Our Governors

 

The role of the Governing Body is strategic in:

  • Ensuring the vision, ethos and strategic direction
  • Holding the Headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school & its pupils, and the performance management of staff
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure the budget money is well spent

Governors are also responsible for appointing the Headteacher and Deputy Headteachers, determining how other staff are appointed, and pursuing policies for staff grievance, capability, discipline and sickness absence.

The Instrument of Government provides for a Governing Body of 14 members:

  • 8 Foundation Governors (appointed by the Diocese of Westminster)
  • 2 Parent Governors
  • The Headteacher
  • 1 Local Authority Governor (appointed by the London Borough of Islington)
  • 1 Co-opted Governor
  • 1 Staff Governor (elected by the school staff).

The business of the Governing Body is transacted at meetings held twice each term. Specific tasks may be delegated to committees who meet once each term.

Please contact the Clerk, Mrs Tracy Mortimer at mortimer.t@sta.islington.sch.uk for further information including attendance records for both governing body and committee meetings.

Please see below for the Interim Boards' Declaration of Interests

Jane Heffernan - Executive Headteacher

Profile 

I have been involved in Catholic Education as a Teacher and Governor for over thirty years and Headteacher for seven. My experience encompasses both Primary and Secondary, single sex and mixed, academy, foundation and maintained schools across five London boroughs.

Before entering teaching, I worked in the finance industry which has been central to secure effective financial control. A key interest for me is the capacity for education to change and enrich the lives of young people and their life opportunities. I see outstanding education as a truly enriching experience that extends beyond the academic qualifications it is expected to provide but to the creation of future Catholic leaders who care about and contribute to their community. I seek to create young people who are highly aspirational with skills, qualifications and experience to realise their ambitions.

I hold a BA (Hons) and Masters in School Improvement, the National Professional Qualification for Headteachers (NPQH) and (CCRS) Certificate in Catholic Education. When I am not at work, I spend time with my family and friends. I have a love of reading, travel and an eclectic taste in music.

Committees/Responsibilities

  • Admissions Committee
  • Curriculum & Welfare Committee
  • HR, Finance & Premises Committee

Registered Interest

Executive Headteacher at Cardinal Pole Catholic School and St Aloysius' College

Father David Evans - Foundation Governor

Profile 

I am also a Foundation Governor at Cardinal Pole and have been re-elected as Chairman of the Governing Body every year for the past six 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 Chair of Governors and through work on the PDC hearings and Headteacher performance management and the celebration of Mass.

Committees/Responsibilities

  • HR, Finance & Premises Committee                                                                                          

Elected By:

Diocese

Registered Interest

Governor for St Elizabeth's Catholic Primary School and Governor at Cardinal Pole Catholic School

Term of Office Reviewed:

December 2018

Paul Lasok QC - Foundation Governor

Profile 

I am a Foundation Governor, a barrister (now retired) and former part-time criminal court judge. I held the position of Chair of Governors of Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School, Holloway, from 1998 until 2010 and have been Chair of Governors of St. Joseph's Catholic Primary School, Highgate, since 2012 and a member of the Governing Body of St. Aloysius Catholic Primary School, Camden.

Committees/Responsibilities

  • Admissions Committee
  • Curriculum & Welfare Committee               

Elected By:

Diocese

Registered Interest

Governor for St Joseph's Catholic Primary School and St Aloysius Catholic Primary School            

Term of Office Reviewed: 

December 2018

Sean Flood - Foundation Governor

Profile 

I have been involved with education for some 40 years. 25 years as a serving Headteacher/Acting Headteacher in various North London boroughs. I am also an experienced Lead Inspector for both Ofsted and the Diocese of Westminster since 1986 and have inspected many hundreds of schools. I am also Chair of Governors at La Sainte Union school in Camden.

My hobbies, are reading, travelling, cooking walking and following West Ham United Football Club. My brother and I are also proud “Old Aloysians”.

