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Scheme Of Delegation

This scheme of delegation describes the functions of the Board that are devolved to the Executive.

The Articles of Association allow for the Board to appoint a Chief Executive Officer who is given an ex-officio position on the Board or who may be a Trustee on the Board. Lincolnshire Gateway Academies Trust has appointed a CEO who is a Trustee.

Any and all authority delegated by the Board is delegated to the Chief Executive Officer.

The Board may approve recommendations made by the CEO and appoint sufficient staff to a Senior Executive Team in order to discharge the functions of the Trust.

Lincolnshire Gateway Academies Trust has determined the following Senior Executive Team positions:

  • Chief Executive Officer (Accounting Officer for the purposes of ESFA requirement)
  • Chief Finance Officer
  • 1 Executive Principal (primary phase)
  • 1 Executive Principal (secondary phase)
  • Services Lead(s) (HR, ICT, Facilities Management)

The Board delegates the following authority to the Chief Executive Officer:

All the operational activities of the Board to include:

  1. The assurance of high-quality educational provision across the Trust.
  2. The line management of members of the Executive Team.
  3. The line management of Principals in constituent academies.
  4. The development and implementation of organisation-wide procedures.
  5. The preparation, monitoring and reporting of the annual development plan alongside the associated budgets.
  6. Financial management operating within delegated limits (see below).
  7. Certification of monthly payroll.
  8. The appointment of all staff other than the Principals of constituent academies and members of the Senior Executive Team.
  9. Recommendations on the appointment of Academy Principals and members of the Senior Executive Team.
  10. The evaluation of the performance and pay of all staff, including the Principals of the constituent academies.
  11. The management of all estates leased to or owned by the Trust.
  12. The implementation of a Trust-wide ICT strategy.
  13. Compliance with all legislative and financial requirements.
  14. The identification of new constituent academies.
  15. The promotion of the Trust.

The Scheme of Financial Delegation, proposed by the CEO and approved by the Board reflects the pivotal strategic and operational role of the CEO, the role of the Trust central team in controlling expenditure, and the requirement to manage risks.

The Scheme of Financial Delegation complies with the requirement set out in the Academies Financial handbook issued by the ESFA.

The delegated responsibilities to the Chief Executive Officer are translated into his job description.

The job descriptions of the remaining members of the Senior Executive Team reflect the responsibilities delegated to them by the CEO.

Whilst the Members should appoint an external auditor for the Trust, the CEO should appoint, with the approval of the Board, an internal auditor to ensure proper day-to-day controls of the working of the organisation and in accordance with the conditions set out in the latest Academies Financial Handbook.

The Chief Executive oversees the construction of an annual operational plan, known as the Trust Development Plan, which specifies the Trust’s key deliverables and the top-level actions which will secure them. Risks to the achievement of the key deliverables are identified, assessed and strategies put in place to mitigate them.