Meet Our Governors

Meet our Governors

If you would like to speak to a member of the governing body or for a copy of the governor meeting minutes, please contact the clerk to governors via email or in writing to:

C/O Ormiston Meadows Academy
Matley
Orton Brimbles
Peterborough
PE2 5YQ

Mr Eric WinstoneChair of Governors
Miss Holly CroftsVice Chair of Governors and Safeguarding Lead
Mr Paul WatlingChair of Finance and General Purpose Committee
Ms Jane NolanOAT Primary and SEND Director (and Chair of Strategic Progress Board Committee)
Mrs Kelly MoorePrincipal
Mrs Gemma ConnoleyParent Governor
Mr Karl HarridenceParent Governor
Miss Sam LaddsGovernor
Mrs Kirsty NightingaleClerk to the Governors

About our Governors

Eric is the former Principal of Ormiston Bushfield Academy in Peterborough, where he led the school from possible closure in 2001 to a new £26 million purpose built accommodation in 2009. Working with architects and constructers, Eric developed a state of the art educational facility, which impacted on the regeneration of the whole community. Eric lives locally and the development of community opportunities both in resources and in people engagement is close to Eric’s heart.

Prior to this, he was Deputy Head at Bushfield College and Sir Harry Smith Community College in Whittlesey and has 43 years’ service in education. Eric also currently represents his age group in Team GB in the Duathlon at the European and World Championships and is keen to reach the highest level in both duathlon and road running whilst his legs and heart continue to function!

Currently Eric is Chair of the TDET Education Committee as well as Chair of Governors at Ormiston Meadows Academy.

Holly has a background in education and training and development as well as being a member of an interim executive board at another primary school. Since January 2020, Holly has been the Area Lead Governance Adviser for Peterborough and Fenland – leading on service delivery and improvement within these areas.

Paul has been a school governor at Ormiston Meadows Academy for about 14 years and holds the position of Chairman of the Finance Committee. He was initially enrolled via the Governor Recruitment team that visited his workplace.  

Paul started working at Pearl Assurance in London way back in 1964 and stayed with the same group of companies until he retired at the end of 2018. His working life was mainly spent in IT and latterly project management.

Jane Nolan is OAT’s Director of Primaries and SEND and is responsible for standards and outcomes as well as shaping the Trust’s primary and SEND development and improvement strategies. She was previously Executive Principal of Ormiston South Parade Academy, a high-performing large primary academy in Grimsby. Prior to this, Jane has held a number of primary leadership positions in schools across the north of England. Jane has a master’s degree in special educational needs and also has extensive experience in educational, social and psychological research. Jane serves on the Department for Education’s Head Teacher Reference Group, providing feedback and advice upon matters of national education policy and is an Ofsted Inspector.

Kelly has worked at Ormiston Meadows for 11 years in the capacity of Class Teacher and Vice Principal before becoming Principal in 2019.

Kelly has worked in education since 2003 and has a passion for inspiring the next generation to be their best.

Gemma is a proud mum of two children, with one currently in school. She has been in the hair industry for over 15 years but also considered becoming a teaching assistant when she was younger, and again just before she had her first child. The reason why she decided to become a parent governor was to understand the running of the school better and also to see if there was a way she could help to improve the school environment, not only for her children but for others already at the school and in the future. Since becoming a governor, Gemma has provided a link between parents/carers and the school, which has helped build a stronger connection and establish more effective relationships.

Karl is a qualified accountant and project manager, currently working for Anglian Water. Although his first School Governorship position, Karl was a member of the fundraising committee at his children’s school in Australia before he and his family returned to the UK. With three children at the school in 2018 when he became a Governor, Karl felt he could contribute to making a good school, a great school.

Sam is a former pupil of Ormiston Meadows Academy and became a governor in 2018. Sam works for PR and marketing agency, Athene Communications, specialising in the education sector and supporting schools and multi-academy trusts with reputation management, stakeholder engagement, internal communications, and crisis communications.