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Governing Body

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Register of governors’ interests : governor-register-of-interests

Safeguarding Report : Safeguarding Statement

OAT appointed Governor & Chair of Governing Body –   Mr Paul Nye .(term of office expires 31/08/2019) – Mr Nye was appointed as the Chair of the Governing Body when the Academy opened in September 2011. Prior to his appointment he had been involved in the project management work leading up to the conversion to academy. Mr Nye’s background is in finance and, after training as a chartered accountant, he has acted as finance director of a number of businesses varying from engineering to retail and latterly social housing. He joined Ormiston Academies Trust in December 2009 as corporate finance director and is now the chief operating officer. He has a broad experience of school governance having been a parent governor at his daughters primary school when she started there in 1994. He considers himself privileged to be the chair at Ormiston Rivers Academy and is fully committed to working for the very best for the Academy and it’s pupils.

Principal –  Ms Joan Costello

Associate Governor –  Mr David Lenz (term of office expires 31/08/2019) – Mr Lenz initially qualified as an electrical engineer. His career, in both the Public and Private sectors, has encompassed the development of solutions for Logistics, Supply Chain and manufacturing process requirements, retailing, industrial contracting, appliance and installation service and maintenance plus Board level responsibility for marketing and as managing director. During the last 20+ years specialization has been in assisting companies to develop survival and growth plans and in representing their needs via public/private interfaces. This has included development of training solutions and accessing public funding where appropriate.  David is currently the principal of DWL & Associates. David has been an active member of the Governing Body for several years, seeing the school through its transition to become an Academy. A particular interest is in ‘Education to Employment’, Vocational training and Specialist School initiatives and the development of the 14 to 19 agenda.

Community Governors –  Father Mark North (term of office expires 31/08/2019), Mrs Alice Bush (term of office expires 03/12/2017), Mr David McNeill (term of office expires 01/07/2017), Mrs Jacqui Smith (Safeguarding Link Governor) (term of office expires 31/08/2018), Mrs Karen Rogers

Mrs Jacqui Smith – Community Governor – Mrs Smith has worked in industry; in business systems sales, followed by computer sales/marketing and IT consultancy. However, for most of her working life she has been in education, finally retiring from her post as a senior teacher in a large Essex academy in 2011.  There, Mrs Smith taught Business and ICT as Faculty Leader, combined with senior management roles, which among others, included child protection, pastoral/curriculum link, KS2-3 transition, e-safety, e-learning, charities/fundraising, rewards, parent/open evenings and running the Jack Petchey Achievement Award scheme.  From 1994 she was a governor at her daughter’s village primary school for 6 years and also served as a parish councillor for 4 years.  Mrs Smith moved to Burnham-on-Crouch in autumn 2013 and quickly settled into her new home.  She feels this is an extremely friendly town and found it easy to acquire a new social life.  Mrs Smith joined Burnham-on-Crouch WI in 2015, which she enjoys.  She became a governor in September 2015 and is the Link Governor for Safeguarding.  Mrs Smith believes passionately about children’s education and is committed to working closely with the Academy’s children and staff.

Governor Attendance

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