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Board of Directors Profiles

 

Richard Sloan  - Chair of the Board of Trustees

Richard has worked in education for over thirty years. He was appointed to his first senior leadership post in 1996 as assistant head teacher. Two years later, he was appointed as vice-principal before moving on to become the senior secondary school improvement adviser for Gloucestershire. Richard qualified as an Ofsted inspector in 2001 and acted as school improvement adviser for 18 secondary schools. In 2004, Richard was appointed as Principal of a failing school. He led the school to successful re-inspection and was appointed as a School    Improvement Partner (SIP).  Following this, Richard was appointed as a Senior School Improvement Adviser with the National Strategies. He quality assured the work of SIPs and lead the National Challenge in the East Midlands. Since 2011, Richard has worked as a consultant to the Department for Education on the academies programme and as a school improvement adviser. Richard retired from full-time work in July 2014 but still works occasionally for the DfE.

Dave Baker  - Chief Executive Officer

Dave Baker

Dave is the Chief Executive Officer and Accounting Officer for The Olympus Academy Trust, having previously been Headteacher of Bradley Stoke Community School since 2004 i.e. a year before it opened.  Dave is passionate about empowering young people through education.  He has led national leadership programmes for the Specialist Schools and Academies Trust, regional headship training programmes and chairs the 14-19 Concorde Partnership.  Dave is also an accredited Local and National Leader of Education, providing support for other schools and Headteachers.

Dave brings wide-ranging experience of leadership, partnership and school improvement to his role as well as strong regional knowledge and positive working relationships with other school leaders and the local community. 

Mike Fry - Chair of Governors, Filton Hill Primary School

Mike Fry

Mike has been a governor for 20 years initially as a parent governor and then as a Local Authority governor and Chair of Governors for the last 8 years. His professional expertise centres on engineering, having worked in the NHS for 32 years before moving to a private consultancy specialising in providing support to NHS Estates and Facilities Departments.
Mike believes that it is a great privilege to help and guide young people in the classroom. It is very rewarding to belong to the governing body responding to the responsibilities and challenges involved in steering the strategic direction of the school, working in partnership with the head teacher, Senior Leadership team and other governors to ensure that the pupils have a happy and secure environment in which to develop and achieve their potential.

Phil Haslett - Bradley Stoke Community School, Chair of Governors

Phil Haslett

Phil Haslett is a Community Governor and an experienced project and business development director.  He has worked in the Education sector for over 15 years, working for the DfE, Ofsted, National College for Teaching and Leadership and a range of local authority clients.  In his current role he works closely with a range of academy trusts and teaching school alliances across the country to offer school leadership and school to school support programmes.

 

Isabel Marsden - Chair of Governors, Abbeywood Community School

Isabel is a Parent Governor at Abbeywood Community School and now chairs its Local Governing Body, having previously been Parent Governor and Chair of Governors at St Michael’s Primary, Stoke Gifford.  Isabel was also a Local Authority Governor at another South Gloucestershire Primary School in the late nineties.

Issy Marsden

Isabel has over 25 years experience within education, having been a maths teacher, Head of Maths and an LA maths adviser. More recently Isabel has worked as a consultant for her own company but has continued to spend some of her time teaching maths in a number of secondary schools in the Bristol area.

Isabel is passionate about education and sees it as the key that unlocks an individual’s potential and improves their life-chances. She views effective governance as vital in securing the highest quality leadership and management within OAT and she is totally committed to working collaboratively with staff and other governors to ensure that all learners in OAT schools receive an outstanding educational experience.

Paul Davies- Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee

Paul is the Vice Chair of Governors at Charborough Road Primary School, and Chairs their Resources & Staffing Committee. He is also a Director of the Olympus Academy Trust, a member of the Finance & Resources Committee and Chair of the Audit & Risk Committee.
 
Paul is a qualified internal auditor, and currently manages the risk & governance framework and control environment for the audit function of a large financial services organisation. He also has previous experience of project & change management and recruitment, and is a past member of a local Youth Centre management committee.
 
