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Meet the Governors

Carmen Tweed – Chair of Governors, Local Authority Governor

I have been a local authority governor for St Mary's since 2013 and took up the position of chair in November 2017. 

I live in Gosport with my husband and two teenage daughters who previously attended St Marys.

I am a Chartered Certified Accountant and work as practice manager in a local firm. I am part of the general leadership team of my local church and have responsibility for Kids Church for the 4 - 6 year olds. I believe all children should be given the best opportunity to learn and develop and am pleased to be able to use my skills to help the school move forward.

 

 

Governor Category – Chair (Local Authority)

Term Start – 19.06.2021 Term End – 18.06.2025

Governor Category – Local Authority

Appointing Body – Local Authority

Committee Membership – Resources, Admissions,  Curriculum 

Responsibility – Building Fund, Development & Training

Register of Business Interests – None

Attendance 2022/23 -   of 

 

Fr Matthew King - Foundation Governor

I'm a Catholic Priest of the Diocese of Portsmouth. I was born and raised in South Africa but emigrated to the UK in my early twenties with tall dreams of gaining riches and glory. Instead, I was ordained a priest. I do believe God Almighty has a divine sense of humour. Following my appointment as Priest in Charge of Gosport Parish in Sept 2022, I was delighted to also be appointed Foundation Governor at St Mary's Primary School.

 

Governor Category – Foundation

Term Start – 20.09.2022 Term End – 19.09.2026

Appointing Body – Portsmouth Diocese

Committee Membership –  Full Governoring Body, Admissions

Responsibility – 

Register of Business Interests – None

Attendance 2022/23 -  

 

Charlotte Pugh  – Foundation Governor

Awaiting Information

 

Governor Category – Foundation

Term Start – 21.10.2022 Term End – 20.10.2026

Appointing Body – Portsmouth Diocese

Committee Membership –  Full Governoring Body

Responsibility – 

Register of Business Interests – None

Attendance 2022/23 -  

 

Stephen Vernon - Foundation Governor

I have been an active member of the local Catholic community for 8 years now and currently work for the Catholic Diocese of Portsmouth as a Parish Support Officer.

I wanted to be a school governor because I believe in the importance of education and the impact it has on children's lives. As a governor, I can contribute to the development of the school's policies and ensure that the students receive the best possible education. It is also an opportunity to work with other dedicated individuals who share the same passion for education. Being a governor is a challenging role, but I am committed to making a positive difference in the lives of the students and the school community.

 

Governor Category – Foundation

Term Start – 21.10.2022 Term End – 20.10.2026

Appointing Body – Portsmouth Diocese

Committee Membership –  Full  Governing Body

Responsibility – 

Register of Business Interests – None

Attendance 2022/23-  Not in post

 

Anne Berger -  Foundation Governor

After my retirement in 2011, my husband and I moved to this area from Ash after I had spent 20 years working, initially as an Accommodation Assistant and then retired as the onsite Accommodation Manager at the University of Surrey. I was fortunate to have had the opportunity to live in Zambia, Malaysia and Singapore and raise my 4 children in a loving Catholic home in these countries.

 

My husband and I worship at St Mary’s Catholic Church in Gosport and I have numerous responsibilities within the parish including Minister of Holy Communion to the housebound, Nightfever, Adoration Outreach and Gift Aid.

 

I feel extremely privileged to be appointed a Foundation Governor and through my faith and trust in God, I look forward to the challenges ahead to be able to put my skills to good use by working alongside a school that believes in the value of a Catholic education.

 

Governor Category – Foundation Governor

Term Start – 18.6.2022 Term End – 17.6.2026

Appointing Body – Portsmouth Diocese

Committee Membership – Full Governing Body, Curriculum & Pay Committee

Responsibility - SEND & Looked After Children (LAC)

Register of Business Interests – None

Attendance 2022/23  –  

 

Patrick O'Gorman - Foundation Governor

I have been a Foundation Governor since my appointment by the Diocese in May of 2019. Upon completion of my apprenticeship in 2002, I spent 16 years as a Systems Engineer for BAE Systems, working on military sensor equipment. After leaving BAE I moved into a teaching role for Babcock Marine, where for the last few years I have been teaching the principles of Sonar to military personal, teaching equipment maintenance, and assessing students on their foundation degree courses. I have a First Class Honours Degree in Electronic Engineering from Solent University. 

