Who's who

Who are your Governors?

Jim Park

Jim Park

LA Appointed Governor and Chair of Governors

I am Jim Park, a governor since 2012.  My term of office will expire at the end of August 2024.

I am married to Alison, a former teacher.  We have two grown up children, two granddaughters and a grandson who keep us very busy.  

Following retirement from the Civil Service I have been the librarian at a local Catholic Primary School as a volunteer, a tutor in the Open University and a magistrate in the local area.  I have enjoyed being a volunteer in children’s education for over 50 years, and now as a governor.

Currently I have a special interest in Year 4, I am a member of all the Committees, and chairman of the Personnel and Pay Committee.  I can be contacted through the school office.

I am Chair of the Governing Board for the current year.

Mo O’Donoghue

Mo O’Donoghue

Foundation Governor and Vice Chair of Governors for this current year.

My name is Mo O’Donoghue and I have been a Foundation Governor for four years here at St Mary’s

I am a primary teacher and work across a partnership of Catholic schools in West London as well as working for the Diocese of Westminster as a Section 48 Catholic Schools’ Inspector.

I have lived in Isleworth for many years and enjoy being part of St Mary’s and look forward to working together to ensure the children here reach their full potential, enjoy learning and to grow in love for each other and in their faith.

I am the governor with responsibility for Spirituality and the deputy Governor responsible for Looked After Children.  My term of office will expire in August 2023.

Catalina Giglio

Catalina Giglio

Foundation Governor

My name is Catalina Giglio and I was appointed as a Foundation Governor on 1st February 2019, my term of office will expire on 31st August 2022.  I was born in Argentina and have lived in London for 18 years with my husband Hernan.  We have four children: Olivia and Camila at St Richard Reynolds, Tomas at Wimbledon College and Millie at University of Birmingham, studying Civil Engineering.

I currently chair the Admissions committee.

Simon Hogg

Simon Hogg

Parent Elected Governor. 

I was elected on 12th July 2019 my term of office will end on 11th July 2023.

Miss Dawson

Emma Dawson

Staff Elected Governor

Hi, I am Miss Dawson and I am the staff governor at St Mary’s. I was elected as staff governor in 2019 and bring a staff viewpoint and perspective to the governing body.

 I have been teaching at St Mary’s since September 2015. Prior to this, I qualified as a teacher and taught in New Zealand.  I have taught all key stages, giving me knowledge and experience across different age groups. I currently teach in Reception and I am the Early Years and Foundation Stage lead.

 Being a governor gives me the opportunity to make a real contribution to the strategic management of the school, providing an interesting and rewarding dimension to my work.

My term of office expires on 11th September 2023.

Mary Martin

Mary Martin

Foundation Governor.  

I am delighted to have been appointed as a Foundation Governor, here at St Mary's Isleworth. I have now retired from teaching after 39 years full time service, all in Secondary Education in the Diocese of Westminster.  I am  an active member of St Margaret Of Scotland parish and also attend St Bridgette and Our Lady of Sorrows.  I enjoy keeping fit, travel theatre and film outings too. I will be serving on The Premises and Standards and Achievements Committees,  serving as SEND Governor.  My term of office expires on 31st August 2023.

Ania Mason

Ania Mason

Foundation Governor

My name is Ania Mason and I have been appointed by the Diocese as a Foundation Governor here at St Mary’s. I was born and raised in Poland and have lived in London for the past 23 years. I have three daughters, my youngest, Sofiya is at St Mary’s and Melania and Louisa after finishing St Mary’s are now continuing their education at St Richard Reynolds.

After working in the travel industry for many years prior to having children, I went for a change of career and graduated from the Institute for Optimum Nutrition as a Nutritional Therapist.

I now have my own clinic where through nutrition and lifestyle changes, I help my clients overcome a variety of chronic diseases and I love my job.

I am Year 6 governor as well as a chair the Achievements & Standards committee My term of office ends on 31/08/2021.

Fr Nico

Fr Nico

Foundation Governor and Parish Priest of Our Lady of Sorrows and St Bridget’s.  

Appointed as a Foundation Governor by the Diocese on 1st March 2019.  Term of office expires on 31st August 2022.

Mary Hooper  

Foundation Governor

I have been a Foundation Governor since 2013, I sit on the Finance Committee (due to my high level of experience in the property business), Personnel & Pay Committee, and am an Appeals Officer for the Westminster diocese, all of which are challenges I have enjoyed greatly. I have been a resident of Hounslow since I moved to the UK from New Zealand when I was 21. I have been a trained teacher since the age of 20, and have taught in numerous schools in many boroughs of London.

I have four children, all of whom are grown up, with one studying at the University of St Andrews, two working as academics in Germany and the USA, and one working as a lawyer in Canary Wharf. Their various experiences with learning difficulties led me to the career I have had for the last few years: working as a Special Educational Needs Coordinator in schools across London.

Having gained my MA in education in 2016, and my SENCo qualification in 2013, I am currently working towards an MA in Specialist Dyslexia Teaching and Assessment having just passed the specialist teaching section.  I am always keen to learn new skills, so I often attend governor training courses to broaden my knowledge.

My term of office will expire on 31st August 2021.

Mark O’Brien  

Foundation Governor

I’m delighted to have been appointed as a Foundation Governor at St Mary’s by the Diocese. I have lived in Isleworth for most of my life and attend Mass at St Vincent’s De Paul. My wife and I have three young children the eldest of which is currently attending St Mary’s in Year One. 

I have worked in public service roles throughout my career in education, family support, housing and adult social care. I currently work in a large SEND school in the Borough and also work as a consultant through the Institute of School Business Leadership (ISBL)  for the DfE and the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) as a school resource management advisor supporting educational settings with organisational development and change management.

I am looking forward to supporting St Mary’s in its mission to meet the current and future needs of our school community and deliver an outstanding Catholic education for all pupils. 

My term of office will expire on 31st August 2024.

Clare Raffet

Clare Raffet

Parent Elected Governor

My name is Clare Raffet. I was elected as a Parent Governor on the 10th July 2019 and my term ends 9th July 2023. I am Year 2’s governor and also attend all the committees so to keep in the loop with any communications that may be necessary.

I wholeheartedly believe that good communication is key in all we do as a governing board and I will do all I can to ensure this is done in a timely and prompt manner.

I have two children at the school; Oliver and Paddy. I was previously Co-Chair of the PTA for 3 years where together we raised over £57k for the school.

I am Ofsted registered and started my own before and after school childcare business in 2014. I look after children who attend St Mary’s, The Blue School and Worple School. It is always very interesting to hear their stories and thoughts about each of their schools.

My previous work experience is within a corporate company British Airways where I worked for 20 years in various roles such as Customer Services, Advertising, Marketing and Sponsorship. 

I grew up in Chiswick and went to St Mary’s Chiswick and Gumley and have enjoyed living locally all these years.


Irene Bowles

Irene Bowles

Clerk to the Governors

I am now on my second stint as Clerk to the Governors - my first was from 2011 to 2014 and now since April 2017.  I am a freelance Clerk, working with a number of Primary schools in Hounslow.  I have been a Clerk for around twenty five years, so bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to the role. I was a School Business Manager for six years, have been a Governor in Hounslow since March 2015, and am currently Chair of Governors in a local school.

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