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 Interests
David Harries
(chair)
27 Sept 20165Coopers Coburn & Co Academy, Wife an employee
Secondary school in Upminster.
Jihold LLP (OC381197), Limited Partner
Business Services.
National Governance Association, Trustee
Trust advocating for better governance in schools.
Heart 4 Sport Coaching Ltd, Daughter is a Director
Coaching in schools.
Simon London
(CEO)
27 Sept 2016None
Keith Butcher27 March 20175None
James Brooks27 Sept 2020
Reappointed. Originally appointed on 27 Sept 2016
4None
Anthony Farrow27 March 2021
Reappointed. Originally appointed on 27 March 2017
4None
Keith Stewart27 Sept 2020
Reappointed. Originally appointed on 27 Sept 2016
4Business: Hall Mead School
Parent Governor March 2012 – March 2016; Community Governor March 2016 – Sept 2020
Debbie Godwin21 Jan 20294Business: Academies Enterprise Trust
Apprenticeship Assessor/Trainer – Jan 1, 2020 –
Andrew Frater
(Company Secretary)
1 Jul 2019None
Josephine Asante27 Feb 20204

Members

NameDate of AppointmentTerm of OfficeBusiness & Pecuniary Interests
Malcolm Evans1 Sept 2016None
Elaine Ward27 March 2017None
Tina Parsons7 Nov 2018None
David Forster15 Jan 2020