Exceptional Education at the Heart of the Community

Exceptional Education at the Heart of the Community


Oasis Charitable Trust is the sole member of Oasis Community Learning (OCL) and appoints members of the OCL board.

The information on governance included here supplements that described in the Directors’ Report and the Statement of the Directors’ Responsibilities. The Board has met formally four times during the year.  Attendance during the year at Board meetings was as follows:


Name of Director     Attendance during 2021/22 academic year
  Appointed Resigned Attended Out of a possible
Nicholas Bent 1 April 2008   4 4
Andrew Blundell 11 Oct 2012  


Craig Dean 9 Oct 2014   4 4
Keith Dennis  7 Oct 2010 13 Sept 2022 1 4
Ann Holt 13 Sept 2007   4 4
Ali Layne- Smith 13 Feb 2020   3 4
Stan Chan 24 Mar 2022   2 2
Jason Arday 27 Jan 2022   0 3
Dave Rasmussen 6 Jan 2020   2 4
Caroline Taylor (Chair) 21 Oct 2021   3 3
Andrew Simmonds 24 April 2009   4 4
Paul Turner 11 Nov 2020 16th Dec 2022 3 4

The Board has appointed four sub-committees:

(a) The Audit & Risk Committee (Chair: Andy Simmonds) whose responsibilities cover:

  • Internal controls and risk management
  • Compliance, whistleblowing and fraud
  • Policy review
  • Internal Audit
  • External Audit and statutory financial reporting

(b) A Board Finance Committee was established in December 2015 (Chair: Andy Simmonds). Its responsibilities cover:

  • Financial strategy
  • Monitoring and review
  • Budget
  • Treasury
  • Governance & Regulation

(c) The Curriculum & Learning Committee (formerly the Performance Evaluation Committee) (Chair: Andy Blundell) whose responsibilities cover:

  • Evaluation of key indicators, especially educational performance data
  • Assessing progress of the academies over time against National OCL targets
  • Identifying success and urgent priorities for remedial action

(d) The People & Renumeration Committee (Chair: Ali Layne-Smith) whose responsibilities cover:

  • Organisational culture, ensuring our organisation is fully inclusive and in line with our ethos and 9 habits
  • Seeking assurance that our policy framework is compliant, speaks into who we are as an organisation and is successfully implemented/monitored.
  • Evaluate KPIs and wellbeing indicators.
  • Succession planning and our CPD offer, ensuring that it meets the current and future needs of Oasis Community Learning.
  • To monitor the relationship and benefits of the work between SLDT and Oasis.
  • To maintain oversight of high-risk people cases

Attendance at Sub Committee meetings

Attendance during 2021/22 academic year
  Attended Out of a possible
Audit & Risk Committee    
Andrew Simmonds (Chair) 4 4
Keith Dennis 1 4
Stan Chan 2 2
Dave Rasmussen 2 4
Craig Dean 4 4
Paul Turner 3 4
Caroline Taylor 3 3
Curriculum and Learning Committee    
Andrew Blundell (Chair) 4 4
Keith Dennis 4 4
Nicholas Bent 2 4
Caroline Taylor 2 3
Ann Holt 3 4
Finance Committee    
Andrew Simmonds (Chair) 4 4
Keith Dennis 1 4
Stan Chan 2 2
Caroline Taylor 3 3
Dave Rasmussen 2 4
Paul Turner 3 4
People and Renumeration Committee    
Ali Layne-Smith (Chair) 3 3
Jason Arday 1 2
Caroline Taylor 2 3
Ann  Holt 1 3
Andy Blundell 3 3
Craig Dean 3 3


Oasis Community Learning – Business & Pecuniary Interests of Board members

Board Member

Relevant Business Interests

Nicholas Bent

  • Founder & CEO of The Tutor Trust (education charity)

Andrew Blundell

  • Trustee of Tonbridge Gold (DofE Gold Expedition training and assessment)
  • Trustee of the Sheppey Endowment Fund

Craig Dean

  • Director of Oasis IT Services (subsidiary of OCL)
  • Co-opted Director at Oldham Community Leisure Limited

Ann Holt

  • Interim Chair of the Diocese of Bristol Academies Trust
  • Trustee of Culham St Gabriel Trust (Religious Education Charity)
  • Vice Chair Malmesbury Abbey PPC
  • Trustee of Oasis Restore(subsidiary of OCT)

Andrew Simmonds

  • Director of Oasis IT Services Ltd.

Ali Layne-Smith

  • Deacon at High Street Baptist Church
  • Non-Executive Director for Cambridge University Hospitals (inc. Addenbrookes) NHS Trust

Dave Rasmussen


Stan Chan

  • Trustee and Director of Big Society Capital
  • Sole trader at Straits Consultancy (Management & Financial Consultancy)
  • Trustee of Raileigh International
  • Trustee of CBF Church of England Investment Funds

Caroline Taylor

  • Trustee of Oasis Charitable Trust (OCL’s parent company)
  • Related to a Trustee of St Matthias Primary School, Malvern

Professor Jason Arday

  • Trustee of Runnymede Trust (Race and equality think tank)
  • Trustee of First Star UK (supporting routes into higher education for the working class)

John Murphy CEO

  • Director of School Led Development Trust (Teacher Development and Research)
  • Trustee of Place2Be (Mental Health Charity)

Accounting Officer (John Barneby)

  • Related to Director of Moringa Ltd which supplies leadership training and coaching
  • Chair of Governors at Mayhill Primary School