Our Governors

    Peter Falconbridge ▾ (click here to expand bio)

    Category: Co-opted

    Appointed/Elected: Appointed by the governing body

    Term of Office: 25.03.2019 – 24.03.2023

    Committee representation: School Improvement. Resources.

    Position of responsibility: · Chair of the Full Governing Body Meeting, School Improvement Committee and the Performance Review Committee.
    · Link governor for GDPR, Performance Management and Vulnerable Groups

    Business Interests: None

    Interest in other educational establishments: None

    Relationships: None

    My background is in teaching which started in 1980.  I taught in a Boys school before moving to a school for visually impaired pupils to take up a Deputy Headteacher post and subsequently Headteacher.  I retired from education in 2014.

    I have a wealth of experience as a governor and been extremely fortunate to work with a number of experienced Chairs. I have chaired numerous committees and sub committees and have an intimate knowledge of governance procedures and protocols, including close working with external support agencies. I have knowledge of recruitment processes, the delegated school budget, performance management for teaching and non-teaching staff and every aspect of site management.

    As a Hoddesdon resident and member of the congregation at St Catherine’s Church, I value the opportunity to be part of the governing body at St. Catherine’s School and  to support the Headteachers, staff, pupils and parents/carers.

    Jean Legg ▾ (click here to expand bio)

    Category: Local Authority

    Appointed/Elected: Appointed by GB

    Position of responsibility: · Link governor for Literacy (Inc. phonics, spelling, writing) and Oracy.

    Term of Office: 13/07/2017 – 12/07/2021

     Committee representation: School Improvement

    Business Interests: None

    Interest in other educational establishments: Teacher at St Cross, Hoddesdon; Enterprise Advisor at Maria Fidelis, Euston, London.

    Relationships: None

    Bio: My background is in teaching but I also have professional experiences in Social Work, administration, and retail. I have been involved in school governance for 16 years. My experiences in a variety of professions and roles have taught me the importance of collaboration and teamwork, communication and advocacy, active listening and reflection; it is my aim to bring all of my skills to St Catherine’s Governing Body. I have an incredibly deep passion for education and its ability to be a leveller in society and enable children to achieve personal goals and future potential. I am committed to improving educational opportunities for all children with the intention that social mobility becomes a choice - not a chance.

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    Mrs Wallis ▾ (click here to expand bio)

    Category: Staff

    Appointed/Elected: Ex-officio appointment

    Term of Office: From 31.12.2011

     Committee representation: School Improvement, Resources

    Position of responsibility: Headteacher

    Business Interests: None

    Interest in other educational establishments: None

    Relationships: Son employed at St Catherine's

    Bio 

    Having lived and worked in Hertfordshire all my life, I first joined Haslewood Junior school as a part time teacher in 1996. The role soon evolved to a full time commitment and after the school amalgamated with St Paul’s Infant School in 2003, I was offered the role of senior teacher having joint responsibility for maths and English with a teacher from St Paul’s – Mandy Staiano. The partnership formed at that time provided the foundation for our journey from assistant headteachers into co-headship; we were asked to provide ‘acting’ cover following the departure of the previous head, and were offered the substantive position in July 2012. After Mandy’s untimely death in 2018, I have continued as headteacher at St Catherine’s.

    I live locally and enjoy walking, reading and cooking.


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    Cathy Irons ▾ (click here to expand bio)

    Category:  Co-opted

    Appointed/Elected: Appointed by the governing body

    Term of Office: 13.03.2019 – 12.03.2023

    Committee representation: School Improvement

    Position of responsibility: Link governor for Safeguarding (including Child Protection, Children Looked After and attendance), Schools Financial Values Standards and Reading

    Business Interests: None

    Interest in other educational establishments:  Employed at Herts for Learning Ltd

    Relationships: None

     I joined St Catherine's governing body in May 2009 and serve as a Co-opted governor. I am the nominated Safeguarding and Children Looked After governor, sit on the School Improvement Committee and support with the annual financial audit, SFVS (Schools Financial Value Standard). The role is demanding and challenging but there are many rewards, particularly the children's enthusiasm and love of learning which are apparent through my governor visits. I hope through my governor role to help raise school improvement and support the school in building a successful future.

