Local Governing Body

Our Governors

Ormiston Six Villages Academy’s governing body plays a vital role in supporting and overseeing the work of the academy. Governors have many key responsibilities, helping shape the overall direction of the academy, monitoring progress and standards, overseeing academy policies, the academy’s budget and decisions regarding the curriculum.  

All governors are representatives of the local community, parents and academy staff. They are appointed/approved by Ormiston Academies Trust and serve a 4 year term of office.  

Tony Coyne


Tony was born and educated in the Chichester area before moving to London to attend college. Having worked within engineering, telecoms, media and mobile industries he brings a wealth of business expertise to the governing body, experience of chairing groups within trade associations and participates as a keynote speaker in conferences and exhibitions. Tony lives in the Chichester area with his young family and knows the local area and community well. Tony has also previously volunteered as a youth leader and a Head Coach for both ice and street hockey teams. 

Tony is delighted to be taking on the role as Chair of the Local Governing Body and is passionate about providing valuable support to the principal, staff and students ensuring the academy maintains its position in the community as the school of choice.

Alex Holmes


For many years, Alex was a Physics teacher engaged with widening participation in STEM subjects and addressing gender imbalances in education. Her work on increasing opportunity for girls in STEM subjects led to her being awarded the 2015 Pearson Silver Science Teacher of the Year. 

She has worked in several consultancies as a curriculum developer, CPD trainer and examiner, and authored several educational books.  With her portfolio of successful consultancy, research and training expertise, she left comprehensive school teaching in 2017 lead the development of online curriculum courses for trainee teachers.  She is now the Communications and Membership Manager at the Regional Studies Association and also works in a voluntary capacity as Head of STEM for the British International Education Association, where she leads development of the annual BIEA International Youth STEM Competition.

Stephen Lyons


Stephen has recently retired from a career in teaching and he has lived on the South Coast most of his life.  He has taught in secondary schools in Yorkshire, Surrey and West Sussex.  He has undertaken a variety of roles within each school.  His main teaching subjects have been in economics, business studies, IT and a range of vocational subjects.  He has gained extensive management and leadership experience as Head of Department, Head of Year and Assistant Headteacher.  He is passionate about public education and believes every child deserves the best experience possible. 

Chris Newberry


Chris is the owner/Director of Pump Engineering in Littlehampton and Chairman of the South West Sussex Table Tennis League.  He hopes that his contribution to the Board provides a viewpoint that is not connected with education.  As an employer,  he feels that he has skills to offer, it helps him to understand the education system better and he can put a business point of view forward.

Mrs Cressida Canadas

Clerk to the Governors

How to contact the Governing Body: 

Postal address: Mrs C Canadas, Ormiston Six Villages Academy, Lime Avenue, Westergate, Chichester, West Sussex PO20 3UE 

Email address: [email protected] 

Tel: 01243 656802 

Kelly Parkhouse

Vice Chair

Kelly feels very passionately about the support a diverse Governing Body can offer.  She brings a wealth of HR experience and is a member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD).  She acts as a critical friend to the academy’s leadership team and is not afraid to challenge and offer constructive advice while supporting the academy’s core values.

Kelly currently works as an Enterprise Adviser, supporting skills development and careers programmes across Arun & Chichester.  Her strong local business and education community links help to support the development and growth of the pupils’ skills and qualities.


Lisa Oeder


Lisa has worked in the charity sector for 25 years and has a wealth of experience within charity fundraising and communications. She is currently part of the senior management team for a local charity, working with the board of Trustees to deliver high quality services. Lisa grew up in the local area, and has travelled and lived abroad in Africa and Australia, so hopes to bring a varied and diverse perspective to the governing body. She has two daughters attending the school and is looking forward to supporting the leadership team to help develop high quality education for all.

Lisa Humphries


Lisa Humphries is Group Director of Student Services and Pastoral support for the Chichester College Group. Lisa has worked for the group for 20 years and began her career as a student and student President before holding a number of positions leading to her current role as a senior manager overseeing all support services. Lisa also sits on the executive board for NAMSS (National Association of Managers in Student Services) and is a national lead for Student Voice and Enrichment. 

Jessica Booker


Jess is proud to be on the Governing Board at Six Villages working alongside the leadership team to support the pupils at Ormiston. She grew up in Mid Sussex, moving to Chichester to go to teacher training college over 20 years ago. She met her husband, settled locally and started her family. When she is not playing cricket for the Eastergate Women’s team, her spare time is spent transporting her two boys to various sporting activities. Jess has taught in primary schools in and around Chichester and is currently teaching near Littlehampton; which she loves.