Our E-ACT Ambassadors

Our E-ACT Ambassadors Group is made up of people who share a great passion for our academy.

Led by a chairperson, E-ACT ambassadors meet once per term, and will have at least two parent ambassadors elected to the group. They work closely with headteachers, regional and national staff as well as our trustees, and focus on the four Cs of Communication, Celebration, Complaints and Community.


Please note that the board of trustees is the governing body for E-ACT and all E-ACT academies. The EAG is an advisory body only.

Attendance of trustees at meetings is published on the trust website within E-ACT’s annual report which also contains information on the structure and responsibilities of the board and its committees.

Other important documents that can be found on the trust website include:

  • Trustees’ business and financial interests
  • Articles of Association
  • Master Funding Agreement and Supplemental Agreements
  • E-ACT’s Scheme of Delegation which shows all delegated authorities from the board of trustees
  • E-ACT’s detailed governance overview, showing how we continue to meet all our statutory and regulatory requirements under our regionalised governance model

All of these documents can be found by clicking here.


Harmesh Aojula Harmesh Aojula

I have a family of four and live in Saddleworth. Working as a lecturer, in the Division of Pharmacy and Optometry at university of Manchester (UOM), my role encompasses both teaching and research.  My research field is drug delivery; a challenging science that seeks to discover novel ways to target medicine to the part of the body where it is most needed. I have been in higher education roles for the vast majority of my life. I am senior fellow of the higher education authority (SFHEA). In my capacity as a Year 2 tutor, I support students’ welfare and learning, and provide pastoral support. The world is rapidly changing and as such our education system needs to adapt and respond accordingly. This means we need to evolve and cater for diverse learners especially those who are significantly disadvantaged so no one is left behind in accessing the right opportunities. I am privileged to be working at UOM, an institute that places so much importance on social justice and improving economic competitiveness by encouraging its staff to serve the local community in so many different ways. UOM was one of the earliest participants to team up with national charity ‘SGOSS-Governors for Schools’ to support our local communities. This is what prompted me to utilise my skills to become a Governor in 2013 at TOAN. We have made significant progress in tackling many issues to date. Yet I am committed to continuing my services as part of our academy ambassadorial advisory body to further enhance student experiences and raise our academy’s profile within the community.

Mrs Banham Mrs Banham Director of Additional Needs/Teacher of English/SENCo
Mrs Banham Mrs Banham Director of Additional Needs/Teacher of English/SENCo
Rev James Read Rev James Read

My name is James Read. One of the churches where I am Priest is St Anne’s, which is very close to TOAN. I live locally too, next door to the church. Before becoming a priest I was a teacher, teaching in a variety of schools in England, West Indies and Kenya. Since becoming a priest in 1987 I have retained a very active interest and commitment to education as a governor of 6 different schools. I have had a growing involvement with TOAN since I first came to Royton in 2008 and have been an ambassador since their inception. The community of St Anne’s church have been very grateful to TOAN students’ contributions to our church through various projects they have undertaken, the most recent of which was research and art work relating to our Flower Festival marking the end of WW1.

Mrs J Smith Mrs J Smith Head of Faculty: English
Mrs J Smith Mrs J Smith Head of Faculty: English
Matt Watling Matt Watling Regional Educational Director

Matt is based at E-act Academy Blackley, Victoria Avenue, Manchester, M9 0RD.

If you require any further information, please contact Emma.lovell@E-act.org.uk

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