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Governors Who's Who

If you wish to contact a member of the Governing Body, please email: governors@shoodle.co.uk

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

This is my eleventh year as a Foundation Governor for the school and fifth as Chair of Governors.  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 - Vice Chair of Governors,  Foundation Governor

I live in Henley and am married with two children both of whom are at the school. 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."   


Miles Saunders - Chair of Performance & Standards Committee, Foundation Governor

Photo of Miles Saunders, Parent GovernorI am a Foundation Governor with 2 children who have recently attended Sacred Heart and live locally, working as a chartered accountant.  I wanted to become a governor to support the school, maintain its aims of developing rounded, confident children as-well-as utilising my finance and data analysis skills to support the school.


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.  My youngest is in year 4 at Sacred Heart and my eldest is at Gillotts School in year 8.  

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.


Amy French - Co-opted Governor
I have worked internationally for media companies guiding marketing and advertising campaigns to success in the global market. 
 
When we started our family, I decided to leave my career to concentrate on bringing up the children, most particularly to ensure they benefitted from a good education.  I have two children, both of whom attended Sacred Heart, at Gillotts School.
 
As a very satisfied parent and having worked as a Teaching Assistant at the school, I understand the wishes and priorities of both parents and staff.  I believe this unique insight will allow me to work adeptly for the school and its community as a Governor.

I feel a strong sense of gratitude for the start Sacred Heart School has provided for my own children and I am committed to serving the school as it continues to provide a safe and caring place of learning and development for children in their crucial formative years.


Karen Barker - Chair of Accounting for Resources Committee, Foundation Governor

I became a Foundation Governor in May 2017.  I am married with 3 children who have all attended Sacred Heart with my youngest in year 6.  Having been a parent at Sacred Heart since 2007 I felt it was time to support the school further.  The school has given my 2 eldest children a great start in life both from an academic point of view and provided them with a caring and nurturing environment  in which to excel.  As a parent and governor, I want to support Sacred Heart as it continues to nurture the development and achievements of every child.

I am a School Business Manager at a Oxfordshire primary school therefore am able to use that direct knowledge and experience to support Sacred Heart in my role as a governor.  


Adam Smith - Parent Governor

I've been a parent governor since November 2017 and have lived in Henley for the last 10 years.  I originally trained as an accountant but have transitioned into Sales and Marketing working with companies such as DHL and Vodafone.  With 2 of my 3 children attending Sacred Heart I have a very close interest in the success of the school, it's pupils and staff.  I hope to bring a fresh perspective and commitment to continue the good work already achieved by past and current staff and governors.


Nicola Edwards - Teacher Governor                                                                                                                           

Having been a teacher for 26 years I am now the Assistant Headteacher at Sacred Heart Primary school, where I have been teaching since 2005.

In my teaching career I have taught across all age ranges from Foundation Stage to Year 6, and in many different counties including Berkshire and London. I am currently the Year 3 class teacher, which I love.

I feel passionately about primary education and ensuring high expectations for all children. It is my belief that with a sound foundation, both spiritually and academically, our children can go confidently into the wider world to be successful in whichever field they chose.

I am keen to serve as a teacher governor to help to further improve the school as it continues on it’s journey to become the outstanding educational establishment I believe it to be, whilst always nurturing every child as an individual.


Rebecca Stimpson - Foundation Governor

I am a Foundation Governor having joined the governing body in September 2017.  I have two sons who both attended Sacred Heart School from pre-school through to Year 6.  They now attend local secondary schools.

In my day job I am a Chartered Electrical Engineer and an operational manager at the National Grid electricity control centre, where alongside a technical management role, I deal with team performance and process improvements, and aim to bring these skills into full use as a governor.

As both a member of the parish and as a parent I am keen to 'give back' to the school in any way I can, to help ensure that the school continues to thrive and remains a special place in which our children can develop and grow. 


Chris Baughurst - Parent Governor

I am a step parent to a daughter in Year 3 and since she started at Sacred Heart School, I have been involved in our school's community and have rediscovered my faith as a Catholic.  I have 2 older children, one of which has ASD. 

I am a Police Officer in the Metropolitan Police, specialising in Schools and Youth Policing, and have delivered topics such as e-safety to pupils and staff at our school. I am also on the National Committee of the Gypsy, Roma and Traveller Police Association (GRTPA), the staff association for police officers and staff of GRT backgrounds.

As a Governor, I believe my experience in public service, my enthusiasm for maintaining Sacred Heart's strong sense of community and perspective of being an SEN parent are a valuable asset to the School.