Our Ambassadors


Our Ambassador Team is made up of parents and community members who share a passion for supporting and working with the academy.

This is an exciting and unique role at the heart of our academy. Ambassadors collaborate, network and forge links with the local community to inspire students to raise their aspirations.

Working closely with the headteacher and supported by the national governance team and trustees, ambassadors also support our community hub to ensure children are getting the support they need at home.

Led by a chairperson, ambassador teams meet a minimum of once per term, and have at least two parent ambassadors. They play a vital role in sharing parents’, students’ and the community’s voice with the trustees.

On occasion, ambassadors may also be invited to sit on complaint hearings and hearings for permanent exclusions.

If you would like to become an ambassador, please contact the headteacher, Robert McGinty, at robert.mcginty@nba.e-act.org.uk. You can also contact the national governance team for further information at governance@E-ACT.org.uk

Important documents on the Trust website include:

  • Member and trustee register and declared interests
  • E-ACT’s Scheme of Delegation
  • Annual Report
  • Articles of Association
  • Master Funding Agreement

All of these documents can be found by clicking here.



Meet the Ambassadors

Kathryn Berrill Interim Chair of Ambassadors
Kathryn Berrill Interim Chair of Ambassadors
Andy Winmill Andy Winmill Community Ambassador

I live with my wife and three children (& dog!) just a 5-minute walk from NBA and I am the director of Urban Devotion Birmingham (UDB). UDB is a Christian-based youth and children’s charity that exists to Transform Communities One Life At A Time. UDB operate across four local neighbourhoods – in schools, on the streets, in parks and drop-in clubs. They invest in the self-esteem, aspirations and resilience of the 6000 individuals they come into contact with each year. I am a trustee and director of a local housing association and have leadership experience in various local and citywide contexts. In my spare time I enjoy football, cycling, coffee, church and spending time with friends and family.

Errol Lawson Errol Lawson Community Ambassador

In my misspent youth my life was ruled by gangs, crimes and drugs.  As an adult I have become a successful entrepreneur, author, ordained minister and motivational speaker.  I aim to inspire young people, leaders and business owners to be courageous, aim high, achieve and actively make an impact on their community.  Outside of work I am the doting dad of two little girls and have made the Birmingham Post’s ‘Power 250’ list as “One of the most powerful and influential people in the Midlands”.

Sanjay Brown Sanjay Brown Parent Ambassador

I am a devoted mother, wife and confidant who is driven and focused to achieve at the highest levels possible. I am a keen listener, encourager and motivator who treats others with respect and in the way, I would like to be treated. My aspirations are to be the best that I can be and where possible assist others also, in fulfilling their God given gifts, talents and full potential.

Joy Lescott Joy Lescott Parent Ambassador

My name is Joy Lescott. In May 2020 I took on the role of an E-ACT Ambassador because it is my way of giving something back to the local community, learning new skills and connecting with like-minded people to share ideas to make innovation come to life. My role is to collaborate and communicate with the local community; celebrate students’ achievements; celebrate the work of the school academies and help the Leadership Teams to deliver their organisational strategy Opening Minds, Opening Doors. I work closely with Headteachers, regional and national staff to focus on Communication, Celebration and Community.  In my full-time capacity, I currently work as a Telecoms Assistant Project Manager in Birmingham on the Wales & Borders Rail Service – Core Valley

Laila Mafenmba Laila Mafenmba Community Ambassador

My name is Laila Mafemba and I graduated from North Birmingham Academy in 2018. I have the honour of being the first student from NBA to study at the University of Oxford: which I can truly say I owe to the support of this school. It is because of this that I have decided to become part of this team. The support and confidence that I received from both peers and teachers is something that I will never forget. To give students even a fraction of what I received in any shape or form is a privilege I have much pride in taking. Education and learning in the classroom is one thing, but to be inspired, courageous and unapologetically motivated is something so unique and powerful to the student experience. Ultimately, giving back to the community that made me the woman I am today is my priority because I want to see my community thrive and achieve greatness.

Chantal Richards Chantal Richards Parent Ambasador

I am Chantal Richards and I am honoured to be invited to be a part of the group that strives to make a difference for NBA students. My daughter is a student in Year 8.  I have been a registered nurse for 15 years and I currently manage a 52 bedded care home for the elderly. I have a big family and I like to have a purpose for everything that I do.  I am passionate about enhancing the lives of others and I am excited to be able to work with the academy and ambassadors.

Katherine Taylor Katherine Taylor Staff Ambassador
Katherine Taylor Katherine Taylor Staff Ambassador
Stephen Corfield Stephen Corfield Staff Ambassador
Stephen Corfield Stephen Corfield Staff Ambassador
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