Academy Advisory 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.

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The MAT has established an academy advisory board (AAB) for each of its academies which acts in an advisory capacity reporting to the MAT board and which is encouraged to offer advice, support and challenge to the headteacher to manage the academy and ensure that its performance is of a high standard. The trust approves the appointments of AAB members.

OA AABs are crucial to the smooth running of our academies, as they provide fundamental input and guidance on the local context and on leading the academy – strong partnership working with local schools, parents, families and communities, the local authority and other partners is vital to our success and to educational outcomes of children and young people who attend our academy.

Olive Ap Academy – Thurrock Academy Advisory Board (AAB) members

  • Ashlie Hughes, Chair of AAB, Headteacher representative, Thurrock Association of Secondary Schools
  • Jeanette Lowe, OA MAT board trustee
  • Mark Vickers, Chief Executive, Olive Academies
  • Huw Derrick, Principal, Ormiston Park Academy
  • James Wright, Director, Drag and Drop Limited
  • Simon Bell, Headteacher, Williams Edwards School
  • Julian Moruzzi, Vice Principal, Gateway Academy

A local authority representative is invited to the meetings – Michele Lucas, Assistant Director Education & Skills, Thurrock Local Authority

Staff in attendance will include:

  • Collette Hunnisett, Headteacher, Olive AP Academy – Thurrock
  • Hannah Hatchman, Clerk

The AAB meets termly. Read our 2019/20 attendance report and 2020/21 declarations of interest here. To view minutes of meetings or to contact the chair of the Academy Advisory Board or MAT Board please email

You can also find the Olive AP Academy – Thurrock funding agreement and other key governance documents on our main Olive Academies website.