Ormiston Academies Trust confirms appointment of CEO

Ormiston Academies Trust (OAT) – a leading multi-academy trust – has today formally announced the appointment of its new Chief Executive Officer, Nick Hudson, during its Annual Conference in Nottingham.

Nick Hudson - conference 2017

Mr Hudson, a former Ofsted Regional Director and National Director for Early Education, brings a wealth of experience and expertise to the role, which will see him leading the multi-academy trust, and its growing network of 34 academies across England.

Mr Hudson has served as Interim CEO since June 2017, following the departure of former CEO Professor Toby Salt to take up the role of Chief Executive with exam board AQA. It has today been announced that Mr Hudson will continue in the role on a permanent basis, with immediate effect, following a competitive recruitment process.

The announcement comes as senior leaders, teachers and staff from across the Trust meet for its two-day annual conference, celebrating OAT’s continued successes over the last year and to look to the future of the Trust and its academies.

This year’s conference, at the East Midlands Conference Centre in Nottingham, focuses on Working Together for Excellence, discussing how collaboration across the Trust is crucial to achieve the very best outcomes for the 26,000+ young people it serves. The conference provides an opportunity for academy leaders and trust-wide staff to come together to debate, discuss and share best practice to drive forward school improvement in every area.

Nick joined OAT in September 2016, as Chief Academy Improvement Officer, leading the work of the School Improvement Team and the Trust’s regional directors who each head up one of four regional hubs – North, East, South and West - promoting collaboration and ensuring that OAT’s network of academies secures the very best outcomes for the young people it serves.

During his time at Ofsted, Nick served as Regional Director for North East, Yorkshire and Humber – responsible for leading all Ofsted inspection work across the region. Nick was also a member of the Ofsted Executive Board. Given his experience, he has unrivalled knowledge and understanding of what drives school improvement and makes an Outstanding school Having begun his career as a secondary school teacher, Nick is a highly qualified educational leader who has also held key senior roles within Local Education Authorities and in children, young people, family and adult services across Greater Manchester.

Speaking about the appointment Dr Paul Hann OBE, Chairman of the Trust said:

"After a competitive recruitment process Nick was the clear choice for the role, with his passion for driving school improvement and extensive knowledge and understanding of the OAT network and our academies. He has distinguished himself as interim-CEO and we are delighted that he will now be taking on the role on a permanent basis.

"The Board of Trustees looks forward to working closely with Nick to further our efforts to be the Trust that makes the biggest difference – equipping all young people with the highest academic, social and practical skills required to fulfil their potential, regardless of their background."

Speaking at the Trust’s seventh annual conference at the East Midlands Conference Centre, new Chief Executive, Nick Hudson outlined his vision for the Trust:

"I am absolutely delighted to be appointed as Chief Executive Officer. OAT is a fantastic organisation, which brings together some of the most talented school leaders and thinkers in education, to deliver educational excellence across our network.

"I am immensely proud to lead such a dedicated and hard-working family of staff and students and look forward to working closely with all of them to build on our successes and move to the next level, so that more children can benefit from the high-quality education OAT provides.

"As a Trust we have made huge strides and are on a strong upward trajectory. Now, as CEO, my focus will be on delivering sustained improvement, ensuring that challenging academic standards are not only met but surpassed, further increasing attainment and finding new creative ways to enrich the lives of our students, by raising their aspirations and broadening their horizons."