Governor biographies

Ben Driver, Principal, Ormiston Denes Academy

Educated at Gresham’s School and then Wymondham College, Norfolk, Mr Driver went on to gain an honours degree in mathematics at the University of Sheffield, before pursuing graduate study at the University of East Anglia. His teaching career spans over fifteen years, many of which were spent living and working in the Lowestoft and Great Yarmouth areas. His background in curriculum, raising achievement and leadership have helped him oversee exceptional student progress in subjects across the curriculum, both as Vice Principal at the Outstanding rated Ormiston Victory Academy and as Principal at Ormiston Denes.

Mr Driver is passionate about equality in education and determined to ensure students at Ormiston Denes leave school with the highest qualifications, the broadest experiences and the very best possible skills for sustained success in all that they do.

Tina Ellis, Chair of Governors and Community Governor

Formerly a civil servant with DWP, responsible for Job Centre delivery in Cambridgeshire and Suffolk districts before retiring, and Director of Skills and Competitiveness Partnerships for the Regional Development Agency for 18 months, Tina is Currently Vice Chair of Governors at Lowestoft College and a member of the Lowestoft and Waveney Chamber of Commerce Executive. Hobbies include swimming, walking and reading, and Tina is a crossword fan. Before becoming a Community Governor for Ormiston Denes Academy, Tina was an LEA Governor at The Denes High School.

Kate Gill, Vice Chair of Governors and Community Governor

Kate has had a career in NHS management, most recently as Deputy Chief Executive at Great Yarmouth and Waveney Clinical Commissioning Group. She has decided to step down from full time paid employment in order to pursue a selection of charitable and voluntary sector activities. Kate has been a key player in the ‘Lowestoft Rising’ initiative, which has closely involved schools, amongst others, in helping to raise levels of aspiration and community cohesion. She is very excited about becoming a governor as it enables her to become more closely involved with people in Lowestoft and help contribute to the academy’s ongoing success. Kate is married and lives near Lowestoft. Her hobbies include gardening, bridge (very amateur) and bell ringing.

Paul Mayne, Parent Governor

Currently a Business Bank Manager, Paul 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

Louise is in her third year as a Parent Governor and has also taken up the responsibility of Safeguarding Governor Link. Louise 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.

James Kerry, Teaching Staff Governor

James has been at Ormiston Denes for three years and is currently Head of Computing. James is also the teaching link for all online safety matters and is our Online Safety lead (CEOP trained). This is James’ first year in this governor role.

Jane Webster, Support Staff Governor

Jane has worked at Denes for thirteen years as a Science Technician, and for the last seven years as the Senior Science Technician. Jane has been a staff governor for Denes High School, then re-elected for Ormiston Denes Academy. Jane is also a Parent Governor at Cliff Park Ormiston Academy with links to the science department. She likes the theatre, reading and watching wildlife.

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