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:
Jonathan Langdon
Mary Tighe
Steve Harrison
Edward Gregory, the Corporate Member of the Bath and Wells DBE Trust

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 (referred to as Directors at our Trust) 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 General Purposes Committee, an Audit and Risk Committee, an Academic Performance and Quality Committee, a Governance & People Committee and a Nomination Committee to oversee key functions.

Trustees/Directors

DirectorCurrent term of office end dateStatusRole and Committee Membership
John Abbott
CEO
Ex-OfficioDirectorChief Executive Officer
Catherine Christie31 December 2026DirectorBoard of Directors Vice Chair, Finance & General Purposes (Chair), Governance
Patrick Flaherty31 December 2026DirectorAudit & Risk,
Governance (Chair)
Clare Greenslade30 September 2025DirectorFinance & General Purposes, Academic Performance & Quality
Victoria Harrison30 September 2025DirectorGovernance
Gareth Jones30 April 2026DirectorAcademic Performance & Quality (Chair)
Daniel Maycock30 September 2025DirectorAudit & Risk (Chair), Governance
Jade Renville30 September 2027DirectorChair of Trust Board
Governance
Audit & Risk
Tim Duffen20 March 2027DirectorAcademic Performance & Quality
Dominic Lynch14 January 2028DirectorAudit & Risk
Olivia Salaman17 March 2028DirectorFoundation Director