Our Governance

We are always happy to talk to anyone who is interested in joining us a Governor, please do drop us an email using the form on our Contact Us page and we will get back to you.

Please click on the links for full details of the 

OAT Governance Model

LGB Terms of Reference

Register of governors’ 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.

To email governors direct, please use first initial, surname @ormistonriversacademy.co.uk

For example: lbowers@ormistonriversacademy.co.uk 


Mrs Emma Baker

Chair of Governors

Mr Luke Bowers (term of office expires 31/08/2020)

Community Governors

Mr David McNeill (term of office expires 01/07/2021)

Born in South London, the Elephant and Castle, moved to Peckham in 1965. Started work in 1965 in the Prison Department of the Home Office. Joined Local Government in 1968 with the London Borough of Southwark, moved to Basildon District Council in 1971 and Castle Point District (subsequently Borough) Council in 1974. Retired from full time employment, as Deputy Director of Leisure Services with Castle Point Borough Council in October 2000. Appointed to the part time post of Town Clerk and Responsible Finance Officer with Burnham-on-Crouch Town Council in May 2002 and Eva and I moved to Burnham in October 2002. We have one son and two grandchildren (6 years and 18 months) in Somerset. As Town Clerk, and supported by Eva, we have established a lifestyle and made many friends and acquaintances in the Town. Joined the local Rotary Club, Eva joined the Inner Wheel Club and we are both members of the Burnham Sailing Club. Engaged 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. Retired from Burnham-on-Crouch Town Council in July 2016 but have maintained various voluntary roles, including being a Community Governor of Ormiston Rivers Academy.

Miss Bryony Rochester (term of office expires 20/03/2023)

Bryony Rochester is in her first governor position. She has twenty years professional experience in the media industry where she is a Business Analyst, aiming to deliver opportunities towards strategic company aims. She has consulted across Europe in the media industry on developing strategic plans and delivering transformation and cultural change. Her true passion is working to understand and improve team dynamics and wider collaborations to enable a greater impact and to enable others to achieve their full potential. She is also a conformation dog show judge and on lists for both Alaskan Malamutes and Siberian Huskies.

Mr David Youngs (term of office expires 31/08/2022)

​Dave and his family have lived in the Burnham area for over 45 years, originally coming from London. Their children and grandchildren all had successful secondary education at Ormiston Rivers Academy (previously St Peters Comprehensive). Dave brings with him over 50 years commercial business experience where he has travelled to over 60 countries and experienced wide ranging cultures and languages. It is with this experience he brings to the Ormiston Rivers Academy where he sits as a local governor and is the link governor for PPG and LAC pupils.

Mr Franco Cocca (term of office expires 31/08/2023)

I have enjoyed a varied career of senior positions primarily in the manufacturing sector. Working around the world for brands such as Bugatti and Scania automotive. Having a skill set in operations, change management, process auditing, staff development and leadership. Driving organisational teams to become re-focused and motivated to be the best they can be. Married to Dawn, who is an LSA at a local school in my home town of 40 years, Braintree, I have often listened to some of the challenges that make up the work day. Couple this with a natural curiosity alongside the understanding that schools still need to be an efficiently run business I was keen to offer my skills to the academy to help ensure the balance of the business with the provision of best possible outcome in the form of a good education for the pupils and young adults of tomorrow.

Mr Peter May (parent governor)

Mrs Patricia May (parent governor)

​This is my first role as a Parent Governor, so I am very  keen to learn and support the Academy in the amazing journey that it has been on and is still building so well. Myself, husband (Peter May) and 2 eldest daughters had attended St Peter’s School and our youngest is now a pupil here. She has achieved so much because of the support and opportunities this Academy gives. I have had a variety of jobs thorough my life; including working for Access (the Joint Credit Card Company) and Fiveways both as a computer operator. I then became a Post lady and also started my Avon round. Being local meant that I could always be around for my children as they grew up which is very important for me. My Avon business has become very successful. Being self-employed brings its own challenges but also rewards (I am one of the Top Avon Representatives in the country) but it also has the added bonus of me being able to juggle parenthood, work and general life etc; to suit myself  and my family.

Miss Lauren Spencer (Staff governor)

Lauren Spencer is the staff governor for Ormiston Rivers Academy. Lauren is a graduate chemist and has supported the academy over the last two and a half years as a Science teacher, Head of Year and a mentor for newly qualified teachers. Lauren’s belief is that in order for a student to flourish, it is essential for them to receive a diverse education that involves academic learning as well as opportunities beyond the classroom. As a passionate staff member, Lauren is looking forward to supporting the academy and it’s students through this role

Governor Attendance

2016/17 to 2019/20 Can be viewed here 

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