Governing Body

Our Governing Body plays an active role in the life of our school. They receive termly updates via the Principal (Data Dashboard) on student progress against targets agreed at the beginning of the school year. They are fully aware when targets are not being met and provide scrutiny of effectiveness of staff and interventions and help identify and inform additional support.

The next governors meeting will be on the first Wednesday of October 2021. 

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Ashid Ali

Department: Principal

Employment: Principal at London Enterprise Academy
Biography: I was privileged to lead a group of talented professionals on our successful bid to open the free school. I was appointed Principal since January 2014 and prior to that I have worked as Assistant Head Teacher at Forest Gate Community School for six years, bringing considerable leadership skills to the group. I have also served as a governor in two secondary schools and have worked closely with governors in my most recent place of work. I have been involved in a number of voluntary organisations working with young people in inner city areas. I have a passion for education and a sincere belief that every child can transform their lives through education. I bring extensive experience to the governing body including leading teams, managing projects and change, excellent understanding of finances having set and delivered positive budgets for the past six years. I have an excellent understanding of the Tower Hamlets community that we serve and good links with businesses and community organisations.

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Joanna Scott

Department: Chair of Governors

Employment: Secondary Education Departmental Head
Biography: I am Head of Biology at St Albans School in Hertfordshire. After graduating from Oxford University with a BA in Biological Sciences, I worked for the scientific journal Nature for eight years, developing online products and science communication tools. During this time, I spent three years living and working in San Francisco and returned to the UK in 2012 to complete a PGCE in Science at the Institute of Education (University of London). Since then, I have worked at Latymer Upper School and St Alban. I am now very pleased to be a part of the Governing Body at LEA and contribute to the continuing development of the school.

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Faruk Miah MBE

Department: Vice Chair of Governors

Employment: Local Government Officer (ACL Management) at London Borough of Tower Hamlets
Biography: I am a qualified ICT lecturer with over 30 years of professional expertise in Further Education and Adult & Community Learning. I have previously worked at one of the largest Further Education Colleges in the UK prior to taking up my current senior leadership role at LBTH Adult & Community Learning in July 2010. My passion for education has seen me go from teaching in the classroom to travelling around the world to recruit international students to my current role as a senior leader responsible for strategy, staffing, students, resources and budgets. Having previously served as a governor at 3 different schools and with a background in education, a 13 year old child in a secondary school and my present role as a senior leader in LBTH, I feel I'm in a unique situation to support LEA in terms of reaching its ambitions both for the school and the pupils.


Shah Muhmud

Department: Safeguarding Governor / Curriculum

Biography: Shah is a Manager at London Borough of Newham and a Visiting Lecturer and Tutor at Goldsmith University. He has a BA in Social Science and Community Development as well as Level 5 Qualified Youth Worker. He holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Management Studies.
Professional training at Institute of Leadership and Management
15 year experience in youth and community development
10 year experience of managing Public Health contract for early intervention
Worked for Tower Hamlets, City of London and Newham
Freelance trainer for national programme (AQA, ASDAN, Sport England and Arts Award)
Qualified NVQ/Vocational Assessor
Certified to teach in Life Long Learning sector (PTLLS, CTLLS). He has also been a governor at a Tower Hamlets Primary School. He maintains a keen interest in all aspects of safeguarding in Education


Sam Bower

Department: Chair of Curriculum and Standards

Employment: Management Consultant
Biography: I have always been passionate about educations ability to change lives. Since completing Teach First's Leadership Development Programme I have worked in the City as a Management Consultant, and see being a school governor as the ideal way for me to stay connected with education and continuing to make a difference. By working with LEA to help ensure that it is delivering an excellent education for its pupils, I can give back to the local community.


Andrew Dowsett

Department: Chair of Finance

Employment: Deloitte LLP (External Audit) – Banking and Capital Markets
Declaration of Interest/directorship: Trustee, The Chartered Certified Accountants Benevolent Fund (CCABF); Director, Ginger Flame Limited; Treasurer, Kings College London; Chair, Rockingham Estate TRA
Biography: As an auditor at Deloitte our team provides assurance to shareholders that our clients present a true and fair view of their affairs. I hope to bring the same level of scrutiny to my position within the LEA. Prior to this I served as an auditor at Mazars and Ernst and Young. During this time, I spent time working in Toronto and Melbourne returning to the UK taking up my role as KCLA Treasurer (2015 - onwards). I have worked on a number of FTSE 250, NYSE, SEHK and CAC 40 listed clients in financial services, oil and gas, and construction sectors. I have board level experience from serving as a trustee of the King's College London Students Union (2012-2014), sitting on their Audit, Risk and Compliance committee and chairing their public facing subsidiary company. In 2020 I joined the CCABF's board, the Benevolent Fund provides support to members and their dependents who are experiencing severe financial difficulties. I look forward to using my skills to help the LEA achieve its goals and contribute to the academic development of its pupils as education empowers individuals and strengthens its communities.

