Our E-ACT Ambassadors team is made up of parents and community members who share a great passion for supporting and working with our Academy.

Led by a chairperson, each team of E-ACT Ambassadors meets a minimum 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 pupil’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:

Community Hub- Objective is to play a strategic role in the developing of Blackley’s community hub

Celebration- To organise an annual event, to celebrate the achievements of all students at E-ACT Blackley Academy

Complaints- To provide support around families in any areas of concern around the academy i.e. online learning, extra curriculum events

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

E-ACT Ambassadors Charter

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

Annual Report

Other important documents that can be found on the trust website include:

  • Trustees’ business and financial interests
  • Member and trustee register and declared 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.

Our E-ACT Ambassadors are:


Rachael DunningtonAmbassadorial Advisory Group MemberRachael.Dunnington@eba.e-act.org.ukI'm Rachael Dunnington and I am a teaching assistant here at Blackley in Reception. I have always wanted to teach, and gained my degree in Primary education in 2010. I have worked previously in private nursery settings and started working here at the academy in 2015. My aim is to make a difference to every child I meet, being part of the AAG ensures that I succeed in this.
Christopher Jepson BrownAmbassadorial Advisory Group MemberChristopher.Jepson-Brown@eba.e-act.org.ukMy name is Chris Jepson-Brown and I have recently joined the Blackley AAG. I have worked at E-Act Blackley Academy since 2016 as a Learning Mentor and have worked in the education sector, in total, for approaching twenty years. Prior to this I worked as a countryside ranger at Hollingworth Lake, near Rochdale. I am an enthusiastic gardener and this is something I am always keen to incorporate into my Learning Mentor role.
I live on the outskirts of Rochdale and apart from gardening am passionate about the ‘great outdoors’, spending my spare time following environmental and conservation issues, hill-walking, camping and taking part in wildlife and landscape photography.
Robert Edwards Parent Ambassador
Rebecca Hughes Chair of Ambassador Rebecca.Hughes@eba.e-act.org.uk

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