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Governance Charter

Section 4 - Trustees

THE TRUST BOARD – General Guidance

The Trust Board are the Charity Trustees (within the Terms of Section 177(1) of the Charities Act 2011) and are responsible for the general control and management of the administration of the Trust in accordance with the provisions set out in the Memorandum and Articles of Association.

The Trust Board is the accountable body for the performance of ALL Academy Schools within The Consortium Multi-Academy Trust, and as such must:

  • Ensure clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
  • Hold the Executive Leadership Team to account for the educational performance of the Academy Schools and their pupils;
  • Oversee the financial performance of The Consortium Multi-Academy Trust and make sure that monies are well spent;

Trustees are also referred to as Directors, as they are, under Company Law, the Company Directors of the Academy Trust.  The Trust Board is permitted to exercise all the powers of The Consortium Multi-Academy Trust and will delegate to the CEO/Principal the responsibility for the day to day operation of the Trust.  The Trustees can determine whether to delegate any governance functions, and retain the right to remove that delegation if deemed appropriate to do so.  The Trust Board has the right to review and adapt its governance structure at any time, which includes removing or changing delegation.

Trustees are not permitted to be employees of The Consortium Multi-Academy Trust, except where their position as a Trustee is ex officio (CEO/Principal).  In such instances, the role of the Trustee is as a volunteer and the Trustee will not gain financially from the position.

The Consortium Multi-Academy Trust has opportunity for up to 12 Trustees.  The minimum number is three (3).  No more than one-third of the Trustees may be employees of the Academy Trust.  The term of office for a Trustee is four (4) years.  This time limit does not apply to Trustees who are appointed ex officio.

The Consortium Multi-Academy Trust has 1 x CEO/Principal (Ex officio).

Appointment and Removal of Trustees

  • The Members may appoint up to 12 Trustees by ordinary resolution.
  • A person can be appointed a co-opted Trustee by Trustees who have not themselves been co-opted.
  • A Trustee can resign by giving notice to the Academy Trust, so long as the number of Trustees remains at least three (3).
  • A Trustee can be removed by the person or persons who appointed or elected him/her.
  • A Trustee can be removed by ordinary resolution of the Members.

In order to nominate Trustees to the Board; an existing Member or Trustee must provide a completed nomination form to the Clerk.  This nomination forms the basis of the Trustee election process.  It is usual that a nominee will be invited by the Chair to meet the Chair of the Members Board, other Trustees and the CEO/Principal; and for an interview to take place to ensure that the ethos of the Trust is fully understood and will be upheld by the nominee and that the role of a Trustee is clearly defined.  The process and nomination form are detailed in Section Nine.

Proceedings of the Trust Board

The Trustees shall appoint, and may remove, a clerk, who shall not be a Trustee, CEO or Principal.  Each School year the Trustees shall appoint a Chairman and Vice Chairman, neither of whom can be an employee of the Academy Trust.  The Chairman and Vice Chairman may resign by giving written notice to the Clerk. The Trust must have at least two (2) parent Trustees unless the Trust has established Local Governing Bodies that provide for at least two (2) Parent Local Governors.  The Consortium Multi-Academy Trust has made such provision.

The Trustees may appoint Local Governing Bodies and any other Committees.  These other committees may include members who are not Trustees provided that Trustees form a majority of the membership and no vote is taken unless a majority of those present are Trustees.  The membership and terms of reference of the committees shall be determined by the Trustees and reviewed each year. The Trustees may delegate any of their powers or functions to any committee, Local Governing Body, Trustee, CEO or other holder of Executive Office.  Any such delegation will be in writing and subject to any conditions the Trustees may impose and may be revoked or altered.

The Trustees shall hold at least three (3) meetings in every School year.  Any three (3) Trustees may requisition a meeting of Trustees by giving written notice to the Clerk.  Quorum at a meeting shall be three (3) or, if greater, one-third of the total number of Trustees. Local Authority Associated persons shall never be able to exercise more than 19.9% of the votes at a meeting of Members. 

A Local Authority Associated Person cannot be appointed as a Trustee if that would mean that 20% or more of the total number of Trustees were Local Authority Associated Persons.

