Executive Team

Ian Robinson

Ian Robinson is the Cheif Executive Officer for the Trust. He has been teaching for twenty five years, having taught in Peterborough, Essex, Oxford and Dorset before coming to Somerset in 2012. He has taught in a variety of different schools from a very small rural school, to a very large inner city Middle school with quite a variety in between. West Monkton was his second Headship, having spent seven years as Head of a small rural school in Dorset. He understands the importance of a continuous focus on school improvement, taking West Monkton from Ofsted Requires Improvement in 2012 to Ofsted Good in 2014 and maintained Ofsted Good in 2018. He has a lot of experience at successfully managing change, not least in leading West Monkton through a rapid period of growth and the move to a new school building. Ian has always looked beyond the walls of his own school, which has been to the benefit of West Monkton and the aim is that this will also be to the benefit of all Oak Partnership schools. Ian is also Chair of the Taunton Learning Partnership, for the past three years, of which all Taunton schools are members. In that time they have worked on establishing strategies and networks to support those most vulnerable children and families within Taunton. They have also put on a range of training opportunities for staff, much of which our own schools have participated.

Chris Brown


Tim Robb

Tim Robb is the Executive Business Manager for the Trust. He co-ordinates financial reporting and financial planning across the trust. This helps to ensure that there is financial stability in the schools, so that they can continue to educate and care for young people and provide a high standard of education. He also supports the schools on HR and other operational issues, and is the Chief Finance Officer and Data Protection Officer for the Trust. Tim trained as an accountant with the NHS in Birmingham, and worked for 14 years in the NHS in Birmingham and Kent in various senior Finance and Contract Specialist roles. He has worked for Multi Academy trusts since 2017. Tim is committed to ensuring that taxpayers' money is spent transparently and honestly and with value for money.

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