Committees/Responsibilities

  • Admissions Committee
  • Curriculum & Welfare Committee

Elected By:

Diocese

Registered Interest

Headteacher at Our Lady & St Joseph's Catholic Primary School                   

Term of Office Reviewed: 

December 2018

Norma Dews - Local Authority Governor

Profile 

Norma is an accomplished Educationalist with public and private sector experience gained over 30 years both nationally and internationally. A confident leader, facilitator and enabler providing challenge, advice, guidance and support. She has an outstanding track record of performance and achievement realised through passion, innovation and personal dynamism. Analytical, evaluative and solutions focused. Exceptional organisational skills, well-motivated and energetic, highly dependable, and extremely personable.

Key Skills

  • First class relationship and interpersonal skills provides the ability to communicate effectively at all levels, both with internal and external clients and stakeholders.
  • Exceptional leadership and collaboration skills that involve managing, developing, inspiring and motivating individuals at team and client level.
  • Extremely flexible and adaptable in novel situations working with new team members and new project delivery methods and approaches.
  • Outstanding questioning skills to enable clients, team members and stakeholders to think through and develop their own ideas, designs and vision.
  • A proven ability to work in a demanding, pressurised environment, deliver results and meet targets to required deadlines.
  • Excellent presentation and workshop delivery skills to both large and small audiences.
  • Highly skilled in writing reports and strategy documents to facilitate change.

Committees/Responsibilities

  • Curriculum & Welfare Committee

Elected By:

Diocese

Registered Interest

None                                                                               

Term of Office Reviewed: 

December 2018

Frances Doherty - Foundation Governor

Profile 

I am a corporate lawyer, practising as a partner with a City law firm. Most of my clients are high growth, technology companies. I am also a Foundation Governor at St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School in Islington and a parish councillor at St Joseph’s Catholic Church. I am also the mother of three children aged 6 to 11.

Committees/Responsibilities

  • Curriculum & Welfare Committee
  • HR, Finance & Premises Committee

Elected By:

Diocese

Registered Interest

Governor at St Joseph's RC Primary School, Islington                                                                                                                    

Term of Office Reviewed: 

December 2018

Anthony Davey - Foundation Governor

Profile 

I am a Foundation Governor of St Aloysius’ College, and have been a Foundation Governor of St Joseph’s Roman Catholic Primary School since 2012. I am a retired chartered accountant with a particular interest in computer systems based on earlier employment with IBM and research into artificial intelligence. For several years I co-ordinated UK support for an Irish charity starting a successful new university in Uganda. Outside the educational sector I have served on the management board of a housing association, housing single homeless people in London.

Committees/Responsibilities

  • HR, Finance & Premises Committee                  

Elected By:

Diocese

Registered Interest

Governor at St Joseph's RC Primary School, Islington

Term of Office Reviewed:

January 2019

Alem Selassie - Parent Governor

Profile 

I have the relevant experience required for Parent Governor. I graduated in Computer Science at the University of North London. With my degree program, I acquired a great deal of knowledge and understanding of Information Technology. I have 13 years’ experience working in City & Islington College as an E-learning Assistant and for the last 4 years working in Leadership Academy of Ethiopia as Co-founder and also in a Swedish Community School as a Board Member for 4 years. I am also a mother of twin boys. I offer English and I have maintained my home language and close links with my religion and culture. I am very self-motivated, determined and honest. I really love to work with people in a team who share similar passions. I love people and nature.

Committees/Responsibilities

  • Curriculum & Welfare Committee
  • Admissions Committee

Elected By:

Governing Body

Registered Interest

Works at City & Islington College                                                                                                

Term of Office Review:

March 2019

Rosie Winstanley - Parent Governor

Profile 

I am a qualified Social Worker and have worked with vulnerable children and families for over 20 years in both a front line and management capacity. My experience incorporates working in child protection, youth justice and with looked after children. I have also managed an Alternative Provision for excluded young people. I am passionate about supporting pupils’ emotional health wellbeing and welfare. I am committed to working to enhance the experience of the boys’ all round education and to raise their aspirations and achievements. I am the mother of two boys aged 10 and 12 and am an Islington resident.

Committees/Responsibilities

  • HR, Finance & Premises Committee
  • Admissions Committee

Elected By:

Governing Body

Registered Interest

Works at City & Islington College                                                                                                                         

Term of Office Reviewed: 

March 2019