This week Olive Academies’ trustees and members gathered for their annual away day. It was an opportunity for in-depth discussion and analysis of the trust’s work and strategic direction. The focus was on ensuring that our network of academies delivers the best learning and outcomes for all the children and young people we support. There was real commitment from everyone involved to further develop our trust’s partnerships with our local communities, other schools, multi-academy trusts and organisations which share our determination to improve the life chances of excluded and vulnerable young people.
We were also delighted to officially welcome three new trustees to Olive Academies:
Katherine FitzGerald has had a successful HR career as a strategist leading large scale change in organisations. She is currently People Director at Spektrix.
Maria Patsalos is an immigration lawyer and partner with the large legal firm, Mischon de Reya. She is recognised as an expert in her field and has worked with the UK based human rights organisation, Liberty.
Jeanette Lowe has over thirty years experience of working in schools and alternative provisions, specialising in leading Pupil Referral Units and Behaviour Support Teams in London.
Dean Clark also joined us as our new member. Dean is currently Chair of LEO Academy Trust and brings significant experience in risk management and finance.
Trustee away days are a crucial part of our good governance and board development. All our trustees took a tour of Olive AP Academy – Havering during the away day to see learning in action, meet our teaching staff and speak to our students. Trustees also took part in a training session focused on examining the complexities of education funding systems. It is this engagement and time spent together that allows Olive Academies’ trustees to deliver real challenge and support, maintaining their rigorous oversight of all aspects of the trust’s work.