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The overarching responsibility and accountability for governance of the Trust and its academies lies with the Board of Trustees, who meet three times a year.  

The Trustees are responsible for setting and monitoring strategic objectives, as well as ensuring compliance with charity and company law and the Trust’s funding agreement.

The Trust Board has delegated these responsibilities to four committees, each with its own terms of reference. Chaired by a Trustee, each committee meets termly with their minutes submitted to the Board of Trustees for noting, comment and action. 

  •     Education
  •     Safeguarding, Health and safety and Wellbeing
  •     Resources and Finance
  •     Pay

The Members protect the Charitable and Educational objectives, including the Ethos of the Trust. They take part in annual and extraordinary general meetings and appoint the Directors to the TKAT Board.  The Connect Education Trust Members are: Tom Sheldon, Andrew Nicolas and Paul Morall. 

Statutory policies adopted by the Trust Board are reviewed on a rolling cycle.

Vision, ethos and direction

  • In partnership with the Executive team and the HeadteachersTrustees ensure that the culture of each school reflects the vision, ethos and direction of ELT Partnership described in its vision and values statement.
  • Be Included:” The ethos for the Connect Education Trust is strongly rooted in improving life chances of all pupils, where they can give and receive respect and have a strong sense of identity, well-being, worth and achievement. Our aspiration is that all pupils will develop the skills and attitudes necessary to prepare them for life now and in the future.
  • The ELT Partnership development plan is informed by an annual self evaluation of the Trust by Trustees, LEC members and staff.

Quality of Education

Accountability for the educational performance of each school is delegated to the Executive team who are also responsible for promoting and monitoring standards of safeguarding and ensuring high quality professional development and staff wellbeing. The Executive team consists of the Chief Executive Officer, Deputy Chief Executive Officer/Chief Finance Officer, Chief Standards Officer and Chief Operations officer.

The Education Committee oversees the educational performance of each school and the personal development and wellbeing of pupils.  The responsibility of the Education Committee is to ensure all pupils in each school receive the very best education through a broad, balanced and engaging curriculum.

Each school has a Local Education Committee (LEC), comprised of parents, staff, executives and Trust appointed members. Their primary role is to enable school leaders to achieve the highest educational outcomes for all pupils, through monitoring the quality of education and by providing effective support and challenge. In cases where any school require rapid improvement an Interim Management Board is formed in place of a LEC to deliver the necessary improvements until such time the Trust Board deem appropriate.

The Trust Board is accountable for the financial performance of each school and delegates the operational management, regulation and oversight to the Chief Finance Officer, (CFO) in accordance with scheme of delegation. The CFO reports to the Finance and Resources Committee. The Finance and Resources Committee have responsibilities for issues of finance, risk, control and governance.

Postition Name Date Appointed End of Term
Trust Appointed LEC Member David Backhouse 


Staff LEC Member John Puddefoot 20.03.19 19.03.23
Trust Appointed LEC Member Jon Simms 17.09.19 16.09.23
Trust Appointed LEC Member Chair Matthew Miller 11.05.2021 10.05.2025
Chief Executive Officer Androulla Nicou


Executive Headteacher Zoe Hussain 20.07.19


Parent LEC Member Nick Finney 23.03.21 22.03.25
Parent LEC Member Joe Shefer 23.03.21 22.03.25
Trust Appointed LEC Member Andrea Cassius 06.07.21 05.07.25