Interested in Governance?

The Trust are actively recruiting for Trustees to provide support, challenge and critical friendship to our organisation. If you feel this is something you would like to become involved in, we would be delighted to hear from you.



We are looking for a Chair of the Local Advisory Board (LAB) to provide effective leadership to the LAB. The Chair will work closely with LAB members to fulfil their delegated functions for the delivery of excellent local governance. This will include ensuring the school’s vision, ethos and strategic direction are in line with the Trust’s; the performance of students and staff are of the highest standards; and the school manages its budget effectively. In addition, the Chair will take an active part within the Trust committee structure, providing a strong link between the Trust Board and LAB.

This is a voluntary role with typically five LAB meetings per year and four Trust Committee meetings, as well as other ad hoc functions to support the school (eg: interviews). We are particularly interested to hear from anyone who has experience of the Chair to Governors role or who has the ambition and leadership skills to develop within this role. A full induction training programme will be provided to the successful candidate, including a mentor.



We are looking for a Local Advisory Board member who could become the “champion” for standards and curriculum with a remit to review the quality of teaching and learning, and the progress of students at Maiden Erlegh Chiltern Edge ("MECE").

Maiden Erlegh Trust teaching staff or those with experience of working in education from within the local community may be particularly suited to this role. With regret MECE staff are unable to apply for this position.

We are particularly interested to hear from anyone with experience who would be interested in taking on this role and could use their experience to support the work of the Local Advisory Board. Some experience of school governance and/or related fields would be helpful but is NOT essential as we would provide training. 


Maiden Erlegh Trust is committed to safeguarding, the principles of equality and the celebration of diversity and would want all new LAB members to share these commitments.


If you are interested or would like to discuss either of these roles, please email Vicky Boatman, Clerk to the Board of Trustees before the closing date of Friday 4 December 2020. You can also find out more about our governance arrangements here.


What is the role of a Member?

As charitable companies limited by guarantee every trust has members who have a similar role to the shareholders of a company limited by shares. They:

  • are the subscribers to the trust’s memorandum of association (where they are founding members)
  • may amend the articles of association subject to any restrictions in the articles, the funding agreement or charity law
  • may, in certain circumstances, appoint new members or remove existing members
  • have powers to appoint and remove trustees in certain circumstances
  • may, by special resolution, issue direction to the trustees to take a specific action
  • appoint the trust’s auditors and receive the trust’s audited annual accounts (subject to the Companies Act)
  • have power to change the name of the company and, ultimately, wind up the academy trust

Our Members meet three times per year.

What is the role of a Trustee?

The trustees of the academy trust are both charity trustees and company directors. 

The trustees should focus on the three core functions of governance:

  • ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
  • holding executive leaders to account for the educational performance of the organisation and its pupils, and the performance management of staff
  • overseeing and ensuring effective financial performance.

The trustees must apply the highest standards of governance and take full ownership of their duties. They must comply with the trust’s charitable objects, with company and charity law, and with their funding agreement. 

If you are interested in becoming a Trustee then please contact:

Mrs Victoria Boatman

Clerk to the Board of Trustees