Paul is passionate about ensuring that all children get the best possible education, and uses his experience to bring relevant knowledge and understanding to benefit all learners in the Trust.

Rayhana Rahman - Abbeywood Community School Governor

Rayhana Rahman

Rayhana is a newly elected parent governor and is now an OAT Director. She has had many roles in the public sector and is currently working in Higher Education. She has a degree in Systems Analysis and has over 20 years’ experience in IT specialising in systems development and project management. Her personal interests are around equality and diversity and sustainability.

 

 

 

Paul Roberts - Governor, Stoke Lodge Primary School. Chair of Remuneration and Nominations Committee

 Paul served as a community governor at North Road Primary for 4 years before becoming a parent governor at Stoke Lodge Primary and in turn a Director of Cosmos Academy Trust.

Holding a degree in accounting & finance, his career has been within the HR profession where he is a member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development and the Association of

Paul Roberts

Graduate Recruiters.  He has held a number of different roles within HR over the last 18 years.  His current role is to lead AXA UK’s Graduate & Early Careers proposition where he is part of an industry group that has helped design new apprenticeship standards for the insurance industry.  Within this role he gets great reward from regularly supporting young people to gain the skills and experience required to start and develop a successful career. 

Sarah Williams  - Chair of the Education Strategy and Standards Partnership, Chair of Governors at Charborough Road Primary School, Vice-Chair of Trustees

Sarah's professional career was within the Financial Services sector, working for global companies

Sarah Williams

such as AXA Sun Life, Zurich and The Royal Bank of Scotland. During this time, she obtained several industry recognised professional qualifications and a vast range of experience in leadership, management and HR practices.

Since beginning a family, Sarah left employment to become a full time mummy, using her skills gained in the workplace to help her local community. She was the Chairperson of her local pre-school for 2 years, before becoming a Governor for Charborough Road Primary School.
 
Sarah lives in Filton Park and is passionate about ensuring that the education our children receive is of the highest standard.

 Bob Smyth  - Independent Trustee

Bob Smyth

Bob was elected as a parent governor at BSCS in 2011 and is now an OAT director. He has two sons at BSCS. He is a qualified accountant and senior manager in a large utility company which gives him experience in financial reporting, audit and governance. He is on the OAT Audit and Risk Committee together with the Remuneration and Nominations Committee. He has been involved locally in Scouts as a leader and in support roles.

 

 

 

Katie Stobbart  - Clerk to the Board of Trustees

Katie Stobbart

 Katie completed a French Degree at Exeter University, followed by a 10 year career in banking and finance working primarily as a Bank Manager and then a Performance Consultant.

Katie believes strongly in the enduring positive influence of an outstanding education and also volunteers her time as a Governor to her son’s primary school.

 

 

Mike Turney - Chair of Governors, Stoke Lodge Primary School

Mike Turney

Mike is Chair of governors at Stoke Lodge Primary School and previously a director of Cosmos Academy. He has been a parent and then a community governor at Stoke Lodge f or 10 years focusing on Finance and Resources, Health and Safety, and swimming.
 
Mike is a qualified first aider, having coached ability groups on a weekly basis at Stoke Lodge for the last 10 years. He regularly provides supervision on residential and day trips.

As an Invigilator at BSCS since 2009, Mike now holds a lead role with responsibility for running exams efficiently for GCSE and A levels.

Mike’s career previously spanned 20 years in commercial transport as a driver and trainer and including Health and Safety, customer service and recruitment. Other jobs included being an Allocator, responsible for getting a fleet of 200 vehicles on the road on a daily basis and checking their maintenance schedule and repairs.  Earlier careers include farming and retail services.

Mike now owns his own driver training company which has run successfully for the last 10 years.

Tim Williams - Governor, Bradley Stoke Community School

Tim Williams is a community governor at BSCS.  He was previously Chair of Governors at Meadowbrook primary school and Bradley Stoke Community School all-through school. Tim has a degree in mechanical engineering and is a qualified chartered engineer. He has worked at Rolls-Royce for the past 27 years and is particularly keen on the promotion of science, maths and engineering in schools.

Tim is married with three children, the eldest of whom currently studies at BSCS.