Governance

The Empower Learning Academy Trust is a company limited by guarantee and a charitable trust. The Board of Trustees has the responsibility for the smooth running of the three academies that currently make up the trust.

These Trustees are also the Directors of the company. Much of the work of the Trustees is delegated to committees - in particular there is a separate committee for each of the academies which works as a Local Governance Committee.

How the structure works

  • Members – the role is similar to that of shareholders of a limited company
  • Trustees – appointed by Members to oversee Empower, agreeing the overarching strategic direction and ensuring robust governance
  • Executive Team – the CEO of ELAT - Simon London - leads this team to ensure the smooth running of the Trust and the schools that belong to it
  • Local Governance Committee or Board – provide challenge and support to each Academy’s Leadership team
Trust chart

Trustees

Name Date of appointment Term of office Business & pecuniary interests Meetings attended
David Harries
(chair)
27 Sept 2016 5
  • Sowena Taverns Ltd (06055700), Director
    Holiday rental business in Cornwall.
  • VPDH Associates Ltd (10780429), Director
    Consultancy services
  • Jihold LLP (OC381197), Limited Partner
    Business Services.
  • Burning Bright Productions Ltd (07596302), Director
    Television Production.
  • Heart 4 Sport Coaching Ltd, Daughter is a Director
    Coaching in schools.
  • Squirrels Heath Junior School, Chair of Governors
    Junior School in Gidea Park.
  • Coopers Coburn & Co Academy, Wife an employee
    Secondary school in Upminster.
  • National Governance Association, Trustee
    Trust advocating for better governance in schools.
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Simon London
(CEO)
27 Sept 2016 -

None

18/18
Keith Butcher 27 March 2017 5

None

11/12
James Brooks 27 Sept 2016 5

None

8/12
Anthony Farrow 27 March 2017 5

None

9/9
Keith Stewart 27 Sept 2016 5

Business: Hall Mead School
Parent Governor March 2012 - March 2016; Community Governor March 2016 to date

11/11
Mark Walton 23 Sept 2018 5

None

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Debbie Godwin 21 Jan 2019 4

Business: Debbie Godwin Consultancy
Consultancy offering CEIAG, PSHE, SMSC

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Paula Garner
(Company Secretary)
- -

None

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Members

Name Date of appointment Term of office Business & pecuniary interests Meetings attended
Malcolm Evans 1 Sept 2016 -

None

1/1
John McKernan 1 Sept 2016 -

None

1/1
Elaine Ward 27 March 2017 -

None

1/1
Tina Parsons 7 Nov 2018 -

None

0/0
Angela Adams 1 Nov 2018 -

None

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