OA Foundation

Who we are

Find out more about those who govern and manage Olive Academies Foundation.

Trustees

Olive Academies Foundation is governed by a group of trustees who oversee the fundraising and grant giving activities of the foundation.

Glyn Clark

Chair of Olive Academies Foundation

Glyn started out his career at Goldman Sachs at the age of 21 where he had a successful 25 year career including spells in New York, Tokyo and Zurich. Glyn then spent 12 years with a major hedge fund first as Head of Operations and then as Head of Compliance.

In 2016, Glyn launched his own company Eden Park Homes procuring and managing residential mobile home estates. Glyn has experience of supporting and advising boards on compliance matters as well as chairing the board of his own company.

In his voluntary work supporting at risk children and young people, Glyn is motivated by his own experience of having had a challenging time at school and leaving with minimal qualifications.

He holds a Trustee position on a synagogue board and is also a Member of Olive Academies Trust.

ADee

Trustee of Olive Academies Foundation

The Artful Dodger (ADee) is a veteran of the London urban art scene going back to the 1980s who has since made his name as a widely respected professional and community artist. His clients have ranged from Channel 4 and LucasFilm (Star Wars) to The South Bank Show and Weetabix, He was also responsible for the highly acclaimed portrait of the former Deputy Speaker of the House of Commons, Nigel Evans MP, which now resides in Parliament – the first piece of urban art ever to do so.

Working with disadvantaged young people is at the heart of ADee’s work – he organises and facilitates creative mural projects and workshops both in the UK and across the world. One of his community projects on the now fallen Aylesbury Estate in SE London, even won an award from the late Princess of Wales. In his own words, ‘science teaches us that energy cannot be destroyed, it can only be transformed. So, with the workshops and community projects that I do with youth and other people, I try to take what is often seen to be negative energy and turn it into positive energy.’

ADee is also a trustee of The Boafo Family Foundation in Ghana.

Kingsley James

Treasurer of Olive Academies Foundation

Kingsley is one of the original shareholders and Executive Director of Emperor, a creative, strategic communications agency. The company employs 130 people across three UK offices. In 2020, he led the transaction to sell 67% of Emperor to an Employee Ownership Trust.

A qualified chartered accountant with Ernst & Young, Kingsley has board oversight for finance, IT, legal and strategic corporate projects. His previous roles in Emperor include Group MD, FD and head of Digital Communications. In addition Kingsley is a non-executive director of the Employee Ownership Association, and a trustee of the Emperor Foundation, a vehicle to consolidate Emperor's charitable activities.

Kingsley is also trustee and chair of finance and audit committee of Olive Academies Trust.

Mark Vickers MBE

Trustee of Olive Academies Foundation

Mark is an educational leader who is committed to preventing the marginalisation of vulnerable young people by giving them positive and enriching experiences both in and out of school. Mark has been a headteacher of a secondary school, an Ofsted inspector, a school leadership consultant and was a founding trustee of the PSHE Association. In 2013, he set up Olive Academies Trust, a multi-academy trust specialising in alternative provision schools – supporting those who are at risk of or who have been excluded from school. He has been its CEO since its creation.

In 2021 Mark was awarded an MBE in The Queen’s New Year Honours List for his services to children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities.

Leaders

In its first year, the work of Olive Academies Foundation is being managed by an Interim Leadership Team, which is responsible for establishing the foundation in these early days.

Adam Tedesco

Strategic Lead

Adam is Deputy CEO at Olive Academies Trust and currently provides strategic leadership for Olive Academies Foundation.

Adam has over fifteen years experience as a senior leader and school improvement consultant. He is committed to altering students’ life chances by promoting fully inclusive education in secondary settings and ensuring that all students achieve to the best of their abilities regardless of their social or economic background.

Jo Gillman

Finance Director

Jo is Director of Finance and Compliance at Olive Academies Trust and provides interim finance leadership for the foundation.

Jo has 25 years’ experience in finance and accounting, in both the public and private sector. She brings a wealth of experience in growth and change management, business partnering and company financial management to Olive Academies.

Chris Owen

Consultant

Chris is an experienced educator and consultant, having worked in and across schools, universities, local authorities and the NHS as well as management consulting. He has particular expertise in children and young people’s health and wellbeing and in SEND. Chris prides himself on bringing together partnerships of individuals and organisations leading to change and improvement in lives of children and young people.

Charlotte Crooks

Communications Manager

Charlotte is Communications and Marketing Manager at Olive Academies Trust and also manages communications for the foundation.

Charlotte has a solid communications background built over the past 16 years, backed up by a degree in marketing and Chartered Institute of Marketing professional diploma. With communications experience from both the private and public sector, including local government, further education and higher education, she brings a wealth of knowledge to Olive Academies.