An independent group of leading educational experts from Oldham make up the Oldham Opportunity Area board.
James Kempton has come to know Oldham well as the DfE appointed independent chair of Oldham Opportunity Area, and has now been appointed the independent chair of Oldham Learning.
James has spent his career focused on improving outcomes for children and young people. Key former roles include chair of Ofsted, Chief Operating Officer of the Chartered College of Teaching, Leader of Islington Council and a while back, secondary school history teacher.
The Oldham Opportunity Area board features a varied group of experts who work hard to improve the lives of children, young people and families in Oldham.
Antony Hughes: CEO, Harmony Academy Trust
Craig Dean: CEO, Web Applications UK and a trustee of Oasis Community Learning
Dr Cathy Hamer: Lead, North West SEND regional network and an early years consultant
Dr Joanne Pearson: Research lead, Oldham Research School and Head, Teamworks Teaching School Alliance
Vicky Beer: Regional Schools Commissioner for Lancashire and West Yorkshire
Jayne Clarke: Principal, Oldham Sixth Form College, and executive principal, The Pinnacle Learning Trust
Councillor Shaid Mushtaq: Cabinet member – Education and Skills, Oldham Council. Councillor for Alexandra Ward
Gerard Jones: Managing Director of Children and Young People – Director of Children’s Services
Caroline Ledward: Careers and Enterprise Company – Regional Lead North West