The Biographies of the Trust Board of The Consortium Multi-Academy Trust can be found on the Consortium website here:  https://consortiumacademy.co.uk/suffolk/primary/consortium-mat/site/pages/governance/governance/members

THE CONSORTIUM MULTI-ACADEMY TRUST BOARD –
Terms of Reference

Core Values

The Board of The Consortium Multi-Academy Trust will, at all times:

  • Observe the highest standards of impartiality, integrity and objectivity in relation to the governance of The Consortium Multi-Academy Trust;
  • Be accountable to its stakeholders and regulatory bodies for its activities;
  • Engage in a challenging and supportive professional relationship with the Executive Team;

Expectations of The Consortium Multi-Academy Trust Board

All Trustees are required to:

  • Follow the Seven Principles of Public Life set out by the Committee on Standards in Public Life (referred to as The Nolan Principles and are set out on the Consortium MAT website here: https://consortiumacademy.co.uk/suffolk/primary/consortium-mat/staging/pages/governance/governance?designMode=true
  • Comply with:
    • The Articles of Association
    • These Terms of Reference
    • The scheme of delegation
    • The Conflicts of Interest Policy (www.consortiumacademy.co.uk)
    • The Governor Code of Conduct (www.consortiumacademy.co.uk)
  • Ensure they understand their duties, rights and responsibilities, and that they are familiar with the function and role of The Consortium Multi-Academy Trust
  • Not misuse information gained in the course of their Trusteeship for personal gain, nor seek to use the opportunity of service to promote their private interests or seek those of connected persons, firms, businesses or other organisations.
  • Participate actively in the induction process and any relevant training
  • Participate actively in fulfilling the roles and responsibilities as determined by the Scheme of Delegation and the Terms of Reference of the Trust Board and committees.

Powers, Functions and Responsibilities of Trustees

The Trustees are responsible for the governance and supervision of The Consortium Multi-Academy Trust and its committees, including the Local Governing Bodies. The Trustees have a number of duties and responsibilities relating to the governance of The Consortium Multi-Academy Trust and its finances.In summary, Trustees are responsible for:

  • Establishing the vision, mission and values of The Consortium Multi-Academy Trust.
  • Carrying on The Consortium Multi-Academy Trust in accordance with the objects of The Consortium Multi-Academy Trust as set out in the Articles of Association and safeguarding the assets of The Consortium Multi-Academy Trust.
  • Designing the strategy and structure for the operation of The Consortium Multi-Academy Trust.
  • The delegation of the running of the Academy Schools and the direction of the education, pastoral care, financial and other policies of The Consortium Multi-Academy Trust to the Executive Leadership Team.
  • Ensuring sound management and administration of The Consortium Multi-Academy Trust by the Executive Leadership Team and ensuring that the ELT is equipped with the relevant skills and guidance.
  • Financial controls and the financial management of The Consortium Multi-Academy Trust in accordance with the provisions of the Academies Financial Handbook, which sets in detail provisions for the financial management of The Consortium Multi-Academy Trust.
  • Setting standards of conduct and values, monitoring performance and the achievement of objectives, and ensuring that plans for improvement are acted upon.
  • Risk management – identifying, quantifying and devising systems to minimise the major risks affecting The Consortium Multi-Academy Trust.
  • Ensuring The Consortium Multi-Academy Trust and the Academy Schools are conducted in compliance with the general law.

Accountability of Trustees

The Trustees are accountable to:

  • The beneficiaries of The Consortium Multi-Academy Trust, (pupils at Academy Schools, their parents and the local community), for the quality of education and pastoral care at the Academy Schools, for matters of health and safety and for safeguarding and promoting the welfare of the pupils.
  • The DfE, the Education Funding Agency and specifically the Secretary of State under the terms of the Funding Agreement.
  • The Secretary of State for operating The Consortium Multi-Academy Trust for the public benefit, for the prudent management of The Consortium Multi-Academy Trust and its financial efficiency and for compliance with legislation including that relating to Charities.
  • The employees of The Consortium Multi-Academy Trust for their working environment and for compliance with the contract of employment and employment law requirements and matters of health and safety.
  • Other regulatory authorities for compliance with regulated responsibilities to which The Consortium Multi-Academy Trust and the Academy Schools are subject.

Conducting Trust Business

Trustees are required to:

  • Act together and in person and not delegate responsibility of The Consortium Multi-Academy Trust to others.
  • Act strictly in accordance with the Articles of Association.
  • Act in The Consortium Multi-Academy Trust’s interests only and without regard to their own private interests.
  • Manage The Consortium Multi-Academy Trust’s affairs prudently.
  • Not take personal benefit from The Consortium Multi-Academy Trust, unless expressly authorised by the Articles of Association or the Charity Commission.
  • Take proper professional advice on matters on which they are not competent.

