St Joseph's

Catholic Primary School

Our Governors

David Barrett

David Barrett – Chair of the Governing Body The Chair of Governors leads the Governing Body and is elected by the Governing Body from within its membership.David Barrett has been a Foundation Governor appointed by the Diocese of Arundel and Brighton since November 2012.  He played a key role in the recent school expansion project. David has no business interests connected to St Joseph’s and is not a Governor at any other school. His wife works at the school as a Teaching Assistant and they have 3 children, with two currently attending St Joseph’s and the eldest at St Peters. He is a Director of an Engineering Consultancy and holds business qualifications; an MBA and BSc Hons. David is passionate that children should get the best start to their education possible and that St Joseph’s continues to improve how this is achieved.

Pauline Searle

The Local Authority Governor is appointed by the Local Authority. I am an old pupil of St Joseph’s when it was in Guildford Town Centre, next to the Old St Joseph’s Church. My three children Matthew, Louise and Luke all attended St Joseph’s School. I was a childminder for 25 years before I became a Guildford Borough Councillor in 1999 for Stoughton. I was elected in 2005 as Surrey County Councillor for Guildford North. I have been a Governor at St Joseph’s School for about 14 years. I help run a holiday play scheme for 14 years , my interests have always been children and family orientated, this is reflected on the Charities I am involved with I am a Trustee of Disability Challengers, and a Patron of Home Start, and the Committee I have been a member of at Surrey County Council , Children and Families, Children and Adult Social Care and Health Scrutiny. I am also a Governor at Christ College. Pauline has no business interests with St Joseph's.

Dave Mitchell

Dave Mitchell – Parent Governor Parent Governors are selected by election (or appointment if insufficient people stand for election) and drawn from parents and carers of children at the school. I joined the Governing body of St Joseph’s in September 2015 having been elected as a Parent Governor; my term runs until September 2019. I currently have 1 of my 3 children at the school with my eldest 2 having also attended St Joseph's and are now at secondary school. As a family we worship at St Mary's and I am currently going through the RCIA programme with the Guildford Catholic Churches. I work locally within the public sector in a management role. Dave has no business interests with St Josephs school.  

Kate Carter

Kate Carter is a Foundation Governor at St Joseph's.  She lives in Guildford and has been Deputy Headteacher at St Thomas of Canterbury Catholic Primary School since September 2014, having taught in the school since September 2008. Kate has taught in Catholic schools since 1996 in Surrey and Kingston.  She is committed to Catholic Education and feels privileged to be able to serve as a Governor at St Joseph's. Kate is married, her eldest daughter attends St Peter’s and her younger daughter and son attend St Thomas'.   Kate is a member of the Parish of Guildford and attends Mass at St Pius X.  Kate has no business interests connected to St. Joseph's.  She is the Staff Governor at St Thomas of Canterbury.

Margaret Powell

I have been a Foundation Governor since 2009, appointed by the Bishop specifically to ensure that the Catholic character of the school is preserved and that the religious education curriculum is in accordance with the diocesan policy. My background was in the healthcare sector. I retired 10 years ago from a senior oncology post at the Royal Surrey County Hospital where I had worked for over 25 years. I am an active member of St Marys Church, Rydes Hill plus a few other local organisations where I work in a voluntary capacity. Both of my daughters attended St Josephs as well as 4 of my grandchildren so I have a strong desire to ensure that it remains the outstanding school it is for both its current and future pupils. Margaret has no business interests at St Joseph's School.

Simon Fraser

Simon Fraser – Vice Chair The Vice Chair takes on a leadership role of the Governing Body in the Chair’s absence and is elected by the Governing Body from within its membership. I joined the St Joseph’s governing body as a Foundation Governor in September 2014, and both daughter and Son attended St Josephs.  In my role as Foundation governor I am a member of the Buildings, Finance and Health & Safety committee and also the Outreach committee. I work in the financial sector, and for the last eight years I have worked on the actuarial consulting side for a global IT organisation supporting and leading the deployment of specialist IT solutions for life insurance companies in the UK and Europe. When family life and working commitments allow the time I enjoy watching all levels of rugby union and supporting England rugby. Simon has no business interests at St Joseph’s school.

Michael Calnan

Mr Michael Calnan – Head of School I was appointed to the post of Deputy Headteacher at St Joseph’s in April 2002 following a career in education spanning all phases. More recently, I was appointed of Head of School in September 2017, a post which I feel both proud and privileged to hold. I do not live locally, but in the London borough of Merton, south west London, where I attend St John Fisher church and am a minister of the Word (I read at mass). I am married to a now retired teacher and three of our four children have followed us into the profession. My service to this school is one of devotion and dedication, as I believe earnestly in the school, its pupils, parents, staff and the whole community that it has become. I have no business interests in St Joseph’s School.    

Mr Tom Collins

Tom Collins, Deputy Head Teacher (Advisor) I joined St Joseph's in 2013, after working in two local primary schools, becoming Deputy Head of School here in 2017.  I was a pupil at St Joseph's myself, many years ago, and so feel passionately about its heritage and future.  I have spent much of my career championing mathematics within schools; most recently developing the Teaching for Mastery approach after a research trip to Shanghai.  My wife and I can usually be found at the 11am Mass at St Mary's, with our two young children.  

