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DIRECTORS

Dr Caroline Allen, OBE
CEO

Dr Caroline Allen OBE has been Principal of Orchard Hill College for over 20 years. She is also CEO of Orchard Hill College Academy Trust which is a Multi-Academy Trust with a remit to support and sponsor Academies for children with SEN.

Caroline graduated from Central School of Speech and Drama, with a B.Ed (Hons) degree and worked in Hong Kong. She completed an MBA in 1985 and a PhD relating to organisation culture and management in 2009. Having previously been a Governor of Croydon College and St Dominic’s School, as well as a member of the LSC London Regional Council, Chair of London South LSC and a member of the EFA Advisory Board, Caroline currently sits on the London Young People Education and Skills Board.

Jay Mercer
Chair

Jay Mercer is an experienced public sector Corporate and Executive Director who has proved himself an effective change leader and manager by successfully setting up two new-start organisations and turning around two failing ones. He led for the LSC in London on 14-19 development and partnership work. As a consultant, he has delivered successful assignments for public and voluntary sector clients at local, regional and national level.. He successfully intervened and turned around Thurrock’s poor JAR outcomes on 14-19 and Youth. In Barnet, he integrated Early Intervention work into the leading edge Troubled Families programme and steered very significant restructuring of children’s centres and youth support services to achieve efficiencies. Most recently he has kickstarted Bristol’s Learning City and Passport to Employment initiatives and reworked Dorset’s Challenge and Improvement Strategy. He is a skilled partnership worker with good contacts and networks, and an experienced Chair, school governor, trustee and non-executive director of charitable and not-for-profit organisations, including this Academy Trust.

Kevin Finnigan
Vice Chair

Kevin Finnigan was a Principal for eight years and a clerk to the corporation for three years. In his last Principal role he achieved outstanding for leadership and management and gained Beacon status for the College. He began his employment as a quality manager in paper manufacturing

He is an experienced further education professional. He writes and delivers a variety of programmes on improving leadership and management for Colleges.

Barbara McIntosh
Director

Barbara has been in the field of learning disability, mental health and children with special needs for 25 years. She is currently a Director at Healthwatch Sutton and a Board member for three organisations that provide learning disability and mental health services. Barbara has worked as a Local Authority Commissioner of Adult Learning Disability Services, as National Head of Children and Young People’s Programmes at the Mental Health Foundation and at the Kings Fund where she led a five year programme to develop education, employment, leisure and social opportunities for people with learning disabilities. She is committed to improving the life chances of children and adults with learning disabilities and is keen to work with families and other partners to achieve this. Barbara is also Chair of the Nightingale Community Academy Local Governing Body.

Stephen Lawes
Director

Stephen Lawes is an experienced Chartered Accountant who has directed financial management and control in a range of public services, including transport, local government, and education. He lives in Wimbledon is keen to bring his professional expertise to support the very best educational provision for the communities served by the Trust.

Yolande Burgess 
Director

Yolande works for London Councils as Strategy Director, Young People’s Education and Skills. She is responsible for the development of the strategic vision for 14 to 19 provision in London. She started her professional career as a Photographic Technician and then worked for the Employment Service as the New Deal District Manager for North London which involved the development of Neighbourhood Renewal strategies in Enfield and Haringey.  Prior to London Councils, Yolande was Partnership Director at the Learning and Skills Council where she was responsible for the planning and commissioning of learning provision locally and regionally and had budget responsibility and accountability of £300m annually.  She was previously a governor of Barking and Dagenham College and is currently a governor of Ambitious College.

David Winkler
Director 

David Winkler received his DDS from The Royal Dental College of Copenhagen, Denmark, in 1983. He is the founding president of the Scandinavian Academy of Aesthetic Dentistry, past-president of the European Academy of Esthetic Dentistry, the British Academy of Aesthetic Dentistry, and the International Federation of Esthetic Dentistry.

David is a member of the International College of Prosthodontists and a Fellow of the International College of Dentists. He sits on the editorial boards of two publications, lectures internationally and maintains a private practice in Windsor.

David’s private sector experience will be a great asset to the Board and he has provided invaluable support to Arbour Vale School.

 

MEMBERS

Ken Coello
Chair

Jay Mercer
Trust Member

Dr Kaf Tay
Trust Member

Steve Howlett
Trust Member

 

 

 

This is a very exciting and pivotal moment in the lives of St Dominic’s, Brantridge and Grafham Grange schools.  Academy conversion under the sponsorship of OHC&AT will help secure their futures and, no doubt, lead to better outcomes for pupils and students, families and carers, staff and all stakeholders.   We are looking forward to a bright future as part of the OHC&AT family.

Ken Cowdery, Chair of Governors

Latest News

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CEO Appointment

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