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Our Board of Trustees

Please see below for more information on Westminster Academy Trust Board.

You can also view the pen portraits of our trustees, below.

Name
Post
Occupation
Date of appointment
End date of appointment
Business interest declared
Date interest registered
Date interest ceased
Other Committee Post
Roy Fackrell
Chair of trustees
Retired
01/02/2017
31/01/2021
Member Trust Board - Canterbury Cross
July 2018
N/A
Finance & General Purposes
Stephen Griffin
Trustee until 06/01/2019
Member from 07/02/2019
Self Employed
01/02/2017
31/01/2021
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
Maneer Samad
Headteacher
Headteacher Westminster Academy
01/02/2017
31/01/2021
Westminster Academy trust
Trustee Create Parnership
March 2017
July 2018
N/A

 

N/A
Finance & General Purposes
Edward Wright
Trustee & Member
I.T Contractor
01/0/2017
31/01/2021
Director of DGAT Consultancy
Trustee – Handsworth Association of Schools
October 2018

 

March 2017
N/A
N/A
Paul Griffiths
Member & Trustee (latter form 07/02/2019)
Director
01/02/2017
31/01/2021
Director of Aspire Active Education Group, Aspire Sports Health & Fitness, Aspire Active Camps, Aspire Training Solutions, Griftro Ltd
March 2017
N/A
N/A
Nadeem Bhatti
Trustee
Headteacher – Shaw Hill Primary School
01/02/2018
31/01/2022
Headteacher – Shaw Hill Primary
Trustee - Canterbury Cross Academy Trust
April 2018

 

 

April 2018
N/A

 

 

N/A
N/A

 

 

N/A
Naeem Aslam
Trustee & Member
Semi-retired
07/01/2019
06/01/2023
N/A
N/A
N/A
Finance & General Purposes
Suhail Tarafdar
Trustee
General Practitioner
07/01/2019
06/01/2023
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
Annette Gurney
Trustee
Retired
20/03/2019
19/03/2023
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A

 

Board attendance 2017/2018

Name

19/09/2017

12/12/2017

20/03/2018

17/04/2018

17/07/2018

Roy Fackrell

Present

Present

Present

Present

Present

Maneer Samad

Present

Present

Present

Present

Present

Surinder Dhillon

Absent

Present

Present

Apology

Absent

Stephen Griffin

Present

Present

Apology

Apology

Present

Sajid Gulzar

Present

Apology

Resigned

 

 

Lynda Ratcliff

Apology

Apology

Apology

Present

Apology

Edward Wright

Apology

Present

Apology

Apology

Present

Paul Griffiths

Present

Apology

Present

Apology

Present

Nadeem Bhatti

 

 

Apology

Present

Present

Annette Gurney

 

 

 

 

 

 

Westminster Academy Trust Board

Pen Portraits

Mr Roy Fackrell (member & trustee):

  • Assistant Headteacher and teacher of French in the secondary sector (retired)
  • Lead for primary school outreach and pastoral provision
  • Considerable experience as a governor and trustee across a range of schools and educational trusts

Mr Maneer Samad (trustee):

  • Experienced headteacher and CEO
  • Designated Local Leader of Education
  • Significant experience of supporting school improvement across Birmingham

Mr Nadeem Bhatti (trustee):

  • Experienced headteacher
  • Designated National Leader of Education
  • Experienced in supporting school improvement nationally.

Mr Edward Wright (member & trustee):

  • Project management professional with experience in developing and managing complex service offers, internationally.
  • Experience includes IT, directorship, account management and systems engineering.
  • Experience in directorship of educational charitable trust

Mr Paul Griffiths (member & trustee):

  • Experienced in business ownership and development
  • Co-founded market leading provider of sports provision and staff development for schools
  • Established international charitable foundation

Mr Naeem Aslam (member & trustee)

  • Considerable experience in retail and commercial banking
  • Business Development Manager in global retail banking, corporate investment and wealth management bank
  • Experience of leading cross-border and multi-jurisdictional banking services for corporations and intermediaries.

Dr Suhail Tarafdar (trustee)

  • Considerable experience as a medical professional, qualified to masters level
  • Experienced General Medical Practitioner
  • Experienced teacher of GP Registrars and foundation doctors

Mr Stephen Griffin (member)

  • Lengthy experience as an accountant qualified at AAT and CIPFA part 1 and 2
  • Particular expertise in school and academy finance, including budget setting, monitoring and reporting
  • Experienced provider of training in educational finance

Mrs Annette Gurney (trustee)

  • Qualified as a teacher in the secondary sector and as a social worker, holding masters level qualifications
  • Served as a senior university lecturer and course director, gaining experience in curriculum delivery, data analysis and safeguarding
  • Significant experience of the charity sector as an employee and trustee'