In addition to his role at Orchard Hill College, Peter is Chair of the Student Loans Company which is a government owned organisation which enable people to invest in their futures through further and higher education by providing trusted, transparent, flexible and accessible student finance services.
He is also Chair of the Construction Industry Training Board, which works on behalf of employers to invest around £200m pa of a levy paid by 20,000 employers to improve training and skills in the construction sector.
He is also trustee of Educators International, a small third world development charity which specialises in developing and implementing community scale technology- based solutions to support classroom teaching in developing countries.
He has also previously (2016 to 2023) been a non-executive director of Sheffield Children’s NHS Foundation Trust, which runs one of four standalone children’s hospitals in the UK as well as child and mental health services and health visitor services. And he was Chair from 2018 to 2023 of Newcastle College Group, the largest group of colleges in the further education sector and the first to secure indefinite degree awarding powers for higher education.
Peter took on these roles following a 40-year career in the public sector, with a focus for most of that time on the funding and organisation of the education system and in particular the post 16 education and skills system, including higher education.
John became CEO for OHC&AT in September 2019 having previously been the Deputy CEO/Executive Principal through a period of significant organisational growth and development. Before joining OHC&AT in 2013, initially as Principal of Carew Academy, John spent many years as a teacher and senior leader in both the special and mainstream sectors, including leading two other special schools. John has spent his career championing the abilities of, and advocating for, the best possible provision for children, young people and adults with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities and their families.
Rama runs his own consultancy company specialising in project management with expertise in IT Service Management, Service Improvement and Business Process Change. Since 2005, he has worked with schools and Trusts to facilitate the set-up of Academies, University Technical Colleges, Studio Schools and Free Schools. He is a Trustee on three Academy Trust boards and assisted in the set-up of several other Multi Academy Trusts and their boards. He currently works with multiple Trusts leading on their Academy conversions, re-brokerages, mergers and Free Schools projects. Rama brings a wealth of knowledge from over twenty years in the retail, hospitality and banking sectors and over ten years working in the Academies sector. He enjoys good food, good music and good company.
Simon Fryer joined the Department for Education in January 2013 as Deputy Director for Human Resources Strategy & Business Partners. In November 2014 he was appointed Director of Human Resources. Simon previously spent much of his career in human resources roles at Cabinet Office.
Tim Borrie is a highly accomplished and experienced Strategic and Operational Estates Director with over 15 years of successful experience in property asset management and the
construction industry. Throughout his career, he has operated in leadership roles and has a strong track record in delivering projects and programs within budget and on time. Tim has a wealth of experience in strategic asset planning, project management, and financial reporting. Tim believes in a collaborative working ethos and has demonstrated this
throughout his career, particularly in the NHS.
Tim’s successes include leading the estates response to the Covid-19 pandemic and vaccination program at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, where he implemented and managed social distancing measures and delivered seven vaccination centres, administering over one million vaccinations. He also led the “Ways of
Working” program, which introduced new ways of working and rationalisation of the office portfolio, resulting in savings of £3 million per annum.
Motivated by his personal experience as a parent of a child with special educational needs, Tim is passionate about creating inclusive and lifelong learning environments. He believes in the importance of public sector organisations that deliver essential services to the community. Tim is committed to applying his skills and experience to the role of Trustee at Orchard Hill College & Academy Trust to contribute to the shared strategic agenda and further the organisation’s vision.
David Dangana is Director of Quality and Compliance at Capital City Colleges Group in London. He has been involved in the education sector for over 20 years both in
the UK and in Nigeria, which is where he was born and brought up and where he has also had senior leadership experience as an education professional. His role at
Capital City Colleges Group is to ensure that Teaching and Learning performance remains excellent across all of the colleges.
In his role David works closely with local employers and supports vocational opportunities for learners by leveraging opportunities. In his college role, he works closely with a number of community organisations in South London.
David has previously worked as a School Leader in Nigeria where he was asked to lead a turnaround project on an independent school, which he did successfully and put in place
education and QA frameworks that secured the school’s outcomes for a number of years once he left to return to the UK. He brings valuable experience on quality and standards
from his education career and is very committed to learning more about special needs education through supporting Orchard Hill College & Academy Trust.
Christian Jennings is a qualified accountant (CIMA) who has worked across various sectors and ownership structures. He has worked in private equity, family-owned companies, and public limited companies, which has provided him with diverse skills and commercial insights. He has deliberately chosen roles and companies that offer growth, development, and new experiences, accumulating a deep and wide portfolio of experience.
Christian has a strong understanding of organisational structures and recognises the importance of well-structured teams and the values of equality, diversity, and inclusion. He is
currently the Chief Financial Officer at Virgin Experience Days, where his strategic planning risk assessment, and financial decision-making skills have driven business stability and
profitability, particularly during the challenges posed by the recent pandemic.
He has been a Trustee at charities supporting young people, where he witnessed the positive impact on individuals and communities. He actively contributed to overseeing a
successful merger of two youth charities, using his commercial skills. He is also a mentor with the Social Mobility Foundation, again providing opportunities for young people.
In addition to his professional commitments, Christian is actively involved with his accounting organisation, CIMA, serving as the Chair of the local area branch. He lives in Surrey and also has family experience of the importance of support for children with diverse learning needs. He brings a personal commitment to make a difference, aligned with hands on
experience of trustee roles and strong financial and commercial skills.
Angela O’Hara is a highly accomplished senior leader with extensive experience in finance roles. She has worked in various positions in organisations such as Johnson Matthey
and Vodafone, before taking time now to retire and consider consultancy projects. Angela’s professional background includes expertise in areas such as internal controls, risk
management, financial reporting, corporate governance and leading change and improvement initiatives.
Angela’s desire to become a Trustee at Orchard Hill College and Academy Trust stems from her deep-rooted passion for supporting children to achieve their full potential within a safe and supportive environment. As a parent herself, she has personal experience with children facing learning difficulties and understands the challenges faced by both children and parents in such situations.
Angela’s personal and professional experiences have shaped her belief that all children should be given equal opportunities for learning and personal growth, regardless of any
labels or limitations.