Trust Structure & Governance

DNEAT is a Multi Academy Trust and the responsibility for governance rests with the Members and the Trust Board. The Members are responsible for appointing Trustees and they hold the Trust Board to account for the effective governance of the Trust.

The Board has 3 sub-committees whose role is to scrutinise the work of the Trust and hold Trust officers to account in accordance with the DNEAT Articles of Association and Scheme of Delegation (Primary) and Template Scheme of Delegation (Secondary) All sub-committees report back to Trustees at each Board Meeting.

In the second part of each term, an Academy Improvement Review meeting is held with each headteacher and their Chair of Governors.  These meetings are held at the academy and are attended by the relevant Academies Group Executive Principal (AGEP), the Academies Improvement Director and one of the Trustees assigned to the region by the Standards & Strategic Development Committee.

Local governance at academy level is conducted via a Local Governing Body which comprises Trust Appointed Governors, Parent Governors, a Staff Governor and the Headteacher.  Responsibilities from the Trust Board are delegated via a Scheme of Delegation which is reviewed on an annual basis.

The DNEAT Governance Arrangements 2020-2021 explains the composition of committees and frequency of meetings.


The Trust’s Accounting Officer is Oliver Burwood (CEO).
Declared interest: Oliver Burwood is a Director for the Diocese of Norwich Education Services Company (DoNESC).