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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. 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.




Sarah Keefe - Headteacher

As Headteacher of St Joseph's Catholic Primary school, I attend all committee and full-Governing Body meetings. I joined the Governing Body as an Ex-Officio in September 2014 when I began my role at the school as Deputy Headteacher. Having previously been a governor at two other primary schools, I have had the experience to support with the strategic direction of the school.



 Lesley Jones - Staff Governor

 I was elected as Staff Governor in May 2015 for a four-year term. I am proud to have taught at St. Joseph's for 10 years, where I am the Nursery Teacher and EYFS Leader. I am also Chair of the Curriculum and Achievement Committee.




Laura Brazier - Local Authority Governor

I was appointed a Local Authority Governor in March 2017 for a four-year term and was elected Vice-Chair of Governors in July 2018. I sit on the Curriculum and Achievement Committee. I work for a Member of Parliament in the House of Commons and in my spare time am a keen musician. I speak several European languages and am particularly interested in EAL.                                                                                                                                   


Zenaid Richards - Foundation Governor

I was appointed a Foundation Governor in June 2018 and am a parishioner and active choir and community member at St. Raphael’s Church. My career has been across the financial 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 Italian, 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.


Elaine Burnett - Co-Opted Governor

I have worked at the school for 22 years and I am well versed in the workings of the inside and outside of the classroom. I have a passionate interest in the emotional and educational wellbeing of the children and believe my wealth of experience, along with my genuine desire for the advancement and improvement of the school, will be a valuable asset.



Jack Harrild - Associate Governor

I was appointed Associate Governor in September 2019 and plan to become a Foundation Governor in 2020. 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.


Martin Paes - Foundation Governor


Andy Waterworth - Foundation Governor