    Andrew Davies ▾ (click here to expand bio)

    Category:  Foundation

    Appointed/Elected: Appointed by St Albans Diocese Education Board

    Term of Office: 21/06/2017 – 20/06/2021

    Committee representation: Resources

    Position of Responsibiltiy · Vice Chair of the Full Governing Body.
    · Link governor for Science and Health & Safety

    Business Interests: None

    Interest in other educational establishments:  None

    Relationships: None

     Originally from Swansea in South Wales, I moved to Hoddesdon in 1986 to start working as a full time GP in The Amwell Street Surgery. I retired as a GP at the end of 2015. My wife and daughter are primary school teachers in Hertfordshire. I also have a son who has studied Mathematics at Bristol University. I have been part of the congregation at St Catherine and St Paul's Church in Hoddesdon since 1986, and it is through this link that I have become a foundation governor appointed by the St Alban's Diocesan Education Board. My interests include dinghy sailing, skiing, dance, playing a trombone and of course, rugby.

    Denise Barrows ▾ (click here to expand bio)

    Category: Parent

    Appointed/Elected: Elected by parents

    Term of Office: 01.10.2016 – 30.09.2020

    Committee representation: School Improvement and Performance Review Committee

    Position of responsibility:· Link governor for Project-based Learning and History

    Business Interests: None

    Interest in other educational establishments: None

    Relationships: None

     I have three children, with two at St Catherine's and a little one at nursery, and have been a governor since 2012.  I have worked in the voluntary sector for many years, often working closely with schools. At the moment I am the Head of Education and Learning for an independent grant-making foundation that works to tackle disadvantage and help people, particularly young people, to achieve their potential. I have a particular interest in approaches to teaching and learning that engage chidren and young people deeply in their learning and help them to develop the skills and qualities they will need in the 21st Century.

    Gemma Wilkinson ▾ (click here to expand bio)

    Category: Parent

    Appointed/Elected: Elected by parents

    Term of Office: 28.01.16 – 27.01.2020

    Committee representation: School Improvement

    Position of responsibility: Link governor for PE, Sports Premium and Physical development in EYFS

    Business Interests: None

    Interest in other educational establishments: Teacher in Hertfordshire School

    Relationships: None

    I have two children, one at St Catherine’s and another at nursery and became a member of the governing committee in 2016.  

    My background is in education, I am currently a secondary school teacher in Hertfordshire and hope that my knowledge of working in a school can help St Catherine’s to achieve its goals.  Whilst this is my first governor role I am looking forward to working with such an experienced committee.

    James Harvey ▾ (click here to expand bio)

    Category:  Associate Member

    Appointed/Elected: Appointed by governing body

    Term of Office: 01.09.2016

    Committee representation: School Improvement

    Position of responsibility: · SIAMS (including Collective Worship & RE)

    Business Interests: Employed at KS1 Leader to cover maternity leave

    Interest in other educational establishments: None

    Relationships: None

     I was previously a Foundation Governor (appointed by the Diocese) through my links with the local church, St Catherine’s & St Paul’s I originally joined the Governing Body in September 2009 and following my appointment as KS1 leader from September 2016 to cover maternity leave, had to step down as Foundation Governor. I have subsequently been appointed for 1-year as an Associate Member of the governing body and will continue to provide support to the school.

    Reverend Rachel Pennant ▾ (click here to expand bio)

    Category: Foundation

    Appointed/Elected: Appointed by the Diocese of St Albans

    Term of Office: 25.05.16 (ex-officio)

    Committee representation: School Improvement

    Position of responsibility: N/A

    Business Interests: See below

    Interest in other educational establishments: None

    Relationships: Husband employed at the school

    I joined the governing body of St Catherine’s School as a Foundation Governor, following my appointment as the Vicar of St Catherine and St Paul’s Church in May 2016. This is my first time as a member of a governing body, but I bring extensive experience of working within different community settings, and of data and performance analysis from my former career as a Civil Servant.

