Gwayne Webb, Chair
Gwayne Webb is Ormiston Academies Trust Eastern Regional Director and Director for Training and Professional Development. He took over as Chair of Governors at Ormiston Sudbury Academy in December 2016 and is a specialist in English language and literature, drama and psychology and has 25 years teaching and leadership experience. He has been part of the academies programme since its inception and his skill set includes initial teacher training, change management, performance management, senior leadership training and self-evaluation. Gwayne also leads on OAT’s CPD and Training programmes. Gwayne can be contacted via email here.
Pauline Lucas has lived or worked in Sudbury and its surrounding area for over 40 years. She is a Paediatric Physiotherapist by profession and has run several small businesses. Pauline has been Chair of Governors at Hillside Special School, Sudbury, since 1999 and has previously been a governor of a junior school in Essex. As an advocate of school governance being an important means of raising standards of education, she is a governor representative on the Suffolk Governor’s Forum and on the Suffolk School’s Forum. Pauline has been a Governor at Ormiston Sudbury Academy since September 2012 and is Link Governor for Children with Special Educational Needs.
Di Murray has wide ranging experience varying from her early career in the Foreign Office to public relations, event organisation and teaching; both in further education and for children with special educational needs. Di has served on various charitable committees, volunteered at a refugee camp and organised fundraising events.
Peter Murray, OBE
Peter Murray founded Ormiston Trust in 1969. The trust now supports thousands of young people and their families throughout the UK. Ormiston Families has grown to become one of the largest providers of support services to children and families in the East of England. Ormiston Academies Trust is now a major multi academy sponsor. Peter has knowledge of the voluntary sector, strategic planning and financial management and is Link Governor for Key Stage 3 at Ormiston Sudbury Academy.
Kevin O’Connell had a career as a professional musician and taught drums to students throughout the counties of Cambridgeshire, Essex, Norfolk and Suffolk. He has over 25 years’ experience of school governance and is passionate about education and supporting children with their learning. Kevin is the Link Governor for Safeguarding at Ormiston Sudbury Academy.
Caroline has been the Principal at Ormiston Sudbury Academy since opening in 2012. Prior to this she was a Vice Principal and Assistant Principal at two Sheffield schools. She started her career in a Wakefield school where she progressed to Head of Faculty and Head of Year. As a teacher her main disciplines were English, English Literature and Drama. Caroline’s belief is that education should be open to all students regardless of ability, need or background, and offers a truly inclusive approach.
Nicola Discombe has worked in the public sector for 25 years, predominantly in a financial capacity. She became Business and Finance Manager for Sudbury Upper School in 2008 and, following the school’s conversion to academy status in 2012, has since become Finance Director. As someone who has had a child progress through the Academy, she is proud to support the Academy in developing and nurturing its students.
To contact any of the governors please contact the Clerk to Governors, Mrs J Isahak.