Oak Multi Academy Trust

Oak Trust is a partnership of schools in Leicestershire and Leicester City with a shared ethos, common values and collective goals. We do not have a 'lead' school, instead a collaborative approach within a framework that encourages and supports a high degree of autonomy for each school, recognising that each school has a particular character and set of strengths.

Oak Trust is committed to providing an inspirational education which allows all our pupils to realise their full potential as learners and citizens through excellent teaching, learning and development of the whole child. We will meet the needs of our unique schools and communities through collaboration, support and challenge.

Members and Trustees



Simon Cole


Chief Constable, Leicestershire Police

National lead on Prevent.  Vice President of Leicestershire Scouts and Guides.  Vice President of Police Mutual. Visiting Fellow of Leicester University Criminology Department.


High level strategy development and complex organisation leadership. Responsible for £175M budget.  Board member of DMU and previously a Junior School Governor.

Professor Maurice Galton


Retired Professor and Dean of Education, University of Leicester. Emeritus Professor and Associate Director of Research, Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge.


Expert in and consultant to a number of LAs on transition between primary and secondary school, creativity and well-being.  Research e.g. for the government funded Creative Partnerships (2002-8) which became Creativity, Culture and Education (CCE).

Dr Khalid Abdul Karim


Consultant Child Psychologist, University of Leicester


Significant experience working with schools and special needs.  Lead on ASD.  Delivered training to the National Autistic Society.  Published author on autism and mental health.

Pardip Singh Shoker


Principal Estates and Rates Manager, CEMEX UK Operations Ltd.



Extensive experience in the property industry including the Civil Service (Valuation Office – schools’ evaluations) and private consultancy.  Managing teams and projects within Real Estate.   Previous governance roles include Trust Director, Chair, Vice Chair and Governor in various schools.   FA qualified grass roots football coach – currently working with under 7s and under 14s football teams.




Ross Ian Grant  (Chair) CURRENT POST:    Self employed


SKILL SET:   Community engagement.  Children, young people and schools scrutiny commission member.  Experience of secondary capital expenditure programme, public finance and budgeting.  Primary school Governor experience.



Kam Karaji (Vice Chair) CURRENT POST:     Vice President, Global Security Operations, Barclays 


SKILL SET:  Physical and cyber security expert for global security operations at Barclays.  Extensive experience of operational management, risk assessment profiling and mitigation and compliance management.  Former Police Officer.  High level of understanding of safeguarding. Project Griffin trainer for the National Counter Terrorism Security Office (NaCTSO)/ Home Office.



James Lawlor  CURRENT POST:    Enterprise Release Manager, Lloyds Banking Group


SKILL SET:  Leading geographically dispersed teams of 200+ to manage and deliver multi tier Digital Banking application stack. Creating and delivering strategic software architectures. Experience of leading transformational change.



Peter Reeve CURRENT POST:    HR Director, Motor Neurone Disease Association


 SKILL SET:  Extensive knowledge of HR in commercial and charitable sector.  Experience of structural and cultural change programmes; introduction of leadership frameworks; corporate management structure and governance reviews.  Former work in HR for a construction company and a general hospital.



Sajeeda Rose CURRENT POST:     Chief Executive, D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership


SKILL SET:  Creating strategic economic plans to deliver growth.  Management of large public sector funding programmes, corporate governance and partnership collaboration.



Liz Sahu
CURRENT POST:     Relationship Manager, Health Education England


SKILL SET:  Extensive knowledge of Apprenticeships and career development. Sat on the National Apprenticeship Standards Group. Passionate about social mobility.



Damian Thurston CURRENT POST:    Vice Principal, Countesthorpe Leysland Community College


SKILL SET:  Lead practitioner for Character and Culture, inclusion and vulnerable pupils at CLCC.  Founding strategic lead for Thomas Estley Learning Alliance, focusing on initial teacher training, CPD and school to school improvement.

Register Of Interests


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Attendance at Meetings

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