What is the Composition and Role of a Local Governing Body (LGB)?
The Local Governing Body’s role is to exercise leadership on behalf of the Trust in the running of one or more than one academy and to provide information to the Board of Directors on the operation and performance of each academy. Governors of a Local Governing Body, except the Principal, serve as volunteers and receive no payment for their work.
The composition of an EFAT Local Governing Body is:
- Sponsor Governors- majority- at least 5 appointed by the Board of Directors
- Parent Governors- Essa Academy-2 parent governors- elected/ appointed by the LGB
- Parent Governors- Essa Primary Academy- up to 4 parent governors – elected/ appointed by the LGB
- Staff Governor- 1- elected/appointed by the LGB
- Principal- 1- ex-officio
- Co-opted Governors- as required- appointed by the LGB
The Trust’s Governors are:
Anwer Ibrahim Patel 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.
Martin Knowles is the Principal of Essa Academy. He is also a Governor.
Nicholas Ford is deputy head at Bolton School, an independent school in Bolton. He has over 20 years teaching and senior leadership experience in state schools. Nic is Vice Chair of the Local Governing Body.
Ismail Kala has over 25 years teaching experience as a science teacher in a mixed community school in Blackburn. He has served as primary school governors for 20 years. He is also a trustee of a cricket and social club.
Paul Davidson is a teacher of Russian and French at Bolton School Boys Division, – an independent school in Bolton. He is Head of Russian and Head of modern foreign languages and has lived and worked in Japan, Russia, and France.
Julia Pilkington has over ten years experience as a teacher and currently works in a secondary school and has been a Middle Leader for seven years.
Wasim Raja is a local businessman with previous experience as a Sales Director at a Business brokers based in Bolton.
Farook Atcha is a Project Officer working with local businesses for Bolton Council. He is also a qualified Youth and Community worker.
Lucy Lees is a senior leader at Mahdlo Youth Zone in Oldham.
Jordan Turner Jordan is the staff governor.
Neelam Arshad Neelam is a parent governor. She has 3 children at the academy.
Essa Primary Academy
Nigel John Whittle is a chartered accountant. He is the finance directors of two large companies and runs his own chartered accountancy practice providing services to the private sector and to public bodies including Local government. He has been a primary school governor for over 10 years. Nigel is the Chair of the Local Governing Body of Essa Primary Academy.
Joanna Louise Atherton is the Principal. She is also a governor.
Enid Cathcart spent 17 years as a teacher and became the Head of Infants in a Radcliffe Primary School. She has also worked as a lecturer in a Further Education College and is now retired. Enid is the Vice Chair of the Local Governing Body of Essa Primary Academy.
Sofiya Patel is an employee of the Trust and provides student support and creative technology support to students at Essa Academy.
Ismail Kala has over 25 years teaching experience as a science teacher in a mixed community school in Blackburn. He has served as a primary school governor for 20 years. He is also a trustee of a cricket and social club.
Angela Stephens worked as a primary teacher in Bolton for 20 years and held a range of management posts. Latterly, she was responsible for primary/secondary liaison. Angela is now training to be a Cognitive Behaviour Therapist.
Rusell Kinch is the staff governor. He has been a teacher for 14 years, working across three different local authorities. Russell is an AST, and has worked as a Deputy for the last 5/6 years.
Aatika Patel is a parent governor. She is a full time mum currently and has worked as a housing services officer for Bolton at Home and as an administrator for Jobcentreplus in the past . Aatika is also a volunteer at a local madressah teaching children of various age groups.
Nazida Patel is a parent governor. She is a housewife and mum and is currently working as a casual lunchtime organiser at Essa Primary Academy.
Philip Jackson is a co-opted governor.
Tasneem Patel is a co-opted governor.