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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.

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

Community Governors

  • Father Mark North (term of office expires 31/08/2019)
  • Mr David McNeill (term of office expires 01/07/2021)
  • Mrs Jacqui Smith (Safeguarding Link Governor) (term of office expires 31/08/2018)
  • Mrs Karen Rogers
  • 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.

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.

Mrs Karen Rogers – SEN Associate Governor
Originally from the Northwest of England and spent childhood years in Australia. Studied Biology, Physics and Education at University, receiving a B. Ed Hons in 1981. Taught in the Northwest until 1991 when moved to Germany to teach children of Forces personnel. Then moved back to the UK to teach in Burnham-on-Crouch. Was Head of Science and then became the SENCo at the Academy until taking early retirement in 2016. Interests include travel, skiing, sailing and interior design.

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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