Meet the Leadership Team
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.
Hannah Streatfield, Standards Executive Officer
As the Trust Lead professional for Standards Hannah works in close partnership with the CEO and the Trust Executive to ensure the very highest standards are met in teaching and learning. Hannah has a strong belief that through promoting high aspirations, giving support, challenge, care and respect and through working collaboratively excellent teaching and learning will be achieved. A key aspect of Hannah’s role is working with leadership teams in identifying areas for whole school improvement and development, working closely with subject leaders and teaching teams, commissioning and delivering evidence based professional development, directly supporting and challenging staff to improve pedagogy, thereby raising pupil progress and attainment.
Hannah has experience within the primary sector within both maintained and within multi academy trusts spanning 18 years with over 10 years leadership experience successfully leading schools in challenging circumstances.
She also works as a visiting lecturer for Canterbury Christ Church University as part of their ITT programmes with a focus on assessment principles and preparing students for their first teaching post, serves as an Induction Moderator for the Thames Gateway Teaching School as part of their ECT Programme and is a facilitator for the NPQLT through Leadership Learning Southeast.
Laura Thompson, Standards Executive Officer for EYFS
As the Trust lead professional for EYFS, Laura works in close partnership with the CEO and the Trust leads for Standards and Inclusion. With over 20 years' experience in this area, Laura has a passion for Early Years and proactively drives school improvement for both EYFS and phonics across the Trust. This is delivered through working collaboratively with the Leadership teams in identifying areas for development, working closely with teaching teams, commissioning and delivering evidence based professional development.
A key aspect of Laura’s role is supporting staff at all levels to strengthen high quality pedagogy and deliver a responsive curriculum that sets firm foundations for learning beyond EYFS. Laura works strategically with leaders and teachers around the planning, delivery and development of the Early Years framework. Laura is committed to ensuring that all of the youngest children in the Trust are in receipt of highly effective pedagogy and are given the opportunities to learn through purposeful play in order to develop confidence, resilience and the curiosity to become lifelong learners.
Laura has worked within the primary sector within both maintained and multi academy Trusts across Essex and Kent as a EYFS teacher, EYFS Area Lead, EYFS County moderator and Senior Leader. Laura also continues to support schools outside of the Trust with EYFS leadership and improvement.
Cassie Young, Inclusion Executive Officer
Cassie is the Inclusion Executive Officer, working closely with the Trust leads for Standards and Early Years. Cassie is wholly committed to inclusion of all pupils, believing that all children should receive the best education through high expectations and being a champion for all, whatever their starting point. This can be achieved through close working relationships with School leaders, SENCos, support staff and feedback from children.
Cassie has worked for many years as a SENCo and school leader prior to the position with Our Community Multi Academy Trust and continues to support schools outside of the Trust as an Inclusion Leader of Education for KCC and regularly speaks at conferences across the country and abroad. She has recently written for publications on SEND, inclusive practice and curriculum access.
Ian Hamilton, Chief Financial Officer
Ian is the Chief Finance Officer (CFO). He joined OCMAT on 2 October 2023. He has worked in education finance for over 20 years (KCC and The Education People) supporting schools and academies in different aspects of financial management. His other notable career was serving in the army for eight years when he joined at the age of 16, his travels included a 3 year placement in Germany and a tour of Northern Ireland.