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

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.

Tamsin Poulter, Ormiston Governor

Mrs Poulter has been Principal at Ormiston Cliff Park Academy since September 2016, following three years as Vice Principal. She successfully led the academy to Good across all areas at its first Ofsted inspection. Having previously led in schools in London she brings with her a wealth of experience in all aspects of school leadership.

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.

James Kerry, Teaching Staff Governor

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

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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