St Joseph's

Catholic Primary School

Our Governors

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.

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.

Fiona White - Local Authority Governor

I was elected as a borough councillor for Stoughton Ward in 1999 and represented that ward until 2007 when I was elected to Westborough Ward. I was recently re-elected to Surrey County Council as the councillor for Guildford West Division which takes in all of Westborough Ward as well as part of Stoughton. In my time as a county councillor, I have served on the Adults and Children's select committees as well as Health Scrutiny. I am a former Governor of King's College and was one of the first trustees of The Barn Youth Project when it became a registered charity. I am a member of the CHIPS Management Committee that provides holiday play schemes based in the local area. I confirm that I have no business interests with St Joseph's.

Jonathan Cornell - 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 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. I have no business interests with St Josephs School.

Alex Waters - Parent Governor

I joined the Governing body of St Joseph’s in November 2018. I have two children, with my eldest having joined the school from the nursery in September 2018. I work at the Department for Education setting policy and strategy across all stages of education including schools. I have no business interests with St Joseph’s school.

Monsignor Tony Barry - Foundation Governor

Mgr Tony Barry was appointed as a Foundation Governor by Bishop Richard Moth of the Diocese of Arundel and Brighton in May 2019. Mgr Barry is the Moderator of the Clergy Team of the Catholic Parish of Guildford which covers St Mary's, St Joseph's, St Edward's and St Pius. The Parish includes St Thomas' Primary School - where he also serves as a Foundation Governor. He does not have any business or family connections with St Joseph's School. In his previous parishes he has been both a school chaplain and Foundation Governor in a number of Pre, Primary and Secondary Schools and has served as Chair of Governors. Mgr Barry is committed to supporting the school in providing the best educational and faith community for the pupils, staff and parents and developing a close partnership with the Parish.

Aleksandra Pacey - Foundation Governor

I was appointed as a foundation Governor at St Joseph's School in September 2016. My husband Tim and I moved to Guildford 8 years ago and our daughter Daria attends the School. We are members of St Mary's church and I am working in the private sector as an accounts assistant.    

Andrea Azavedo-Habgood - Foundation Governor

A Foundation Governor appointed by the Bishop of Arundel and Brighton. Andrea is a solicitor, currently non-practising to enable her to be a full time mum to her 2 children. She lives in Guildford and has been part of St Joseph’s School Community since 2010 when her daughter joined Reception. During that time she has been involved with the PFSA (including procurement of playground equipment) and has been a parent volunteer. More recently she has been involved with the tender process for the new catering company and has played piano/organ for School Masses. With her son currently in Year 3 she enjoys volunteering whenever she can. Andrea has been part of the Catholic Parish of Guildford since 2004 and usually worships at St Mary’s 11 am Mass where she can be found singing and playing music with the choir/music group. She is a small group mentor for the First Holy Communion Programme and has been involved with the Programme since 2014. Andrea feels privileged and blessed to be part of such an amazing community. She is keen to ensure that all children attending St Joseph’s School are given the best Christ-centred education possible and that all members of staff are supported to enable them to provide this, whilst preserving and developing the Catholic ethos. Andrea has no business or pecuniary interests with St Joseph’s School and she does not have any governing role at any other educational institution.

Kate Carter - Foundation Governor

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 daughters attend St Peter’s and her younger son attends 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.

Zelma Braganza - Foundation Governor

Zelma Braganza was appointed, by the Diocese of Arundel and Brighton, as a Foundation Governor in April 2018. She has had a career in education, in both the maintained and independent sectors, and has held senior leadership roles, including headship of two schools with students aged 3-18. She is a member of the Independent Schools Inspectorate and a panel member for the Surrey Schools Appeals Service. She lives in Guildford and is a member of the Catholic Parish of Guildford. She has no business interests at St Joseph’s School.  

Mr Tom Collins - Head Teacher

I joined St Joseph's in 2013, after working in two local primary schools, becoming Deputy Head of School here in 2017 and Head Teacher in 2019. 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.  

Annabelle Green - Advisor, Deputy Head Teacher

Annabelle Green, Deputy Headteacher and Advisor from September 2019. I joined the St Joseph's community in 2014, with a passion and commitment to Religious Education. Throughout my time serving as a member of staff here, I have thoroughly enjoyed developing the RE curriculum and Collective Worship. It is now an absolute privilege to be the Deputy Headteacher, especially after being a pupil of St Joseph's myself. I have been a Foundation Governor at St Thomas of Canterbury since 2018 and feel it is important for us to work together as a Deanery to serve our parish and our community. I have no business interests at St Joseph's school.

Rosie Baranowicz - 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 their position in the school. I have been the Staff Governor at St Joseph's Catholic Primary School since September 2018. I am in my 10th year of teaching at St Joseph's after training at St Mary's University. Having grown up locally I know the school well and it is a privilege to work and support our kind and caring community. I am not a governor at any other school and I have no business interests at St Joseph's school.

Ms Jill Keany - Former Executive Head Teacher

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.  

Michael Calnan - Former Headteacher

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.    

Pauline Searle - Former Local Authority Governor

Pauline is 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 have helped run a holiday play scheme for 14 years, my interests have always been children and family orientated and this is reflected on the Charities I am involved with. I am a Trustee of Disability Challengers and a Patron of Home Start. I have been a committee member 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 Josephs.

Dave Mitchell - Former Foundation Governor

I joined the Governing body of St Joseph’s in September 2015 having been elected as a Parent Governor and now in turn a Foundation Governor. My 3 children have all attended St Joseph’s 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 Joseph’s school.