The Trustees should also hold the Executive Leadership Team to account.  They should offer support, constructive advice, be a sounding board for ideas, a second opinion on proposals and help where needed, but also offer challenge, ask questions, seek information and improve proposals, where appropriate, and act in the best interests of The Consortium Multi-Academy Trust.

The Trustees shall have regard to the Ofsted Framework for Inspecting Schools. The Trustees shall have regard to the Academies Financial Handbook which shall be circulated to all Trustees. Further information relating to the roles and responsibilities of Trustees can be found in DfE documentation and Charity Commission advice and guidance.

Chair of The Trust Board

The Board will elect an individual from appointed Trustees to act as Chair.  A change of Chair will require a notification to be made to the DfE, including a DBS disclosure form to be submitted by the DfE.

The main role of the Chair is to chair meetings of the Trust Board, provide leadership to the Trustees and acting as the main point of contact between the Trustees and the Executive Team.

Apart from special responsibilities or powers given to the Chair in the Articles of Association, (the right to chair meetings of the Trust Board and to have a second or casting vote in a situation of equality of votes at a meeting of the Trust Board), the Chair has no special powers or rights over any other Trustee.  Any specific functions must be expressly delegated to the Chair by the Board.

Meetings of The Trust Board

Trustees of The Consortium Multi-Academy Trust commit to meeting at least three (3) times per academic year.  Meetings will be convened and conducted as detailed in the Articles.  In determining the Agenda for Board meetings and committee meetings, the Trustees will consider their requirements to:

  • Ensure good financial management and effective internal controls
  • Comply with the funding agreement and the current version of the Academies Financial Handbook (or successor documents)
  • Receive and consider information on financial performance at least three (3) times per academic year
  • Take appropriate action to ensure ongoing viability against agreed budgets

In consultation with the Clerk, the Chair of The Consortium Multi-Academy Trust will prepare an annual plan for the meetings of the Trustees.

Delegation of Powers of The Trust Board

Trusteeship and Directorship are personal offices of Trust and responsibility which cannot be transferred to another individual.  In order to ensure proper management of The Consortium Multi-Academy Trust and Academy Schools, the Trustees are enabled to delegate specific tasks to assist them in carrying out their duties and obligations.

The Consortium Multi-Academy Trust Board has decided which decisions it will take for itself, what will be delegated to committees, working groups or individual Trustees (The Chair), and what will be delegated to the Executive Leadership Team.  The Trustees will also decide when, and from whom they will take professional advice.  In deciding on delegation, the Trustees will consider:

  • Non-executive powers must be exercised by the Trustees personally and cannot be delegated.
  • Except where it is impractical to do so, executive powers should be delegated to the CEO/Principal and the Executive Leadership Team who may authorise further delegation.
  • Every act of delegation is only a delegation of power and does not relieve Trustees of their responsibility.

Trustees must not delegate any of their powers listed as ‘Reserved Matters’ (Detailed in Section Three) - Delegation can be made to:

  • Board Committees;
    • Finance and Resources
    • Standards and Excellence
  • The Teaching, Learning and Assessment Panel;
  • The Local Governing Bodies;
  • An individual Trustee;
  • The Executive Team (who may delegate to further individuals);

Stakeholder Voices

The Consortium Multi-Academy Trust Trustees are committed to consider the voices of various stakeholders and to put in place arrangements to receive feedback and to respond appropriately.  This will include pupils, parents and staff.  Academy Schools are expected to be involved in considering the voices of these and other stakeholders including the local community.

Risk Management

The Charities Statements of Recommended Practice (SORP), set out requirements for reporting risks to a charity.  The Statements of Recommended Practice on Financial Reporting for Charities, state that the Trustees’ annual report must include “a description of the principal risks and uncertainties facing the charity and its subsidiary undertakings, as identified by the charity trustees, together with a summary of their plans and strategies for managing those risks.”

The Trustees’ report must include a description of the principle risks and uncertainties faced by The Consortium Multi-Academy Trust and any subsequent undertakings as identified by the Trustees.  The report must also include a summary of the plans and strategies for managing these risks.  Trustees must be specific in identifying and addressing each risk and not use general statements regarding risk management.

This must include:

  • Operational Risks - employment issues, health and safety, fraud, service quality and development.
  • Financial Risks – accuracy of financial information, cash flow, reserves, over reliance on funding sources.
  • External risks – changes in government policy, economic factors, demographic changes, adverse publicity.
  • Regulatory Risks – compliance with legislation, changes in policy, changes in regulator.

