The Oldham Education Partnership Board

Headteacher Representatives from schools and early years providers

Anne Redmond

Kingfisher Special School

Anne Redmond has worked in special education for 31 years; she has been Headteacher of the Kingfisher Special School in Oldham since January 2005 with the highest of aspirations and expectations. During those 12 years, Anne has led the school through three Ofsted inspections receiving 3 Outstanding Ofsted judgments in 2007, 2010 and 2014. Anne has been a National Leader of Education (NLE) since 2009 and leads a cohort 1 National Teaching School.

Kingfisher is the only primary provision in Oldham for children with complex and severe learning needs. From September 2016, Kingfisher converted to Academy status and formed a Multi-Academy Trust, ‘Kingfisher Learning Trust’. This has enabled Kingfisher to successfully apply to open a new Free School called Halcyon Way for children with severe to moderate learning needs. Anne’s role is now leading the Multi-Academy Trust as Executive Principal.

Anne is an inspirational leader, passionate about raising standards and achievements for all. She has a commitment to personal leadership discovery and developing and preparing leaders for the future through coaching and self-reflection. As such, she obtained her MA in Process Consultancy from the University of Manchester in 2013. In 2015, Anne was a Fellowship Programme participant, working on a question posed by the NCTL that focused on system leadership.

Anne has been the Strategic Lead for the Oldham Schools Alliance (OSA) and led the restructure of the Association of Primary Heads in response to the changing national policy context in relation to developing a self-improving school system. This has now evolved into the Oldham Education Partnership with the same underpinning vision of creating a sustainable community of schools to improve outcomes for all children in Oldham.

Anne was a Commissioner on the Oldham Education and Skills Commission and now supports the Partnership Board in providing leadership and governance to assist Oldham in developing a cohesive way forward with the recommendations.


Mike McGhee

Blessed John Henry Newman Catholic College

Head Teacher of Newman College in Oldham Mike McGhee on Wednesday 11th June 2014. The school has revived high praise from OFSTED after last years poor report. Picture by Dave Thompson.

Mike McGhee has worked in a number of schools for over 30 years. He has worked in Oldham for 17 years, the past 10 of which as headteacher. He led the amalgamation of two Catholic schools in 2011, to the opening of Newman College in September 2011. Mike led the design of the £33m new build project on Broadway, Chadderton, under the Building Schools for the Future programme.

Mike’s expertise in school improvement, particularly for schools in challenging circumstances, has seen him appointed as a Local Leader in Education (LLE) as well as a Diocesan Leader in Education (DLE). Mike has recently been accredited as Associate of the Institute of Education Advisers.

Mike is an inspirational leader, passionate about effective teaching and learning, inclusion and raising standards of achievement. He has very high expectations of himself and everyone he works with. The most recent Ofsted inspection report recognised the strength of senior leadership, in which ‘there are no excuses’, as well as high standards of professionalism – ‘Performance management has been used highly effectively to tackle not just teaching but professional behaviour that does not meet the high standards expected by the headteacher.’ Mike led Newman College through its difficult early years to a position of strength, most recently recognised through the MEN award of Best Secondary School in Greater Manchester 2017.



Representatives from Oldham Council

Andrew Sutherland

Director of Education & Early Years

Prior to taking up post as Director of Education & Early Years, Andrew spent the past 15 months working with the Scottish College for Educational Leadership (SCEL) which was set up by Scottish Government to improve leadership at all levels in Scottish Education. Andrew’s responsibility was primarily for the professional leadership of head teachers and regional and national system leaders. His role preceding SCEL included two Directorships. He was the Executive Director for Learning & Leisure in North Lanarkshire Council and prior to that Director of Education Services In Falkirk Council. Andrew has also been a Head of School Improvement in East Ayrshire Council and spent eight years as an academy head teacher setting up and leading Meldrum Academy a 1100 pupil (5-18) comprehensive community school in Aberdeenshire, which was the council’s first private finance initiative academy.

During his time in Scotland Andrew sat on a range of national bodies including the Scottish Literacy Commission, the Management Board of the Curriculum for Excellence, the Executive of the Association of Directors in Scotland (ADES) and was the education lead on the national Food Commission for Scotland. He was also an education adviser to the convention of local authorities in Scotland (COSLA) on education matters and worked closely with trades unions and local authorities on all matters relating to teacher’s terms and conditions of service.

