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At University of Brighton Academies Trust, inspiring governance and leadership is key to all we do; for our staff, our pupils, their parents and carers and the communities we serve. 

The University of Brighton Academies Trust is a multi-academy trust and a not-for-profit charitable company limited by guarantee. The Trust’s sponsor is the University of Brighton.

A multi-academy trust is a group of academies governed by a single set of members and trustees who are accountable to the Department for Education for the educational and financial performance of the academies in the trust.

Governance Structure Diagram


As we are a charitable company limited by guarantee, the members have a role similar to shareholders in a limited company. The members are responsible for ensuring the purpose of the Trust is met and for monitoring the effectiveness of its governance arrangements


Alice Allen

Coming from a family of educators, I have a lifelong passion for learning and a deep respect for the teaching profession. I appreciate the challenges in Education and am committed to leveraging my skillset to elevate the aspirations and outcomes of our staff and students.

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Andy Davies

Through my professional work I have been a long-time supporter of the University of Brighton Academies Trust and I have been a member of the Education and Standards Committee since 2021. 

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Trustee Chris Pole

A career sociologist, Chris joined the University of Brighton as Deputy Vice-Chancellor in 2014, until his retirement in 2019. He has previously served as  Dean of the School of Social Sciences and Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Academic Affairs at Nottingham Trent University. 

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Dr John Smith is Chief Executive of the University of Brighton Academies Trust. He has strategic overview of the Trust's activities, acting as a liaison between the academies, the Board, the university, local authority, and the Department for Education. 

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Trustee Janey Walker

Janey Walker has served as Channel 4's Head of Education, Managing Director of the Indie Training Fund and as s Director of IGGY, the University of Warwick’s online network for gifted teenagers. She curently serves as Deputy Chair of the Board of Governors at the University of Brighton.

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Miles Smith

With significant legal and consultancy experience, Paul has served as General Counsel to the London Fire Brigade and Vice-Chairman, of the Independent Monitoring Board at HM Prison Lewes. He has been governor of two primary schools and brings a wealth of legal governance and statuatory experience to the next stage of the Trust's journey.

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Our Board of Trustees has collective accountability and responsibility for the Trust, and provides are the people responsible for setting the Trust’s strategic direction, including the three core functions common to school Governing Bodies:

  • Strategic leadership of the Trust through determining its mission
  • Accountability and assurance
  • Engagement with stakeholders 

Our Trustees are also responsible for ensuring the trust complies with charity and company law, as well as with regulatory, contractual and statutory requirements.


Governance Arrangements
Articles of Association

             Last updated: September 2017

Board of Trustees Terms of Reference

             Last updated: 2021

Code of Conduct

             Last Updated: 2022

Master Funding Agreement

            Last updated: September 2017

Memorandum of Association 

             Last Updated: March 2010

Scheme of Delegation

             Last Updated: October 2023