Trustees must therefore include:

  • Decision making processes to respond to risks identified, including where appropriate seeking advice from professional advisors.
  • Appropriate statements regarding the management of risks in their annual report.

Management of Conflicts of Interest

Trustees have a statutory duty (through the Companies Act 2006) to:

  • Declare the nature and extent of an interest, which conflicts (or could conflict) with any matter relating to the Multi-Academy Trust.
  • Avoid any conflict of interest between that interest and the interests of The Consortium Multi-Academy Trust.

Charity law and guidance issued by the Charity Commission places obligations on the Trustees to manage any conflict between a Trustee’s duty to The Consortium Multi-Academy Trust and their own personal interests or for a Trustee to be influenced by conflicting duties to The Consortium Multi-Academy Trust and a third party.

Further obligations are set out in the Conflicts of Interest Policy (www.consortiumacademy.co.uk) which Trustees are obliged to comply with.

Recruitment of Trustees

It is essential that the Board of Trustees for The Consortium Multi-Academy Trust have a mix of skills and experience.  Trustees must therefore be able to identify potential new trustees in order to plan for succession, which incorporates continuity of experience and expertise with new ideas and energy. The Board is responsible for ensuring that:

  • Skills of a new or potential Trustee fit with The Consortium Multi-Academy Trust’s requirements in the short, medium and long term.
  • Each trustee (new and existing) is not disqualified from acting as a Trustee by any provision of the Academy Articles of Association, including the requirement that they are not disqualified as a company director or charity trustee.
  • There is a robust system in place which ensures that all relevant checks, including an enhanced DBS check (countersigned by the Secretary of State in the case of a new chair) is in place and checks are completed before or as soon as practical after a Trustee takes up position.
  • New Trustees understand their responsibilities and consents to act as a Trustee.

New Trustees will be properly inducted to ensure that they have the understanding regarding the nature and extent of their roles and responsibilities.  It is the duty of the new Trustee to ensure they are familiar with the Objects of The Consortium Multi-Academy Trust; its history and ethos and the nature and extent of its activities; and the content of The Consortium Multi-Academy Trust’s Articles of Association.  The Trust will provide each Trustee with:

  • The Articles of Association
  • The Governance Charter and Scheme of Delegation
  • These terms of reference
  • The Conflicts of Interest Policy

New Trustees will be required to sign declarations as appropriate and advised by our legal advisors.  The Clerk to the Trust Board will ensue that any appointment of a new Trustee is notified to the EFA within 14 days of the appointment (as required by the Academies Financial Handbook).

Training and Development

The Trustees will ensure that the Board has the skills and experience needed to perform its functions properly and effectively.  Trustees will be kept up to date with developments in the legal and regulatory framework in which The Consortium Multi-Academy Trust operates. The Trustees will conduct an annual self-evaluation with a view to identifying gaps in their skills and any requirements for training.

 

STANDARDS AND EXCELLENCE COMMITTEE
Terms of Reference

The Board of Trustees of The Consortium Multi-Academy Trust has established a Standards and Excellence Committee with the following Terms of Reference:

Membership  

  • The Committee will be appointed by the Trust Board and will comprise of no fewer than three (3) non-ex officio members, all of whom will be Trustees.
  • The Committee will appoint one of its members as the Chair of the Committee.
  • The Trust Board will appoint a clerk to the Committee.

Attendance
The Committee may, as any Executive Team member, to attend meetings of the Committee either regularly or by invitation in order to provide information.  This invitation may be extended to other individuals associated with Standards and Excellence as appropriate.  Invited attendees will not hold voting rights on the Committee.

Voting
The quorum for each meeting will be one half of the numbers of the Committee (rounded up).  Decisions of the Committee will be taken by majority of those present and voting.  The Chair will have a casting vote in the situation of equality of votes.

Meetings
The Committee will meet termly as standard and will convene for additional meetings as appropriate and deemed necessary.  Unless otherwise agreed, notice for meetings will be sent to members and any other person invited or required to attend, with a minimum of 7 days- notice of the date of the meeting.

Minutes
The Clerk will minute the meeting and resolutions of the Committee, determining at the beginning of the meeting whether any Member has a conflict of interest.  This will be minuted accordingly.

Authority
The Committee is authorised by the Trust Board to carry out activities as detailed within the Terms of Reference.  It is authorised to seek any information it requires from employees through appropriate channels (line management) and there is an expectation that employees will co-operate with any request in a timely and appropriate manner.

The committee is authorised by the Trust Board to obtain outside legal or other professional advice and to secure attendance of any person at any meeting with relevant experience and expertise if it considers this necessary. 

