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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  - Co Chair

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 2018. I am a governor on the Resources Committee. I am retired and enjoy looking after my grandchildren, singing, and boating.




Vanessa Vaughan - Co Chair

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 - Vice Chair

I was originally appointed Foundation Governor in May 2012 for a four-year term by the Catholic Diocese of Southwark. In May 2016 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.



  Marion Mcdonnell - Acting Headteacher ex-officio

I am currently the Acting Headteacher at St Joseph's Catholic Primary School and a member of the Governing Body.






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.


Brenda Prag - Parent Governor

I am a mother of three children who attend St. Joseph’s. As a school governor, I would like the opportunity to become part of the team supporting the Headteacher, staff, and, most importantly, the wellbeing and safety of all our children. I have over thirty years as a registered nurse, the last twenty years specialising in Occupational Health care. I would like to contribute to the governance and future development of the school and work as a team to improve the school’s capacity to provide an all-inclusive, top-rated and  rounded education. As a parent I want the best education for not only my children, but for all the children at St Joseph’s.


Jack Harrild - Foundation Governor

I was appointed Associate Member in September 2019 and became a Foundation Governor in 2021. I sit on the Finance and Personnel, and the Curriculum and Achievement committees. I am a Government Economist working on tax and in my spare time I organise an 11-a-side football team in South London.



Andy Waterworth - Foundation Governor

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.




Christine Bou-Saleh - Parent Governor

I joined the governing body in November 2019. I am a self taught photographer and qualified journalist and an advocate for mental health awareness. I have worked with children through various jobs involving reading and creativity and have been a member of the PTFA for three years. Being a part of the team has allowed me to gain a greater appreciation for the school and its staff. My goal as parent governor is to maintain a solid level of communication between the school and the parents, supporting both wherever needed.


Emma Piper - Local Authority Governor

My name is Emma Piper and I am a Local Authority Governor appointed for a period of four years from 3rd October 2021.

I am Chair of the Children, Families and Community committee, and I am very much looking forward to getting to grips with my role and doing my bit to keep our school being the best that it can be for our children.  When I am not being a Governor, I am mother to two former pupils of St Joseph's and a Solicitor at a local firm in Kingston. In my spare time, I enjoy reading, going to the theatre and the odd game of pool!


Maxime Yao - Foundation Governor

I am a Foundation Governor appointed by the Archdiocese of Southwark for a period of four years from 1 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 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.