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.
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.
Matthew Hackett - Matthew works for the Cohens Group and recently attained full membership of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants. Matthew has a keen interest in the local community and volunteers with some local groups concerned with maintaining the local area.
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