Prime7 has Members who ensure that the constitution of the Trust is effective in fulfilling its charitable aims and objectives. They will change the Articles of Association if necessary to meet the aims and objectives. The Members oversee the appointment and approval of Trustees. Prime7 currently has four Members.
Claudia Wade, Martin Lawrence, Paul Cavanagh, Carolyn Hay
The Trust Board
The Trust Board has the corporate management and responsibility for the actions of the company. This is vested in the Trustees of the Academy Trust (together, referred to as "the Trust Board"), who are company directors registered with Companies House. The Trustees are responsible for the actions of the Academy Trust and the Academies and are accountable to the Members, to the Secretary of State for Education and to the wider community for the quality of the education received by all pupils of the Academies and for the expenditure of public money. The Trustees are required, in accordance with the Funding Agreements, to have systems in place through which they can assure themselves of the quality, safety and good practice of the affairs of the Academy Trust.
The role of the Trust Board includes:
- Setting the vision, ethos and strategy for the Academy Trust and its academies over the next three years;
- Ensuring that risk is reported appropriately and scrutinised effectively;
- Establishing the governance structures for the Academy Trust, from Members to Academy level, in keeping with the Articles of Association;
- Providing clarity, through the published Scheme of Delegation of the level at which the governance functions are exercised
- Overview and scrutiny of the Academy Trust’s financial capability and management systems to ensure compliance with the Academies Financial Handbook, and deliver best value for money;
- Ensuring senior leaders within Academies are challenged to improve the education of pupils;
- Holding the CEO to account for standards and outcomes;
- Developing the Trust Board to ensure that it has the capacity, skills and succession plans to have a positive impact on outcomes for pupils.
The Trust Board also sets Trust-wide policy. The Board will carry out a regular skills audit of its Trustees. Where key skills are missing on the Board, expertise will be procured to support the challenge and scrutiny of specialist areas such as Finance, HR or educational performance.
Finance, Risk and Audit Committee
Trust Board Sub-Committee will provide the overview and high-level scrutiny of the prioritised risks. The terms of reference for each board ensure that scrutiny and challenge provided by the Trust Board Sub-Committees.
- Risk and Audit.
- Resources –Finance and Human Resources.
There are currently seven Trustees. Claudia Wade (Chair)
Andrew Jeffery (Chair of the Finance, Risk and Audit Committee) Nicola Bellamy, Maxine Ward, Mat Sentance, Sophie Hill and Ana Vieira Garcia
Rachel Gallyot (CEO/Accounting Officer)