Interim Progress Board

Olive Academies Multi-Academy Trust (MAT) is led by a group of board members who bring a wealth of experience from different professional backgrounds, such as business, finance and education. They have strategic responsibility for the development of Olive Academies’ vision and values and the implementation of these in our academies. More information about OA’s board members is available here:

Following the Ofsted inspection of Olive AP Academy - Thurrock in January 2017, the OA MAT board have taken the decision to replace the local governing body (LGB) with an interim progress board. The expectation is that this board will be in existence for 12 months.

The function of the interim progress board is to secure a sound basis for the future improvement of the academy in light of the recent Ofsted visit. Immediate responsibilities of the interim progress board include: 

  • To review the outcomes of the Ofsted report and agree an action plan to address these 
  • To monitor the action plan and take action where sufficient progress is not being made 
  • To act as a critical friend to academy and executive leaders to ensure strategic leadership is in place and having the intended outcomes. 

  • Interim progress board members (May 2017)

    • Paul Griffiths, St Cleres, independent chair of interim progress board
    • Rosemary Leeke, OA MAT board trustee 
    • Anthony Peltier, Headteacher, Stiffords Clay primary school
    • Penny Johnson, Headteacher, Grays Convent School 
    • Sophina Asong, CEO, Stanford & Corringham Schools Trust
    • Mark Vickers, Chief Executive of Olive Academies
    • Arwyn Thomas, Chief Operating Officer of Olive Academies
    • An LA representative will be invited to the meetings - Malcolm Taylor, Strategic Lead Learner Support and Principal Educational Psychologist, Thurrock LA

    Staff in attendance will include: 

    • Eileen Hinds, Director of Academy Effectiveness and Standards, Olive Academies
    • Jo Hill, Headteacher at OA-Th
    • Jenny Wingate, Governance and Policy Executive of Olive Academies 

    The interim progress board will meet termly. Read our report on the latest declarations of interest and attendance of interim progress board members. To view minutes of meetings or to contact the chair of the interim progress board and MAT Board, please email can also find the Olive AP Academy - Thurrock funding agreement and other key governance documents on our main Olive Academies website.