Aleksandra Pacey

I was appointed as a foundation Governor at St Joseph's School in September 2016. Me and my husband Tim moved to Guildford 8 years ago and our daughter Daria attends the School. We are members of St Nary's church and I am working in the private sector as an accounts assistant. Aleksandra has no business interests in St Joseph's School.  

Ani Nicholls

Ani Nicholls – Staff Governor Staff Governors are selected by election from teaching and support staff paid to work at the school, except the Headteacher who sits on the Governing body because of her position in the school. I was appointed a Staff Governor on 19th October 2014.  I have been teaching at St. Joseph's Catholic Primary School for over 10 years and have been PE subject leader for all that time. I am currently a Year 5 teacher having previously taught 4 years in Year 3 and 3 years in Year 4. I am an active member of the Parish of St Mary's, which is the School Parish, by being a Catechist for the First Holy Communion programme. At the weekends I coach football at Guildford City Boys and Girls FC. Ani has no business interests at St Joseph’s school.

Jonathan Cornell

I joined the Governing body of St Joseph’s in March 2017 as a Parent Governor, my term runs until March 2021. I am married with 2 children both of whom attend St Joseph's. I currently work as a regulator in financial services. I am not a Governor at any other schools. Jonathan has no business interests with St Josephs School.

Ms Jill Keany

Ms Jill Keany – Executive Head Teacher Jill was appointed Executive Head Teacher on 1st September 2017. Jill has no business interests at St Joseph’s school.  

Tim Edwards (Previous Governor)

I was appointed as a Foundation Governor at St. Joseph's School in 2005, since when I have been chair of the Finance, Buildings and Health and Safety Committee. I am a qualified Chartered Management Accountant and work as the Finance Director of a large religious charity. I am no longer a parent of a current pupil, but all three of our children attended St. Joseph's School with the first starting in 1994 (St. Mary's School) and the last leaving in 2010. Tim has no business interests at St Joseph's School and is not a governor at any other School.

Tim Ward (Previous Governor)

I was appointed as a Governor in 2004 and all three of my children went to St Joseph’s, my youngest leaving 7 years ago. During my 11 years as a Governor I have sat on all of the Committees and have been both Vice Chair and Chair of Governors. I currently sit on the buildings and finance committee and for the past two years have concentrated my efforts on the schools building project. I have over 20 years experience in the property sector as a CEO for one property company and a Partner in another and have previously been a marketing director for a not-for-profit company working with older people. I am retiring as a Governor at the end of the school term in December 2015 having seen the building project to completion. It has been a great privilege to be part of such a kind and caring Catholic school community. Tim has no business interests with St Joseph's School.

Fiona Catchpole ( Previous Governor)

I was appointed a non-Teaching Staff Governor on 1st September 2011 after Viv McDonald stepped down, and stayed until end of July 2015. I was on the Outreach Committee for the full four years. I have no relevant business or pecuniary interests, no other Governance roles elsewhere and, no material interests.

Angela (Kubacki) Cochrane (Previous Governor)

Parent Governors are selected by election (or appointment if insufficient people stand for election) and drawn from parents and carers of children at the school. I was elected Parent Governor in December 2012. My roles include Chair of the Outreach Committee and Gift Aid Coordinator for the Governors’ Fund. I am married to Andy, a GP, and we have two children, Trinity and Oscar, both attending St Joseph’s. We have lived in Guildford since 2000 and are active members of St Joseph’s Catholic Community, involved in various ministries including Marriage Preparation and First Holy Communion. I am a member of the Children, Youth and Families Core Team. As a family, we are helpers with HCPT The Pilgrimage Trust and we travel to Lourdes each year with sponsored children for the Easter Pilgrimage. I am a Chartered Health Psychologist and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. I am Senior Lecturer in Clinical Communication and Admissions Tutor for Medicine at St George’s Medical School, University of London. Angela has no business interests with St Joseph's and is not a Governor at any other School.

Sarah Kemp-Powell (Previous Governor)

I am the Head Teacher at St Joseph's Catholic Primary School and was appointed in September 2015. Previous to this post, I was Head Teacher at Onslow Infant School for 6 years. I have had the privilege to work in Surrey primary schools for 23 years with children and families from all backgrounds and have enjoyed this rewarding experience very much. I am currently joint chair of the Guildford Schools Confederation which works to improve the education of all the children in Guildford. I have also taught in Oxfordshire and Devon schools. I took my PGCE in Primary Education in Oxford and my degree is in Science. I still have a passion for plant sciences today and I enjoy gardening and the creative arts. I live in Guildford with my family and am a parishioner at St Mary's Church.

Mike Stokes (Previous Governor)

The Chair of Governors leads the Governing Body and is elected by the Governing Body from within its membership. Mike has been a Foundation Governor for 10 years, and is the current Chair Mike is a retired City Insurance Broker. Originally from West London, he is married to Rosemary and they have lived in Guildford for 40 years. They have seven children, five of whom attended St Joseph's. Two grandchildren currently attend. Rosemary has worked at the school as a Teaching Assistant and is now a volunteer helper. Mike has no Business interests with St Josephs and is not a Governor at any other School.