Niall Jones attended The Denes High School from 2007–2010 and is now working in a very high-profile industry and has lived in London for just over three years.
Niall was only 17 years old when he started his career as a programmatic trader for Havas Media, one of the largest advertising groups in the world. Niall was the youngest trader in the world, being part of the exciting programmatic media movement within digital advertising.
We asked Niall to define this. He told us: “A trader in the context of the advertising world is somebody who brokers the sale of digital advertising opportunities programmatically (using a digital platform) – they operate technology which mimics that of the financial markets; advertising space is bought and sold electronically in an auction-based environment.”
Since then, Niall has worked at SpotXchange, an American company based in Denver, Colorado, where he managed publisher relations in EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa), and he currently works as Technical Operations Engineer at the same company, covering the same region. “I’m still working as part of that ecosystem but now I’m working for the exchange in the middle; so instead of a buyer, I now manage the ‘pipes’ that connect content publishers to advertisers. We facilitate a free internet by allowing content producers to monetise their content using advertising.”
Niall was inspired to get into digital advertising by an article in the Financial Times about how the advertising industry was experiencing a similar paradigm shift to that of the financial industry – moving from high-touch trading of stocks and financial instruments to low-touch high speed electronic trading of the same assets.
During Niall’s days as a student here, his favourite subjects were maths, physics and chemistry. He has fond memories of taking part in extracurricular activities with Mr Ainslie, who he described as being an ‘utter legend!’
Mr Turk, Head of ICT, recalls teaching Niall. He said: “Niall was in the first group of students that I ever taught ICT to and I have to say he was an asset for me, teaching me new skills. He was a model student who loved to research new ideas and this was always reflected in the standard of his work. It is great to hear he has continued to use these skills in developing his career. I wish him even more success in his career.”
Finally, Niall’s message to you is this: “Assimilate, learn and read about what you’re passionate about. There’s nothing wrong with learning for the sake of learning – and the chances are, even if it isn’t immediately apparent, the knowledge you obtain will benefit you immeasurably in the future.”
We send our thanks and best wishes to Niall.
With the current world situation, and not being able to offer our normal transition, we would like to share some resources to support current Year 6 students, who will be moving to Ormiston Denes Academy in the next academic year. There are a number of online sites available, these include: Be Awesome, Go Big has […]
Mrs Buckenham has created this cookbook for all skill levels. Take a look and make something tasty!
Following on from the successful OAT EAST Dance competition, the full video performance from our students can be seen here: http://bit.ly/OATEASTDance
Students from Ormiston Denes Academy had a fantastic trip to Tonale in Italy again this year for the 2020 ski trip! All students had a fantastic time and demonstrated courage, resilience and determination. Our surroundings were beautiful – breathtaking with glorious weather! As well as skiing, students also participated in: • Bumboarding • Night Ski […]
We had an amazing time when 21 of our brilliant dancers took part in the first OAT East Dance competition! Students were competing against 7 other Ormiston academies, which calculated to just over 100 students. Their 10 minute routine made audience members cry, cheer and have goose bumps! Also, a huge well done to our […]
We are proud to announce that in January we were awarded our platinum award from our work with Suffolk Family Carers and supporting our young carers in school. We work closely with Suffolk Family Carers, and especially those within our academy. We have raised school awareness of young carers through assemblies, form time sessions, social […]
The OAT East Dance Competition is taking place at Ormiston Denes Academy on Wednesday 12th February 2020 at 7.00pm! This is a competition for students from eight Ormiston academies based in East Anglia, and we are hosting! Family and friends are welcome to this free event, doors will open at 6.45pm.
The Ormiston Denes Academy annual Careers Fair is taking place on Friday 6th March! This gives our students a chance to investigate possible careers and opportunities available to them. Over 45 organisations are attending this fantastic event!
Congratulations to all students involved, for their months of hard work and effort, in preparing and delivering various workshops and events for the Dora Love competition. All of the students were so professional in their presentation in the final, competing against 17 other secondary schools for the prize, and speaking in front of hundreds of […]
A very proud moment for Ormiston Denes Academy when some of our Year 9 students performed Suitcase 1938, at Lowestoft Train Stationn, as part of the Holocaust Memorial Day Service. This marked the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau. The train station is important as it was one of the places that received hundreds of Jewish refugees […]
The results are now in and we are proud to say that we have won 4 of the 6 categories that we entered, with all of our students being highly commended! Dance – JessicaArt – OliviaFood Technology – AlfiePublic Speaking – Daisy Congratulations to all students from the Lowestoft schools that participated in the awards. […]