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Members and Board of Trustees

How it works

Each Trustee is a Director of the Academy Trust and a charity trustee.  The Trustees are responsible for the governance and supervision of the Academy Trust, its committees, including the Academy Councils and the Central Executive Team. The Trustees have a number of duties and responsibilities relating to the management of the Academy Trust and its finances.  At the end of this page you can download the committee structure.

In summary the Board of Trustees are responsible for:

  • establishing the vision, mission and values for the Academy Trust
  • carrying on the Academy Trust in accordance with the objectives of the Academy Trust as set out in the Articles for safeguarding the assets of the Academy Trust
  • designing strategy and structure for the operation of the Academy Trust
  • the delegation of running the Academies and directing the education, pastoral care, financial and other polices of the Academies to the CEO in accordance with the Articles and the Funding Agreements (including the Handbook)
  • ensuring sound management and administration of the Academy Trust, and ensuring that managers are equipped with the relevant skills and guidance
  • financial controls and the financial management of the Academy Trust in accordance with the provisions of the Handbook, which sets out in detail provisions for the financial management of each Academy including guidance on financial systems and controls and accounting and reporting requirements
  • setting standards of conduct and values, monitoring performance and the achievement of objectives and ensuring that plans for improvement are acted upon
  • risk managements, that is identifying, quantifying and devising systems to minimise the major risk affecting the Academy Trust
  • ensuring the Academy Trust and the Academies are conducted in compliance with the general law

Our Trustees

 Margaret Simmons-Bird

Appointed: 19 January 2023
Appointed by: Co-Opted Trustee
Role: Chair

Toby Kempster

Appointed: 01 April 2019
Appointed by: Member appointed Trustee
Role: Trustee 

John Blayney

Appointed: 12 December 2022
Appointed by: Member appointed Trustee
Role: Vice Chair

Amanda Loran

Appointed: 12 December 2022
Appointed by: Member appointed Trustee
Role: Trustee 

Fiona Williams 

Appointed: 12 December 2022
Appointed by: Member appointed Trustee
Role: Trustee

All Trustees are appointed for a four year period.

Company number - 10377760

Registered Office: c/o Knowle DGE Academy, Leinster Avenue, Knowle, Bristol, BS4 1NN

Telephone: 0117 456 6513