Standards and Excellence Committee Duties:

  • To ensure that the highest possible standards are set and maintained across the Trust and Academy Schools.
  • To receive a termly report from the Teaching, Learning and Assessment Panel regarding standards and performance of the Trust and Academy Schools against key performance indicators (KPIs). (need to agree and document what these are)
  • To identify any areas of concern in respect of standards and performance and to implement an action plan with the Teaching, Learning and Assessment Panel and Executive Team.
  • To ensure that the Trust’s curriculum is balanced and broadly based.
  • To scrutinise and review relevant Trust policies for recommendation to the Trust Board.
  • To ensure that effective processes are in place for the quality assurance of teaching, learning and assessment; the curriculum; inclusion and the sharing of good practice across The Trust and beyond.
  • To support the CEO/Principal in the creation, implementation and monitoring of The Consortium Multi-Academy Trust’s self-evaluation, development plan and any post-Ofsted Action plan.
  • To work in association with the Teaching, Learning and Assessment Panel to advise The Trust Board with respect to targets for pupil achievement across Academy Schools
  • To ensure that effective arrangements are in place and being implemented across the Trust for pupil support and representation, for monitoring pupil attendance and pupil discipline.
  • To ensure that effective arrangements are in place and being implemented across The Trust for staff performance management.
  • To receive, via the Executive Leadership Team and Teaching, Learning and Assessment Panel, advice regarding Performance Management issues, CPD requirements, CPD provision and other PM related outcomes.  Recommendations for pay uplifts will be considered (as identified in the Scheme of Delegation) by the Finance and Resources Committee.
  • To review, on a regular basis, its own performance, constitution and terms of reference to ensure it is operating at maximum effectiveness.

FINANCE AND RESOURCES COMMITTEE
Terms of Reference

The Board of Trustees of The Consortium Multi-Academy Trust has established a FINANCE AND RESOURCE COMMITTEE with the following Terms of Reference:

  • Membership: The Committee will be appointed by the Trust Board and will comprise of no fewer than three (3) non-ex officio members, all of whom will be Trustees.
  • The Committee will appoint one of its members as the Chair of the Committee.
  • The Trust Board will appoint a clerk to the Committee.

Attendance
The Committee may ask any Executive Leadership Team member, to attend meetings of the Committee either regularly or by invitation in order to provide information.  This invitation may be extended to other individuals associated with Standards and Excellence as appropriate.  Invited attendees will not hold voting rights on the Committee.

Voting
The quorum for each meeting will be one half of the numbers of the Committee (rounded up).  Decisions of the Committee will be taken by majority of those present and voting.  The Chair will have a casting vote in the situation of equality of votes.

Meetings
The Committee will meet termly as standard and will convene for additional meetings as appropriate and deemed necessary.  Unless otherwise agreed, notice for meetings will be sent to members and any other person invited or required to attend, with a minimum of 7 days-notice of the date of the meeting.

Minutes
The Clerk will minute the meeting and resolutions of the Committee, determining at the beginning of the meeting whether any Member has a conflict of interest.  This will be minuted accordingly.

Authority
The Committee is authorised by the Trust Board to carry out activities as detailed within the Terms of Reference.  It is authorised to seek any information it requires from employees through appropriate channels (line management) and there is an expectation that employees will co-operate with any request in a timely and appropriate manner.

The committee is authorised by the Trust Board to obtain outside legal or other professional advice and to secure attendance of any person at any meeting with relevant experience and expertise if it considers this necessary. 

Finance & Resources Committee Duties
Finance

  • Develop a financial strategy for The Consortium Multi-Academy Trust and consider policies, procedures or plans required to carry out the strategy.
  • Consider The Consortium Multi-Academy Trust indicative funding, once notified by the EFA, and to assess its implications for The Trust, in consultation with the CEO/Principal and the Finance and HR Manager, in advance of the financial year, drawing any matters of significance or concern to the attention of the Trustees.
  • Consider and recommend acceptance/non acceptance of The Trust budget to the Trustees including the delegated budgets to Academy Schools.
  • Monitor any variances from budget and ensure the EFA is notified as required.
  • Receive and make recommendations on the broad budget headings and areas of expenditure to be adopted each year, including the level and use of any contingency fund or balances, ensuring the compatibility of all such proposals with the development priorities set out in The Trust development plan.
  • Liaise with and receive reports from the Standards and Excellence Committee and Teaching, Learning and Assessment Panel and to make recommendations to those committees about the financial aspects of matters being considered by them.
  • Monitor and review procedures for ensuring the effective implementation and operation of financial procedures, on a regular basis, including the implementation of bank account arrangements and, where appropriate, to make recommendations for improvement.
  • Prepare the financial statement to form part of the annual report of the Trustees.
  • Ensure The Trust’s commercial and fundraising activities are carried out effectively.
  • Examine and review new initiatives for financial development, including fund raising.
  • Oversee significant investment and capital financing decision.
  • Approve and keep under review The Trust’s investment policy.
  • Approve and keep under review The Trust’s reserves policy.
  • Promptly notify The Trust Board of all financial matters of which the Committee has knowledge and which may materially affect the current of future position of The Trust.
  • Advise generally on the provision of resources and services to The Trust.

