Governance

The Richard Huish Trust (RHT) is a charitable company limited by guarantee (Company number 9320523). Governance of the Trust falls within the responsibility of Members and the Board of Trustees.

The Members

– have the power to amend the Articles of Association (which sets out the trust’s charitable objects and governance structure)
– have power to appoint a number of Trustees and to remove any or all serving Trustees
– may issue direction to the Trustees to take a specific action
– have power, ultimately, to instigate closure of the Academy Trust.

The current Members are:
Mr David Griffin, the Chair of the Governing Body of the Richard Huish College,
Mr Jonathan Langdon, the Vice-chair of the Governing Body of the Richard Huish College,
Mr Edward Gregory, the Corporate Member of the Bath and Wells DBE Trust,
Mr Philip White OBE

Although Members have ultimate oversight, the company is run by a Board of Trustees. The composition of the Board currently comprises eight directors including the Chief Executive of the Academy Trust.

The Trustees are both charity trustees and company directors and have the legal responsibility for conducting the business of the trust. They may choose to delegate certain powers to committees or to the local governing boards of academies in accordance with a Scheme of Delegated Authority (SoDA).

In particular, Trustees have responsibility to:

– ensure clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
– hold executive leaders to account for the educational performance of the organisation and its pupils, and the performance management of staff
– oversee the financial performance of the organisation and make sure its money is well spent

The Board of Trustees has established a Finance and Audit Committee which oversees key functions.

Trustees/Directors

Director Date of Appointment / Re-AppointmentStatusMembership
Guy Adams30th November 2018DirectorChair of the Board of Directors
Member of the Finance and Audit Committee
John Abbott
CEO
Ex-OfficioDirectorChief Executive Officer
Member of the Finance and Audit Committee
Mark Braund30 November 2018Director
Catherine Christie20 February 2018DirectorVice Chair of the Board of Directors
& Chair of the Finance and Audit Committee
David Griffin30 November 2018DirectorMember of Finance and Audit Committee
Lorraine Heath30 November 2018DirectorDirector on TTA Local Governing Body
Jade Renville01 September 2019DirectorMember of the Finance and Audit Committee
Chris Ormrod30 November 2018DirectorMember of the Finance and Audit Committee
TTA Local Governing Body Chair