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Our Governors

THE ROLE OF THE GOVERNING BODY

To ensure that every child receives the best possible education the Governing Body fulfils a vital role (as defined by the School Governance (Roles, Responsibilities and Allowances) (England) Regulations 2013) by:

  • Ensuring clearly defined vision, ethos and strategic direction for the School
     
  • Holding the Head Teacher  to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils and the performance management of staff
     
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent

Through the Governing Body and its committees, governors provide knowledge and wisdom, gained outside the School, to benefit the School using their financial, planning, administration and parenting skills, to inform and advise the School leadership team on various issues.

ABOUT THE GOVERNING BODY

The Governing Body of St Anselm’s Catholic Primary School is made up of foundation governors (appointed by the Diocese of Westminster), parents (elected by parents), the Head Teacher, staff (elected by School staff), a governor appointed by the Local Authority and co-opted and associate governors (appointed by the Governing Body for their specific skills and expertise).

The full Governing Body meets six times a year and;

  • Plays a central role in reviewing and developing the School Improvement Plan and all formal policies connected with the school
     
  • Ratifies all important strategic decisions taken by the school

THE GOVERNORS

Governor Background

Mr John Madders
Chair of Governors

Governor Type: Foundation

Committee: Resources

Term of Office: 01/09/2020 to 31/08/2024

Email: chairofgovernors@st-anselms.org

Declaration of Interests: 

I became a governor in 2020 and sit on the Resources Committee. My background is in accounting mainly as a management accountant. My two children attended St. Anselm’s for part of their primary school years and benefited greatly from the education and care provided here. I want to help the school maintain its excellence in education and care.

Fr. Derek McGuire

Governor Type: Diocesan Governor

Committee: Pupil and Curriculum

Named Governor: Religious Education

Term of Office: 06/07/2021 to 31/08/2025

Declaration of Interests: 

Mrs Eileen Kinnear

Governor Type: Local Authority Governor

Committee: Resources

Term of Office: 09/04/2019 to 08/04/2023

Declaration of Interests:

Mrs Karina De Souza

Governor Type: Co-opted Governor

Committee: Pupil, Curriculum and Out of School Club

Term of Office: 31/03/2021 to 31/08/2024

Declaration of Interests: 


Ms Linda Barnard

Chair of the Resources Committee

Governor Type: Foundation Governor

Committee: Resources

Term of Office: 01/10/2021 to 31/08/2025

Named Governor: Deputy Safeguarding

Declaration of Interests: 

I have always been interested in education having studied our education system at degree level and I was also a school governor for many years at a secondary school in Northamptonshire.  I am the Bank of England’s Senior Staff Counsellor and an integrative psychotherapist, a British Association of Councillors and Psychotherapists Accredited and Registered Counsellor.  I have been counselling for over 15 years, and have been the Bank’s lead counsellor since November 2005.  Alongside this role I am an advisor to the Bank’s Inclusion Team particularly focusing on wellbeing and community. 

Mrs Marjorie Musisi

Governor Type: Parent Elected Governor

Committee: Pupil, Curriculum and Out of School Club

Term of Office: 12/03/20 to 11/03/24

Declaration of Interests:

I’ve been a parent governor at St Anselm’s since March 2020.  I’m a mother of two young children, my son attends St Anselm’s school. My husband also attended St Anselm’s many, many years ago and I know it’s been consistent in its care, high standards and academic achievements.  

I have been a Police Constable in the metropolitan police service since 2005.  A large part of my policing career has been in Community engagement and partnership work, with a focus on youth work.  I’ve worked in school and college settings across the city, and have always had an interest in early years education.  This role as governor has given me great insight into the day to day running of a school, the decision making processes and the importance of having a strong management and governing body team. 

I’m passionate about safeguarding young people and prompting their welfare. I believe greatly in providing children with the skills to become responsible citizens and to contribute positively to their school and community.  

I look forward to supporting the school and leadership team to continue in the excellent work they do.  

Mr Peter Boonman

Governor Type: Parent Elected Governor

Committee: Resources

Term of Office: 28/09/2021 to 27/10/2025

Declaration of Interests: 

I was elected governor in September 2021 and am a member of the Resources and the Admissions committees.  I have worked in various management positions in the banking industry in the Netherlands and in the not-for-profit sector, both internationally and in the UK. After a career in Income Generation and Project Facilitation, I currently support family offices, philanthropic foundations and charities, advising them on strategies, business planning, project design. I facilitate capacity building in a range of subjects and provide hands-on support. My particular interests are around impact and facilitating training. I look forward to supporting the governing body of St. Anselm’s.

Mrs Seema Shibu

Governor Type: Co-opted Governor

Committee: Resources

Named Governor: Early Career Teacher's (Newly Qualified Teacher's)

Term of Office: 01/03/2021 to 31/08/2024

Declaration of Interests: 


Dr Leanne
O’Brien
Linked Governor for Safeguarding

Governor Type: Foundation Governor

Committee: Pupil, Curriculum and Out of School Club (Chair)

Named Governor: Safeguarding

Declaration of Interests: 

I have been a Parent Governor at St Anselm’s since September 2016.  I have 2 children at St Anselm’s. I am a scientist and a teaching fellow at Imperial College London and throughout my career I have been active in STEM (science, technology, engineering, maths) outreach and education, encouraging and supporting children and young adults to study and enjoy STEM subjects.  I am Chair of the Pupil Committee and I am proud to part of St Anselm’s Governing Body, helping our school community learn and grow together in prayer, belief and love.   

Gareth Nash

Governor Type: TBC

Committee: TBC

Term of Office: TBC

Declaration of Interests: TBC

 


Mrs Maria O’Connell
Headteacher

Governor Type: Ex-Officio

Committee: All

Term of Office: 01/01/2021

Declaration of Interests:

I joined St Anselm’s in 2004 and became Headteacher in January 2021 after being the Deputy Headteacher for the school since my appointment in 2010. During this time it has been my privilege to help to shape St Anselm’s into the popular and successful school that it is. In a long and varied teaching career, spanning almost 37 years, within Ealing and Harrow, I am blessed to have served in Catholic schools throughout. I look forward to continuing to work with the governors of St Anselm’s to preserve and promote outstanding Catholic education where all our children thrive and succeed.