Governance – September 2017
Essa Foundation Academies Trust is a multi-academy trust – that means that a single trust is responsible for running a number of academies, in our case currently two plus Essa Nursery. The trust itself is made up of a group of members and trustees who take joint responsibility for making sure things run smoothly across all the academies.
The ‘members’ of Essa Foundation Academies Trust are a bit like the shareholders of any big company. They have the ultimate say over what the trust does, they can make changes to the trust’s constitution, which is known as the ‘Articles of Association’, and they have the power to appoint some of the trustees.
The members of Essa Foundation Academies Trust are:
Anwer Ibrahim Patel – Anwer is a founding member and a director/trustee of the Essa Foundation Trust and EFAT. He is the Chair of the Board of Directors and Chair of the Local Governing Body of Essa Academy. Anwer is the Managing Director of Cohens Chemist Ltd, one of the largest independent retail pharmacy chains in the country and has a number of other business interests. He holds an honorary doctorate from the University of Bolton for services to the community.
Yakub Ibrahim Patel – Yakub is a founding member of the Essa Foundation Trust. Yakub is a qualified accountant and holds an honorary doctorate from the University of Bolton for services to the community.
Adam Hassan Umarji – Adam is the Managing Director of General Traffic, a motor vehicle parts and accessories company. He has considerable commercial, community, public services and governance experience.
Ibrahim Suleman Bobat – Ibrahim is a founding member of the Trust. He has worked for a major pharmaceutical company for over 25 years.
While the members are like the shareholders of a company, the ‘trustees’ are more like Directors. They are responsible for three main areas of running the trust:
- Setting the direction of the trust in terms of what it wants to achieve
- Holding the Principals to account for the educational performance of each academy, and
- Making sure the finances are all in order and everything we do offers the best possible value for money.
Like the Board of Directors of any big organisation, the trustees of Essa Foundation Academies Trust pay particular attention to:
- Setting the strategic direction for the Trust, alongside the Chief Executive
- Making sure there is consistency in things like HR policy across the trust
- Ensuring that the trust complies with all relevant laws, includimg charity law requirements and the same company law requirements that apply to all Directors.
- Keeping a close eye on the executive team and the individual academy principals and holding them to account at all times through the Chief Executive.
The Trustees of Essa Foundation Academies Trust are:
Anwer Ibrahim Patel (Chair) is the managing director of Cohens Chemist Ltd, one of the largest independent retail pharmacy chains in the country and has a number of other business interests. He holds an honorary doctorate from the University of Bolton for services to the community. Anwer is a founding member and a director/trustee of the Essa Foundation Trust and EFAT. He is the Chair of the Board of Directors and Chair of the Local Governing Body of Essa Academy.
Chris Read is an education professional who currently works as an Adviser and Campaigns Officer at The New Schools Network. Chris is the Vice Chair of the Board of Directors.
Adam Collins is a qualified chartered management accountant and has a master’s degree in strategic business management. He works with a locally based national firm providing property services. He is a founding member and a director/trustee of EFAT and the Chair of the Audit & Risk Committee.
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.
Charles Adegoroye is an ACCA Chartered Accountant with a demonstrated track record of achievements in public and private sector organisations. Charles 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.
Andrew Cooper is the Chief Executive Officer for EFAT .