One In A Million (OIAM) has three legal entities: OIAM (Sports), OIAM Free School and OIAM (Enterprises) Limited. OIAM (Sports) is the charity, from where much of our community work is delivered – a board of trustees governs this. OIAM Free School delivers our secondary education curriculum – Academy Trust members and the local governing body govern this.

OIAM (Enterprises) Limited is the entity where our Alternative Education Provision is listed as an Independent School. The single shareholder of (Enterprises) Limited is OIAM (Sports). Trustees have delegated powers of autonomy for overseeing the governance arrangements to the Education Scrutiny Panel, which consists of: Mark Hughes (Chair of Governors), Wayne Jacobs, Lesley Anne Brooking and Paddy Gallagher, the Principal. Trust Members retain ownership of the vision for the school and ensure it is upheld.

We have a strong commitment and ambition to ensure that learners achieve all they can become whilst developing the personal skills needed to be well prepared for the next steps in their education and training.

See below for more details of the Education Scrutiny Panel members.

Mark Hughes (Chair Of Governors)


Mark holds a number of leadership positions within One In A Million. He is a Trustee, Academy Trust member, Chair of Governors (OIAM Free School), Chair of the Education Scrutiny Panel (Governors) for the Alternative Education Provision, and is part of the Executive Team within the charity.

He has over 17 years of experience working within graphic design, marketing and branding; 13 years experience in leadership and management; 12 years of art direction experience within ladies fashion and home interiors which afforded him the privilege of travelling across the world. He holds a BA (Hons) First Class in Art & Design.

During a number of recent external inspections by Ofsted, Department for Education and Bradford Partnership, governance is always referred to as being a “strength of our school”.

Wayne Jacobs
wayne_jacobsWayne leads the organisation on a number of fronts. He is a Trustee, Academy Trust Member, Non-Executive of OIAM (Enterprises), member of the Education Scrutiny Panel (Alt Ed) and acting CEO of the One In A Million Charity leading the Executive Team.

He is the Chair of Active Bradford, which is a partnership of organisations that formulates the strategy for Sport and Physical Activity in the Bradford District. Partners include: Bradford Council, Bradford College, University of Bradford, West Yorkshire Sport, Born In Bradford, Bradford Bulls, Bradford City, Sport England, Bradford Disability, NHS, Bradford Athletics Network and Bradford Secondary Schools’ Sports Association.

His vast experience in professional football spans over 26 years, including playing and management, the last 17 connected to Bradford City, where his passion for the City grew. His heart and endeavours are to let the children and young people know they are unique and valued; that they are ‘one in a million’!

Lesley Ann Brooking


Lesley is currently the Interim Director of Education to the One in A Million (OIAM) Academy Trust. Lesley also works an Independent Educational Consultant and has over 12 years experience as an Education Adviser supporting schools both nationally and internationally.

Lesley has a significant portfolio of Academies and Free School openings, having supported over 30 projects since 2008 and has recently been appointed on to the framework to provide specialist education advice to the DfE Academies and Free Schools programme.

Lesley is the Secondary Expert Adviser to the Lion Academy Trust in Leytonstone and an Academies Project Manager for the Diocese of Norwich Education and Academies Trust. Prior to her work with Academies and Free Schools she was a Senior Strategic Manager within Essex Children and Young People’s SEN Service, managing and monitoring the provision in all the Resource Base Schools in Essex and leading the Inclusion Team and County Strategy. This role was preceded by 25 years teaching and leadership

experience in both Primary and Secondary Schools. Lesley’s particular area of expertise is Inclusion, Equality and Diversity. She has led the development and production of a variety of nationally respected school guidance materials for school leaders and delivered training nationally and internationally.