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Governors Who's Who

If you wish to contact a member of the Governing Body, please email:


Tom Smith - Co-Chair of Governors (Foundation Governor)

I have three kids at our school and am also a parishioner at Sacred Heart Catholic Church.  I became a governor as I was keen to help the school in its great work with our children and because I enjoy getting involved with the community.  I’m part of the governing body’s Communication Committee, and I work as a corporate/commercial lawyer.


Lisa Glen - Co-Chair of Governors ( Co-opted Governor)

I am a dedicated and passionate member of the school community and mum to one child (Alex), who has been thoroughly enjoying his journey through the school. I am an Aussie, I have a degree in Social Work and worked for the Victorian state government until I moved to China with my husband, where we lived for 4 years. We then moved to Henley on Thames in 2014. I am passionate about inclusion and diversity in education. I am keen to ensure that every child has an equal opportunity to learn and succeed, whilst always looking for ways to improve the school and its programs. I am also the SEN (Special Education Needs) link governor, you can contact me specifically about this role here:


Patrick Fitzpatrick -  Vice Chair of Accounting for Resources Committee, Foundation GovernorPatrick Fitzpatrick, Foundation Governor

This is my eleventh year as a Foundation Governor for the school. I have two daughters, both of whom attended this school.  They enjoyed their time and thrived here.  The role of governor is rewarding and I always feel proud to see the children "grow in wisdom and in grace".

David Connolly - Foundation Governor

I live in Henley and am married with two children both of whom attended Sacred Heart.  I became a Foundation Governor in 2014, shortly after my eldest son started at Sacred Heart.  I am an in-house Solicitor working for InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG), covering a broad range of commercial and compliance related issues.  As a member of the parish and as a parent I am keen to contribute what I can to ensure the School continues to play a thriving role in our community."   

Ken Ingram – Vice Chair of Performance & Standards Committee, Foundation Governor

I am a Foundation Governor and both my boys have come through the Sacred Heart system from pre-school.  Both have now moved on to secondary school.  

I am also a qualified Scottish SFA English FA Level 1 football coach and work extensively with  AFC Henley under 12 age group.

I have an IT and Sales Outsourcing business and assist start-ups and failing businesses grow and prosper via strategy and change management processes.  I feel my business experience and ethics, personal beliefs and Catholic ethos will contribute to the continual development, growth and progress being made by Sacred Heart Primary School.

Joanna Melville- Parent Governor

I am mum to Lucas, who started in Reception in September 2022, and Adelie who is currently in pre school. We moved to Henley from North London in June 2022.  I work as a solicitor specialising in employment law. Being new to the school, I've enjoyed being welcomed into the school community and have been impressed by the nurturing approach and quality of the teaching. I look forward to the opportunity to support the school as a governor. 

Avery Penna - Staff Governor                                                                                                                         

I have been working at Sacred Heart school for  nine years and I have held different roles: teaching assistant, PE teacher and now class teacher. Both my children attended the school and I have enjoyed being a part of the school community. I am passionate about helping the school continue                                                 to improve.

Emily Burton - Foundation Governor

My name is Emily, and I am mum to Oliver (year 9), Sebastian (year 6) , Elsie and Liam (year 4).  We have been with the school since my eldest joined in 2014. I am delighted be a school governor as it has given me the opportunity to give back and provide support to the teaching team having watched as my kids have been nurtured by them through the years.  This is a fantastic school with amazing teachers and pupils. I am very proud of this school and I’m so pleased to be a part of it.


Richard Winder - Parent Governor

With two kids enjoying a first-rate education at Sacred Heart, I want to give back my time and skills in whatever ways can be useful. My first career was in public policy and communications, while these days I work to limit the extent and impacts of climate change and nature loss, where I see opportunity for our community to take positive action.

Celina Lopez de Haro - Foundation Governor