    I am the link governor for SIAMS – the Statutory inspection of Anglican and Methodist schools – I have three children who currently attend John Warner Secondary School.

    Tracey Fisher ▾ (click here to expand bio)

    Category: Associate Member

    Appointed: Appointed by the governing body

    Term of Office: From January 2012 (duration of employment as Business Manager)

    Committee representation: Resources Committee

    Position of responsibility: · Financial and premises reporting (no voting rights)

    Business interests: None

    Interests in other educational settings: None

    Relationships: None

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    Julia Thurlow ▾ (click here to expand bio)

    Category: Co-Opted

    Appointed: Appointed by the governing body

    Term of Office: 25.03.2019 – 24.03.2023

    Committee representation: Resources

    Position of responsibility: · Link governor for Numeracy
    · Monitoring the School website and governor’s policy schedule

    Business interests: None

    Interests in other educational settings: Employed by a Hertfordshire School

    Relationships: None

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    Mike Marsh ▾ (click here to expand bio)

    Category: Foundation

    Appointed: Appointed by the Diocese

    Term of Office:  09.12.15 – 08.12.2019

    Committee representation: Resources and Performance Review Committee

    Position of responsibility: · Link governor for Geography

    Business interests: None

    Interests in other educational settings: None

    Relationships: None

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    Graeme Stewart ▾ (click here to expand bio)

    Category: Co-Opted

    Appointed: Appointed by the governing board

    Term of Office: 05/03/2018 – 04/03/2022

    Committee representation: Resources

    Business interests: to be confirmed

    Position of responsibility: · Chair of the Resources Committee
    · Link governor for EYFS

    Interests in other educational settings: to be confirmed

    Relationships: to be confirmed

    Bio: Along with my family we moved to Hoddesdon in the summer of 2016 to take up my role as the Minister of Riverside Church. I have a 7 year old son who currently attends St Catherine’s, and before studying for a degree in theology I was in the financial services sector for over ten years gaining experience within the property, mortgage and pensions environment. I was always an active volunteer at the church I attended helping lead the music group at church, regularly playing the guitar, and helping lead services. I would be happy to assist in special services throughout the year at school such as Christmas and Easter if needed.

    From my previous career and in my current role at Riverside, I believe visions, aims, and targets are achieved when people work as a team. I look forward to working with, and helping the governors in any way I can in order to help the head teachers, staff and pupils achieve all they want to achieve in order to help make St Catherine’s the best it can be.

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    Mrs Devonshire ▾ (click here to expand bio)

    Category: Staff

    Appointed: Elected by staff

    Term of Office: 25/06/18 – 24/06/2022

    Committee representation: School Improvement

    Position of responsibility: · Deputy Headteacher

    Business interests: Acting Deputy Head

    Interests in other educational settings: to be confirmed

    Relationships: to be confirmed

    Bio I have had the pleasure to work at St Catherine’s since I arrived as a student teacher in 2003 and gained QTS in the same year. During the last 17 years, I have worked in each Key Stage with the majority of my experience being in Key Stage 1 and Early Years. I have led KS1, D&T, Maths, Computing and Assessment and was an Assistant Head before being appointed Deputy Headteacher in 2018.

    I am highly committed to ensuring that our pupils receive the best possible education and are equipped for the wider world through a range of stimulating and engaging experiences. I feel very lucky to be part of a dedicated and supportive team who constantly strive for excellence.

    In my spare time I love spending time with my husband and two young children and am partial to a trip to the theatre and searching for a Geocache!

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    Governors resigned in last 12 months ▾ (click here to expand)

    Name:  Jay Raynham

    Category:  Parent

    Appointed/Elected: Elected by Parents

    Committee representation: Resources