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Meet the Governing Body

The structure of St. Joseph's Governing Body is:

  • Two Parent Governors
  • The Headteacher
  • One Staff Governor
  • One Local Authority Governor
  • Eight Foundation Governors
  • One Co-Opted Governor


We also invite Associate Members with particular skills to partner with us.


School Governors have a wide range of responsibilities. They help to raise the standards of pupil achievement and plan the school's future direction. Governors are also accountable for the performance of the school to parents and the wider community. At St. Joseph's, the Governing Body takes an active role and visits the school regularly.



Penny Rickard  - Foundation Governor

I was appointed Foundation Governor in April 2014 for a 4 year term by the Catholic Diocese of Southwark, and reappointed for a further term from April 2022. I am a governor on the Finance and  Resources Committee.

I am retired and enjoy looking after my grandchildren, singing, and boating.




Vanessa Vaughan - Foundation Governor

I was appointed as a Foundation Governor in January 2019  by the Archdiocese of Southwark for a 4 year term.

Having taught for more than 30 years, in a number of Catholic Primary Schools, I bring experience which I hope will support St. Joseph’s in being the best school it can be.




Angela Combe - Foundation Governor

I was originally appointed Foundation Governor in May 2012 for a four-year term by the Catholic Diocese of Southwark. In May 2020 I was reappointed for a further four-year term. I am a member of the Children, Families, and Community Committee. I have first hand experience of dyslexia and delayed speech linked to Down’s Syndrome. I am also a trained Bereavement Counsellor.



Lorraine Flower - Headteacher 

I took up the post of Headteacher at St Joseph's Catholic Primary School in April 2022. I was previously Deputy Headteacher at a school in Surrey for 12 years. My vision for St Joseph's includes ensuring that every child feels loved, safe and part of the school family as well as striving for excellence in learning and teaching. 

In my spare time I love to read, sing and enjoy walks with my family and our dog. 



Mike Bawn - Staff Governor         

I am the Staff Governor for a period of four years from 1st September 2021. I am currently sitting on the Curriculum and Achievement committee. My aim and ambition as a governor is to ensure clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction for St Joseph's. I would also like to help link governors to specific areas of responsibility within our School Development Plan to ensure we drive towards our school improvements. In my spare time, I am an avid footballer and still play at least 4 times a week.                                                                                                                    

Zenaid Richards - Foundation Governor

I was appointed a Foundation Governor in June 2018 for a 4 year term.  My career has been across the education and not-for-profit health insurance sectors, in business operations, staff management, and serving on various committees including grant-making and auditing.

In my spare time, I enjoy studying Spanish, attending history and Arts Society lectures, and gardening.



Eniola Sanwo - Foundation Governor

I was appointed as a Foundation Governor in January 2024 by the Archdiocese of Southwark for a 4-year term. With a background as a Business Coach and accomplished project manager, I've successfully delivered projects across diverse industries including financial services and health research. Believing wholeheartedly in the transformative power of quality education for every child, I am committed to fostering a welcoming culture of innovation, collaboration, and continuous growth within our school community.


Andy Waterworth - Chair of Governors

I was appointed Foundation Governor in 2019 for a 4 year period and sit on the Finance and Resources Committee. My professional background is in financial services.

My particular interest is in literacy and the humanities in education and in my spare time I enjoy long-distance walking.




Sarah Jhummun Brown - Parent Governor

I am a parent governor who was appointed in 2023. I am passionate about education and worked at the Department for Education helping to build services that focused on delivering savings for schools. Having recently left I wanted to continue to support schools and being a school governor seemed the perfect way to do it. I currently work in financial services for Lloyds Banking Group. In my spare time, I enjoy hanging out with my family as well as martial arts, going to the gym and reading. 




Rita Kery - Parent Governor

I was appointed as a Parent Governor in December 2023. 
With a strong foundation in Catholic values and professional background in finance and marketing, I am committed to nurturing the development and success of our school community. 

In my spare time, I dedicate myself to athletics training, with a specific emphasis on competing in ultramarathons.



James Joyce - Local Authority Governor



Maxime Yao - Foundation Governor

I am a Foundation Governor appointed by the Archdiocese of Southwark for a period of four years from

September 2021. I believe that every child deserves a good education that prepares them well for the future. I have been fortunate to attend a good Catholic school as a child and I would like to contribute in the provision of same quality education to the children of St Joseph's Catholic Primary School. I am an accountant by training and I sit in the Finance and Resources Committee.



 Melanie Flory – Foundation Governor

I was appointed Foundation Governor in 2021 and serve on the Children, Families & Community Committee. With a professional background in neuroscience and psychology, I bring experience which I hope will support St Joseph’s in forging pathways to excellence in wholistic education, learning and development.