Meet the Trust Oversight Committee

Tony Lacey – CEO, Oak Trees MAT

  • Qualified as a teacher in 1996
  • 21 years teaching experience
  • Range of school leadership roles, including PE, Maths, SEN and ICT leader roles
  • 3 years experience teaching in a Special School for moderate learning difficulties
  • 18 months experience as a Science Advisor for Wirral Borough Council
  • Local Leader in Education
  • Member of Wirral Local Authority Strategy Group
  • Currently CEO of Oak Trees MAT

Adrian Martin – School Improvement Partner, Oak Trees MAT

  • Qualified as a teacher in 1988
  • 31 years teaching experience
  • 16 years as a Headteacher
  • 2 years as a Wirral Systems Leader, providing school to school support across the Local Authority
  • 2 years as a Science Advisory Teacher for Wirral Borough Council
  • Ofsted Inspector for 11 years
  • Member of Wirral Local Authority Strategy Group
  • Currently School Improvement Lead of Oak Trees MAT

Mel Eastwood – Headteacher, Egremont Primary School

  • Qualified as a teacher in 1997
  • 23 years teaching experience
  • 7 years as a headteacher prior to joining Egremont
  • 3 years headteacher experience in a Jewish School
  • Leadership experiences including ICT, Art and Curriculum Development
  • Specific experience of School Improvement

Alan Wilson – Vice Chair, Oak Trees MAT

Alan has extensive finance, business advisory and business development expertise from over 30 years of a banking career and, subsequently, over 10 years with two accountancy firms and a business finance company. He also has Non-Executive Director experience in the public sector.

Away from the private sector, in 2006 Alan was appointed NED at his local NHS hospital, now Wirral University Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, where he chaired the Audit Committee. After completing two terms of office, Alan left in 2011. In 2013, Alan was appointed NED at Wirral Community NHS Trust (now Wirral Community NHS Foundation Trust) and was re-appointed in 2015. Alan chaired the Finance & Performance Committee and was the Freedom to Speak Up Guardian. Alan left the Trust was his tenure ended in August 2017. 

Paul Crossland

Paul Crossland has over 33 years’ experience in Health, Safety and Environmental advice and consultancy; the vast majority of this has been centred around the “built environment” working for UK architectural and engineering design houses Aukett Associates and Buro Happold, and for some of the UK’s major project management companies; Jacobs Engineering plc, EC Harris (now part of Arcadis), Sweett Group plc and Mouchel plc on major construction projects including various new builds under “Building Schools for the Future” programme in Yorkshire. Paul has also worked extensively in the Facilities Management side of the industry, for Servus FM (formerly Turner and Townsend FM), Newmark Knight Frank and latterly for CBRE.

Paul was awarded a degree in Ecology and Environmental Pollution in 1986, but his career quickly took a sideways step into Health and Safety. He is a Chartered Member of the Institution of Occupational Health (IOSH) and a Fellow of the Royal Society for Public Health. His key achievements include;

  • Creating an OHSAS 18001 compliant management system for Buro Happold’s operations in Dubai and Abu Dhabi, from nothing to external body approval, in 6 months.
  • A major change management exercise at Mouchel to rebuild, re-organise and re-invigorate three separate teams of Quality, H&S and Environmental professionals into one combined “SHEQ” team, using one integrated management system.
  • During 2013 at SKM, I was tasked with leading the review of the Health and Safety side of our global QHSE management system; this involved managing input from eight other consultants in the UK, USA, Chile and Australia. We achieved a complete refresh of the ISO and OHSAS compliant management system for a company of ten thousand people across 4 continents, in a six-month period, and received compliments from our external auditors for the clarity of the system.

Paul is a problem solver. Nothing gives him more satisfaction at work than somehow always being able to find practical solutions to his clients’ problems.

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