Meet The Governors - St Charles Catholic Primary School
St Charles Catholic Primary School exists to serve the Catholic communities of Ladbroke Grove, London and its neighbouring parishes. We are here to educate the children in a community which has the Gospel values, traditions and beliefs of the Catholic Faith at the centre of its ethos.
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Meet The Governors

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Simon Enright

Simon was elected chair of governors in September of last year. He first joined the governing body at St Charles when he was elected a parent governor more than eight years ago. He is now a foundation governor, nominated by Westminster Diocese

Simon works as the Director of Communications for NHS England. Previously he worked at the BBC as a journalist on many different programmes from World Affairs to Local News, Newsnight to Breakfast. Simon's wife is a deputy head teacher at Greenford Secondary School. His two oldest children are now at London Oratory School. His daughter goes to primary school near to his home in Hammersmith.

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Pauline Chambers

I am an experienced finance professional with specific expertise in financial software systems, budgeting controls and HR management.

I have been associated with St Pius X Parish since 1972 and with St Charles Primary School since 1987 when our son joined the nursery. I served as Parent Governor in the 1990’s and was also the Responsible Officer supporting the Bursar with financial controls and reporting to the Governing Body.

I am currently privileged to be a foundation governor and chair of the Finance & General Purposes sub-committee. I am also governor with curriculum responsibility for Art, DT & Music.

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Mary Geoghegan

My name is Mary Geoghegan and I am a Foundation governor. My association with St Charles goes back to when my son attended the school. In my role as governor, I have responsibility for people related issues. I work closely with the Head and the senior team on matters relating to recruitment, especially that of teachers and performance management. I have over 20 years’ experience in Human Resources usually called HR or Personnel. I currently work for the BBC in their HR division. I have held a number of different roles over the years which have ranged from leading large HR projects to managing outsourced HR Services.

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Suresh Gupta

My Name is Suresh Gupta. I was born in Delhi, India and have been living in London since 1961. I am currently the Managing Director Of India Investments Ltd., President of India Welfare Society, Director of Kensal Community Association and the Executive Editor of a Newspaper called - New World. I enjoy serving the community and I am associated with many other voluntary and charitable organisations. I was appointed by the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea as a Governor of St. Charles R.C. School in 1999. My current appointment lasts until 2018. I am also a member of the Finance and General Purposes Committee and Appointments Committee of the School. I give an Annual Award of £100 and a Certificate to the best student of the School. I also present 'Dictionary for Life' to each school leaving student at the Year 6 Leavers Assembly.

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Dave Hallberry

I joined the St Charles Governing Body as a Parent Governor in October 2009, having worked as a Photographic Research Scientist for Kodak Ltd, and subsequently a career in book publishing. My daughter is at present in year 4 in the school, and my son has gone on from St Charles and is now in year 8 in secondary school.

Following completion of my 4-year term of office, I was appointed an Associate Governor, and I am currently chairman of the Curriculum and Policies committee, which is responsible for the implementation of the National Curriculum and overseeing the school’s academic performance. It also ensures that the school’s Statutory Policies and non-Statutory Policies are accurate, up to date and enforced correctly.

I am also the Computing Governor, involved in strategic decisions around the school’s computer systems, a member of the communications committee and the governor specifically linked to class 5H.

I enjoy being part of the Governing Body; making sure that the children have a safe, welcoming, but challenging environment, where they can learn to the best of their abilities and leave St Charles fully prepared to excel in secondary education.they can learn to the best of their abilities and leave St Charles fully prepared to excel in secondary education.

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Jane Harris

My name is Jane Harris. I am the teacher governor. I have taught at St Charles for over 14 years. Currently I am responsible for Maths in the school, which includes overseeing the raising of standards in maths, supporting staff and implementing the new national curriculum from September 2014. I am also Upper Key Stage 2 Co-ordinator and Extended Schools Co-ordinator, which involves after school clubs. At present I teach year 5.

