The school governors play a key role in the life and running of All Saints Catholic College. The Board is an elected body drawn from the School’s various stakeholders including parents, staff and the local community. It has important legal powers and has strategic oversight of the school and its activities.
Other roles of the Board are to:
promote high standards of achievement;
act as a ‘critical friend’ to the School;
provide robust monitoring and evaluation of School performance;
oversee all aspects of School governance;
ensure that the School’s finances are managed properly;
offer support and challenge to the Headteacher and staff;
get involved in higher level staffing and building matters.
The Board meets four times a year. Additionally it has two sub-committees which meet at least termly with a focus on: Finance, Premises & Personnel, and Curriculum and Catholic Life. Governors are often delegated to perform specific roles or get involved in School projects with a strategic or organisational dimension, for example major building projects. They are always keen to hear from School stakeholders, and very much enjoy meeting them at the various School events. If you wish to raise a particular matter with the Board you can write to Amanda Sayers, Chairman of the Board of Governors, care of the School, but please remember that the Headteacher is responsible for the day-to-day running of the School.
Amanda Sayers - Chairman of the Board, Link Governor for Future Direction of the School
I have been a governor in RBKC since 1999 and a foundation governor at the school since June 2015. I qualified as a barrister in 1984, spent ten years working in the corporate finance department of a Swiss bank (both in the City and in New York) before leaving to bring up my two sons. I am also Chairman of the Board of Governors at Park Walk Primary School in Chelsea, an Associate Member of the Board of Bevington Primary School and Chairman of the Chairs’ Forum for RBKC. I belong to the parish of St Francis of Assisi and am a regular participant.
Chris Johnston - Foundation Governor, Vice Chair, Chair of Finance and General Purposes Committee, Link Governor for Risk Assessment
I have spent twenty-five years working in the financial services industry in the City. Most of these for two different investment banks, and more recently, for a boutique investment manager. I have been a Governor at the school since January 2017. I currently chair the Finance and General Purposes Committee where I use my experience to ensure the School’s finances are managed properly. I belong to the parish of St Francis of Assisi.
Joy Duval Koenig – Foundation Governor, Link Governor for RE and Catholic Life
I joined the board as an associate governor in 2016 and became a Foundation Governor in the summer of 2017. I spent the first 12 years of my professional life in advertising before I turning to education. I am now an education consultant, working for expat families to find the right school for their children. I am also a parent educator in Positive Discipline, a parenting method that teaches important social and life skills in a manner that is deeply respectful and encouraging for both children and adults. Additionally, I am a practising Catholic and I am very interested in interested in interfaith dialogue.
Richard Girvan - Co-opted Governor, Joint Lead Child Protection & Safeguarding Governor, Link Governor for Co-educational Offer
Elaine Gribben - Parent Governor, Link Governor for Student Wellbeing
I have worked in education for 25 years and presently hold the post of Student Data Services Manager at City of Westminster College. As City of Westminster is a further education college I am used to liaising with a wide age range of students, however, our biggest cohort is 16 -18 year olds. I am a local resident with strong links to the community and the Roman Catholic Church St Pius X. I became a governor at the school in March 2017 and hope to continue to put my educational expertise to good use.
Maureen Marlowe - LA Governor, Joint Lead Child Protection & Safeguarding Governor
I have been a School Governor in RBKC since 2006. After serving on the Boards of both Bevington and Park Walk Primary Schools, I joined this school's Board in October 2016. I bring 10 years of experience acting as a Link Governor for Child Protection & Safeguarding and for Literacy. I am now retired following a 20-year career on Fleet Street.
Ashleigh Mealy, Staff Governor
Stella Powell-Jones - Foundation Governor, Link Governor for Enrichment
I joined the Board of Governors in 2016. I am a freelance Theatre Director working in the UK and the US. I first went to the U.S to attend Yale University. While at Yale, I volunteer-taught on a range of subjects in local state schools. Having graduated with a degree in History in 2009, I moved to New York. While in the States I mostly directed new American plays, off-Broadway and regionally throughout the U.S. Vogue included me in their round-up of Theatre’s “Major Players” in April 2016. Having grown up near the school, it is great to be back in the area after ten years away. I will be focusing my efforts Drama and Performance studies.
Rabab Raza - Parent Governor, Link Governor for Fundraising
I worked in the City for over 10 years, having qualified as a Chartered Accountant at KPMG and working in corporate finance at Lazard, Morgan Stanley and Hawkpoint, specialising in giving M&A advice to financial institutions. I then founded Gymboree Kensington & Chelsea, which offers award winning early childhood programmes to develop cognitive, physical and social skills through structured play and music classes. I joined the Board in November 2018 and sit on the Finance and General Purposes Committee.
Fr Peter Wilson - Link Governor for Community Relationships
I am the parish priest of St Pius X, St Charles Square. Prior to my appointment in September 2013 I served for 12 years as the Senior Chaplain for Universities in the Diocese of Westminster. In addition to being a governor at the school, I am a governor at St Charles Primary School. My main interest is in seeking cohesion and community engagement between all the Catholic institutions on St Charles Square.
Associate Members of the Board (with no voting rights)
Dave Halberry - Chairman Curriculum & Catholic Life Committee, Link Governor for SEND including Value for Money, and Second Data Lead
I joined the school Board in September 2015 as an Associate Member, and as such have no voting rights on the full board. Previously I worked as a Senior Photographic Research Scientist for Kodak Ltd, and subsequently a career in book publishing. For the last five years I have worked in the SEND Team at St Charles Catholic Primary School. I have a son and a daughter, who are now both in Catholic secondary schools.
The Curriculum and Catholic Life committee is responsible for overseeing the implementation of the National Curriculum and the school’s academic performance. It also ensures that the school’s Statutory Policies and non-Statutory Policies are accurate, up to date and enforced correctly. I am also an Associate Governor at St Charles Catholic Primary School. I enjoy being part of the Board of Governors; making sure that the children have a safe, welcoming, but challenging environment, where each pupil can learn to the best of their abilities and leave the school fully prepared for their future.
Michael Harrington - Associate Governor, Link Governor for Effective Procurement and Benchmarking
I am an actor and writer studying at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. My doctoral research was in the field of psychodynamics; I am a summa cum laude graduate, Harvard alumnus, and have expertise in Emotional Intelligence. I am a volunteer at a London homeless shelter and a mentor at an international aid agency, and belong to the parish of St Francis of Assisi. I sit on the Finance & General Purposes Committee with a lead role in Procurement.
Marsha Kutkevitch - Associate Governor, Link Governor for Health and Safety
Don Skeffington - Associate Governor and Link Governor for Pupil Premium, Most Able and Underperforming Subjects
I am honoured to have joined the Board in February 2019. I am a retired Attorney at Law, Juris Doctorate from Tulane University, New Orleans. Having moved to London late 2017, I am a volunteer Manager of the newly created Kensington Chelsea FoodBank, est. in 2018 through the Trussel Trust. I am an active member at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church and volunteer in the Hand in Hand organization, assisting disabled individuals attend Mass and other social events. After 12 years of Criminal Defence and Litigation work, I was privileged to become a stay-at-home dad, enjoying all the responsibilities and obligations that entails and for 5 years I was President of the Father/Daughter association at The Convent of The Visitation School, St. Paul MN, where my daughter matriculated from in 2016. I believe a rigorous and challenging Secondary education is critical to a person's happiness and success in life. I will serve on the Curriculum and Catholic Life Committee with an eye towards ensuring the national curriculum is being applied with best practices.