St Elizabeth Catholic School

Our Governors

We are a two form entry primary school for ages 3 -11, in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets, with extended provision from 7.45am to 6.00pm each day. Ofsted has said we are a ‘Good’ school.
I am one of the Foundation Governors – appointed by and representing the Diocese. I am currently the chair of governors, a position elected by the governing body at the start of each school year. I live in Hackney with my wife and 2 sons, both of whom attended the school. We live in the parish of St John the Baptist. I am dedicated to helping the school play its part in the community and ensure it provides a safe, caring, catholic environment with the best learning and life experiences to enable our children to thrive.
I am a foundation governor at St Elizabeth Catholic Primary School and have been re-elected as vice-chairman of the governing body every year for the past four years. I am an experienced governor at both primary and secondary schools. I am currently the Parish Priest of St John the Baptist, Hackney and the Dean of the Borough of Hackney. I maintain close links with the school and pupils past and present and am also involved strategically as vice-chair of governors and through work on sub committees, hearings and Headteacher Performance Management and the celebration of Mass.
Foundation Governor
 I am a Religious Sister and a member of the congregation for the Sisters of Charity of St Paul the Apostle. For over fifty years I have been involved in Catholic education, as a teacher, in Birmingham and Yorkshire and also as a head teacher in South-West London.

I am particularly interested in the value of Catholic education and the happiness, welfare and satisfaction of pupils and staff. I am privileged to be a member of the Governing Body of St Elizabeth Catholic Primary School. 
I am a parishioner at Our Lady of the Assumption Bethnal Green and was encouraged to apply to be a Foundation Governor at St Elizabeth in 2011. This gave me an opportunity to use the finance & governance skills developed through my career to contribute to the Catholic community of Bethnal Green by assisting St Elizabeth in achieving its goal of helping each child achieve their potential. I have a son at St Elizabeth, so I have a parent perspective as well when approaching the priorities for St Elizabeth. I have lived in the Tower Hamlets community for 15 years, moving here from the US. After 25 years working in large corporations, I now work at a charity focused on social mobility.
I have been a Foundation Governor at St Elizabeth Catholic Primary School since 2017. I have worked as an allied healthcare professional since 2008 and Volunteer at my local hospice. As a practicing Catholic I regularly attend my local parish church. I am committed to supporting the head teacher and working for St Elizabeth to ensure that it delivers good quality education.
I was originally governor and Chair of Our Lady of Assumption Infant School Governing Body when it amalgamated with St John the Baptist Junior School to become St Elizabeth Catholic Primary School. I have greatly enjoyed supporting the school through its changes - good and difficult times. I believe that every child should have the best education and have worked to achieve this for the children at St Elizabeth.
I have been involved in Education for many years and have extensive experience and knowledge of all aspects of the education system from pre-school to post 16. I have worked on policy issues and directly to support practitioners as a trainer, governor and consultant. I have published reviews and articles on a range of education issues. I am a strong advocate for children’s right to play and the importance of the Early Years. I am Chair of CASE (Campaign for State Education) and of the Early Childhood Forum, a national body of organisations with a direct interest in the early years from birth to seven. I am also Chair of the Governing Body of a Nursery School and Children's Centre in Haringey. Following a career in teaching, I have been actively involved with governors for twenty years - as a governor of five different schools and through training governors in schools and local authorities. In 2018 I was awarded the MBE for services to young people, Play and Education.
Parent Governor, appointed in 2021
I have been Headteacher at the school since March 2014. It is a pleasure to work in partnership with a Governing body that provides both support and challenge to ensure high expectations and outcomes for all.
As Head teacher, I report to and attend all committee and full governor meetings.

I have been involved in Catholic Education as a Teacher and Governor for nineteen years. My experience encompasses all Primary ages and I am a Governor at my parish’s Catholic Secondary. 

During my time teaching, I have worked in two schools but also visited and supported many other schools within and outside the Local Authority as an Advanced Skills Teacher. 

Before entering teaching I worked in retail for over 5 years, which has been central to my knowledge of effective financial and customer relations. Going into teaching was the best decision I made but it really is not a job, it is a way of life. I believe that ‘Education can change your life’ – it is an enriching experience that extends beyond the academic qualifications but rather leads to the creation of future Catholic leaders who care about and contribute to their community. My role at St Elizabeth is to ensure that we always provide our pupils with hope, our undivided attention, unwavering belief in their potential and consistent expectations as we ‘Strive for Excellence’. 

I hold a BEd (Hons) in Education and an National Professional Qualification for Headteachers (NPQH). When I am not at work, I spend time with my family and friends. I love to read, travel far and wide and I love to listen to a wide range of music.
I have been Deputy Headteacher at the school since April 2014 and, prior to this role, was a class teacher for 4 years.
I have been involved in Catholic Education as a Teaching Assistant, teacher and Deputy Headteacher for 19 years. I also have experience of the school as a parent of four children who attended the school before and after Our Lady of the Assumption and St John the Baptist amalgamated.
My vocational journey at St Elizabeth started as a parent volunteer when I taught computer lessons to Year 3 pupils. I went on to work as a teaching assistant in Year 2 and then Year 6 for 10 years before taking the decision to embark on teacher training. I believe I was called to teach and have never looked back from listening to that calling. I am passionate about the progress and wellbeing of all children; supporting them to achieve to the best of their ability and develop the key skills needed for a successful and happy life. My fundamental objective is to support families to achieve this outcome for their children.
I hold a BA (Hons) in Education and the Catholic Certificate in Religious Studies (CCRS). I am currently completing a National Professional Qualification for Headteachers (NPQH). 
Senior Leadership Team (SLT) Governor since
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Parent Governor, appointed in 2021
As a parishioner of the Our Lady of the Assumption parish I am delighted to serve as a Foundation Governor.
I work in IT but have an interest in Education and have gained an Open University degree through part-time study.
In my parish I lead the Readers Group and am also involved in faith sharing activities. I have also assisted in the Parish Confirmation preparations. I travel to Lourdes as a volunteer and have supervised Youth Groups that assist pilgrims requiring help. As a governor I also serve on the Teaching and Learning committee and am dedicated to maintaining the Catholic vision and character of the School.

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