About the Governors

Welcome to the Governor section of the website. Here you can find out who your school governors are and what they do.  More information on the role of a governor generally is available on our:

"Governors contribute effectively to the process of school improvement because they are well informed and ask challenging questions."



Our Catholic schools are rightly celebrated for their high standards and outstanding pastoral care, and Our Lady of Lourdes school exemplifies those qualities fully.  There is a real family atmosphere in the school, and we as governors are continually impressed by the caring and thoughtful attitude of the children and all members of staff. As governors we certainly feel part of that family and appreciate the way we are always welcome to take part in the life of the school.  We value feedback from parents and children and take on board suggestions made in questionnaires or verbally and work closely with the Parents Council and PTA.   As governors we are very aware that we are part of a team, and together with the headteacher, staff, parents and children we relish the opportunity to continue to develop and improve our school.  The Leadership team and governors work together to cultivate first class partnerships with parents and carers, as well as the local community, all of whom play such an important part in the life of our thriving school.

We also work together with the Governing Bodies of other local schools and have formalised this in a Collaboration Agreement.  The Terms of Reference can be accessed by clicking here.

If you would like to contact the governing body then please email the Clerk at [email protected].

The School Governors

Every School Governor is a volunteer who dedicates a considerable amount of time to ensure that the Governing Board is effective.

Constitution as of 1 February 2014:
14 governors – Headteacher, 1 staff governor, 2 parent governors, 1 co-opted governor, 1 LA governor, 8 foundation governors

NameTypeAppointed byFirst appointed – end of termMeeting attendance 2019-20FGB and committees
Pier AnscombeStaffElected by Staff16.10.2005-15.10.202119 out of 21
Paul BarberHeadteacherEx officio01.01.2020-16 out of 16
Emma BriggsParentelected by parents05.12.2019-04.12.20236 out of 12
Mel Fane (Chair)FoundationDiocese11.01.2017-10.01.202518 out of 20
Sandra HoganFoundationDiocese01.09.2009-31.08.202111  out of 15
Blanaid McCauleyFoundationDiocese16.01.2020-15.01.20248 out of 9
Giulia de Rosa (Vice-Chair)FoundationDiocese18.01.2012-17.01.202415 out of 15
Dee SimsonLAproposed by LA, appointed by GB09.10.2017-08.10.202111 out of 17
Helen SnowFoundationDiocese19.11.2019-18.11.202315 out of 18
Jessica WinterParentelected by parents27.09.2019-26.09.202311  out of 13
vacancyCo-optedGoverning Body
Ian WatsonAssociate Member (Admissions Committee)Governing Body17.09.2020-16.06.2022
Kevin GoldingAssociate Member (Resources Committee)Governing Body19.03.2015-18.03.20213 out of 6
The following governors were also serving on the Governing Body in the last year
Ian WatsonFoundationDiocese12.03.2018-31.08.2020
Noreen BuckleyFoundationDiocese04.07.2018-02.03.2020
Adrianne Nnadi (Vice Chair)FoundationDiocese10.10.2016-20.02.2020
Peter TierneyCo-optedGoverning Body01.12.2014-15.02.2020
Anita PhilbrookActing HeadteacherEx officio01.09.2019-31.12.2019

Committee Membership

The Governing Body works with the following committee structure:
Quality and Standards Committee: Pier Anscombe, Paul Barber, Emma Briggs,  Sandra Hogan, Blanaid McCauley, Giulia de Rosa (Vice Chair), Helen Snow (Chair), Jess Winter – Terms of Reference
Resources Committee: Pier Anscombe,  Paul Barber, Mel Fane (Chair),  Dee Simson (Vice Chair),  Kevin Golding (associate member) – Terms of Reference
Health and Safety Subcommittee:  Pier Anscombe, Paul Barber, Mel Fane, Kevin Golding
Admissions Committee:  Paul Barber, Emma Briggs, Mel Fane, Helen Snow (Vice Chair),  Ian Watson (Associate Member, Chair), Jess Winter – Terms of Reference
Strategic Planning Group: Paul Barber, Mel Fane,  Giulia de Rosa,  Dee Simson, Helen Snow – Terms of Reference
Pay Committee:  Giulia de Rosa, Dee Simson, Helen Snow  – Terms of Reference

Headteacher Performance Management Panel: Mel Fane, Sandra Hogan, Blanaid McCauley – Review Officer:  Jess Winter

Link Governors

School Development Plan Links

Leadership and Management:  Mel Fane

Quality of Education:  Giulia de Rosa 

Early Years:  Blanaid McCauley

SEND:  Sandra Hogan and Jess Winter

Personal Development:  Helen Snow

Behaviour and Attitudes:  Emma Briggs

Other Links

Child Protection: Helen Snow

Looked After Children (LAC) Governor: Sandra Hogan

Governor Training and Development: Mel Fane

Health and Safety: Mel Fane

Pupil Premium Governor:  Sandra Hogan

Sports Premium:  Jess Winter

Data Protection:  Ian Watson, Emma Briggs

Register of Interests 2020-2021

NameEmploymentBusinesses/ company directorships/ charity TrusteeshipsMembership of professional bodiesDate interest was registeredNotes
Pier AnscombeClass teacher OLOL  15.10.2015 
Paul BarberEmployed at the school  07.01.2020Brother owns CHEC (printing company-social enterprise)
Emma BriggsBusiness Partner, Western Sussex Hospital NHS Trust  20.12.2019Has two children at the school, sister Mel Fane is chair of governors
Mel FaneClinic Manager NHSTrustee of OLOL PTA 22.11.2017Governor at Cardinal Newman since 07.10.2019, nephew and niece at school, sister Emma Briggs is also a governor
Sandra Hogan   15.10.2015Has three grandchildren at the school
Blanaid McCauleyRetired  21.01.2020 
Giulia de Rosa    No interests
Dee SimsonCity Councillor, Market TraderTrustee of Deans Youth Project 15.10.2015 
Helen Snow Theatrix Theatre Club operating in school hall 15.10.2015 Child at school
Ian Watson Binary Stars IT Services LtdTaekwondo operating in school hall13.10.2016, 27.09.2018 
Jessica WinterSenior Sister Children’s A&E Homerton Hospital, Hackney  03.10.2019Children at school