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 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

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

Type of Governor Name Pecuniary
Committees Term of Office Member of Other Governing Body Relationship with member of school staff
Local Authority Kate Reynolds
Interim Chair of Full Board of Governors, SEND, Development & Training
None Curriculum and Standards 30/04/2020 – 29/04/2024 No No
Foundation Marie Newman
Vice-Chair FGB, EYFS
None Resources (Chair) 12/2/2020-11/2/2024 No No
Headteacher Declan Dixie-Goodwin None Resources
Curriculum and Standards
01/09/2021 – 31/08/2022 Yes
Marchwood Junior School, Southampton
Staff Jennifer Verhiest None Curriculum & Standards 03/10/2020-02/10/2024 No No
Foundation Brian Beagan, Safeguarding None Curriculum & Standards 06/02/2020-05/02/2024 No No
Foundation Luc Owen None Resources 28/3/2019 – 21/3/2023  No No
Appointed by Parents Gail Cooper None 06/02/2020 – 05/02/2024 No No
Parent Gary Mailer None Curriculum and Standards 21/11/2021 – 21/11/2025 No No
Parent Antoinette Cyriaano None 31/01/2022 – 31/01/2026 No No
Foundation Launce Morgan None 31/01/2022 – 31/01/2026 No No
Associate Sarah Bond None Resources N/A N/A N/A
Clerk Gemma Harvey None N/A Current N/A N/A