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Leslie Lewington

My name is Leslie Lewington. I am a Foundation Governor and the Vice Chair of Governors. I sit on the Admissions Committee, The Finance and General Purposes Committee and I am the Schools Literacy Governor. I was first elected Parent Governor
when my five children attended St Charles School and they are all now working, attending college or in sixth form.
Over the years I have worked closely with the Parish Priest as a Catechist, Minister and Reader. I have also worked with the School’s PFA in the past, raising funds for various school projects.

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Bridgette McCrohan

I am Bridgette McCrohan, an elected parent governor. I have two children, Emmet in year 4 and Rosaleen in year 2. My areas of special interest are the Curriculum and Communication Committees. The Curriculum Committee critically analyses children's progress throughout the year ensuring they meet individual targets and highlights areas where interventions are required. As part of the newly formed Communication Committee we are looking at ways of enhancing communication with parents and carers. We are currently working on an action plan which will be in place early in the 2014/15 school year. Away from school I work for British Airways both as senior cabin crew and an instructor.

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Maggie McDonagh

My name is Maggie McDonagh. I have been a foundation Governor at St Charles for 8 years. I am the single parent of an 18 years old son. My son is currently in the last year of his A levels at Cardinal Vaughan. I attend St Pius X church on Saturday 6pm mass. I spent 24 years working for the Post Office but left to work in a school when my son moved to his current secondary school. I work in an all-girls Catholic school in Harlesden as an Attendance Officer. I really enjoy the job and get to see the girls, who come over from St Charles, grow into independent young women.

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Jake Hawkins

I am passionate about ensuring the school provides an excellent education for all its pupils. I have two children at the school and sit on the Governing body as a Parent Governor. With a background in policy, technology and strategy I am part of a Governing body working to reflect for the needs of our community and to ensure that all pupils receive an enriching learning experience. I sit on the Curriculum Committee, Communications Committee and am the link Governor for Achievement and Class 1W.

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Diane Swettenham

My name is Diane Swettenham.
I am a parent governor at St Charles.
I have three children at the school: -Olivia is in the nursery, Amelia is in year 3 and Isabella is in year 4.
My areas of responsibility are Science and Special Educational Needs and I work to support the
teachers in these areas.
I am also the Chair of the communications committee.
I am passionate about sport in school and help run the netball club.

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James McDowell

Although I have no formal experience working in or with schools it is always an area that I have been very interested in. Becoming a governor at St Charles has given me the opportunity to understand more about how the education system works on both an educational and spiritual basis.

As a business owner I have to wear many different hats on a daily basis and I hope the varied experience I have will contribute in some small way to the life at St Charles. I look forward to the challenge!

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Fr Peter Wilson

I am the Parish Priest at St Pius X Church. Before coming to St Charles Square I was Senior Chaplain for the universities in the Diocese of Westminster. I see my role as connecting the various Catholic institutions and activities around St Charles Square, because it is easy for any one of us to become focused solely on ourselves. St Charles Primary School is part of a bigger picture and a bigger story. I work closely with the head and key staff members to ensure a lively and rich faith life among our pupils, and also act as governor with special responsibility for RE.Over the years I have worked closely with the Parish Priest as a Catechist, Minister and Reader. I have also worked with the School’s PFA in the past, raising funds for various school projects.

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Sharon Bastien

My name is Sharon Bastien and I am a
Foundation Governor. My daughter Leah
attended St. Charles School between 2005-2014, and is now in year 9 at Sacred Heart High School. I have been working for British Airways for the last 18 years as Cabin Crew but I now work for them part time which allows me time to concentrate on running my childcare agency “Flying Tots”. I like to consider myself as a friendly community spirited person, who strongly believes in faith, honesty, trust and loyalty. I commit my time balancing home-life and work. I am a devoted fun-loving parent, teaching my daughter important values of life including her
Christian faith. It is a privilege and an
honour to be part of the Parish Pastoral
Council in St Pius X Church serving as a
reader and supervising the altar servers
at Sunday mass. I believe it is important
to bring this community together to grow
as one by encouraging strong relationships,
envelop understanding and empathy, a
willingness to treat everyone as an individual,
and respect discretion.