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Meet the Governors

St Joseph’s is a voluntary aided school – ‘faith school’ in current parlance – has a Board of Governors with a majority of Foundation Governors – those appointed by the Bishop of Clifton to maintain the Catholic ethos of the school; these are complemented by elected parent governors, representatives of the staff and the head-teacher who also promote the school’s Christian ethos.

The governors’ remit is to appoint the head-teacher and assist her (him) in the management of the school; governors are not managers in their own right, but are there to advise and help the head-teacher with decisions which affect the school’s direction. To do this governors meet at least three times a year as a full governing body, but most of the tasks are delegated to committees as follows; Resources and Learning and Standards. 
 
Current Members of the Governing Body
Category Name Term Starts Term Ends
Foundation 1 Vacancy    
Foundation 2 Sydney Gwyer (2nd Term) - Co-Chair 01/03/2021 28/02/2025
Foundation 3 Gabriella Tiley (2nd Term) - Co-Chair 01/03/2021 28/02/2025
Foundation 4 Nicola Connolly (2nd Term) - Vice-Chair 08/08/2022 07/08/2026
Foundation 5 Vacancy    
Foundation 6 Vacancy    
Foundation 7 Vacancy    
Parent 1 Francessca Amigoni 01/10/2021 30/09/2025
Parent 2 Ana Maria Tomiak-Baquero 01/10/2022 30/09/2026
Local Authority Loraine Patrick 20/01/2021 19/01/2025
Staff Charlotte Hathaway 12/10/2022 11/10/2026
Headteacher Clare Howells 01/09/2020 Ex Officio

Mrs Francesca Amigoni

Category of Governor:

Parent Governor

Date Appointed/Elected for a 4-year term:

1st October 2021                   

Appointed/Elected by:

Elected by parents (unopposed)

Governor Link Roles and Responsibilities:

Art, Design and Technology, Science

Other Relevant Information, including any Pecuniary and Non-Pecuniary Interests:

Parent of child attending the School

Statement:

TBC

 

 

 

Mrs Nicola Connolly

Category of Governor:

Foundation Governor

Date Appointed/Elected for a 4-year term:

 8th August 2022 (2nd term)                   

Appointed/Elected by:

Appointed by the Bishop of Clifton

Governor Link Roles and Responsibilities:

Vice Chair of Governors; Nominated Governor for Safeguarding and Child Protection; Link Governor for Maths;  Staff wellbeing; member of the Pay Panel

Other Relevant Information, including any Pecuniary and Non-Pecuniary Interests:

Parent of children attending the School

Statement:

 I am a barrister specialising in family law.  I have vast experience relating to financial remedies and children matters.  I am a foundation governor and the Vice Chair of Governors at St Joseph’s.  I am the nominated governor for Safeguarding and Child Protection and the link governor for Mathematics and Staff Wellbeing.  I also sit on the Pay Panel.

 

 I am a very proud mother of two boys.  When not on family adventure walks or out exploring the outdoors with my boys, I also enjoy swimming, dancing and horse riding.  I also love music and sing with a band.

 

 I love the school ethos.  It is really important to me that this is upheld as I firmly believe that with a solid foundation, built through faith, hope and love, children really can REACH to be the best they can be, now and in their future.


 

Mrs Sydney Gwyer

Category of Governor:

Foundation Governor

Date Appointed/Elected for a 4-year term:

1st March 2021  

Appointed/Elected by:

Appointed by the Bishop of Clifton

Governor Link Roles and Responsibilities:

Co-Chair of Governors; Member of the Headteacher's Performance Management Panel; Link Governor for Chaplaincy, History, RE & PSHE, MFL and ECO champion

 Other Relevant Information, including any Pecuniary and Non-Pecuniary Interests:

 Statement:

We moved to Nympsfield in 1971.  Our 7 children were all at St Joseph’s school.  I worked as a dentist in the NHS, with my husband.  We have both been active within the Parish, supporting schools via PTA and Governors.  I have been a catechist, doing Communion classes for 10 years.  I enjoy reading, gardening, playing bridge and spending time with our 20 grandchildren.


