Executive Team

Ian Robinson

Ian Robinson is the Chief 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

Clerk to Oak Partnership Trust

Chris’s professional background has been significantly in education with 12 years working for Somerset County Council in a number of departments, including Placements, Buildings Development and Staffing Non Teaching, preceded by a spell of 3 years working in the County Architects Department.

In 1986, he took what was considered a brave decision at that time to leave County Hall to take up the appointment as Bursar and Clerk to Governors at Robert Blake College in Bridgwater at the time when funding was starting to be devolved to schools and in this role developed a wide range of expertise across business, financial, premises and HR management. Five years later he was appointed to position of Bursar and Clerk to Governors for The Kings of Wessex Upper School which became one of the first schools across the country to convert to academy status as an Outstanding Ofsted rated school.

Chris formally retired in 2014 after 21 years service and later served as Clerk to the Shadow Board for Oak Partnership in the year preceding conversion to a Multi Academy Trust and then formally appointed to Clerk to Oak Partnership Trust post conversion January 2019.

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