Meet the team

The OAT London leadership team oversees the day-to-day running of the group of four academies.

Executive leader, OAT London

Operations manager, OAT London

Jo has a background in alternative provision and has worked across London as a learning support professional, performing roles such as cover supervisor, SEN administrator and executive PA. In addition, she has extensive experience of events management and of the music industry having worked for many years as a DJ.

Jo is dedicated to improving outcomes for disadvantaged young people and leads on a number of special projects across OAT London.

Jo initially led the introduction of outdoor therapeutic learning opportunities including farm visits and developing the school market garden. She continues to identify opportunities to extend the learning experience for these young people.

Director of intervention and school services, OAT London

Ruth has had a lifelong interest in working with inner city youth. As a student at Manchester University she led on the Targeted Access Scheme, setting up a successful program on Moss Side to encourage young people in the area into further education.

After graduation she went on to train at the Institute of Education and has now been teaching for over 12 years. She worked as a mainstream English teacher progressing to several positions of responsibility including head of student support, assistant headteacher and head of aspire alternative provision.

Ruth has a passion for supporting young people with SEMH and in 2010 went on sabbatical, studying educational interventions for gang-affiliated youth in New York, Washington and the Caribbean. On her return she set up Aspire AP in Westminster, which was recognised as outstanding by Ofsted, with all students making above average progress and achieving a minimum of five GCSEs including English and maths.

Academy leadership

  • Michelle Burgess-Allen: Interim princpal, Ormiston Beachcroft Academy
  • Ziah Raphael: Principal, Ormiston Bridge Academy
  • Daniela Caton: Principal, Ormiston Courtyard Academy
  • Everol Halliburton: Principal, Ormiston Latimer Academy