The trust board is the decision-making body of the academy trust and is accountable and responsible for all the schools equally in the academy trust. The academy trust will also be the employer of any central staff and those within its academies.

Academy Trustees are the people who make up the trust board, in some academy trusts they may be referred to as directors. Academy Trustees are both the charity trustees and company directors of the academy trust. The ‘competency framework for governance’ outlines the knowledge, skills and behaviours needed by trust boards for effective governance’.

The trust board must operate and make decisions to further the academy trust’s charitable object, which in the majority of trusts is ‘to advance for the public benefit education in the United Kingdom’.  The Academy Trustees are responsible for the general control and management of the administration of the academy trust. They have statutory duties to exercise care, skill and diligence and avoid conflicts of interest. As the strategic leader of the academy trust, it is vital that the trust board is connected with, and engages, the communities and stakeholders it serves. In the interests of transparency, the trust board must publish on its website up-to-date details of the overall governance arrangements it has put in place.

The role of the Academy Trustee is a voluntary one. As academy trusts have charitable status, payments to Academy Trustees are by exception only and subject to very specific legal restrictions.  Trust boards should also have regard to the need for the Executive Leader and teachers in their academy(ies) to be able to achieve a satisfactory work life balance, and, through their strategic role, should provide support and challenge to help reduce unnecessary burdens, for example, in relation to the number of data requests that are made.

Our Trustees

Deborah Andrews
Deborah AndrewsChair of Trustees appointed by the Board
Bryan Allbut
Bryan AllbutTrustee appointed by the Board
Barry Newton
Barry NewtonTrustee appointed by the Board
Barry Prever JP
Barry Prever JPTrustee of the Bordesley Multi-Academy Trust and Member of the Trinity High School local governing body.
My background is firmly rooted in education. My main career was as a teacher in a variety Birmingham schools for 38 years. When I retired from teaching in 2009, I was the Associate Headteacher of a large, successful secondary school in South Birmingham.
On my retirement from teaching, I trained to be a JP and sat as a Presiding Magistrate in the Birmingham Adult Criminal Courts and also as a Presiding Justice in the Birmingham Family Courts for 11 years. This was both challenging and interesting work.
Recently, I trained to be an adviser with Citizens Advice and I currently work as a volunteer on the Citizens’ Advice Telephone Adviceline. This is exciting and interesting work because, when that phone rings, you have no idea what manner of query you are going to be asked to provide guidance on.
I have been on the Governing Body of Redditch schools for over 22 years. I became a Parent Governor at Bridley Moor High School when my daughter joined in Year 9. She subsequently joined Trinity’s Sixth Form following the Redditch reorganisation and at that time I opted to join the Governing Body of Trinity High School as a Local Authority Governor and Deputy Chairman. In 2009 I became Chair of Governors at the school, a position I held for almost 10 years. I stood down as chair and moved to the ‘back benches’ in 2019, maintaining my connection with Trinity. Although I am comfortable with all aspects of school governance I have a special interest in safeguarding and the curriculum and I continue to be a member of the Finance, Site and Building Committee as well as the Curriculum Committee. I am the link governor for safeguarding and ‘looked after children’. I also became a Trustee of the Bordesley Multi-Academy Trust when it was established in 2019 and a member of the BMAT Finance Committee.
Ann Rickard
Ann RickardVice Chair of Bordesley MAT Trustees and Trinity High School Governing Body
I have lived in Redditch for 42 years and feel very much part of the community . Both my children enjoyed their Education at Trinity High School and my husband taught there for over 35 years.
I became a Governor at Trinity when I retired in 2017. Previously to that I was Assistant Headteacher at South Bromsgrove High School . In that role I had oversight of Special Educational Needs and a number of Faculty and Pastoral areas. I was also very involved with the House system and Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme, which was very rewarding.
For many years I was Director of Initial Teacher Training and worked with Universities and other local schools in this capacity. Working with those joining the Teaching Profession was something I valued very much .
I feel that my experience in Education and local knowledge will help me support Bordesley Multi Academy Trust moving forward.
Michael Smith
Michael SmithTrustee appointed by the Board
Adrian Ward
Adrian WardChief Executive and Accounting Officer appointed by the Board