Governor List

Mrs M Moran – Chair

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Hello, I am Mary Moran and I am privileged to be the Chair of Governors at OHA.  I am committed to supporting the Academy on its journey to achieving excellence through providing an inclusive environment which both supports and challenges every student to achieve their potential and to benefit from a range of opportunities available to them during their time at OHA. 

I currently work in the Human Resources department at the University of Liverpool but I first became involved as a Governor while working at Stoke-on-Trent City Council.  I wanted to contribute to my local community and having lived locally for a number of years I have an understanding of the diverse community that OHA serves.  As a mum of two boys, I also have first-hand knowledge of the Academy as a parent, and recognise the commitment and dedication of its staff to supporting every OHA-er to receive a high-quality educational experience which gives them the opportunity to flourish both at the Academy and in the future. 


Mrs J Barley – Community Governor, Vice Chair

I am proud to say I have been a governor for a long time now, from primary to high school and now our fantastic new academy. It has sometimes been hard, with tears, but there have been good times with laughter and a sense of pride in what I do.

I am Vice-Chair of Horizon and part of a team that constantly strives to achieve the best for our young people and community. I live locally with both of my daughters attending our local schools, that’s how I became interested in being a governor – to see how things work and why decisions are made.

I enjoy being a governor although it can be hard work. Ofsted still makes me nervous as we are very accountable. I have been on a journey with education, young people, staff and community of this area. I have learnt so much, made many friends, fought and won battles. Celebrated and commiserated but one thing I do know – I am enjoying being part of Ormiston Horizon Academy.


Ms J Flynn – Community Governor

Jo has worked in education for 25 years and her current role is Director of the Science Learning Centre at Keele University, where her team provides professional development for those teaching science from 4- 19.

Before coming to Keele in 2007, Jo taught science in secondary schools in Shropshire for 15 years and had a varied career including roles as a Special Educational Needs teacher, Head of Science, and Assistant Head. She has been a school governor since 1988 and has served on governing bodies with a range of responsibilities in the primary, secondary and the independent sector.

Jo is committed to ensuring that all students have access to a broad and stimulating curriculum, which fires imaginations and enables personal development and the best possible life chances. She has been a Governor at Horizon Academy for 4 years and currently chairs the Curriculum and Standards Committee.


Mr M Johnson – Community Governor

I was the Balfour Beatty Project Manager for the building of both Watermill School and Ormiston Horizon Academy. During this time I got to know the two schools very well and thought I would like to stay on as part of the team when the buildings were complete. I have vast experience in all things health and safety and I love to challenge and explore issues.


Mrs H Clayton – Community Governor

Hello, I’m Helen Clayton, the Assistant Headteacher at Watermill School. I have been teaching in special schools for 13 years and currently teach years 8 to 11. I have a specialism in complex behaviour and I lead on data and assessment across the school. Outside of work I enjoy seeing and visiting new places on holiday, and running.


Miss S Elson – Staff Governor

I currently work at the academy as Curriculum Leader for DT and also taught previously at James Brindley High School for a number of years. I love working here, having attended the school myself a few years ago now. I have lots of memories here and I look forward to creating new ones in the future. As Staff Governor, I hope to support the link between the governing body and the staff working here.


Nathan Bialek – Parent Governor

I joined the panel of governors at Ormiston Horizon Academy in November 2021 as a parent governor. Working as a lead auditor undertaking audits in quality, environment and health & safety, I am experienced in gathering data, analysing detail and ensuring organisations continually improve. Being in this role for several years, I have had the privilege of working with a range of large global corporations and holding senior management to account regarding their performance. These skills have culminated in an eye for detail and will be used to ensure our school improves year on year, with any weakness identified and rectified, strengthening our position as a top-performing academy.

Outside of my compliance career, I am a flying instructor with the RAF Air Cadets and also working toward my instructor qualification in the civilian flying world. Again, areas that require an eye for detail and accuracy in operation.


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