Christ ChurchCofE Multi Academy Trust

Grow Together, Learn Forever

Welcome toChrist Church
CofE Multi Academy Trust

Grow Together, Learn Forever

Our Board

Christ Church CofE Multi-Academy Trust is a charitable company (a company limited by guarantee and an exempt charity) which exists for the provision of education.

Name of Member Position in TrustType of MemberAppointed byDate of appointment
Dr Rev. Rachel MannMember Bury Area Dean Foundation/sponsor members01/09/2021
Rev. Stephen Openshaw MemberParochial Church Council Christ Church Original (signatory) members01/06/2017
Mr Anthony Lee Member Additional Member Original (signatory) members01/06/2017
Mr Mark GranbyMember Chair of Trustees Original (signatory) members01/06/2017
Mr Harold Williams OBE Member Manchester Diocesan Board of Education Foundation/sponsor members29/10/2019


The Academies Financial Handbook (2018) summarises the role of members as follows: “The members of an academy Trust have a different status from the Trustees. The members are the subscribers to the Trust’s memorandum of association ... Members have an overview of the governance arrangements of the Trust and have the power to appoint Trustees and remove these Trustees ... While members can also be Trustees, retaining some distinction between the two layers ensures that members, independent of Trustees, provide oversight and challenge. This is especially important in multi-academy Trusts in which Trustees are responsible for a number of academies ... Members must not be employees of the Trust.”


In the Christ Church CofE Multi-Academy Trust the Members, acting corporately and by majority vote, appoint members of the Board of Trustees (and may remove any Trustees appointed by them) and receive the Trust’s Annual Report, including its annual accounts.

In addition, in accordance with the requirements of the Companies Act 2006, Sections 489 and 490, the members ensure the Trust has legally appointed auditors.

Name of TrusteePosition in TrustType of TrusteeAppointed byTerm of office
Mrs Janet Adams Trustee FoundationAcademy members 01/06/2021 -31/05/2025 
Mr Mark Granby Chair of TrusteesFoundationAcademy members 01/06/2021 - 30/05/2025
Mr John Hall TrusteeFoundationAcademy members 02/03/2020 - 01/03/2024
Mr David Taylor Trustee FoundationAcademy members 02/03/2020 - 01/03/2024
Mr Ian Young CEO / Accounting Officer FoundationAcademy members N/A
Ms Kathryn Sowden Trustee Co-optedAcademy members 01/09/2021 – 31/08/2025


New Trustees are recruited from time to time. This is done in a transparent way using a role description and an indication of the areas of specialist skill, experience or expertise the Board wishes to strengthen in the light of an audit of skills and experience. In accordance with our Articles of Association the Foundation Trustees must always hold an overall majority of at least two. It is the Foundation Members who appoint the Foundation Trustees. Where it is felt by the Foundation Trustees that additional skills are required on the Board, with the consent of the Diocesan Board of Education, they may appoint additional Co-opted Trustees.


The Board of Trustees discharges its responsibilities through meetings 4-6 times per year which include all Trustees, including the CEO, and the CFO in attendance. It receives reports from:

  • The CEO summarising the achievements and challenges of the Trust against the Trust’s development plan, and any strategic decisions the Trust faces

  • All Local Academy Committees, comprising a year group by year group analysis of standards and updates on progress to development plan targets

  • Trustees’ Finance Committee – with all Trust level financial reporting and a report from the CFO Trustees’ Standards Committee – summarising end of key stage anticipated performance at each termly data drop and performance against Ofsted criteria in each category

  • HR Director summarising key activities as well as key HR measures of Trust

  • The Business Development Manager summarising programme management, risk register & compliance (including school website content, H&S & mandatory policies)