Alexandra Kearns – I am a Foundation Governor and the Chair of the Governing Body of St. Mary’s. I am originally from Auckland in New Zealand and I worked as the Private Secretary to the Attorney-General advising on aspects of policy and law, before leaving for the UK in 2002. On arriving in London I drafted policy and law for the Home Office. I was elected as a Parent Governor in 2011 and I became Vice-Chair in 2012 and Chair of Governors in 2013. I have recently completed the Chairs of Governors’ Leadership Development Programme. I am a member of the Curriculum Committee and the Resources Committee. I currently have three daughters in the school and am extremely passionate about every child receiving the best possible education and therefore it is a privilege to be a part of the St Mary’s Governing Body to ensure this happens.
Gary Redmond – I am a Foundation Governor and the Vice Chair of the Governing Body. I was asked to join the governing body by Fr John Hayes, initially to provide my input into new building projects and the overall maintenance of the school. Over the last four years, my role has developed into a passion to help every child reach his/her potential in a caring and Christian community. I have grown to really appreciate the education and opportunities that this school has given my own children. I currently have one child in the school and my two older children attend local Catholic secondary schools having spent seven very happy years at St Mary’s.
Peter Amey – my current term as Foundation Governor at St Mary’s began in April 2014, and I am a member of the Curriculum Committee and Chair of the Resources Committee. I have two children currently at St Mary’s, and one in Year 9 at Sacred Heart of Mary who previously attended St Mary’s. I have lived in Gidea Park & Hornchurch for most of my life, and attended St Mary’s Hare Park (infant), St Ursula’s (junior) and Campion schools from which I have some great memories. Since leaving education I’ve worked in the finance industry, and currently work for Newton Investment Management in the City.
Dolores Evans – Safeguarding Governor – I have been a Foundation Governor since 10th December 2013 – My nieces, nephew and my two children previously attended St Mary’s. I have always loved the school and wanted to continue to be involved with the school as a Governor. I attended Catholic Infant and Secondary Schools and truly benefitted from the care, love and consideration I received and continue to receive by being a part of a Catholic Community. This is what I would wish for every child at St Mary’s. I am a member of the Community, Children and Families Committee and the Admissions Committee.
Anita Curcio – I was originally appointed as a Foundation Governor in 2001 and when my term of office finished in 2013, I volunteered to transfer to the vacant position of Local Authority Governor. During this time I have served on several committees, held the position of Vice Chair and have had particular responsibility for School Admissions and Appeals. I have three grown up children who were pupils at St Mary’s from 1990 to 2004. I have had a varied career background including 12 years’ experience in Local Authority managing Brand, Print and Design, writing and editing public information. I hold a Diploma in Management from the Institute of Leadership and Management. I now manage a family retail business and am currently developing our own website. I feel proud and privileged to still serve as a Governor of St Mary’s and am committed to building on the strengths and successes of the past in creating an even better future for the School.
Jeff Camilleri – I have been a parent governor since Nov 2013 – I have 2 children who are in KS1 and KS2 at St Marys. I am a practising Christian, both my primary and secondary education was at Catholic schools. I have a degree in Automotive Engineering and currently work for Ford Motor Company as a senior calibration engineer. As a governor I am currently part of two committees, resources and communities. I volunteered to join the governing body because I wanted to gain a greater understanding of my children’s school and education, and also to support my local school community.
James O’Keefe – I have recently taken up the role of Foundation Governor at St Mary’s as my son has just started at the school. Having been educated in Catholic schools within Havering myself, St Mary’s is a school that friends and my wider family have attended and speak of with such fondness and gratitude. I have worked within education for 12 years in both teaching and management roles and I hope to use these skills to help the school, its students, staff and community to grow within the Christian faith and provide the best opportunities for all.
Sheila O’Sullivan – Pupil Premium, SEN and Parents Governor.
Adrian Fennessy – Foundation Governor.
Mark Mulley – Staff Governor
Rob Watson – Co-opted and Assessment Governor
Father Martin – Parish Priest