Governor roles and structure

Ormiston Denes Academy is committed to delivering an exceptional education for its students. As such, all aspects of our provision are required to be of the highest standard. Our expert governance team works to both support and hold to account senior leaders in the fulfilment of our aspirations.

Our governors:

  • Work with leaders to communicate the vision, ethos and strategic direction of the academy, and develop a culture of ambition.
  • Provide a balance of challenge and support to leaders, understanding the strengths and areas needing improvement at the academy.
  • Understand the impact of teaching, learning and assessment on the progress of students in the academy.
  • Ensure that the academy’s finances are properly managed, and can evaluate how the academy is using the pupil premium, Year 7 literacy and numeracy catch-up premium and special educational needs funding.
  • Are transparent and accountable, including in the recruitment of staff, governance structures, attendance at meetings and contact with parents.

Current governors

Name Role Appointed Appointed by Term
Mr Jim Nixon Principal/ Staff Governor 1st Sept 2019 OAT Ongoing term
Mrs Tina Ellis Chair of Governors
Effectiveness of Leadership and Management
1st Apr 2013 OAT 4 year term
Mr Paul Mayne Community Governor
Parents’ Forum
Personal Development, Behaviour and Welfare
1st Apr 2013 OAT 4 year term
Mrs Louise Bernasconi Parent Governor
Safeguarding, including PREVENT and online safety
Parents’ Forum
Personal Development, Behaviour and Welfare
18th Feb 2019 Parents 4 year term
Mrs Catherine Craig Community Governor
1st Nov 2018 OAT 4 year term
Mrs Rae Aldous Community Governor
Quality of Teaching, Learning and Assessment
16th Feb 2018 OAT 4 year term
Mrs Carole Davies Community Governor
Catch Up funding
Pupil Premium
7th Jan 2019 LGB 4 year term
Mrs Emma Ratzer Community Governor 1st Sept 2019 OAT 4 year term
Mrs Jane Webster Staff Governor 1st Apr 2017 Support staff 2 year term
Mrs Nicky Pettit Community Governor Jan 2020 OAT 4 year term
Mr Matt Page Community Governor Jan 2020 LGB 4 year term
Mrs Suzanne Smith Staff Governor 1st Sept 2019 Staff 2 year term

Clerk to the Governors is Mrs L Taylor. She can be contacted at

Structure of Committees

Governing Body/Panel Structure
Local Governing Body Full Governors, Chair: Tina Ellis
Finance and General Purpose 5 Governors, Chair: Paul Mayne
Enrichment Board 4 Governors, Chair: Carole Davies
Strategic Progress Board 4 Governors, Chair: Gwayne Webb, OAT East Regional Director
Disciplinary Panel 3 Governors
Admissions Panel 4 Governors
Exclusions Panel 3 Governors
Governors available for interviews Tina Ellis, Paul Mayne, Ray Aldous

Meeting dates and attendance

Governor meeting dates 2020-2021

Disclosed business and pecuniary interests

Governor Business/Pecuniary interest
Jim Nixon Chair of Governors at Flegg High Ormiston Academy
Tina Ellis Vice Chair of Governors East Coast College
Member of Lowestoft and Waveney Chamber Executive
Paul Mayne Nothing to declare
Louise Bernasconi Interest held in alternative provision: Basecamp
Rae Aldous Principal of Westwood Primary School
Husband is Assistant Principal at Ormiston Denes Academy
Catherine Craig Nothing to declare
Carole Davies Nothing to declare
Emma Ratzer Nothing to declare
Nicky Pettit Vice Principal at Ormiston Cliff Park Academy
Matt Page Director of Faculty (Creative & Performance) at Lowestoft 6th Form College
Jane Webster Nothing to declare
Suzanne Smith Nothing to declare

Additional information

OAT Local Governing Body Terms of Reference 

Ormiston Academies Trust Scheme of Delegation

Apply to be a governor

To apply to be a governor, please download and complete our Governor Expression of Interest form (below).

Expression of Interest – Ormiston Governor

If you wish to contact our governors please email the academy in the first instance, care of

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