Our Team

OGAT academies are supported by a central executive team which works with Principals, academy leaders and governors to implement the OGAT model and deliver the vision that:

“The whole point of schools is that children come first and everything we do must reflect this single goal”. Sir Michael Wilkins, Founding Chief Executive.

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

Martyn Oliver, Chief Executive

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

Martyn is the Accounting Officer and 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 both Outwood Academy Foxhills and Outwood Academy Brumby in Scunthorpe from Special Measures to Good with Outstanding for leadership.

Previously, Martyn was also the Principal of Outwood Grange Academy in Wakefield and achieved an Ofsted Outstanding judgement 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. As a System Trust, Martyn is committed to supporting not only all of the academies within OGAT but also the wider school system. Martyn’s vision is that the trust places students first and is focused on raising standards and transforming lives.

Katy Bradford

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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, Administration, Operations (Catering, Cleaning and Premises), IT Services, Legal Services, Project Management, Public Relations and Marketing, Governance, Buildings and site management, including Health and Safety. Katy is also the Company Secretary for the Trust.

Prior to her current role, she worked as a Director of Human Resources and a Business Manager within the Outwood Grange Family of Schools and has previously worked in education human resources for over 10 years for local authority and further education. Katy recently gained her Post Graduate Certificate in Leadership and Management in Education, is an SLE within the Outwood Institute of Education and is also CIPD qualified.

Julie Slater

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Julie Slater is a regional chief executive 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 considerable experience of working in schools placed in Ofsted categories. One of these schools, under her leadership, moved from ‘Notice to Improve’ to ‘Good’ within 10 months and received outstanding judgements for Leadership and Management and Behaviour and Safety and more recently, Outwood Primary Academy Kirkhamgate moved from ‘Special Measures’ to ‘Outstanding’ in 4 terms.

Julie has led 6 academy conversions in the primary and secondary sectors and she has experience of leadership in primary, secondary and post 16 institutions. She is currently working across 6 academies in Scunthorpe, Worksop and Chesterfield.

Julie was previously Chief Executive of Outwood Institute of Education (OIE). She is a lead facilitator and subject expert for NPQH, NPQSL and NPQML, was a member of the 2014 NCTL Fellowship Commission and is instrumental in driving forward the school led system through her work across OGAT. She has worked on numerous high profile national initiatives including the System Leaders Toolkit and the Teaching School Council.

She believes vehemently that all children have the right to an outstanding education and that collaboration should always be put before competition.

Rob Tarn

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Rob is a Regional Chief Executive and National Leader of Education. He is responsible for the Outwood Academies in the Northern Cluster, leading schools in North Yorkshire, Middlesbrough and Redcar and Cleveland.

Prior to becoming a Regional CEO, Rob had considerable experience of working to ensure rapid transformation of schools in Special Measures. He has previously worked as Vice Principal and Principal in six schools across six local authorities over a six year period with two schools securing a good judgement with outstanding leadership after eleven months of intervention as Principal.

Rob has developed a number of systems used across the Trust as part of the Transformation Model. He is the Trust’s Due Diligence consultant for Behaviour Management.

Sir Michael Wilkins, Founding Chief Executive

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In January 2001 Sir Michael Wilkins became Head Teacher of Outwood Grange School. Under his leadership, the school has been transformed by his vision to always put “Students First” and Outwood Grange is now one of the highest performing academies in the country, achieving Ofsted Outstanding all grade 1s in 2006 and again in 2012.

Sir Michael was appointed one of the first NLEs in 2006. Outwood Grange Academies Trust currently comprises 13 secondary schools and three primary schools, as well as the Outwood Institute of Education which delivers CPD to schools within the Trust and beyond. The Trust stretches from North Nottinghamshire, through Yorkshire to North Lincolnshire and Teesside.

In 2010 Sir Michael was presented with the award for “Outstanding System Leadership” by Michael Gove, then Secretary of State for Education. He had the honour of knighthood bestowed upon him for his services to education in the New Year’s Honours List 2014 and the citation for this honour read “Sir Michael was one of the first headteachers to be appointed a National Leader of Education in recognition of the national impact he has made supporting schools across the country since 2006. He was the driving force at Outwood Grange Family of Schools in the north of England, which he led to academy status. As an academy sponsor, he has pioneered a hugely successful and high impact model of intervention, transforming schools in special measures at pace.”