Local Governing Body


Essa Academy is part of the Essa Foundation Academies Trust and the Local Governing Body’s role is to: set the direction for the Academy; monitor and evaluate its performance; act as a critical friend and hold leaders to account for the pace and rate of improvement and the achievement of all pupils; ensure compliance with all financial, statutory and regulatory requirements; and help the Academy respond to, and meet the needs of, parents and the wider local community.

You can download a copy of the Remit and Terms of Reference (Scheme of Delegation) here.

You can find out more about the Essa Foundation Academies Trust and how it operates here.
>  www.efatrust.org

Our Local Governors:


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.  Nicholas is the Chair of the Local Governing body. Contact: nlf@boltonschool.org

Martin Knowles is the Principal of Essa Academy. He is also a Governor.
Contact: martin.knowles@efatrust.org

Ivan Wadeson has 25 years experience working in the arts sector in a range of management and leadership roles. He has served on charity boards previously as a Trustee and is keen to bring his passion, beliefs and experience to support Essa Academy.

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.

Wasim Raja is a local businessman in the community and takes part in charity events, in particular, fundraising for cancer patients.

Farook Atcha is a Project Officer working with local businesses for Bolton Council.  He is also a qualified Youth and Community worker.

Masud Kala is a qualified accountant and currently works at Bolton Hospice as the Director of Finance. He has also worked in industry, audit and the NHS.

Jordan Turner is a staff governor. He is deputy faculty leader of science.


Fahmida Shah is a parent governor.

Rizwana Mulla is a governor.

Click to download the Essa Academy Register of Interests 2019-20 and should you wish to apply to join the Academy Governing Body then please download and complete the Expression of Interest section in the Recruitment Pack.

Our local governors meet regularly. You can access copies of agendas and reports by emailing info@efatrust.org

Copies of Essa Academy minutes (excluding confidential items) can be found using the links below:


Essa Academy Minutes 18 September 2018 
Essa Academy Minutes 13 November 2018 
Essa Academy Minutes 5 March 2019 
Essa Academy Minutes 18 June 2019