Every Catholic Academy Trust has a board of directors appointed to act on behalf of the Bishop of Leeds. This role is that of a company director in company law and a charitable trustee in Charity Lawand individuals will be required to register at Companies House. Appointments are made to ensure a range of professional skills across the board to allow the board to carry out its duties proficiently e.g. educationalists, accountancy, legal, HR, health and safety specialists etc. Appointees are expected to understand the ethos of Catholic education and be involved in the work of the church often as active parishioners in their own parishes.
Furthermore all Catholic Academy Trust Directors must abide by the Seven Principles of Public Life enunciated by the Nolan Committee, which are:
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 material benefits for themselves, their family, or their friends.
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.
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.
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.
Holders of public office should be as open as possible about all decisions and actions that they take. They should give reasons for their decisions and restrict information only when the wider public interest clearly demands.
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 public interest.
Holders of public office should promote and support these principles by leadership and example