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Governor Profiles

You, together with your staff and governors, have created a strong team that always puts the needs of pupils first. (Ofsted 2018)

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Pier Anscombe

I have been a staff governor since 2005.   I qualified as a nursery nurse with the NNEB qualification in 1986 and spent16 years working as a private nanny for different families, many of whom I am still in contact with to this very day! Many of the families kept saying I should be a teacher. I decided to retrain as a teacher and graduated with BA Hons with QTS in 2004. My first interview was at Our Lady of Lourdes and I was offered the job as Reception teacher,  and I am still here!

I wanted to be a staff governor to be a voice for staff, to act as a conduit between the staff and the governing body and help the school grow and flourish and achieve its aims.

Paul Barber, Headteacher

Paul Barber

Hello, I’m Paul and have been a Governor since my appointment as Headteacher in January 2020. I’ve been teaching for 20 years in a variety of settings and have been fortunate to enjoy the opportunity to study for both my Advanced Skills Teaching status and latterly my NPQH Headship Qualification. I feel excited to be working with such a committed team as we constantly seek to be the best that we can be.

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Emma Briggs

Hello, I’m Emma and I have been a parent governor at Our Lady of Lourdes since December 2019. I have a long history with the school, both my children currently attend, as did my niece and nephew and so did I many years ago! Our Lady’s means a lot to me and I am very happy to be given this opportunity to be a governor of the school.

I work in the NHS currently as a project manager at Worthing Hospital. This role requires a lot planning, risk assessment and mitigation and analysing data, so I am bringing these skills to the governing board as required. I’m excited to be able to support the school continue to be the best school it can be!

Mel Fane, Co-chair of Governors

Mel Fane

Foundation Governor and Co-Chair of Governors

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Sandra Hogan

My name is Sandra Hogan and I have been a Foundation Governor at Our Lady of Lourdes
since 2009.  I am the SEND, Pupil Premium, Looked After / Adopted Children
and Poverty Proofing Governor. I teach Looked After Children, but in my free time I like to travel, read, go to the theatre and garden. I have two grandchildren at the school, and my son
attended the school 40 years ago.

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Blanaid McCauley

I am a religious sister of the Institute of the Sisters of St Louis. After a long association with primary education in England, I feel I have much to offer as  Foundation Governor at Our Lady of Lourdes school in Rottingdean. Having qualified as a primary school teacher in my early years, I served as a teacher in Aylesbury, Gt Yarmouth and Newmarket where I was headteacher for 24 years before retiring in 1999. Since my retirement I spent a time of sabbatical in our mission in Brazil before coming to Brighton to act as Catholic Chaplain to the University of Brighton for a period of 17 years. I am the current leader for our sisters here in England where my primary responsibility is their care and welfare.
I feel honoured and privileged to be a Foundation Governor for Our Lady of Lourdes school. I care passionately about the formation and development of our young people especially children from their earliest years in primary education. The promotion of Catholic education is a priority for me.

Giulia de Rosa, Co-Chair of Governors

Giulia de Rosa

I have been a Foundation Governor at Our Lady of Lourdes School since 2012 and at the moment I am Co-Chair of Governors.  I am a retired teacher, having taught, mainly in South London, for 40 years. For the last fifteen years of my career, I was the Headteacher of a Catholic Primary school which served three parishes.
I thoroughly enjoyed my time as a teacher, despite the growing paper work and data management, and value the opportunity to continue to be involved in education.

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Dee Simson

LA Governor

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Helen Snow

Foundation Governor

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Ian Watson

Hello! My name is Ian Watson and I have been a Foundation Governor at the school since January 2014. During this time I have had a few roles. I spent a time as Vice Chair and a member of the Resources Committee, but am now enjoying being a link governor for Maths, Yr5 and Computing as well as chairing the Admissions and Pay committees. I was involved in planning the update of the school’s IT system and those lovely interactive whiteboards in the classrooms. When not at school on Governor duties I am at school doing Taekwondo.

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Jessica Winter

I have been a parent governor since September 2019 and have two children at the school. We moved from London to Saltdean in July 2019, and when I first viewed OLOL as a new parent looking for a school, I got a wonderful feel for it.
I’m a Senior Paediatric Nurse and was also a Parent Governor at my son’s previous school, where I enjoyed the role very much.

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