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Peter Mann

Department: Governor - SEND Lead
Biography: I am an experienced SENDCO and a former Head Teacher of an ESBD school in East London as well as some years as a Borough Special Educational Needs Officer. I have extensive experience of leading teams of staff to ensure the needs of all students are met. I have delivered whole-school CPD to ensure that teachers and support staff are aware of their responsibility to include all students in the planned learning activities. I am a passionate about education and I bring a wealth of expertise to the Governing Body.
I have raised the awareness of the teaching team in terms of the skills involved in differentiating lessons and educational visits for those students with barriers to learning.
I have worked closely with governors and have been a school governor before. It’s a privilege for me to be able to see the school grow from being just a plan to delivering high standard of education for local children.

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Thomas Edwards

Department: Vice chair of Finance

Employment: Lawyer at Allen & Overy

Biography: Education is incredibly important and the experiences that we have at school shape us into the adults we become. In general the UK has an excellent education system, however it is recognised that some schools are better than others. In part, this will be attributable to the way individual schools are run. Through my job as a lawyer, I have developed a number of planning and management skills which I believe I could usefully apply as a school governor to improve themanagement of a school. Every kid, whatever their background, deserves the best possible start in life and a decent education. By volunteering as a school governor I hope to be able to play a role, however small, in helping a school to provide that to its pupils.

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Haengeun Chi

Department: Governor

Employment: Assistant Manager at KPMG

Biography: Since graduating from University of Oxford studying Mathematics, Haengeun spent 4 years at KPMG developing her Modelling and Analytics skills. Her work involves providing advisory and consulting services to businesses, including helping to build performance tracker dashboards, managing the database, building Excel models to evaluate strategic directions and developing tools for forecasting specific business operations. In her spare time, she loves to practice Taekwondo (Olympic-approved martial arts), go for a cycle ride or practice her guitar. Haengeun is also really passionate about improving the lives of young people and wants to make a difference to society. She hopes to utilise her skills and passions to give something back to the community, bring fresh ideas and make a positive contribution to young people's lives. Haengeun is really excited to be part of the Governing body at LEA and look forward to help ensure a high quality education for all students at LEA.

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Maruf Kabir

Department: Staff Governor

Employment: Head of Learning and Teacher of Humanities
Biography: I've been working at London Enterprise Academy since September 2017. My loyalty are with the pupils and the community. My stance as a teacher as well as a staff Governor is to ensure that every single pupil leaves this school with a happy experience and with the right progress made for their future careers.

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Badsha Alam

Department: Parent Governor

Employment: Retired
Biography: Having completed two Masters degrees in London - on in education at American University of London and the second in Linguistics at SOAS, Alam later became a professor and the University of Mousul in Iraq. He has also taught at numerous secondary schools in Libya, an English based secondary school in Turkey and a number of primary, secondary, SEN and pupil referral units in London, UK.
With a passion for education, Alam instituted a primary with secondary school in Rangpur, Bangladesh in January 2006, and taught there using English National Curriculum. Alam has since retired and lives in London with his family.

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Moynul Hoque

Department: Parent Governor

Employment: Pharmacist
Biography: A local figure in the community who grew up in Tower Hamlets, Mr Hoque is a pharmacist by trade with two children attending London Enterprise Academy.

Emily Foy

Department: Clerk to Governors

Graduate in English from University of Cambridge

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Governors' Handbook 2021-22
Governors Meeting Dates 2021-22
Declaration of Interest and Terms in Office
Value for Money Statement
Funding Agreement Articles
Terms of Reference 2020-21
Governors Skills Audit 2020-21
Governors Attendance Record 2019-20
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London Enterprise Academy
Aneurin Bevan House
81-91 Commercial Road
E1 1RD

Telephone: 0207 426 0746


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Bus routes – D3, 15, 40, 115, 135, 25, 205, 254,100

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