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Our Governors


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 a 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.


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 approximately 10 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.


Governor Background

Ms Linda Barnard

Governor Term: Foundation Governor

Position: Chair of Governors, Safeguarding Governor, Leadership and Management Link, Quality of Education Link

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


Declaration of Interests: Bank of England - Employee

Fr. Derek McGuire

Governor Term: Foundation Governor

Position: Behaviour and Attitudes Link, Personal Development Link, Religious Education Link

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

Declaration of Interests: Roman Catholic Church - Harrow on the Hill - Membership

Mr John Madders

Governor Term: Foundation Governor

Position: Health and Safety Governor, Leadership and Management Link

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

Declaration of Interests: Angard Staffing - Employee

Mrs Eileen Kinnear

Governor Term: Local Authority Governor

Term of Office: 18/10/2023 to 17/10/2027

Declaration of Interests: MG Group - Employee

Mrs Karina De Souza

Governor Term: Foundation Governor

Position: SEND

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

Declaration of Interests: None

Mrs Marjorie Musisi

Governor Term: Parent Governor

Position: ECT Governor

Term of Office: 12/03/2020 to 11/03/2024 

Declaration of Interests: Harrow Council - Employee

Mr Peter Boonman

Governor Term: Parent Governor

Position: Quality of Education Link

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

Declaration of Interests: SNV - Netherlands Development Organisation - Business

Mrs Seema Shibu

Governor Term: Foundation Governor

Position: Quality of Education Link

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

Declaration of Interests: None

Gareth Nash

Governor Term: Foundation Governor

Position: Leadership and Management Link

Term of Office: 01/09/2022 to 01/09/2026

Declaration of Interests: DMS UK Ltd - Employee, DMS UK Ltd - Business, RM Drama Ltd - Business

Mrs Caroline Jackson

Governor Term: Staff Governor

Term of Office: 14/09/2022 to 13/09/2026

Declaration of Interests: St Anselm's Catholic Primary School - Employee

Ms Tania Hunt

Governor Term: Staff Governor - Headteacher (Ex Officio)

Term of Office: Ongoing from 31/08/2023

Declaration of Interests: St Anselm's Catholic Primary School - Employee


Governor Background

Mrs Leanne O'Brien

Governor Term: Foundation Governor

Term of Office: 03/05/2021 to 31/08/2023

Mrs Maria O'Connell

Governor Term: Staff Governor - Headteacher (Ex Officio)

Term of Office: 01/01/2021 to 31/08/2023


The Governing Body at St Anselm’s has from November 2023 operated a flat Full Governing Body meeting structure. This means that the Full Governing Body meets 10 times a year and chooses not to delegate the majority of governance to Committees.

The FGB is, however, supported by the Pay Committee and Admissions Committee that meet once a year. Both Committees are comprised of non-staff Governors who are drawn from the Full Governing Body.


The instrument of Government of St Anselm’s Catholic Governing Body is as follows:

9 Foundation Governors

2 Parent Governors

1 Headteacher

1 Local Authority Governor

1 Staff Governor

2 Co-opted Governor