Members are custodians of the governance of the Trust. They are independent of the Board of Trustees and their role is to provide oversight and challenge.
The Board of Trustees is responsible for setting the Trust’s Ethos, Vision and Strategy.
Chris Howorth (Chair)
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Robin Kent (Vice Chair)
Michael del Río (CEO)
Michael has worked in a number of different roles during his career, the majority of which has been spent in or around the world of education. He joined UST in September 2021 following eleven successful years working in south London where he led improvements that turned two special measures schools into successful, high achieving, academies. He is passionate about creating the right environment in which children and young people are able to flourish. In addition to his educational oversight responsibilities Michael’s particular areas of expertise include project direction and financial leadership.
The Board of Trustees uses the services of the following three committees:
Finance, Audit and Risk Committee
The Finance, Audit and Risk Committee will exercise responsibility for, and oversight of, the auditing of UST financial matters. It will also hold oversight of the management of Risk across the Trust. The committee also monitors the staffing complement and recruitment processes of the Trust, operations and marketing.
Curriculum and Standards Committee
The Curriculum and Standards Committee will exercise oversight of policies and procedures, and monitor implementation, in respect of safeguarding, pupil achievement, learning and teaching, student discipline and personal development, community relations and curriculum. It is the interface between the Local Governing Councils (LGCs) and the Board of Trustees.
The Pay Committee will convene annually to review and approve any proposed pay awards for staff following the completion of the Performance Management cycle. They will also be directly responsible for undertaking the annual review and performance management of the Chief Executive Officer.
Local Governing Councils
Each constituent academy within the Trust has its own Local Governing Council (or LGC). The role of the LGC is to provide support and challenge to the Head of School at a local level, monitoring progress and outcomes against the Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) agreed for any one academic year. The LGC also supports the Head of School by nominating a Safeguarding Governor to oversee the policies and procedures in place at the academy.