Our Team

OGAT academies are supported by a central executive team which works with Principals, academy leaders and academy councils to implement the OGAT model and deliver the vision of Students First: Raising standards and transforming lives.

Our board of trustees oversees the central organisation and is the legal governing body for all OGAT academies. The board of trustees delegates many of its functions to the Academy Council in each academy. The local community, parents and staff are represented on each Academy Council.

Executive Board

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Martyn Oliver

Martyn Oliver is the Chief Executive Officer and Accounting Officer of Outwood Grange Academies Trust (OGAT). Martyn joined OGAT in 2009, when the trust was first developed, having been an experienced senior leader prior to this for many years ...

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Julie Slater

Julie Slater is a Chief Executive Principal, Secondary for Outwood Grange Academies Trust, and a National Leader of Education. She has a proven track record of leading an ‘Outstanding’ school as Principal at Outwood Grange Academy and has conside...

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Katy Bradford

Katy Bradford is the Chief Operating Officer for Outwood Grange Academies Trust. As part of the Trust’s Executive Board, she leads the business support functions of the Trust and business management at an academy level, including HR, Administratio...

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Lee Wilson

Lee Wilson is an Chief Executive Principal, Primary and National Leader of Education for Outwood Grange Academies Trust (OGAT). Lee is currently responsible for the primary academies within the family: Outwood Primary Academy Ledger Lane, Outwood...

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Ben Waterman

Ben Waterman is the Finance Director for Outwood Grange Academies Trust. As a member of the Trust’s Executive Board, Ben contributes to the corporate, strategic and operational leadership management of the trust. In particular Ben is responsible f...

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Laura Calton

Laura Calton is the Communication and Compliance Officer for Outwood Grange Academies Trust. As part of the Trust’s Executive Board she is responsible for compliance and audit activities, policy development, marketing and media and supporting the...

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Lisa Lewis

As Director of Executive Services, Lisa is a member of the Executive Board, working as Assistant to the Chief Executive Officer and line managing a team of Executive Assistants who work across the Trust. Lisa works closely with other members of...

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Paul Sorby

Paul is the Executive Director of Curriculum for Outwood Grange Academies Trust. He started his time with Outwood in 2003 as an Assistant Principal, becoming a Vice Principal (Deep Experience inc Curriculum) in 2005. Paul quickly became an expe...

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Executive Team

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Alison Lister

Alison Lister is the Director of Human Resources for Outwood Grange Academies Trust. As a member of the Trust’s Executive Team, Alison is responsible for development of the Trust-wide human resources strategy to support the Trust’s objectives. ...

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Andrew Wappat

Andrew Wappat is an Associate Executive Principal who has responsibility for Outwood Academy Bydales and Redcar Academy. He has led Outwood Academy Bydales to become the top performing school in the local authority for the progress of students, af...

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Carolyn Blundell

Carolyn Blundell is an associate executive principal who has responsibility for Outwood Academies Adwick and Danum. She has recently been appointed as a National Leader of Education and led, with Martyn Oliver, Outwood Academy Adwick on its journ...

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Dr. Philip Smith

Phil Smith is an Executive Principal who has responsibility for Outwood Academies Portland, Valley and City. Phil is also a National Leader of Education. Whilst Principal of Outwood Academy Portland, Phil led the school from Special Measures ...

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Lynn James

Lynn James is an Associate Executive Principal for Outwood Grange Academies Trust with a responsibility for Quality in the Classroom, the second strand of our seven strand transformation model. She has executive responsibility for Outwood Academy...

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Mark Hassack

Mark Hassack is an associate executive principal who has responsibility for Outwood Academies Acklam and Ormesby. He is a National Leader of Education and a National Leader of Governance. He led Outwood Academy Acklam to be graded as good with out...

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Sabiha Laher

Sabiha Laher is an Associate Executive Principal who has responsibility for Outwood Grange Academy and Outwood Academies Carlton and Shafton. She has been at Outwood Grange Academy since 2001 and worked closely with Sir Michael and Martyn Oliver ...

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