Cllr Amanda Chadderton

Cabinet Member for Education & Early Years

Amanda Chadderton was first elected as a Ward Member to Oldham Council in May 2012. She was then appointed Assistant Cabinet Member with a remit for campaigns, overseeing the return of the Oldham Bonfire after a ten-year absence, plus campaigns promoting access to Fare Credit and cheaper bus fares.

In February 2013, Amanda jointly won the LGiU Young Councillor of the Year Award. In May 2013 she was promoted to Cabinet Member for Education, Employment and Skills and launched the ‘Get Oldham Working’ (GOW) campaign in response to high unemployment and youth unemployment rates in the borough.

Unemployment/youth unemployment rates in Oldham have seen the largest decreases in Greater Manchester since the launch of GOW. In May 2014 Amanda became Cabinet Member for Education and Safeguarding and played a key role in the Oldham Education and Skills Commission, including chairing the ‘Levering in the Co-operative Contribution’ task group.

Independent Partners to add challenge and support

Kieron Hill

Kieron Hill Employment Services Ltd

After a long career in two very different arenas Kieron has an unusual combination of public sector and private sector knowledge resulting from his experience as a full-time trade union official in the 80s and 90s and 15 years working for a national Employment Consultancy within the private sector (rising to assistant director).  As a full-time trade union official, working on the campaign to set up the Welsh National Assembly in the 90s he has a strong understanding of the public sector coupled with his private sector experience working in management for an Employment Law and Health & Safety consultancy. Together they bring an unusual combination of insight and understanding of how both sides work and therefore how they can work together.

Kieron set up his own management consultancy firm in 2010, providing leadership and management with tailored employment law expertise to businesses across the North-West. KHES Ltd work with clients in Healthcare, Digital Media and Hospitality helping owners and managers who have a high level of technical expertise, but lack specialist knowledge around employment law and management. From 2012 the business was based in Oldham for several years before relocating to Manchester in 2015. Kieron has acted as a moderator for Oldham business network and set up a number of business networking events in the area, also providing pro bono support to voluntary organisations through Voluntary Action Oldham. He has also sat on advisory panels for Oldham College linking their faculties with local businesses. Due to health problems over the last 2 years these voluntary activities have had to be temporarily curtailed, but with these problems now behind him, he is keen to start contributing to the economic and social development of the Oldham and Saddleworth area.

David Beharall


David started off his career spending 11 years as a professional footballer, playing for Oldham Athletic from 2001-2005. He also played for Newcastle United, Stockport, Carlisle and Grimsby. When an injury occurred in 2006, David took early retirement and set up CandidSky, a digital agency, based in Chadderton, Oldham until 2011.

David is active within the Oldham region, and in 2010 set up the Oldham Business Network, an active online network dedicated to supporting the Oldham business community with over 1,400 active members.
He won the ‘Pride in Oldham award’ in 2011 for Oldham Business Network, and first One Oldham Business Award in 2010 for ‘Young Entrepreneur of the Year’. In addition, David has worked with Oldham Council and Oldham school sports partnerships on a number of successful projects.

In 2011 CandidSky relocated to central Manchester and was shortlisted in 2014, 2015, 2016 for Recommended Agency Register (RAR) awards (National). CandidSky’s clients include: Sage, Bayer, Jersey Post and Peninsula Business Services. In 2015 David was listed on Business Insiders 42 under 42, and 2016 saw CandidSky win a Big Chip Award for their search and conversion rate optimisation services.

As a resident of Oldham and with his children at Oldham schools, David has a vested interest in ensuring children and young people have the best opportunities to reach their full potential with equal opportunities, with support from the community.

Working to the Board is

Adrian Calvert

Education  Partnership Leader

Adrian, a former secondary Headteacher, has taken up leadership roles in five different schools and academies during his 19-year career in education.

Invested in improving outcomes for pupils, Adrian led The Elton High School to national recognition – for its exceptional 2015 performance – from the Schools, Students and Teachers network (SSAT).

He has now been selected to develop the education partnership behind the implementation of the OESC. He is answerable to the expert board which is implementing the recommendations and objectives of the OESC.