Our next Open Evening is 6 October 2021

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Our Ambassadors

The E-ACT Ambassador Group is made up of parents and community members who share a great passion fo rsupporting and working with our academy.

Led by a chairperson, each team of E-ACT Ambassadors meets a minimumum of once per term, and has at least two parent ambassadors. The ambassadors work closely with headteachers and are supported by our regional directors and trustees. The role of the ambassadors is to collaborate and communicate with the local community and to celebrate our students’s achievements and the work of our academies.

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.

The three strategic priorities that our academy ambassadors are working on this year are:

  • A gardening community project to work with local homes and the local community environment
  • Birmingham Wildlife Trust for student personal development 
  • Joint charity work between students and ambassadors



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

Paul Tucker Paul Tucker E-ACT Ambassadors Chair

I’m Paul Tucker and I’ve recently taken on the role of E-ACT Ambassadors Chair. I’ve lived and worked in the local community for 17 years and all of my children have attended Shenley Academy. One left nearly two years ago and the other two are currently in Year 9 and 11. I am a Community Development Worker and Youth Worker in Weoley Castle, as well as working in schools and a university as a mentor. I also co-ordinate ‘Love Weoley Castle’, which seeks to get people together to make a positive difference in the community. It would be great to have more people involved as E-ACT Ambassadors – feel free to contact myself or the school for more details of what it involves.

Maria Davies Maria Davies Parent Ambassador

My name is Maria Davies and I have been part of the Ambassador’s group since January 2019. I have lived in the local area for the past 12 years,  my child currently attends Shenley Academy and is due to start in Year 10 in September 2020. I work within a primary school in Quinton as their Finance Officer and prior to this I worked briefly in a secondary setting which has given me an understanding of how schools work behind the scenes.

Andy Vail Andy Vail Parent Ambassador

My name is Andy and I joined the Shenley Ambassadors’ group in April 2020.

I have lived nearby since 2013, and currently have a child in year 11.

I work in school based community development elsewhere in the city. I served as a school governor before moving to Birmingham. I am on the committee of the Weoley Festival and seek to actively support the ‘Love Weoley Castle’ initiative.

Abbie Meacham Abbie Meacham Community Ambassador

Abbie is a Youth & Children’s Pastor at Northfield Baptist Church and works closely with young people in the community and the academy.

Alan Jones Alan Jones Staff Ambassador
Alan Jones Alan Jones Staff Ambassador
Daniel Thacker-Smith Daniel Thacker-Smith Staff Ambassador
Daniel Thacker-Smith Daniel Thacker-Smith Staff Ambassador
Jayne Bartlett Jayne Bartlett Head of School
Jayne Bartlett Jayne Bartlett Head of School
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