Our E-ACT Ambassadors are 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.

Ambassadors play a crucial role in helping our leadership teams to deliver our organisational strategy, Opening Minds, Opening Doors. On occasion, ambassadors may also be invited to sit on complaint hearings and hearings for permanent exclusions.

For more information, please see the E-ACT Ambassador Charter.

At least two of our E-ACT Ambassadors are asked to sit on any disciplinary, admissions or exclusion panel hearing, ensuring that any hearing panel will have a majority of non E-ACT employees.

Our three strategic priorities are:

  1. Recruitment of ambassadors to reflect the specific needs in our academy.
  2. To equip our students for society and enable them to contribute positively to their community through a wide range of opportunities.
  3. To develop students as leaders.

For more information, please see the E-ACT Ambassador Charter


Please note that the board of trustees is the governing body for E-ACT and all E-ACT academies. The E-ACT Ambassadors 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:

  • Member and Trustees 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.

The E-ACT Ambassadors can be contacted via Carole Hill, PA to Headteacher at carole.hill@nba.e-act.org.uk

Chair of the E-ACT Ambassadors:
c/o North Birmingham Academy
395 College Road
B44 0HF

Interested in becoming an Ambassador?

Are you a parent or carer, involved in business and commerce or a member of our local community or just feel you have something to offer?  We would love to hear from you.  Please write to NBA.enquiries@e-act.org.uk  for assistance.


Meet the Ambassadors

Amrit Sandhu Amrit Sandhu Chair of Ambassadors

In October 2019 I took on the role as Chair for the E-ACT Ambassadors group. I am also a former student which makes the opportunity to give back even more rewarding. I currently work as a Project Manager on the Transformation West Midlands project, a partnership project between The University of Birmingham, Newman University and University College Birmingham, which seeks to boost job opportunities for under-represented groups. Social mobility is a topic which I care deeply about and I joined the school on the mission to help build an alumni and employer community, to highlight the power of narrative and to increase opportunity. It would be great to have more ambassadors join us – so please do contact me to find out more!

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
Jennifer Smallman Jennifer Smallman Staff Ambassador
Jennifer Smallman Jennifer Smallman Staff Ambassador
Stephen Corfield Stephen Corfield Staff Ambassador
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