I have been interested in becoming a governor for a number of years and my current career finally allows me the time to do it. However, I have some confusion as to the differences between the role in an academy and non-academy. I have had a meeting at an academy (MAT) in the past week and the structure was that there are trustees and members. Moving forward they want to move to having directors, trustees and governors. The chair is appointed by the sponsor and would not necessarily come from (and has not previously) the current members. I was left with the impression that the role of the governors/members would be diluted across the three tiers, however, maybe someone could help me get my head around it. I wanted to be in a position where the governing body had the freedom to make the decisions required to push a school forward or to sustain its fantastic record. However, I get the impression that in an academy that would not be the case. Maybe i'm wrong and I would be grateful if anyone could clarify things.