Our Foundation Board

The Foundation Board is made up of representatives from the local school leadership system.  Its purpose is to steer Oldham Learning in the achievement of its aims.  The Foundation Board will exist for the first 18 months of Oldham Learning and one of its tasks is to set up a permanent governance arrangement.

 

James Kempton Chair

Chair

James Kempton

James Kempton is the independent chair of Oldham Learning. James has come to know Oldham well as the DfE appointed independent chair of Oldham Opportunity Area,

James has spent his career focused on improving outcomes for children and young people. Key former roles include chair of Ofsted, Chief Operating Officer of the Chartered College of Teaching, Leader of Islington Council and a while back, secondary school history teacher.

Gillian Kay

Gillian Kay

Gillian is an Executive Headteacher of a federation of 3 maintained schools, known as The Ivory Federation; Propps Hall Junior, Infant and Nursery School, Rushcroft Primary School and Springhead Infant School. Propps Hall is a National Support School and Gillian, as Executive Headteacher is a National Leader of Education

Ian Walsh

Ian Walsh

Ian has been a teacher for a number of years in which time he has worked in both the Primary and Secondary sector. The majority of his career has been with Oldham and he is now in his 26th year as an Oldham Primary School Headteacher.

Ian has been Chair of the Oldham Primary Headteachers Association on a number of occasions and is currently co-chair of the Oldham Alliance of Primary Headteachers and Principals.

Mary Garvey

Mary Garvey

Mary has worked in Oldham schools for over 20 years and is currently Executive Headteacher of St Mary’s RC Primary School, Failsworth and St Anne’s RC Primary School, Greenacres.

Mary has been Chair of the Catholic Federation of Oldham Schools (CFOS) and has represented the federation at Primary Partnership Meetings at Salford Diocese.

Rob Higgins

Rob Higgins

Rob is  Headteacher of The Blue Coat school in Oldham,

Blue Coat is also committed to system leadership through its Teaching School, Manchester Nexus, which regularly supports other schools in Oldham, Tameside, Rochdale and beyond.

Jane Acklam OBE

Jane Acklam OBE

Jane is the founding CEO of South Pennine Academies (SPA).  The Trust has ten open academies, including secondary, primary, two of which are primary free schools, with plans for a further academy to join in the spring term.  The trust also operates Huddersfield Horizon SCITT with over forty trainees.

Jane became an NLE in 2011, was awarded Headteacher of the Year for the North in 2009 in the Teaching Awards and has received an award from the General Teaching Council in 2009 for Excellence in Professional Development, Equality and Diversity.

In the 2017 New Year’s Honour List she was awarded an OBE, for her services to Education.

Helen Rowland

Helen Rowland

Helen is a parent governor at Saddleworth School and a co-opted governor at Oldham Sixth Form College.

A former teacher and Head Teacher in Oldham, Helen has been the Chief Executive of Focus-Trust since 2015, a primary trust with fifteen schools in Oldham, Greater Manchester and West Yorkshire.

Helen Arya

Helen Arya

Helen Arya is the Regional Director for Oasis Community Learning North West Primaries having previously been the Executive Principal of Oasis Academy Limeside. In her current role, she is accountable and responsible for six Primary academies across Oldham, Manchester and Tameside.

Helen became a National Leader of Education in 2007.  Training teachers has been a key part of her role in the teaching school from PGCE and School Direct to senior leadership as well expertise in literacy.

 

Anne Redmond

Anne Redmond

NLE, MA (Process Consultancy), MA (Education), B ED (Hons), NPQH, DASE (Special Needs)

Anne Redmond has worked in education for 34 years. Anne is CEO of Kingfisher Learning Trust, and has been Headteacher (now Executive Principal) of Kingfisher Special School since January 2005,. Anne has been a National Leader of Education (NLE) since 2009 and leads a cohort 1 National Teaching School.

Anne played an active lead in developing the Oldham Schools Alliance (OSA), is a Commissioner on the Oldham Education and Skills Commission, and a member of the Oldham Education Partnership Board.

Dr Shaid Mushtaq

Dr Shaid Mushtaq

Shaid is a local councillor for the Alexandra Ward in Oldham currently Cabinet Member for Education at Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council.

in 2014, Shaid stood for local council elections winning the Alexandra Ward seat in 2014 and again in 2018. He has been on the Cabinet since 2018. Shaid is also a governor at a primary school and The Oldham College.

Gerard Jones

Gerard Jones

Gerard joined Oldham Council in December 2019 as Managing Director of Children & Young People

Starting his career in Local Government as a Social Worker in London, Gerard has worked as a Team Manager, Head of Service for Corporate Parenting/Children in Care, Commissioning, SEND and Safeguarding services. In the last eight years, Gerard has been a Service Director and Deputy Director of Children’s Services across London, East Anglia and the West Midlands.

Richard Lynch

Richard Lynch

Richard has led the strategic and operational management of strategic, sector-led Schools Alliance and related services including school evaluation and tailored support, SEND / Inclusion, academisation and school governance services.

Through this he has led the monitoring of the performance of schools and academies, reporting and responding to concerns, intervening where necessary as well as holding lead responsibility for substantial LA & DSG budgets including High Needs Block spend.

Richard has helped support and drive the work of several key partnerships and has successfully led system-wide change programmes, demonstrating tangible improvement in process and outcomes as a result and he has a strong background in leading the strategic planning, commissioning and delivery of integrated services across the continuum of support for children and families from the early years to targeted support for young people.

THE BOARD

Nicola Underdown

Nicola is Head of Delivery at the Department for Education for the Opportunity Areas in Oldham, and Fenland and East Cambridgeshire. Nicola joined the civil service in 2018, having previously worked on public service reform in local and regional agencies, and in higher education.