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Governors Who's Who

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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.

Luke Thompson - Foundation GovernorPhoto of Luke Thompson, Foundation Governor
I have been a Foundation Governor for 11 years and all 3 of my children have attended Sacred Heart School. I find the role both stimulating and rewarding, in contributing to the strategy and progress of the school and in seeing the positive impact on outcomes for the children. My training is as an economist and I am currently Managing Director at Markit Economics, which runs business surveys globally.
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.

In my day job I am a Chartered Electrical Engineer and a manager of an operational team at 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.