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St. Mary’s Catholic Primary School Chiswick

Governors Pen Portraits

Mrs V. Santer - Chair & Foundation Governor

The early part of my career was spent in education – both in England and in Canada.  I then moved into advertising and now work with the health sector on change programmes, primarily around stakeholder engagement.  A varied and interesting career but throughout I have never lost my belief in the vital importance of importance of education, particularly the pastoral care we provide our young people.

I became a Foundation Governor in 2014 and joined Our Lady of Grace & St Edward’s Parish Council in 2015.  Previously I was a trustee of CAFOD and of Age UK (Hammersmith & Fulham).


Mr R. Kelly - Vice Chair & Foundation Governor

All three of my children (a daughter and two sons) attended St Mary’s R.C. Primary School, the last of them leaving in September 2014, after many happy years. 

I am a practicing Catholic and live in the Parish of Our Lady of Grace and St Edward (where I – some time ago now - was baptised). I am a Minister of the Word and a Catechist for Confirmation, and was very pleased to be asked to join the Governors last year: so it’s a new challenge, but a familiar school, community and Parish.

I work in advertising, and have specific responsibility for global communications strategy.


Mrs B. Barber - Foundation Governor

I have lived in Chiswick and been an active parishioner at OLG for over 30 years. My working background was in Human Resources specialising particularly in the recruitment and training of staff.  My involvement with St Marys goes back over more than 20 years as a parent of a former pupil and once he had left St Marys, as a foundation governor for nearly 10 years. I have now returned for a second time since 2016 and my son is now a secondary school teacher so my interest in education continues. 


Mrs J. Walkin - Foundation Governor

Having moved to Britain in 1988, I have a background in banking and I.T. Project Management and all three of my children attended St Mary’s Catholic Primary School.  As Inclusion Governor I am focused on ensuring all groups from our most able to those with special education needs continue to make excellent progress. I am a member of the Parish Bereavement Support Group. I decided to become a governor because it gave me an opportunity to give something back to the school my children had been so happy at and I have just commenced my fifth year as a Foundation Governor.  As Chair of School Expansion I want to help move the School to two forms of entry to ensure we can educate more children in the catholic faith. My hobbies include pilates and travelling.


Mrs C. Hayes - Parent Governor 

I have three children currently at St Mary's and having been actively involved in many aspects of school life, am relishing the opportunity to be Parent Governor.  I run a small Talent Agency, representing Comedy Writer/Performers and I hope that managing their many and varied careers has given me the necessary skills to now represent my fellow parents!


Mrs V. Baudin - Parent Governor

I have been a parent at St. Mary's for the past 11 years, with my youngest daughter currently in Year 5. We chose St. Mary's because we wanted to raise our three children in the Catholic faith, we wanted them to have a quality education and we especially wanted them to be part of a strong loving community. 

I started off my working life as a corporate lawyer, taking a career break to raise my children. An active member of the community, I served on the PTA as treasurer for three years, read with Y2 children, served as class reps and helped at many PTA events. I also was a Catechist for the First Holy Communion programme for six years. This allowed me to acquire a great insight into the functioning of the school and a solid understanding of parents' ongoing concerns and priorities. I was appointed Parent Governor in 2018.


Mr C. Lavelle - Foundation Governor

I joined as a Foundation Governor just over 4 years ago after being approached by Cannon Tony. I am a Chartered Building Surveyor dealing mostly in commercial projects in the private sector and over the years this has encompassed works to a number of schools. I have enjoyed being involved in the development of the school in recent years through the construction of the new nursery extension and the forthcoming projects to improve the layout of the school to suit today’s educational needs.


Mrs M. Mose - Local Authority Governor

I was asked to stand as the Local Authority Governor in late 2017 having recently retired from a career in Banking & Finance. I welcomed the opportunity as my children both benefited and enjoyed their time at St Marys (although they both left a number of years ago!) and I feel I now have the appropriate amount of free time to give the role. 

I attend St Joseph's in Grove Park and am a member of their parish finance committee.


Mrs A. Frain Bell - Staff Governor

I have a long association with St Mary’s: firstly as a parent, PTA Chair and Parent Governor when the school had “Beacon“ status, then joining the staff as Librarian in 1999. Since 2008 I have worked enthusiastically to incorporate sports competition opportunities to our pupils and have secured a Silver Kitemark for school. Every year is a new challenge and, I see, a new opportunity.

Previously I have worked in marketing, crisis management and moved into general management when I opened a company division in France. I have also worked as a volunteer for the Diocese as a Marriage Care Counsellor and in the parish as a Confirmation Catechist.

I am married and our three daughters have all received an excellent foundation in their education here.