Meet the Governors

Would you like to become a School Governor? 

St Swithun’s, and other schools locally, have been experiencing a lack of school governors recently. With some of our governors moving on we would really appreciate people with a passion and a will to support the school now and in its future endeavours. You don’t need to know about education, or be a parent of a child in the school. What we need is working and professional people who have skills in any aspect of business or beyond that would help our current governors in their stewardship of the school.

Portsmouth Catholic Diocese have information about becoming a Catholic governor of a school,  Foundation Governor Recruitment Drive, but we do need a few more governors to support us. More information about becoming a governor in Portsmouth is available here,

If you or someone you know thinks they may be suitable please do get in touch with the school. I would really like to have a chat with you and listen to what you can offer – you may be surprised to find you don’t need to be highly skilled to support the school, life and work experience are often valuable in our work of running schools. I look forward to hearing from you.

School governors provide strategic leadership and accountability in schools. Governors appoint the Headteacher, Deputy Headteacher and/or Assistant Head Teacher. It is governors who hold the main responsibility for finance in schools, and it is governors who work with the Head teacher to make the tough decisions about balancing resources.

Each individual governor is a member of the governing body, which is established in law as a corporate body. Individual governors may not act independently of the rest of the governing body. Decisions are the joint responsibility of the governing body.

The role of the governing body is a strategic one; its key functions are to:

  • Set the aims and objectives for the school
  • Set the policies for achieving those aims and objectives
  • Set the targets for achieving those aims and objectives
  • Monitor and evaluate the progress the school is making towards achievement of its aims and objectives
  • Be a source of challenge and support to the Headteacher (a critical friend)

Linked is the current Governor Attendance: Attendance 1 and Attendance 2

Type of Governor Name



Committees Term of Office Member of Other Governing Body Relationship with member of school staff

Brother Ben Foy

Chair of Governors

St Paul’s Catholic Primary School, Paulsgrove


Curriculum and Standards

3/12/2019 – 2/12/2023

St Joseph’s College, Beulah Hill, London SE19 3HL



Marie Newman

Vice Chair

None Resources (Chair) 12/2/2020-11/2/2024



Foundation Brian Beagan None



Foundation David Sandiford None Resources 30/8/2018-29/8/2022
Foundation Luc Owen None Resources 28/3/2019 – 21/3/2023 No
Foundation Vacancy
Local Authority

Katherine Reynolds

Vice Chair of FGB

None Curriculum and Standards (Chair) 30/04/20 – 29/04/2024 No
Parent Gail Cooper None Resources 06/02/20-05/02/24 No
Headteacher Andrew Olive None


Curriculum and Standards

Staff Jennifer Verhiest None Curriculum and Standards 3/10/2020-2/10/2024 No
Pat Janiec Clerk
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