte Haigh

    Trust Member | Accord MAT

    Dave Sutton

    Trust Member | Accord MAT



Trustees oversee the day-to-day running of the Trust, approve policies and hold the CEO to account for performance of the academies.

They focus on three core functions of governance:

  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
  • Holding executive leaders to account for the educational performance of our academies, our pupils and the performance management of staff;
  • Overseeing and ensuring effective financial performance.

Trustees meet as a Board of Trustees six times per year. Trustees operate the following sub committees: Education, Finance and Resources, Audit and Risk, Remuneration.

Our Trustee Handbook details the functions undertaken by the Board of Trustees and those which have been delegated to its Committees, the Central Trust Leadership Team, Academy Education Committees and Senior Leadership Teams.


  • Accord Trustees Handbook 2023-24

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  • Board of Trustees

    Meet our Trustees below.

    Find out more about their role and responsibilities, here.

    John Leam

    Chair of Trustees | Accord MAT

    Mike Dyson

    Vice Chair of Trustees | Accord MAT

    Pamela Smith

    Trustee | Accord MAT

    Andrew Crossley

    Trustee | Accord MAT

    Anita Barnwell

    Trustee | Accord MAT

    Ross Bennett

    Trustee | Accord MAT

    Iain Wilkinson

    Trustee | Accord MAT

    Michael Clements

    Trustee | Accord MAT



Academy Education Committees (AECs) serve as a key link between the academies, parents/carers and the local community. Governors monitor the performance of the academy, advise Trustees of any concerns and hold Principals / Headteachers to account. AECs meet five times per year. In addition Chairs of each AEC meet with the Chair of Trustees during the year in order to provide consistency in areas of focus.

Full information on our Governors can be found on the websites of our academies.

All Members, Trustees and Governors complete an annual declaration of business interests and declare any pecuniary interests within meetings.


  • Accord AEC Handbook 2023-24

    Click here