Become an Acer Trust Governor or Trustee

The Acer Trust is governed by a Trust Board made up of highly committed individuals who bring a range of skills and experiences to ensure robust governance and oversight. The Trustees work together to enable excellent education for all the children in our care, by providing strategic leadership, support and challenge to the executive leaders of the Trust and the School Governing Bodies.

Becoming a Trustee of a multi-academy trust can be a challenging and rewarding experience, allowing you to develop your skills, meet new people and make an invaluable contribution to the lives of thousands of pupils, students and staff.

Acer Trust Trustees fulfil the role of trustee under charity law and director under company law, and collectively the Trust Board has three key functions defined by the Department for Education:

  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
  • Holding the Trust’s executive leaders to account for the educational performance of the Trust and all its students, and the performance of all staff
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the trust and ensuring money is well spent in accordance with the Academy Trust Handbook

There are no pre-requisites for becoming a trustee and the Acer Trust welcomes diversity of backgrounds and perspectives on its Trust Board. An understanding and experience of governance in any sector would be advantageous but not essential, but a commitment to our vision and values is vital.

This role is a voluntary role typically requiring a commitment of 6-10 days per annum.

If you are interested in becoming a trustee, please contact the Clerk to the Board, Mrs Nicky Hills to arrange an informal conversation about the role with either the Chair of the Trust Board or the Chief Executive Officer, or submit an expression of interest form to the same address.

Become a Governor of an Acer Trust School

Our School Governing Bodies are committees of the Trust Board and, as such, have delegated responsibility for the governance of our schools. Our School Governing Bodies are made up of individuals from a range of backgrounds, who are committed to the success of our schools and to supporting the pupils, students and communities they serve. They work together to provide strategic leadership, support and challenge to the Headteacher and school leadership team.

Becoming a governor of an Acer Trust school is an excellent opportunity to impact your local community and support the development of our pupils, students and staff, whilst also meeting new people, learning new skills and challenging yourself.

Acer Trust welcomes governors from all backgrounds, and recognises the value of diversity in our School Governing Bodies. There are no pre-requisites for becoming a governor, except for a commitment to the school and alignment with the vision and values of Acer Trust.

Current vacancies for school governors across all our schools can be found on our Vacancies page. If there are no applicable vacancies at present, you can express your interest in becoming a school governor by submitting an expression of interest to Judith Geddes, School Governance Development Officer, at