 

 Charlotte Hathaway

 

Category of Governor:

Staff Governor

Date Appointed/Elected for a 4-year term:

12th October 2022  

Appointed/Elected by:

Elected by Staff (unopposed)

Governor Link Roles and Responsibilities:

TBC

Other Relevant Information, including any Pecuniary and Non-Pecuniary Interests:

Employee of the school

Statement:

TBC

Mrs Clare Howells 

Category of Governor:  

Acting Headteacher of St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School

Date Appointed/Elected for a 4-year term:

1st September 2020                          

Appointed/Elected by:

Ex-officio as Acting Headteacher

Governor Link Roles and Responsibilities:

TBA

Other Relevant Information, including any Pecuniary and Non-Pecuniary Interests:

Employee of the School 

Statement:

 


 

Cllr Loraine Patrick
 

Category of Governor:

Local Authority Governor

Date Appointed/Elected for a 4-year term:

20th January 2021  

Appointed/Elected by:

Nominated by the Local Authority and appointed by the Governing Body

Governor Link Roles and Responsibilities:

Link governor for English including DEAR (Drop Everything and Read)

Other Relevant Information, including any Pecuniary and Non-Pecuniary Interests:

Member of Dursley Town Council

Statement:

TBC

Mrs Gabriella Tiley

Category of Governor:

Foundation Governor

Date Appointed/Elected for a 4-year term:

1st March 2021                 

Appointed/Elected by:

Appointed by the Bishop of Clifton

Governor Link Roles and Responsibilities:

Co-Chair of Governors; Member of the Pay & Conditions Committee; Nominated Governor for Finance, Health & Safety and for Inclusion (Attendance, Behaviour and Special Educational Needs & Disabilities); Link Governor for Geography and Music

 Other Relevant Information, including any Pecuniary and Non-Pecuniary Interests:

Parent of Children attending the School.

 Statement:

Following careers in banking and the TA, I spent some years working in my local parish and as a Registrar of births, deaths and marriages. Since 2012, I have worked as a commercial property asset manager.  Our 4 boys attended St Joseph’s between 2000 – 2020, before moving on to St Peter’s Catholic School, Gloucester. I am committed to Catholic Education and feel privileged to be able to use my professional skills to help support our wonderful team of staff who provide a secure, safe and caring environment where pupils are nurtured to be the best they can be. As a family, we enjoy visiting the Channel Islands, Cornwall and Cumbria. I also enjoy baking, reading and needlework, when time permits! 

 

 

Ana Maria Tomiat-Baquero

Category of Governor:

Parent Governor

Date Appointed/Elected for a 4-year term:

1st October 2022                 

Appointed/Elected by:

Elected by parents

Governor Link Roles and Responsibilities:

TBC

 Other Relevant Information, including any Pecuniary and Non-Pecuniary Interests:

Parent of Children attending the School.

 Statement:

 


 

Governors who have stepped down in the last 12 months
 
 

Mrs Catherine Pinnock

Category of Governor:

Foundation Governor

Date Appointed/Elected for a 4-year term:

29th September 2020  

Appointed/Elected by:

Appointed by the Bishop of Clifton

Date Stepped Down or Term Ended:

 

6th September 2022

Governor Link Roles and Responsibilities:

PE & Sport; Staff Wellbeing

Other Relevant Information, including any Pecuniary and Non-Pecuniary Interests:

Parent of child or children attending the school.

Statement:

TBC

 

Miss Kathleen McCarthy

Category of Governor:

Staff Governor             

Date Appointed/Elected for a 4-year term:

30th September 2020                     

Appointed/Elected by:

Elected by Staff

Date Stepped Down or Term Ended:

31st August 2022

Governor Link Roles and Responsibilities:

TBA   

Other Relevant Information, including any Pecuniary and Non-Pecuniary Interests:

Employee of the School

Statement:

Governor Vacancies
 
 
4 Foundation Governors
 
Please see the information below: