Academy trusts are founded by Members. They agree the Trust’s first articles of association, which includes the Trust’s charitable purpose. The academy Trust must have at least three Members. Employees of the academy trust must not be Members. Members are not involved in the day-to-day business of the Trust. However, they do have an important role in an academy trust based on a number of key powers set out in the articles of association and in company law.

Members help to ensure that Academy Trustees are exercising effective governance by utilising a range of powers including:

  • Appointing and removing Academy Trustees
  • Appointing and removing Members
  • Directing Trustees (Members can, by special resolution, direct Trustees to take a specific action where Trustees are unable or unwilling to act in the best interests of the academy trust)
  • Amending the Trust’s Articles of Association
  • Appointing and removing Auditors

The James Cook Learning Trust Members are:


NameAppointed ByFrom
Helen RobinsonOriginal (signatory) members1 September 2018
Jane Marron-ShepherdOriginal (signatory) members1 September 2018
Mark BraithwaiteAppointed by the members of the academy trust17 April 2021
Member Information
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Retired Members

NameAppointed ByFromResigned
Angela DowningOriginal (signatory) members1 September 201809 December 21

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