St. Gabriel's Catholic Primary School

Governor Profiles

Elizabeth Smith (also known as Lisa) Foundation Governor - (Joined in 2010)

Chair of Governors


This is my 6th year as a Governor of a school that has always been close to my heart – initially as a Parent Governor, now as a Foundation Governor. I feel very privileged to be the current Chair of Governors at St. Gabriel's. My own two boys spent many happy and successful years here and I've seen first-hand how devoted and caring every member of staff are. I firmly believe that the spiritual journey that the children take here equips them for life beyond the gates of St. Gabriel's.

Theresa Miller - Foundation Governor (Joined in 2010)

Vice- Chair of Governors


I am a mother of two sons both of which attended St. Gabriel’s Catholic Primary School. I manage the pre-school and afterschool club situated on the grounds of St. Gabriel’s

I am committed to catholic education with a strong belief in the choice offered through a catholic school, now and for future generations of children.

I feel privileged to have been a foundation governor for three years, and I am very impressed by the strong catholic ethos that the school embodies, the outstanding care shown to the children and the schools consistently high standards of education. I believe my work place skills support the Headteacher and staff of the school. Being actively involved as a governor has given me a greater understanding of other important roles in school life.

Father Michael White Foundation Governor - 2014 - 2018 - (Appointed by the Diocese)


Gee Bernstein - Foundation Governor (Joined in 2002)


Over my time as a Governor I have been a Parent and a Non-Teaching Staff Governor. The main reason I became a Governor was to support the children of the school by using my Human Resources experience.

I am committed to developing a broad and balanced curriculum for the children of St Gabriel's, in order to help maintain the high standards we set, as this helps children achieve their true potential.

Rob Vernon - LA Governor (Joined in 2013)


The main reason I became a Governor was, after many years being a part of the Friends of St Gabriel's and helping to raise funds for the school, to now put my business and personal skills to use in order to help make a positive impact to the running of the school.

I would like to actively contribute as a school Governor in order to maintain and improve the high standards we have at St Gabriels, helping our children thrive and be the best that they can be.

Steve Pursglove - Foundation Governor (Joined in 2010)


I was previously an elected Parent Governor and an active member of Friends of St Gabriel’s. My own daughter has now completed her journey through St Gabriel’s and I have seen her flourish. I want others to do the same.

In my role in the police I see the worst society has to offer. This makes the value of the mission statement of the school, its Catholic ethos and its safeguarding work all the more apparent, not only in providing an excellent education but also caring, loving children.

I am determined to do everything I can to support the school and staff to maximise the potential of every child.

John Hayes Headteacher - Governor (Joined in 2009)

William Bright Deputy Headteacher – Associate Member (Joined October 2016) 

Kelly Gamon – Staff Governor (Joined in 2015)


I am privileged to be the Staff member of the St Gabriel’s governing body as it enables me to play a greater part in ensuring that each and every child in our school receives the very best education possible. I have the opportunity to make a difference, not only for children in school now, but for children in years to come.

My own beliefs and practice of the Catholic faith enable me to reflect the ethos of our school within governing body meetings.

As a member of staff I am well placed to understand staff views and I 'm in a good position to help the governing body communicate effectively with staff.

Julia Hale - Co-opted Governor (Joined in 2012)

One of the reasons I became a Governor was to be more proactive in supporting the school to help maintain the high standards that are set.

I also felt my previous background within Human Resources management and working for a specialist IT company for ten years could be of use supporting in various areas within the school.

Being a practising Catholic I can assist in the maintenance of the ethos within the school and also support all staff to help children make progress to achieve their full potential.

Mairead Hitchings - Parent Governor (Joined in 2013)


The main reason I became a Governor was because I have many skills which could make a difference to the school.

I would like to ensure that the school maintains its excellent standards and continues to be a great place for our children to learn and achieve their optimal potential.

The role of parent governor is a vastly responsible one, allowing an opportunity to influence and shape the direction and development of the school to provide the best teaching and learning experience for its pupils and I am ready to meet the challenge with energy, enthusiasm and commitment.

Jo Hern - Foundation Governor (Joined in November 2016)


As a committed Catholic; a past pupil; a parent of a past pupil and an English teacher I feel I have much to offer in the role of Foundation Governor. I have a long standing relationship with the school starting from when my sisters and I attended; all the way through to playing an active role in The Friends of St Gabriel's until last year when my son left the school

My backgground in Education, particularly Literacy will allow me to support the school in maintaining the high standards set over the recent years. My own son had a fantastic experience at St Gabriel's, where he flourished both academically and socially. The opportunities given to him, such as a wide variety of sport, music and many wonderful spiritual events will stay with him forever. I would like to support the school in their efforts to offer the best education they can to all children, so that each one can reach their full potential.


Helen Deegan - Clerk to Governors (Joined in 2015)


Although this page is all about governors, it is important to also mention the Clerk to Governors, who is in many ways the key person in a governing body.

The Clerk is not a governor, but is employed by the school to support the governing body in a variety of ways. The clerk prepares the agenda for main Governing Body meetings, as well as for Finance meetings, and staffing meetings.

The clerk will take detailed notes at each of these meetings, which will form the basis of published minutes. These minutes are one way that Ofsted judges the effectiveness of the Governors, so it is of utmost importance that minutes are comprehensive and accurate.

The clerk will also advise the governors about a range of legal matters before and during meetings. The clerk also maintains the annual calendar of business, helping governors to cover every aspect that is required throughout the year to meet legal and strategic requirements.

The Clerk has to have a very flexible approach to hours of work, as main governing body meetings are usually held in evenings as are most of the committee meetings.