OGAT has a team of Trustees whose combined skills offer a wealth of experience to support OGAT in its activities.

The Board is required to follow the principles of public conduct set out by the Nolan Committee, including the declaration of individual Trustees’ interests. The full register of interests can be found at the bottom of this page.

Martyn Oliver, Chief Executive and Accounting Officer

Martyn Oliver is the Chief Executive of Outwood Grange Academies Trust (OGAT).

Martyn is a National Leader of Education for OGAT and is an experienced Executive Principal having led a number of the Outwood academies, including Outwood Academy Adwick in Doncaster from Special Measures to Outstanding and Outwood Academy Foxhills in Scunthorpe from Special Measures to Good with outstanding for leadership. Martyn is also the lead professional for the Humber UTC (University Technical College) based in Scunthorpe. This opened on 1 September 2015 and is a brand new employer-led 14-19 school designed to provide the region with a future workforce in engineering and renewable energies. Previously, Martyn was also the Principal of Outwood Grange Academy in Wakefield and achieved an Ofsted Outstanding judgment in every category with record results year on year. Martyn leads one of the country’s highest performing MATs which currently has 23 academies – 18 secondary and 5 primary.

David Earnshaw (Chair)

David is currently Chair of the Board of Outwood Grange Academies Trust, a multi-academy trust which runs sixteen academies in the North of England and the East Midlands. He has extensive experience in the education sector at both secondary school and local authority levels, and was head teacher of a state secondary school before entering into private-sector business. He has been a school governor for many years, mainly in the state sector, but also with some independent sector commitment. Additionally, he was a non-executive director of a local Training and Enterprise Council (fore-runner of the Local Enterprise Partnership).

In the private sector, David was an executive Board Director and shareholder of two technology companies (one mid-sized, the other a larger enterprise), non- executive chairman of a mid-sized creative design and marketing company, and managing director of a small business management company.

Roland Harden (Vice Chair)

Roland works for a large pharmaceutical retail company and has been a school governor for over 24 years. He was a governor and then Chair at Ledger Lane J&I School until December 2012, after presiding over the school’s sponsored conversion to academy status under OGAT.

He had the pleasure of appointing Michael Wilkins to the post of head teacher at what was Outwood Grange School in 2001 and has been involved in Outwood’s journey since that time. Roland has also been involved in the delivery of the governor induction programme through the LA.

Roland became a Director of the OGAT Board at its inception in September 2009, carrying out the role of Vice Chair. He held the post of Chair of the Board for 18 months until September 2013 and remains a member of the Board.

Andrew Kent

Andrew has 30 years leadership experience working at national and local level in central government, special education, NHS, Social Care and the voluntary sector. Experience includes strategic thinking and planning, working across traditional boundaries, leading national service improvement and redesign programmes, the promotion of effective governance and positive partnerships to meet the needs of individuals and organisations as well as ensuring outcomes are fit for purpose and deliver good value.

Ralph Pickles

Ralph is a chemical engineer who has worked in a variety of roles, in various countries.

Ralph serves as chairman of several early stage companies and organisations and on the Tees Valley Local Enterprise Partnership Investment Committee. He has been a governor of an FE college in the past and a secondary school governor for a number of years. He is currently Chair of Governors at Outwood Academy Acklam and a governor at Bydales School.

Sue Hague

Sue is the Commercial Director and one of the founding Directors of a very successful engineering company in Scunthorpe. She has been involved in school governance for the last 10 years and is determined to use her influence to ensure schools support the regeneration of communities through raising expectations and outcomes for young people and their families. She is currently studying towards a Masters Degree in her ‘spare’ time.