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. More information about OA’s board members is available at

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.

Olive Academies’ 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.

AAB members, Olive AP Academy – Suffolk

  • Kevin McDonnell, Independent Chair, Headteacher, Stormont House School
  • Jan Campbell, OA MAT Board Trustee
  • Mark Vickers, CEO, Olive Academies and Executive Headteacher, Olive AP Academy – Suffolk
  • Vanessa Whitcombe, Castle Manor Academy
  • Louise Clark, Strategic Lead for Primary East Teaching Schools Alliance
  • Karen Grimes, CEO, John Milton Academy Trust

At regular intervals, AAB members meet with pupil council representatives and pupil ambassadors to ensure that they hear the voices of OA children directly.

Attendance records and latest declarations of interest are available to view here. To view minutes of meetings or to contact the chair of the AAB and MAT Board, please email

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