Governor biographies


You can contact our governors via the academy:

Mr Jim Nixon, Interim Principal, Ormiston Denes Academy

Jim trained to be a teacher in Kent where he remained for a number of years.  During this time, he held a variety of leadership positions including teaching and learning, assessment along with some roles in pastoral care.  Following the successful completion of his Masters in Curriculum Studies, Jim moved his family up to Norfolk to take on the role of Assistant Headteacher in charge of the curriculum.  He then completed the National Professional Qualification for Headship (NPQH) whilst a Deputy Headteacher at Taverham High in Norwich before going on to have 13 years successful headship in two high schools.  Great Yarmouth High was graded good with outstanding features in 2007 a judgment which led to the school being designated a High Performing Specialist School.  He then moved to City of Norwich School, a large school with a successful sixth form.  In 2014 CNS joined Ormiston Academies Trust and in October 2016 the academy was judged good with outstanding features.  Having retired from Headship in August 2017 but determined to remain in education, Jim worked as a consultant and was appointed Regional Advisor for Ormiston Academies Trust in September 2018.

Jim is passionate about professional development and supporting disadvantaged students.  He believes strongly in the role of the arts in education, an ethos which led to a unique partnership between CNS and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

Tina Ellis, Chair of Governors and Community Governor

This is Mrs Ellis’s second year as Chair of Governors. She was formerly a civil servant with DWP, responsible for Job Centre delivery in Cambridgeshire and Suffolk districts and Director of Skills and Competitiveness Partnerships for the Regional Development Agency for 18 months before taking early retirement. Currently Vice Chair of Governors at East Coast College and a member of the Lowestoft and Waveney Chamber of Commerce Executive. Hobbies include swimming, walking and reading, and Mrs Ellis is a crossword fan. Before becoming a Community Governor for Ormiston Denes Academy, Mrs Ellis was an LEA Governor at The Denes High School.

Kate Gill, Vice Chair of Governors and Community Governor

Mrs Gill has had a career in NHS management, most recently as Deputy Chief Executive at Great Yarmouth and Waveney Clinical Commissioning Group. In December 2016, she decided to step down from full time paid employment in order to pursue a selection of charitable and voluntary sector activities. During her time in the NHS, Mrs Gill was a key player in the ‘Lowestoft Rising’ initiative, which closely involved schools, amongst others, in helping to raise levels of aspiration and community cohesion. Mrs Gill’s hobbies include gardening, bridge (very amateur) and bell ringing.

Paul Mayne, Parent Governor

Mr Mayne is currently a Business Bank Manager. Mr Mayne is a keen sports fan who runs a local youth football team. He currently chairs the Finance Committee.

Louise Bernasconi, Parent Governor and Safeguarding Governor Link

Mrs Bernasconi is in her third year as a Parent Governor and has also taken up the responsibility of Safeguarding Governor Link. Mrs Bernasconi strives to be a voice for the parents to put their ideas forward, whilst listening to others in order to improve the school in every way she can.

Rae Aldous, Governor

Mrs Aldous is the Executive Head Teacher of both Westwood Primary School and Grove Primary School in Lowestoft, working for the Active Learning Trust. She is well respected within the local community and brings to the governing body a wealth of expertise and experience around transition, teaching and learning and leadership.

Suzanne Smith, Teaching Staff Governor

Mrs Smith is a geography teacher at Ormiston Denes Academy and also oversees the induction and training of new teachers. She spent several years living overseas and has worked at schools in the Middle East and Asia. She is passionate about ensuring all students receive an outstanding education and hopes to inspire students to become responsible global citizens, confident to seize the opportunities available in the modern world.

Cath Craig, Community Governor

Mrs Craig has very recently been appointed to our Governing Body. Her biography is currently being written.

Carole Davies, Community Governor

Mrs Davies has very recently been appointed to our Governing Body.  Carole taught Modern Languages in North Suffolk and Norfolk for many years. She was also a Deputy Head Teacher and particularly interested in core skills, curriculum development and citizenship related school activities. She enjoys gardening, walking and travelling.

Jane Webster, Support Staff Governor

Mrs Webster has worked at Denes for 16 years as a science technician and for the last 10 years as the senior science technician. Mrs Webster has been a Staff Governor for Denes High School then re-elected for Ormiston Denes Academy. Mrs Webster is also Vice Chair of Governors at Cliff Park Ormiston Academy. She likes the theatre, reading and watching wildlife.

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