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Meet the Governors

Type of Governor Name Pecuniary
Committees Term of Office Member of Other Governing Body Relationship with member of school staff
Foundation Brian Beagan, Safeguarding

Chair of Full Board of Governors, SEND, Development & Training

None Chair of Curriculum & Standards 06/02/2020-05/02/2024 No No
Foundation Fr Simon Treloar None RE, Catholic Life and Mission 1/3/2022 – 28/2/2026 No No
Foundation James Newsam None Curriculum & Standards and FGB 30/6/2022 -29/6/2026 No No
Foundation Kevin Gavaghan None Resources 24/5/2023 – 23/5/2027 No No
Foundation Eleanor Day None Resources 12/7/2023 – 11/7/2027 No No
Foundation Cara Guedeney None Resources 15/9/2023 – 14/9/2027 No No
Foundation Rebecca Hill None Curriculum & Standards 20/11/2023 – 19/11/2027 No No
Foundation Silvia Giannandrea None Resources 12/04/2024 – 11/04/202 No No
Parent Sarah Smy None FGB/Curriculum and Standards 10/02/2023 – 09/02/2027
Parent Antoinette Cyriaano None FGB/Curriculum and Standards 31/01/2022 – 31/01/2026 No No
 Headteacher Jennifer Verhiest None FGB/Resources
Curriculum and Standards
03/10/2020-02/10/2024 No No
Staff Sarah Haynes None Curriculum and Standards 01/01/2023-01/01/2027 No No
Associate Governor

(no voting rights)

Sarah Bond None Resources N/A N/A N/A
Clerk Gemma Harvey None N/A Current N/A N/A
Foundation Luc Owen None Resources 28/3/2019 – 21/3/2023 No No
Foundation Marie Newman
Vice-Chair FGB, EYFS
None Chair of Resources 12/2/2020-12/12/2023 No No
Local Authority Kate Reynolds None Chair of Curriculum and Standards 30/04/2020 – 29/04/2024 No No

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 has 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 Head Teacher, Deputy Head Teacher 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 board, which is established in law as a corporate body. Individual governors may not act independently of the rest of the governing board. Decisions are the joint responsibility of the governing board.

The role of the governing board 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 the achievement of its aims and objectives
  • Be a source of challenge and support to the Head Teacher, a critical friend

The governing body of any school has 3 core functions:

  • Planning the strategic direction of the school
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the school and ensuring money is well spent
  • holding the headteacher or school leadership to account

In addition to our Full Governing Body we have two additional committees in order to carry out its functions effectively, these are:

  • Curriculum and Standards Committee
  • Resources Committee

Governors have membership of one of these committees in order to monitor, challenge and support the school on its journey in creating the best possible opportunities for children to thrive in their education while attending St Swithun’s school.

Committee Terms of Reference

Governor Attendance at Meetings 2021-22

FGB Meetings 27.9.21 22.11.21 31.1.22 21.3.22 23.5.22 18.7.22 Attendance
Kate Reynolds Yes Yes Yes Yes Absent Yes 83%
Marie Newman Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes 100%
Brian Beagan Yes Yes Absent Yes Yes Yes 83%
Luc Owen Yes Yes Yes Yes Absent Yes 83%
Launce Morgan n/a n/a Yes Yes Yes n/a 100%
Fr Simon Treloar n/a n/a n/a Absent Absent Absent 0%
James Newsam n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a Yes 100%
Antoinette Cyriaano n/a n/a Yes Yes Yes Yes 100%
Gary Mailer n/a Yes Yes Yes Yes Absent 80%
Jenny Verhiest Yes Yes Absent Yes Yes Absent 67%
Declan Dixie-Goodwin Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes 100%
Curriculum and Standards Committee 13.9.21 8.11.21 17.1.22 7.3.22 23.5.22 11.7.22 Attendance
Kate Reynolds Yes Yes Yes Yes Absent Yes 83%
Brian Beagan Absent Absent Yes Yes Yes Yes 67%
Fr Simon Treloar n/a n/a n/a n/a Absent Absent 0%
James Newsam n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a Yes 100%
Antoinette Cyriaano n/a n/a n/a Yes Absent Yes 67%
Gary Mailer n/a Yes Yes Absent Yes Yes 80%
Jenny Verhiest Yes Absent Yes Yes Yes Yes 83%
Declan Dixie-Goodwin Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes 100%
Resources Committee 20.9.21 15.11.21 24.1.22 14.3.22 9.5.22 20.6.22 Attendance
Marie Newman Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes 100%
Kate Reynolds n/a Yes Yes Yes Yes Absent 80%
Luc Owen Yes Yes Yes Yes Absent Absent 67%
Launce Morgan n/a n/a n/a Absent Absent Yes 33%
Declan Dixie-Goodwin Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes 100%
Sarah Bond Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes 100%
Brian Beagan Yes Yes
Gary Mailer Yes


Governor’s Attendance at Meetings 2022 – 2023

St Swithun’s Catholic Primary School


Y = Attended, N = Apologies Accepted, NA = Apologies not Accepted, NS = No Apologies sent, ? = Attendance Not Marked, Blank = Not Required,

CA = Consent for absence, – = Not applicable

FGB Resources Curriculum and standards Resources FGB Curriculum and standards
Governor Governor Type 20 Sep 2022 27 Sep 2022 03 Oct 2022 15 Nov 2022 29 Nov 2022 06 Dec 2022
Brian Beagan Foundation Governor Y Y P Y
Sarah Bond Other Y Y O
Antoinette Cyriaano Parent governor N N S N
Declan Dixie-Goodwin Resigned October Y Y T
Sarah Haynes Staff Governor, joined November P Y
Mr Gary Mailer Resigned November Y Y O
Marie Newman Foundation Governor Y Y N N
James Newsam Foundation Governor Y Y E Y
Luc Owen Foundation Governor Y Y Y D
Kate Reynolds Local Authority Governor Y N Y Y F Y
Sarah Smy Parent Governor, joined February G
Simon Treloar Foundation Ex-Officio NS NS B NS
Jenny Verhiest Headteacher Y Y Y Y

If anyone would like a paper copy of the approved minutes of, agendas for or papers considered at any of the committee meetings over the last three years, please email: [email protected].

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