Goffs Local Academy Board

LAB Member Biographies

Donna Cooper: Member of the Board of Trustees for the Generations MAT and Chair of the Goffs LAB. Donna is an experienced Global Marketing Director working mainly with technology vendors and services companies. Mum to three boys with an avid and active interest in supporting the emotional health and well-being of children and young adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder. 

Owen White: Vice-Chair of the Goffs LAB.  Owen has been a School Governor in other educational settings for over 10 years.  Owen has previously served on the Governing Body for Northaw C of E Primary before joining Goffs Primary School Governors in 2013, becoming Chair in April 2016, and is proud to work with such a committed group of staff and volunteers.  Initially, Owen became a Governor to give something back to the community and more recently he is driven to help to ensure that our children and staff strive towards providing all children with the opportunity to achieve their potential academically, socially and physically in a caring and well-ordered environment where each child can thrive and develop a sense of responsibility and worth. Owen recently joined the Goffs Local Academy Board to offer his help when and where needed.  He currently works as the Chief of Staff in a National Technology Programme role and has lived in the local area for over 20 years. Owen's family consists of his wife, their teenage daughter and four dogs.

Savvas Efthimiou: has a background predominately in the IT industry within the financial sector and is also the Chairperson for the Parent Committee of the Greek School operating out of Goffs Academy building on Saturdays.  As a member of the Goffs LAB and with one child attending the Academy, Savvas relishes the opportunity to work with staff and contribute to raising performance and helping ensure our students achieve their potential both academically and creatively.

Imran Safdar: has 10+ years' experience in managing successful Law Practices. Including implementing agile working models, attaining quality system standards, using technology to improve customer experience and increasing profitability.  Imran has a diverse experience of working in the IT Industry as a Relationship Manager in Banking and Finance, Pharmaceutical and SMB sectors, selling IBM solutions and managing relationships at the highest level, account planning and implementation of sales strategy.  Imran is a member of IBM Global Accounts for ABN AMRO, AMEX, HSBC and Citibank, and has diverse experience of working in the Legal services sector; managing the Operations and Business Development, managing the risk strategy and also improving relations with the major stakeholders and regulators.  Imran is passionate about working with the LAB members and Goffs Team to implement an outstanding learning culture.

Sanchia Moraes: is an independent executive coach and L&TD consultant.  She has specialist expertise in leadership development, talent and careers, culture change, conflict, and inclusion.  Before becoming independent, she held HR leadership roles at global law firms, chartered insurance firms, and investment management. Sanchia joined Goffs LAB in 2018 with a passion to make a difference.  She enjoys asking plenty of questions to stimulate positive change.  With two children at Goffs and being a British born Indian, she cares deeply about making Goffs Academy a great place to work, learn and belong.

Chantal Thomas:  is an enthusiastic Teacher and now Assessor within Secondary and Further Education for some 15+ years. Hugely passionate about academia and promoting the notion that every individual has a right to a full Education and therefore believes in removing barriers to learning. Chantal now works directly with 2 Local Education Authorities and private training providers from a Consultancy perspective.

A mum to a 16 year old son, who has excelled at Goffs Academy within the Aspiration and Achievement group and the Music department as a keen pianist, and will be attending the 6th Form from September 2021. Chantal's personal interests are vast and varied; keeping fit with daily swimming, bird watching and supporting Liverpool football club!