Directors and Trustees of EFAT
The Members and Directors/Trustees of EFAT are:
You can find out more about the Essa Foundation Academies Trust and how it operates at
The Essa Foundation Trust:
An educational charity established by the Patel family, Essa Foundation Trust is a founding member of EFAT.
Chris Read is a manager at the Institute for Teaching and Ambition School Leadership, and works on designing and delivering programmes for teachers and school leaders. Chris is the Chair of the Board.
Nigel John Whittle is a chartered accountant. He is the finance director of two large companies and runs his own chartered accountancy practice providing services to the private sector and to public bodies, including local government. Nigel is a director/trustee of EFAT and is the Chair of Essa Primary Academy LGB. He has been a primary school governor for over 10 years.
Kate Longworth is a qualified solicitor specialising in the commercial property sector. Kate has also been a volunteer mentor for young people. She is a director/ trustee of EFAT.
Dr Mohammed Sharif Salim is a former senior manager with substantial international experience in the Chemical Industry both in the UK and the USA. Sharif has also had considerable experience working in the voluntary sector in community cohesion, equality and diversity. Sharif is a director/trustee of EFAT.
Lisa Fathers is Director of Teaching School at ‘The Alliance for Learning’, part of Bright Futures Education Trust. In addition to leading on school improvement, Lisa also has strategic responsibility for marketing and PR. Lisa is also an experienced educational coach.
Emily Reynard is the current Head of School at Manchester Enterprise Academy. Emily has previously been involved with Greater Manchester Challenge – a programme aiming to break the cycle of disadvantage and educational underachievement. Emily worked with a number of schools to significantly raise achievement at GSCE through staff development, intervention and high quality teaching. Emily believes in excellence and equity in education and is passionate about tackling social disadvantage to ensure that every child has the opportunity to be successful and lead a happy life.
Nicola Blatchly-Lewis is an experienced and passionate Early Years practitioner and has been involved in early years and primary education for the last 21 years. Nicola has also undertaken consultancy work for the London Borough of Newham and project-based work directly for the DfE.
Andrew Cooper is the Chief Executive Officer for EFAT
The Composition of the Board of Directors/Trustees is:
Sponsor Directors - up to eight appointed by the Essa Foundation Trust
Academy Directors - up to four appointed by the Board of Directors
The Chief Executive Officer/Management Team Director - ex officio