About us


Olive Academies (OA) is led by a group of trustees who bring a wealth of experience from different professional backgrounds, such as business, finance and education.

OA trustees have strategic responsibility for the development of Olive Academies’ vision and values and the implementation of these in our academies.

More information about OA’s trust board can be found on the main Olive Academies multi-academy trust website.

Strong partnership working with local schools, parents, families and communities, the local authority and other partners is vital to our success and to educational outcomes of children and young people who attend our academy.

In each of its academies, the board of trustees puts in place an academy advisory board (AAB). From September 2021 onwards trustees and AAB members have agreed that there will be a joint AAB for Olive AP Academy - Thurrock and Olive AP Academy - Havering.

This acts in an advisory capacity reporting to the trustees and is encouraged to offer advice, support and challenge to the headteacher to manage the academy and ensure that its performance is of a high standard. The trust approves the appointments of AAB members.

Olive Academies’ AABs are crucial to the smooth running of our academies, as they provide fundamental input and guidance on the local context and on leading the academy.

A4 Governance Diagram Sept 2021 Web

AAB members April 2024

  • Huw Derrick, Chair of AAB
  • Simon Bell, Headteacher, William Edwards School & Orsett Heath Academy
  • Kane Ward, Assistant Headteacher Redden Court School
  • Scott Sampson, Senior Practitioner Social Worker | Thurrock Youth Justice Services
  • Angela Tempany, OA Trustee

The AAB is also attended by LA representatives from Havering and Thurrock:

  • Lee Clegg, School Inclusions Team Leader & AP Commissioner, Havering LA
  • Michele Lucas, Assistant Director, Education and Skills, Thurrock Council

Once set up, the AAB members will meet with pupils and parents and carers to ensure they are involved in helping shape provision at the academy.

The funding agreement made with the Department for Education and other key governance documents are available on the main Olive Academies website.

Declarations of interest for 2022-23 are available below. Further information about the role of the AAB is also available in our governance handbook below.

OA-Hv and OA-Th AAB attendance and declarations of interest Oct 23 Download
AAB Governance Handbook Download