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Governing Body

Please click on the link for full details of the OAT Governance Model – Sept 2016

Register of governors’ interests : Governor Register of Interests

Safeguarding Report : Safeguarding Statement

To contact the Chair of Governors or Governing Body, please write to:

Clerk to the Governing Body,
c/o Ormiston Rivers Academy,
Southminster Road,

or telephone the school reception to leave a message.

Principal: Ms Joan Costello

Community Governors

  • Father Mark North (term of office expires 31/08/2019)
  • Mr David McNeill (term of office expires 01/07/2021)
  • Mr Michael Potter

Father Mark North – Community Governor
Father Mark is the Vicar of St Mary’s in Burnham-on-Crouch and Area Dean for the Maldon and Dengie Deanery which encompasses all the communities with links to Ormiston Rivers Academy. He has been an incumbent for the last seven years and during this time has been closely involved with both Rivers Academy and St Mary’s Primary School. Currently Fr Mark is Chair of Governors at St Mary’s school which has just been rated good by OFSTED and he is use to working closely with leaders, staff and parents to develop a culture where all pupils make progress. Fr Mark is also interested in find ways of smoothing the pathway for students at key moments of transition within the education system, especially the move from Primary Year 6 into Secondary Year 7. Fr Mark is involved in fostering vocations to the priesthood within the Church of England and supporting those through their training.

Mr David McNeill – Community Governor
Mr McNeill was Born in Lambeth Hospital, South London in June 1949. He moved to Peckham, with his family, in 1965 and started work that year as a Clerical Assistant in the Prison Department of the Home Office. Several changes in employment followed and in 1968 he commenced a Local Government career with the London Borough of Southwark.  He moved to Basildon District Council in 1971 and Castle Point District (subsequently Borough) Council in 1974.  He retired from full time employment, as Deputy Director of Leisure Services with Castle Point Borough Council in September 2000. In May 2002 he was appointed to the part time post of Town Clerk and Responsible Finance Officer to Burnham-on-Crouch Town Council and he moved to Burnham in October 2002. During the next fourteen years he worked with seven Town Mayors, many volunteers and hundreds of residents of the Town.  One highlight of his time with Burnham was being asked by the Chairmen of Maldon District and Essex County Councils to be Master of Ceremonies at the luncheon to honour Her Majesty The Queen when she visited Maldon in 2010. He was appointed as a Community Governor in July 2013. Following his retirement in July 2016 he has remained as a Trustee and Treasurer of Burnham United Charity and continues to be active in the Burnham and Dengie Hundred Rotary Club and Burnham Sailing Club. Supported by his wife Eva they have made many friends and acquaintances in the Town. They live in Burnham and have a married son and a granddaughter living in Somerset.

Mr Michael Potter – Community Governor
Mr Potter is a civil servant at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) with over 15 years experience working for HM Government on international affairs.  He has served in various roles at the FCO that will bring useful skills and experience to his role of Governor.  These include: corporate governance, strategy and policy development, good governance and public sector reform, business transformation, stakeholder engagement and communications.  Mr Potter has expressed his admiration for the school’s ethos and commitment to developing confident, aspirational and socially responsible young people.  He is keen to help build on the progress Ormiston Rivers Academy has made in recent years by working with the school to expand its horizons and take a world view.  Mr Potter is married with two children.

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