 

I believe every individual should be given the opportunity to learn and excel as they grow older and move through life, and it is the underpinning knowledge gained at primary level that allows this to happen. Thus ensuring the best preparation to the futures of all the students.

 

I have three daughters, who have all left St. Mary’s, and my youngest is in her first year of Senior School, and my eldest is at college. My family and I are also active members of our local parish, St Mary’s Church in Gosport.

 

Governor Category – Foundation Governor

Term Start – 17/5/2023 Term End – 16/5/2027

Appointing Body – Portsmouth Diocese

Committee Membership – Full Governing Body & Resources

Responsibility - Health & Safety, Staff Wellbeing

Register of Business Interests – None

Attendance 2022/23 – 

 

Vacancy - Foundation Governor

 

Kathleen Jones - Foundation Governor

Awaiting information.

 

Governor Category – Foundation Governor

Term Start – 05/03/2021 Term End – 04/03/2025

Appointing Body – Portsmouth Diocese

Committee Membership – Full Governing Body

Responsibility -

Register of Business Interests – None

Attendance 2022/23 - 

 

Nicky Wood - Parent Governor

I am new to governance but will endeavor to do my best for our children at St Mary's. I value the work and support the school provide to our community and wanted to join them to help make a difference to the education and environment for our young people.

 

I have 3 children at St Mary's, one of my children has SEND and I want to give something back to the school for all the support my child has received.

 

Governor Category – Parent

Term Start – 20.09.2023 Term End – 19.09.2027

Governor Category – Parent

Appointing Body – Parent

Committee Membership – Resources 

Responsibility – 

Register of Business Interests – None

Attendance 2023/24 of 

 

Vacancy - Parent Governor

 

Lauren O'Connor - Headteacher

I am the Headteacher at St Mary’s Catholic Primary School since September 2019. I have come from a Southampton school with high levels of English as an additional language and the challenges of an inner-city school. I am passionate about school improvement and ensuring all pupils are prepared for their next steps in education. I studied at Winchester University for the BA (Hons) in Primary Education with a specialist in Special Educational Needs and I am currently on the Future Leaders Programme (Cohort 2018).

 

I worship at St Joseph’s Catholic Church, which is part of the Southampton City parish. I live in Southampton, with my husband and two young daughters. I am blessed to have a very supportive and understanding family who enable me to fulfil my passion in Education as a Headteacher.

 

Governor Category – Staff

Term Start – 01.09.2019 Term End  ongoing

Appointing Body – Governing Body

Committee Membership – Full Governing Body, Curriculum, Resources, Data, Admissions

Responsibility – None

Register of Business Interests – None

Attendance 2022/23 - 13 of 13

 

Debra Keefe - Staff Governor

I have been a class teacher at St Mary's since 2017. I have been working in education as a teacher, advisor and in staff training and HE management for nearly 30 years. I am loving being a class teacher again and currently teach lower KS2. I am looking forward to working with the governors over the next four years.

 

Governor Category – Staff

Term Start – 22.7.2020 Term End – 21.7.2024

Appointing Body – Staff

Committee Membership –  Full Governoring Body, Curriculum Committee

Responsibility – None

Register of Business Interests – None

2022/23 -  

 

Being a governor - what's involved?
Being a governor can be hard work and means attending meetings and reading the paperwork. It is, however, a valuable way of serving the local community and gives an opportunity for people to influence the future of education in their area.
 
Governing bodies have to meet at least once each term, but much of the work of governing bodies is delegated to committees. All governors are expected to participate in the work of at least one or two committees. Most statutory termly meetings are held during the evening, but committees may meet either in the evening or daytime.
 
It is important to get to know the school by visiting it and supporting events. It is equally important to support training sessions, which may be arranged for either individual governors or whole governing bodies.
 
Most governors serve for four years, and many continue for a second or even third term by being re-appointed or re-elected.
If you wish to know more or are interested in becoming a governor, please contact our the School Office on 023 92583979.

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