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Members

Laurence Cooper - Member & Chair of the Trust Board

Laurence Cooper - Member & Chair of the Trust Board

Laurence Cooper
Member & Chair of the Trust Board

I became a Governor when I saw how much the school had helped my son, my motivation is to help other sons and daughters achieve their potential and aspirations. I have helped lead the school through considerate change and I am very proud that we promote the highest standards in all areas of school life.

Stephen Wild

Stephen Wild

I am a Managing Director and I worked on rebuilding Manchester City after the IRA bombing in 1996. I joined Peel Holdings as Managing Director of the Manchester Ship Canal development in 2006 and oversaw the development of Media City in 2007. I have a daughter with special educational needs and I am committed to making sure children get the best provision possible.

Stephen Whatmore

I have been a National Leader of Governance (NLG) for over 7 years and in that time have completed over 26 deployments in a wide range of schools. I am currently Chair of Governors at Bridgewater High School Academy. I am also a governor at St Andrews CE Primary School. I am a qualified Accountant and recently retired.

I am a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (FCA) having qualified in 1976.

Sue Woodgate

I used to be Head of Special Educational Needs for Salford Local Authority before retiring. I am now a Magistrate and believe in ensuring children get the best start in life so they live happy and productive lives.

Patrick Kelly

I am very happy and honored to be able to help support Kings Academy Trust.

I am married to Lynn, and we are parents to 2 adult children both on the autistic spectrum. My son continues to benefit from specialist educational support and I am passionate about making to most of every opportunity to maximise young people’s ability to learn and develop in a truly inclusive, safe and supportive environment.

I am a police officer currently leading on emergency incident response policing and with a background in community policing and international policing support. I was recently Head of Police training in Merseyside.

Trustees

Laurence Cooper Member & Chair of the Trust Board

Laurence Cooper
Member & Chair of the Trust Board

I became a Governor when I saw how much the school had helped my son, my motivation is to help other sons and daughters achieve their potential and aspirations. I have helped lead the school through considerate change and I am very proud that we promote the highest standards in all areas of school life.

Amanda Nicholson - CEO / Executive Principal

Amanda Nicholson - CEO / Executive Principal

Amanda Nicholson
CEO / Executive Principal

In my role as CEO/Executive Principal I sit on the LAB as a Governor with specific responsibility for SEND. I am also the CEO of the King’s Academy Trust. I have led Oakwood Academy through academy conversion in 2012, outstanding Ofsted inspections in 2013 and 2017, opened a 6th form and lowered our age range so we can facilitate smoother transition to secondary education. I became a National Leader of Education in 2015 and Oakwood was designated a National Teaching School in 2016. We are now working hard to train the next generation of SEND teachers and undertake school to school support in a variety of settings.

My specialism is education, especially SEND, but I work across mainstream in both primary and secondary. I have led my schools through 3 outstanding Ofsted inspections and I am a trained Ofsted Inspector.

Jillian Collinson - Vice Chair of Trust Board

Jillian Collinson - Vice Chair of Trust Board

I have lived in Worsley for over twenty years and have four children.  My working background is in human resources and administration.  Prior to becoming a Councillor, I was a co-opted member of the Children and Young People’s Scrutiny Committee.  I was Vice Chair of Governors at Springwood (Special) Primary.

My specialism is safeguarding and E Safety. My school has been judged to be outstanding on three occasions. I have attended significant amounts of safeguarding training both as a Councillor and as a Vice Chair of Governors over the past 14 years. The impact is that I am well trained in all areas of safeguarding and can hold organisations to account for their provision.

Margaret Burgin

Margaret Burgin

Future Skills Manager, BBC North. I was a BBC journalist for many years working for both local and network radio.  I then became a senior community journalist, working with communities across Yorkshire. After a move to work in Salford managing a school’s journalism project, I became the Community Affairs Manager for the MediaCityUK site, making the initial contacts with local groups and schools in the North West. I have worked on a variety of BBC events where I have met children and staff from Oakwood and volunteered to become a community governor for the school.  I now work in an HR role which involves links with schools, colleges and universities to provide information about the routes in to the Creative and Media industries. I also deliver staff training and manage diversity events at BBC North.  I have two grown up children. I wanted to be involved with The Oakwood Academy Schools Trust because I work in Salford and wanted to give something back. I chose Oakwood because I am passionate about diversity and after one visit I was hooked.

My specialism is work experience and supporting young people into employment. At the BBC I helped to lead a transformation into thinking around disability and helping people into employment with the organisation who were from low starting points.

Jacob Bond

I work in HR and have considerable experience managing people and resources. I have been the Vice Chair of Governors of the Canterbury Centre Pupil Referral Unit and have helped to lead the organisation from requiring improvement to good. 

Louise Smith

I am an educationalist with over 20 years’ experience and have had considerable leadership experience as a Head teacher in three different primary schools, one having been judged in its latest inspection as outstanding in all areas. I have excellent inter-personal skills, embrace the changing education policy landscape and am currently undertaking the role of an Executive Head teacher for two schools while leading the strategic direction of Warrington Teaching School Alliance and CEO of Warrington Primary Academy Trust. My specific areas of expertise are within KS1 and KS2 in schools with significant socio-economic barriers. I am an NLE, supporting system leadership across the North West and also an Ofsted Inspector.

As CEO of Warrington Primary Academy Trust, I am responsible for staff development, ensuring that the needs of all pupils are met, promoting the core values of the Trust and overseeing relationships with the DfE.

Emma Twell

I am a Company Director/Experienced School Head teacher whose experience is within Special schools (Behaviour and Autism). I am also an Education Consultant specialising in school improvement.

I have worked for many years in SEMH/ASD provisions, most recently in turnaround situations as an Interim Headteacher.

I was part of a team that successfully applied to the Department for Education to convert an alternative provision independent school to a Free School.

As an autistic adult and parent to an autistic child, I am passionate about removing barriers to inclusion.

I enjoy reading, learning new skills, sewing and crafting.

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