Governor biographies

You can contact our governors via the academy: [email protected].

Mrs Kate Williams Principal, Ormiston Denes Academy

Kate has wide ranging leadership experience over the last decade, both as a principal but also as a part of a senior leadership team that took a school in challenging circumstances to outstanding over just three years. Her experiences of leading on learning and teaching and then on improving student outcomes resulted in significant improvements across more than one school. She has been a leader in coastal, urban and rural schools and brings a wealth of experience to Ormiston Denes Academy.

Kate is passionate about ensuring that every child is happy, safe and successful and that each child is an individual whose talents should be discovered and nurtured and whose needs cannot be allowed to be a barrier to learning. She believes that developing quality leaders is key to sustainable progress and that quality first teaching is key to ensuring that no child is left behind

Tina Ellis, Chair of Governors and Community Governor

This is Mrs Ellis’s second term 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.

Carole Davies, Vice Chair of Governors linked with curriculum, pupil premium, student voice, PSHE and MFL

Mrs Davies has sat on our Governing Body since 2019. 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. Carole is also supporting our Student leadership body. She enjoys gardening, walking and travelling.

Mrs Julie Richings, Support Staff Governor

Mrs Richings (previously Ms Mayo) has worked at Ormiston Denes Academy for 16 years, initially as a Business & Enterprise Co-ordinator and, for the last number of years as Transition and Co-Curriculum Projects Manager. Julie was elected support staff governor in April this year, and has taken on the role of link governor for student mental health and wellbeing. She is passionate about our students, and supports them with transition from primary school, and from secondary school into college, work experience, trips, projects and workshops. From September 2021 Mrs Richings will also be supporting our strong careers programme. Her main hobbies are walking with her two dogs, spending time with her three grandchildren, and gardening – something she has spent hours on, due to Covid restrictions at venues, this was their chosen location for their wedding reception earlier this year.


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