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. 
 

Mrs Nicola Connolly

Category of Governor:

Foundation Governor

Date Appointed/Elected for a 4-year term:

27th July 2018                    

Appointed/Elected by:

Appointed by the Bishop of Clifton

Governor Link Roles and Responsibilities:

Member of the Headteacher's Performance Management Panel;

Nominated Governor for Safeguarding and Child Protection; Link Governor for Maths; and Pupil Premium & Children in Care;

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 of finance and children matters.  I am a foundation governor at St Joseph’s.  I am the Safeguarding Governor and Chair of the Resources Committee.

 I am also a very proud mother of two boys; my eldest attends St Joseph’s.  When not on family adventure walks or out exploring the outdoors with my boys, I also enjoy running, swimming and singing.

 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 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:

 


 

Mrs Sydney Gwyer

Category of Governor:

Foundation Governor

Date Appointed/Elected for a 4-year term:

1st March 2017   

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

 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.


 

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

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:

TBA

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

Gloucestershire County Councillor for Dursley Division

Member of Dursley Town Council

Statement:

TBC

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

Governor Link Roles and Responsibilities:

PE & Sport; SEND

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

Parent of child or children attending the school.

Statement:

TBC

Mrs Gabriella Tiley

Category of Governor:

Foundation Governor

Date Appointed/Elected for a 4-year term:

1st March 2017                  

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 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! 


 

Governors who have stepped down in the last 12 months
 
 

Mr Grant Scott

Category of Governor:  

Parent Governor

Date Appointed/Elected for a 4-year term                          

4th February 2019

Appointed/Elected by:

Elected by Parents (unopposed)

Date term ended/stepped down:

 13th February 2021

Governor Link Roles and Responsibilities:

Member of the Pay & Conditions Committee; Link Governor for Art, Communication (including Parental Engagement), Computing, Design Technology and Staff Well Being

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

Child attending the School; Senior Lecturer, Oxford Brookes University

 

Mr Perry Guess

Category of Governor:

Parent Governor          

Date Appointed/Elected for a 4-year term:

10th February 2017                          

Appointed/Elected by:

Elected by Parents

Date term ended/stepped down:

 9th February 2021

Governor Link Roles and Responsibilities:

Member of the Pay & Conditions Committee; Link Governor for Data Protection, Outcomes/Pupil Progress, and Science

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

Parent of children attending the School

 

Mr Bernard Daulby

Category of Governor:

Foundation Governor

Date Appointed/Elected for a 4-year term:

31st January 2020  

Appointed/Elected by:

Appointed by the Bishop of Clifton

Date term ended/stepped down:

30th December 2020

Governor Link Roles and Responsibilities:

TBA

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

N/A

 
Mrs Louise Brown
 

Category of Governor:

Local Authority Governor   

Date Appointed/Elected for a 4-year term:

3rd May 2017                     

Appointed/Elected by:

Nominated by the Local Authority, Appointed by the Governing Body 

Date term ended/stepped down:

5th September 2020

Governor Link Roles and Responsibilities:

Member of the Headteacher's Performance Management Panel;

Nominated Governor for Health & Safety; Link Governor for English; and PE & Sport 

Relevant Pecuniary and Non-Pecuniary Interests:

Parent of child or children attending the School

Other Relevant Information:
None
 

Mrs Anita Busby

Category of Governor:

Staff Governor             

Date Appointed/Elected for a 4-year term:

27th September 2016                     

Appointed/Elected by:

Elected by Staff

Date term ended/stepped down:

26th September 2020

Governor Link Roles and Responsibilities:

N/A   

Relevant Pecuniary and Non-Pecuniary Interests:

Employee of the School

Other Relevant Information

None

 

Governor Vacancies
 
2 Parent Governors
3 Foundation Governors
 
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