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


Trustees

NameDate of AppointmentTerm of OfficeBusiness & Pecuniary InterestsMeetings Attended
David Harries
(chair)
27 Sept 20165Sowena 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.
Coopers Coburn & Co Academy, Wife an employee
Secondary school in Upminster.
National Governance Association, Trustee
Trust advocating for better governance in schools.
16/17
Simon London
(CEO)
27 Sept 2016None17/18
Keith Butcher27 March 20175None13/14
James Brooks27 Sept 20165None11/13
Anthony Farrow27 March 20175None7/10
Keith Stewart27 Sept 20165Business: Hall Mead School
Parent Governor March 2012 – March 2016; Community Governor March 2016 – Sept 2020
13/13
Mark Walton23 Sept 20185None11/13
Debbie Godwin21 Jan 20194Business: Debbie Godwin Consultancy
Consultancy offering CEIAG, PSHE, SMSC
10/11
Andrew Frater
(Company Secretary)
None0/0

Members

NameDate of AppointmentTerm of OfficeBusiness & Pecuniary InterestsMeetings Attended
Malcolm Evans1 Sept 2016None1/1
John McKernan1 Sept 2016None1/1
Elaine Ward27 March 2017None0/1
Tina Parsons7 Nov 2018None1/1