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Meet the Board

 

 

Keith Dennis Chair of the BoardKeith Dennis - Chair 

Keith was, for over twenty years, a secondary head teacher in Birmingham.  He then worked for ASCL for ten years. He became ASCL’s Consultant on Ofsted Inspections and helped senior leaders and governors to understand the Ofsted process and to use the Framework for School Improvement.  He has led development sessions within schools and addressed many national conferences helping school leaders to define key issues and to use data to improve teaching and learning.

 

Nicholas Bent Nicholas Bent

Nick is a graduate of the universities of Oxford (law) and Harvard (public policy) and has been a volunteer and trustee with various educational and youth work charities for over twenty years.
Professionally, Nick has spent most of his career in business, mainly as a consultant on energy and environmental issues and business ethics.

Currently, Nick is Co-founder and Director of The Tutor Trust, an innovative education charity in Manchester and Leeds that seeks to democratise tuition.
An Associate of the think tank Demos, Nick spent seven years working in Westminster and Whitehall, including four years as a Special Adviser to Rt Hon Dame Tessa Jowell MP during the last Labour Government.  He has also served as Director of the think tank Policy Network.
In September 2014, Nick was appointed to serve a second three-year term as a lay member of the General Assembly of the University of Manchester.

 

Andrew Blundell MBEAndrew Blundell, MBE

Andy is a retired primary headteacher.  He is married with two children and five grandchildren.  During his 37 years in education, he was head of three Kent primary schools. He was also briefly an executive head in Tunbridge Wells and spent some time as an Ofsted inspector.  Andy has also been a volunteer with the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award for 35 years and currently runs Tonbridge Gold Open Award Centre.  A keen mountaineer, he specialises in preparing young people for their gold expeditions in wild country.  He was awarded an MBE in 2015 for services to education.

 

Craig DeanCraig Dean

Craig was appointed to the OCL board in October 2014. He obtained his MSc in Computer Science and Natural Sciences from Kings College, Cambridge. He is currently Chair of the Academy Councils in three North West Oasis Academies.
Incredibly passionate about the provision of education for young people, Craig facilitates education across the IT industry, evidenced by the code club scheme offered by Web Applications and his recent involvement in the inaugural Hack Manchester Junior event. Further to this he is a frequent guest speaker at universities, lecturing on careers and employability, creativity, software development practices and start-up funding. 

 

Ann Holt OBEAnn Holt, OBE

Ann is the Director of Education for the Diocese of Chichester.  She was previously Director of External Relations for the Bible Society. She has spent all her working life involved with education, starting her career as a history teacher and has also worked at the Department for Education (DfE). Throughout this time she has been a governor of several schools, primary, secondary and nursery. She has been a national trainer and consultant to Local Education Authorities, the DfE, and independent schools. Adamson Books have published her book ‘Joined-up Governance’, co-authored with Jane Martin.

 

Anthony LowmanAnthony Lowman

Tony graduated in Physics at Merton College, Oxford then continued with postgraduate studies and research in Elementary Particle Physics at Oxford and CERN, Geneva.
Taking his research experience into commercial life, Tony developed an early reputation for ‘thinking outside the box’, working on the development of the Concorde supersonic airliner and the first hole-in-the-wall cash machines. This led into a career in advanced technology for investment banking worldwide, working at Board level for several Swiss banks, a private consultancy and an international software house.
Choosing to retire in his mid- 50’s, Tony joined the Board of Oasis at time of rapid organisational growth and founded a service business for his local community in the New Forest, where he is also Chair of Trustees of a growing Baptist Church. He continues to maintain strong academic and cultural links with his Oxford college and travels extensively.  In spare time, he participates in mountain trekking, golf and a wide range of vocal and instrumental music.

 

Graham Mungeam OBEGraham Mungeam, OBE

Graham was the Chair of the OCL Board from 2008, before stepping down in 2015. He remains a member of the OCL Board, is a Trustee of Oasis Community Trust (OCT) and Chairman of the Oasis International Association.
In 1989 he resigned from the Civil Service to become OCT’s first Executive Director, later becoming International Director and Chairman of the Oasis International Association.
Following a short Academic career in research and teaching at Cambridge University, he joined the Treasury as an economist in 1964 and held senior positions in several Government departments, including the Department of Education and Science between 1982 and 1989.
There he led the Lower Attaining Pupils programme, the Technical and Vocational Education Initiative, and the Macro- electronics Education Programme. In 1984, working closely with the BBC, he led a Government delegation to India to promote the use of computers in Indian schools.
Graham has also been Chairman of InterHealth Worldwide and the Salmon Youth Centre in London. For 33 years he was a church leader in Tonbridge, Kent.  In 2015 he was awarded an OBE for services to children and families.

 


Nita RogersNita Rogers 

Nita joined the OCL Board at the end of 2016. She has been an Early Years Consultant for the London Borough of Southwark working with school leaders, teachers, practitioners and governors to raise the attainment and the wellbeing of children in the Early Years Foundation Stage meetings.  Nita has a rich history in education, graduating from the University of London in 1977 with a BEd in Primary Education, a Postgraduate Certificate in Early Childhood Education, a Masters in Leading Managing and Partnership Working and  an NPQH. Nita has held lead teacher posts in science and assessment and has also worked as an executive head teacher.  

Nita is married with two daughters, all of whom have worked or work in education. In her spare time, Nita volunteers at St Christopher’s Hospice, Sydenham, enjoys walking her two border collies, and has a keen interest in theatre, poetry, dance and human rights.

 

Andrew SimmondsAndrew Simmonds

Andy is a member of the OCL board and chairs our Audit and Risk Committee.  He is a qualified chartered accountant and was, until 2013, a partner in Deloitte.  In addition to monitoring the executive risk management programme, the Audit and Risk Committee maintains its own Trustee-orientated risk register which drives specific monitoring actions at OCL Board meetings.  Andy is also a Trustee of OCL’s parent body, and is a Trustee of Tonbridge Counselling Service and Recovery Two.

 

John WhiterJohn Whiter

As well as being a member of the OCL board, John has been Chairman of Oasis Charitable Trust (OCT) for the past six years, leading the Board of fellow Trustees and giving invaluable financial guidance. John has had a long and successful career in Financial Services.  His training as a Chartered Accountant and nearly 20 years as a Partner in an international accounting firm served as an ideal platform for him to become the CFO of a FTSE 250 Reinsurance Broking company, a position he held for 15 years until 2009. 
John now holds a number of directorships both in the City and the charitable sector.  He has had extensive practical experience in finding solutions to a wide range of business issues and involvement over many years in business acquisitions, disposals and strategic planning.
John is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and in his free time enjoys music, opera, watch live sport and spending time with his family.