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David Whitehead, CEO

As CEO, David is thoroughly committed to ensuring that every pupil accesses a first-class education through a highly motivating and well taught curriculum that also regularly exploits a wide range of the very best life enhancing opportunities.

Mike O'Connell, Director (Chair)

I am a retired Social Worker and have worked in both child protection and Youth Justice sectors.  For many years I worked within the Kent Education Safeguarding Service as Safeguarding Training and Development Lead for Education services including early years, schools and colleges.  I have also been  a Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO) advising on safer practice and allegations management for within education.  My areas of interest include safeguarding children and staff and supporting vulnerable children to achieve their potential.

Ian Chappell, Director

I have been involved in education for over 28 years as a Governor, Trustee and Director over various schools in Medway and Kent holding many roles from Committee Members to Chair of a Trust.

My career has mainly been within the motor trade ending up in owning my own business.

I am married and have a daughter who is a SENCO in a special needs school and a granddaughter who I dote on. OCMAT is a great Trust of which I am proud to be linked to.

Simmone Haywood, Director

Simmone is a highly motivated results orientated HR professional with a track record of delivering people solutions in a multi-site and International environment.  Simmone has over 30 years’ experience with Marks and Spencer PLC, covering a range of strategic leadership roles.  Simmone is now, Co-Founder of the Millwood Partnership, an HR Consultancy, working with businesses across sectors to optimise value through people.  She is a Chartered Fellow of the CIPD and works as an Enterprise Advisor with Kent Secondary Schools.  Simmone is delighted to hold the role of Director in Our Community Multi Academy Trust.

Jo Hygate, Director


David Haylor, Director

As the founder and CEO of the recruitment firm IAC, I have over 20 years of experience in leadership, recruitment, and team development. I started my career at the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst and served as a platoon commander in the British Army. I then transitioned to the recruitment industry, where I established and managed teams across various audit and risk domains. 


I have built a sector leading recruitment firm with a stellar growth record which provides lasting client, stakeholder and shareholder value.


My wider role alongside of running IAC is working with key clients and individuals to develop their leadership and personal skills and capabilities. I also advise scaling companies on large scale recruitment projects. 


I am married to a career long primary school teacher, am an avid reader, father of two and slightly obsessive fitness fella!

Director  - Jonny Uttley

Jonny Uttley is the CEO of The Education Alliance Multi-Academy Trust (TEAL). TEAL is a trust of eight schools, in East Yorkshire, Hull and York, serving over 6,500 students, and a SCITT which trains around 60 new entrants to the profession each year.


As a National Leader of Education, Jonny has worked with schools in many different contexts and is committed to a school improvement approach that puts real ethical leadership at the heart of our system, so schools create cultures in which staff genuinely thrive. Jonny is also an elected member of the DfE Advisory Board for Yorkshire and the Humber.


The Education Alliance is a pathfinder trust for the ASCL/NGA Ethical Leadership Project and Jonny is the co-author, with John Tomsett, of Putting Staff First: A Blueprint for Revitalising Our Schools.

Director - Roo Mackie

Roo is a marketing consultant and executive coach.  Her passion is to support people to realise their potential, whether that’s as individuals, teams or in delivering better business outcomes.  Roo’s experience spans multiple industries and she has worked across the globe helping to shape brands and teams.  As a Director with OCMAT, she is looking forward to utilising her experience and knowledge to help meet the Trust’s ambitions. 

Director - Andrya Norris

Following a career of over twenty years in School Business Management across all phases of schools throughout Kent and Medway, Andrya Norris has extensive experience in strategic financial and operational leadership and management in educational settings, culminating in the role of Chief Operations and Finance Officer of a multi-academy trust in Gravesham.  Currently working as a Senior Finance Consultant for School Business Services, an education service provider, Andrya hopes to utilise her knowledge and experience to support the Trust's senior leaders and the Board of Directors to deliver their strategic aims and objectives, thereby improvding the life chances of the pupils in the communities they serve.

Quentin Roper, Member

Quentin is Director of Education for the Diocese of Canterbury and leads its work in relation ministry with children, schools and young people. Quentin is responsible for developing and articulating vision and strategy, managing a team that supports and resources schools, deaneries, and parishes.

Andrew Collie - Member

Andrew is the School's Officer (Organisation & Estates) for the Diocese of Canterbury responsible for school land and buildings.  He has held similar roles in two other dioceses as part of a second career in charity property management while also being involved in CofE diocesan governance.  He has been around education for many years by being married to a Key Stage 1 teacher!

Rev. Steve Lillicrap, Member

Steve is the Rector of the Parish of Kingsdown and Creekside, which includes the villages of Lynsted and Norton. Steve has been involved with Governance in Schools at many level over a number of year.

Martin Swainson, Member

Martin is a retied stockbroker, and has spent many years involved with Governance in schools at all levels. Martin has a range of skills which supports the Trust in meeting its objectives.

Bruce McGlashan, Member

Bruce is a Head of Technical& Sustainability at the Orchard Fruit Company. Bruce has been involved with the Trust for many years as a Member, offering a rnage of skills to support the Trusts' Objectives.