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Ormiston Academies Trust appoints Nick Hudson as new CEO

Ormiston Academies Trust (OAT) announced the appointment during its annual conference in Nottingham

Posted by Julian Owen | November 19, 2017 | People, policy, politics

New OAT CEO, Nick Hudson, a former Ofsted Regional Director and National Director for Early Education, is set to lead the multi-academy trust and its growing network of 34 schools across England. 

Mr Hudson has served as Interim CEO since June 2017, following the departure of former CEO Professor Toby Salt who left OAT to take up the role of Chief Executive with exam board AQA. 

He joined OAT in September 2016, as Chief Academy Improvement Officer, leading the work of the School Improvement Team and the Trust’s regional directors who each head up one of four regional hubs – North, East, South and West - promoting collaboration and ensuring that OAT’s network of academies secures the very best outcomes for the young people it serves. 

Speaking about the appointment Dr Paul Hann OBE, Chairman of the Trust said: “After a competitive recruitment process Nick was the clear choice for the role, with his passion for driving school improvement and extensive knowledge and understanding of the OAT network and our academies. He has distinguished himself as interim-CEO and we are delighted that he will now be taking on the role on a permanent basis.  

“The Board of Trustees looks forward to working closely with Nick to further our efforts to be the Trust that makes the biggest difference – equipping all young people with the highest academic, social and practical skills required to fulfil their potential, regardless of their background.” 

"Nick was the clear choice for the role, with his passion for driving school improvement and extensive knowledge and understanding of the OAT network and our academies."

Speaking at the Trust’s seventh annual conference at the East Midlands Conference Centre, Hudson outlined his vision for the Trust: “I am absolutely delighted to be appointed as Chief Executive Officer. OAT is a fantastic organisation which brings together some of the most talented school leaders and thinkers in education to deliver educational excellence across our network.  

“I am immensely proud to lead such a dedicated and hard-working family of staff and students and look forward to working closely with all of them to build on our successes and move to the next level, so that more children can benefit from the high-quality education OAT provides.  

“As a Trust, we have made huge strides and are on a strong upward trajectory. Now, as CEO, my focus will be on delivering sustained improvement, ensuring that challenging academic standards are not only met but surpassed; further increasing attainment; and finding new creative ways to enrich the lives of our students, by raising their aspirations and broadening their horizons.”

 

 

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