Know Our Team

Our Team & Management

Our team has a range of expertise and backgrounds with a track record of successful delivery and outstanding achievements. The team is made up of three trustees, a chief officer and our amazing voluntary workforce. At Ekota we are proud that our central team includes a core group of female leaders, which is a reflection on the nature and values of the organisation. In addition, Ekota employs a number of female coaches to provide expertise and encourage more female participation and positive role modelling. We  also work in partnership with a range of organisations such as the England Cricket Board, Essex cricket club, the Football Association, Sports England, local schools and local authorities.

Staff & Management

All of our workforce are fully qualified in their relevant field of expertise and have been through the appropriate training and checks required for their role. The organisation has three Welfare Officers (Male & Female) who are responsible for ensuring that the club follows its responsibilities in running activities for children, supporting the staff to understand their duty of care, ensuring policies are in place – understood, communicated and followed. The Welfare Officers also help to monitor and encourage good practice and act as a point of contact for staff, children or parents for any concerns. If you would like to contact the Welfare Officers please email:

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This is a chance to be a part of a social movement working with an experienced and passionate team. Become a volunteer today and gain new skills, meet new people, support and give back to your local community. Our opportunities can also help those individuals seeking paid employment to build up their confidence and skills. You must be 16 years and above with no criminal convictions. All volunteers will be required to complete a DBS check. You will receive a range of relevant training and support to deliver your role.

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All our volunteers will have to go through a process of recruitment and checks will be undertaken. If you are interested in volunteering with the club please complete the Ekota volunteer application and email it to


Chair, Ekota Academy

Sultana has been our Chair since Ekota was founded. She is an award-winning leader with an extensive background in health and social care leadership – currently working in a senior leadership position in the NHS.

Sultana has in her spare time worked in a range of voluntary and community roles, including working for a race equality council. Having grown up in East London and with lived experience of some of the challenges this brings, she has a passion for strengthening local communities and empowering individuals to maximise their potential.

She is passionate about sport and is a qualified football coach. Sultana aims to be a role model to others and works as a mentor to numerous individuals in order to share her knowledge and experience to benefit others.

As Chair of Ekota, Sultana’s goal is to lead and guide the organisation to grow further as a platform for social change and to reach as many people as possible to improve their lives for the better.

Mizanur Rahman

CEO, Ekota Academy

Mizan is an experienced professional with over 20 years experience of successful community and third sector work.

His impactful leadership experience, gained from working as a professional pilot, IT and digital consultant and entrepreneur, has been invaluable in helping him to create a foundation for Ekota to thrive.

Mizan is passionate about creating a voice and connections for communities. Over the past ten years, he has utilised his extensive existing networks and built a wide range of relationships across multi-disciplinary stakeholders to create a powerful Ekota community. His vision is to use the power of grassroots partnerships to develop a thriving platform to drive change for the benefit of individuals and local populations.


Business, IT and digital Expart, Ekota Academy

Sayera is a highly experienced teaching professional working in a successful East London School. She has always had a passion for education and believes strongly in the power of utilising learning in innovative ways to strengthen individuals and communities.

She has significant expertise in the areas of business, IT and digital, and she utilises this as part of her role at Ekota, seeking to maximise our organisational ethos of empowerment through learning.


Coach, Ekota Academy

Saleema is a graduate with a range of experience in health care, health and well-being, and social media development. She is a creative entrepreneur and has developed her own successful business and social media platforms.

She is an experienced coach and has led and worked with numerous individuals and groups, sharing her expert skills. She has a particular passion for developing health and well-being programmes and approaches to support local communities to navigate challenges and empower individuals.