Who are your Governors?
The governing body shares in the strategic leadership of the school with energy and dedication. Section-48 Report, 2018
St Mary's Governance - September 2021
Jim ParkLA 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 5, I am a member of all the Committees, and vice 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.
Mary MartinFoundation 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 serve on the Achievements and Standards Committee, serving as SEND Governor. I also serve on the Premises Health & Safety and Admissions Committees. My term of office expires on 31st August 2023.
Miss SolaStaff Elected Governor
Ania MasonFoundation 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 24 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 a Nursery governor, deputy Emotional Awareness & Child Protection as well as a chair the Achievements & Standards committee. My term of office ends on 31/08/2024.
Fr Nico Lobo Ratu SVDFoundation Governor and Parish Priest of Our Lady of Sorrows and St Bridget's.
Fr Nico Lobo Ratu SVD
Appointed as a Foundation Governor by the Diocese on 1st March 2019. Term of office expires on 31st August 2022.
Mary HooperFoundation 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 2025.
Clare RaffetParent 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.
Gabrielle ColeParent Elected Governor
I am delighted to become a Parent Governor at St Mary's School. I am fully invested in St. Mary's with a child in Year 6, another in Year 1 and my youngest child set to start in September 2022 and leave in July 2029, so I'm keen to actively support our school community deliver our objectives and potential.
With regards to my professional career, over the last 20 years I have worked within the wine & spirit industry in various commercial and marketing positions both here in the UK and Australia. In all of my roles strategic planning, budget management along with communication have been fundamental.
I want to help our children here at St. Mary's be the best they can be in their lives. I try to be balanced, positive and enthusiastic in everything I do. My term ends on 23rd March 2026.
Simon HoggAssociate Member
After serving as a Parent Elected Governor I am now an Associate member of the Governing Board.
Mr MarshHeadteacher and Ex-Officio Governor