Kevin O’Connell – Chair of Governors
(Mr O’Connell may be contacted, by post, c/o Ormiston Sudbury Academy, Tudor Road, SUDBURY CO10 1NW. Alternatively, he (and the other Governors) may be emailed via the Clerk to the Governing Body, Mrs Isahak, at [email protected])
Kevin O’Connell has over 25 years’ experience of school governance, within the Infant, Primary, Middle and Secondary sectors of education in Cambridgeshire, Essex, Kent, Norfolk and Suffolk. He is passionate about education whilst supporting students within their learning, enabling them to develop into successful young adults. Kevin had a career as a professional musician and taught drums to students throughout Cambridgeshire, Essex, Norfolk and Suffolk. Kevin is also the Link Governor for Safeguarding at Ormiston Sudbury Academy.
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.
Cheryl has three grown up children all of whom attended the Academy’s predecessor school, Sudbury Upper, in the 1990s. Cheryl was a Governor at the school for eight years during that period and now, with her grandchildren attending Ormiston Sudbury Academy, she has returned to the Governance Team, whilst also being Chair of Governors at Long Melford Primary School and working as Clerk to the Governors for Schools’ Choice. Outside of school life, Cheryl spent 16 years working for Suffolk Police as Station Clerk while also volunteering for the Suffolk Youth Offending Team. Cheryl is passionate about giving children the best school experience and education possible and is committed to working with OSA’s Governing Body to achieve this
Miles has been a Chartered Accountant for over 50 years who has lived in Glemsford for the last 15 years. He has worked in education for over 20 years, the last 7 years as CFO of a Multi Academy Trust in Cambridge. Miles is an advocate of Special Needs having been a director of a special needs residential school for 10 years. Miles retired in September 2020. He recently became a School Resource Management Advisor (accredited by the DFE) supporting academies implement Curriculum Led Financial Planning to identify and improve use of resources. Working with an Essex based consultancy company Miles undertakes Internal Scrutiny reports for Academy Trusts in London. Miles is also the Link Governor for Health and Safety at Ormiston Sudbury Academy.
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.
Shaun joins Ormiston Sudbury Academy with over 30 years of professional experience within the Engineering, Property and Facilities management industry. Working in both the Public and Private sectors, supporting clients such as National Trust Historical Buildings, UK Parliament & Local Government, NHS Estates and Nuclear Power Industries with environmental and sustainability governance.
Shaun is an advocate of Industry Apprenticeships and a promoter of mentoring the next generation of engineering service providers.
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.