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Who are our Governors?

Meet the Governors


We are very proud of both the work and the role we Governors take at Oreston.  Please take the time to find out more about who we are and how we are contributing to the Academy and the community we live in.

Mark Ackers

I have been both Principal and Governor at Oreston since January 1999 and both my children attended the school. I attend all the Committee and Full Meetings; providing the link between operational management and strategic leadership.


Paul Cox

I am Chair of Governors here at the academy.  I am Managing Director of the Shark Trust and I originally joined as a Trust Governor in 2009.  I have a long history of managing a “not-for-profit” business and a keen interest in education and learning.  I have two children in the school.

I am Post-Chair support for the Curriculum & Standards Committee and also sit on the Admissions Committee.


Anne Newall

My career has mostly been spent in education, as a teacher and headteacher in Plymouth and as a school inspector across the south-west. I retired from headship  years ago and from inspecting in July 2015, so now have time to offer my experience to support Oreston.


I am currently Chair of the Curriculum & Standards Committee and sit on the Finance & Personnel Committee as well as the Appraisal/Performance Management Committee.


Keith Batchelor

I became an elected Governor in 2011. I am a semi-retired Marketing Executive for a construction company. In recent years I have chaired the South West, National Skills Academy for Construction run by the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB). I have two grandsons at Oreston Academy.


I am currently Chair of the Safeguarding & Premises committee and a member of the Finance & Personnel Committee.  I am also linked to the Orestaurant Food Group.


Sue Howing-Nicholls

I am semi-retired and now work part-time. My previous working background is in small business and administration.  I am always keen to contribute to all aspects of school life.  


I am chair of the Finance & Personnel Committee and a member of the Safeguarding & Premise Committee.


Iain Anderson

I work as the Operations Manager for a procurement consultancy firm here in the city. As a keen technologist and having taught and led in secondary schools for 15 years I joined the Governing Body at Oreston to contribute my expertise in creating a 21st Century learning environment. I married a local girl and moved to Plymouth over 10 years ago and live in the local community. 

I am Vice Chair of the Curriculum & Standards Committee and sit on the appraisal/Performance Management Committee.  I also offer my support as the SEND governor link.

Emma Barrett

I am the Senior Administrator at Oreston Community Academy. I am responsible for ensuring that all meetings which are held are timely, are quorate and that the Governors are fully updated. My role also includes collating and sending information to the Governing Body, taking minutes and managing the Companies House information for the Academy.  


Jonathan Clitheroe

I am head of Learning at the Real ideas Organisation an international social enterprise based in Plymouth. I am passionate about community, social enterprise and culture. As a new resident to Oreston I am really excited by the heritage, natural resources and community feel of the area and look forward to supporting the school to continue to develop and build exciting partnerships with local business and other organisations.


I am Vice Chair of the Safeguarding & Premises Committee, a member of the Finance & Personnel Committee and I also sit on the Appraisal/Performance Management Committee.



Ann James

I have been a Governor at Oreston for 16 years and previously was a School Nursing Sister in the local schools. I am a former pupil and remain living in the community.

After many years of successful leadership as the Chair, I am the current Post-Chair of the Safeguarding and Premises Committee and sit on both the Finance & Personnel and Curriculum & Standards Committee. Not to forget the admissions committee.  I am as busy as ever!!