Established by colleges for colleges in 1996, Association of Colleges (AoC) is the national voice for Further Education, Sixth Form, tertiary and specialist colleges. The AoC Group includes the AoC Charitable Trust, AoC Sport and AoC Create.
The AoC Charitable Trust’s primary purpose is to raise funds and oversee their application for the benefit of post-16 education and its vision is to have great colleges transforming lives and communities. The Trustees are appointed from the Association of Colleges’ Main Board, AoC's executive officers and independent representatives. Trustees appointed from the AoC’s Board include the Chair, the Chief Executive and the Director of Finance; executive officers include the Trust’s Director. Independent representatives are appointed for their knowledge, experience and status in the sector. All appointments require the approval of the Trustees. An informal induction process is carried out. As a minimum, the Trustees meet on a termly basis, although additional meetings are held if required.