Remuneration

  • To consider, determine and keep under review a framework of policy for the remuneration, benefits and incentives of the CEO/Principal and other members of the Executive Leadership Team.
  • To determine within the framework, evidence of comparable remuneration, benefits and incentives.
  • To consider the outcome of the performance management of the CEO/Principal and other members of the Executive Leadership Team.
  • To make recommendations to the Trust Board as to the remuneration, benefit and incentives that should be paid to the CEO/Principal and Executive Leadership Team ensuring that the package is fair and appropriate, rewarding individual contributions to the success of The Trust and its progress towards fulfilling its objectives.
  • To consider the outcome of the performance management of the Academy and others as determined by the Teaching, Learning and Assessment Panel, and make recommendations to the Trust Board for the remuneration, benefit and incentive package; rewarding individual contributions to the success of The Trust and their individual Academy School as determined by their Performance Management targets.
  • To determine the policy for and scope of pension arrangements, service agreements for the Executive Leadership Team, termination payments and compensation commitments.

Risk and Audit

The committee will ask a representative from external auditors to attend meetings as deemed appropriate. The Committee will have at least one annual meeting, or part of the Finance meeting, which will consider risk and audit and be attended by the appropriate internal and external auditors without the Executive Leadership Team being present.

  • To consider the appointment of the external auditor, the audit fee and any questions of resignation or dismissal.
  • Discuss with the external auditor before the audit commences, the nature and scope of the audit.
  • Review the annual financial statements before submission to The Trust Board focussing on:
    • Any changes in accounting policies and practices
    • Areas involving a significant degree of judgement
    • Significant adjustments resulting from the audit
    • The going concern assumption
    • Compliance with accounting standards
    • Compliance with legal requirements
    • The clarity of disclosures
    • Consistency of accounting policies from year to year
  • Discuss problem and reservations arising from the audit and any maters the external auditor may wish to discuss (in the absence of Executive Leadership Team members where necessary).
  • Act as the receiving committee for internal audit reports and any issues that an internal audit raises.
  • Review the internal audit function, consider the findings and management responses and to ensure co-ordination between the internal and external audit functions.
  • Keep under review the effectiveness of internal control systems and in particular review the external auditor’s management letter and the management’s response.
  • Develop and review risk management and measurement strategies across The Trust, together with the procedures for monitoring the adequacy and effectiveness of those processes.
  • Review the action and implementation of risk management policy across The Trust.
  • Consider The Trust’s risk profile relative to current and future strategy and identify any such trends, concentrations or exposures and any requirement for policy change.
  • Receive and review risk management and relevant regulatory information and reports
  • Consider material breaches of the agreed risk limits, review the actions taken in response, and to prevent a repeat occurrence.
  • Consider the effect on the rights of The Trust of the findings of the internal and/or external audits.  The aims of this committee are to:
    • Facilitate good communication between The Trust and its external auditor.
    • Increase the credibility and objectivity of financial reporting.
    • Strengthen the independence of the audit function.
    • Improve the quality of the accounting and auditing functions.

Human Resources

  • Consider, determine and keep under review any strategies and policies for human resources and organisational development.
  • Consider, determine and keep under review effective arrangements for consultation with staff as a whole and for negotiation and consultation with appropriately recognised Trade Unions and/or other representatives.
  • Undertake the role of the disputed resolution panel to consider appeals against the CEO/Principal or The Trust decisions.
  • Ensure effective measures are in place to promote equality and diversity in employment
  • Consider the details of restructuring programmes following any necessary approvals in principle by The Trust Board.
  • Develop strategy and policy in all matters relating to the recruitment, reward, retention, motivation and development of The Trust’s staff.
  • To review on a regular basis, its own performance, constitution and terms of reference to ensure it is operating at maximum effectiveness.

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