University of Lincoln Academy Trust (UOLAT) has three tiers of governing committees and conforms to the most up to date Academies Financial Handbook (September 2019) and most recent guidance from the Regional Schools Commissioner. There is clear separation of personnel between the three tiers of governance with only the Chair of the Trust bridging any tier; he is a Member and a Trustee. This means each committee can be held to account for their decisions without conflict of interest, this does mean there is a greater need for good communication between the various tiers.
Trustees (Director) – Board of Trustees
Governors – Academy Governing Committee (AGC)
The conduct of the trusts business at all levels is critical to the reputation of the Trust and its sponsors. Trustees, governors and executive staff must declare any real or perceived interests that arise as part of their work. If they have any doubts they must consult the CEO/Accounting Officer for advice before taking part in any discussion on a potential related matter. The golden rule is one of declaring an interest if in doubt. The Trust expects everyone to not only adhere to Nolan’s Principles of Public Life, avoiding real but also perceived conflicts of interest with any connected party relationships.
Selflessness – Holders of public office should act solely in terms of the public interest. They should not do so in order to gain financial or other benefits for themselves, their family or their friends.
Integrity – Holders of public office should not place themselves under any financial or other obligation to outside individuals or organisations that might seek to influence them in the performance of their official duties.
Objectivity – In carrying out public business, including making public appointments, awarding contracts, or recommending individuals for rewards and benefits, holders of public office should make choices on merit.
Accountability – Holders of public office are accountable for their decisions and actions to the public and must submit themselves to whatever scrutiny is appropriate to their office.
Openness – Holders of public office should be as open as possible about all the decisions and actions they take. They should give reasons for their decisions and restrict information only when the wider public interest clearly demands.
Honesty – Holders of public office have a duty to declare any private interests relating to their public duties and to take steps to resolve any conflicts arising in a way that protects the public interest.
Leadership – Holders of public office should promote and support these principles by leadership and example.