Governors

Ormiston Denes Academy Governors

 

Ben Driver, Principal

Ben joined the Academy as Interim Principal in September 2016, becoming permanent in January 2017.   Previous to this, Ben was Vice Principal at the Outstanding-rated Ormiston Victory Academy in Costessey, Norwich.  During his time at Victory, Ben has helped oversee outstanding student progress in subjects across the curriculum, and achieve excellent GCSE and A-level results.   Ben has lived and worked in both Lowestoft and Great Yarmouth for most of his teaching career.  

Tina Ellis, Chair 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.  Currently 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 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.  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.  She is chair of the Norfolk Community Transport Association, a trustee of Centre 81 in Great Yarmouth and a trustee of Great Yarmouth and Waveney Mind.  During her time in the NHS, Kate 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.   Kate is married and lives near Lowestoft.  Her hobbies include gardening, bridge (very amateur) and bell ringing.

Paul Mayne, Community 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 and is also the Literacy link governor

Alison Ashby, Community Governor

Louise Bernasconi, Parent Governor:

Louise is hopeful to be a voice for parents to put their ideas forward, whilst listening to others in order to improve the academy in every way she can.

Jane Webster, Support Staff Governor:

Jane has worked at Denes for 14 years as a science technician and for the last nine 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.

Alex Brown, Staff Governor

Alex attended University and qualified as a teacher in Leeds, moving to Lowestoft and starting at Denes in September 2005.  He became 2nd in the Science Department in 2015 and a staff governor in 2016.  Alex is married with two young children and lives locally. He is a keen cyclist and has taken part in the Dunwich Dynamo (120 mile ride from London to Dunwich, overnight) for the last two years. Alex enjoys the outside and especially likes barbecues!   He is a keen DIY enthusiast and enjoys building various pieces of furniture for the house and garden.

Local Governing Bodies should have a strong focus on three core strategic functions:

  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
  • Holding the Principal to account for the educational performance of the academy and its students and the performance management of staff
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the academy and making sure its money is well spent

The role of the governor is to:

  • Make the students and staff the best they can by providing the right environment and support
  • Utilise their expertise and interests to assist required transformation at an academy
  • Offer rigor, support and accountability
  • Work together as a team:
    • Act in the best interests of the academy at all times
    • Maintain confidentiality of sensitive or confidential information
    • Decisions are made collectively except when emergency action is required
    • Abide by the Governor Code of Conduct
  • Be accountable for staffing, academy finances, health and safety
  • Monitor performance standards

Governors leaflet 2017

OAT Governors application form 2016 Sept

You can contact our Governors via the Academy email address: info@ormistondenes.co.uk