Governing Body


Governor Category Term of Office Role/Committee Membership Structure and responsibility Business Interests  Finance Interests Relationships with school staff Governor roles at other schools Meeting Attendance
Mr Adrian Ramsden LEA Governor (voting rights) 01/09/2023-31/08/2027 Resources /Admissions/Pay/HT Performance Appraisal/Science Link Governor None None None None 100%
Recently retired, Adrian worked in his professional life as the European Manager of an International Meat Company and he is a Freeman of the City of London. He has been a Foundation & LEA Governor in a number of schools for the last 35 years.  As a previous Chair of St Joseph’s Governing Body, he takes considerable interest in the running of the school and is a member of the Resources and School Improvement Committees.  Adrian is married with two daughters and three grandchildren.
Mr Michael Hamilton Foundation Governor(voting rights) 01/09/2023 -31/08/2027 Chair of Governors/Chair of Resources /Admissions/Pay/Complaints/HT Performance Appraisal/Maths Link Governor/ Governor Training/ Pupil Premium and Health & Safety None None None None 100%
 Michael joined the Governors in 2020 and is a member of the Resources Committee. Michael is retired having spent most of his career with John Laing plc in various business roles. During the latter part of his career, he managed the John Laing Charitable Trust – a grant making charity set up by the Company. Michael has extensive experience as a charity Trustee and for this, he was awarded an MBE in 2011. Michael is married with three grown up children and six grandchildren.
Mrs Linda Payne Head 01/09/2006 – Headteacher Staff Staff Sister-in-law to staff member None 100%
Headteacher since 2006.  Linda Payne is also an LLE and HIP for the LEA.
Mrs Martina Sandham Foundation Governor(voting rights) 01/08/2021-31/08/2025 Resources /Admissions/Pay/Discipline/Staff Discipline/Complaints/HT Performance Appraisal/PFL link None None None None 100%
Martina has been a Foundation Governor at St Joseph’s for the past 11 years and Chair of the Admissions Committee, member of the Resources, Pay, Discipline and Grievances Committees. She was previously a Foundation Governor for 14 years at a Primary School in St Albans.  Before retiring, she was an Administrative Officer in the Office of the Vice-Chancellor at the University of Hertfordshire for over 25 years where her duties included Registration, Admissions, Policy & Procedures and Awards ceremonies.  Martina has 3 grown-up children who attended Catholic Primary and Secondary schools in Hertfordshire and 4 grandchildren.
Mr Peter Graham Associate Governor

(no voting rights)

01/09/2023 -31/08/2027 Resources /Admissions/Pay/Discipline/Staff Discipline/Complaints/HT Performance Appraisal/PFL linkNoneNoneNoneNone100% None None None None 100%
Peter has a vast amount of experience as a Foundation Governor.  He is a practicing Catholic and a retired director of the HSE.
Mr Giovanni Marseglia Foundation Governor(voting rights) 01/09/2021-31/08/2025 School Improvement /Discipline/Music/PSHE & SRE  Link Governor None None None Governor at Sacred Heart School 4/5
Giovanni became a Foundation Governor at St Joseph’s three years ago.  Having been a secondary school teacher for most of his working life, seeing children progress through the education system is very dear to him.  As a music graduate, his interests extend into the broader community, mainly through parish and diocesan work.  At present, his is organist at the parish of the Sacred Heart and St John the Evangelist and musical director to the Westminster diocesan pilgrimage to Lourdes.  Giovanni is a member of the school improvement committee.
Mr Alan Dickson Parent Governor(voting rights) 29/06/22-17/06/26 Resources/ Health & Safety Discipline/Computing/ PE/ School Ethos Parent Parent None None 100%
Alan joined the Governing Body as a Parent Governor in 2022 and has one child at the school.  He works for a legal firm in London.
Miss Jenny Winterman Staff Governor 01/09/2022-31/08/2026 School Improvement Staff Staff None  None 100%
Jenny is the School Deputy Head and currently teaches Year 6.
Mrs Dawn Tannian Co –opted   Governor 01/09/2022-30/08/2026 Chair of School Improvement Staff Staff Mother of staff member  None 100%
Dawn initially joined the Governing Body as a Parent Governor. After her son left the school, she became a co-opted member of the board. Dawn works in the School Office and teaches music throughout the school. She currently chairs the School Improvement Committee.
 Mrs Kerry O’Brien Associate Governor (No voting rights)  17/04/22- 31/08/26  School Improvement / Admissions/Staff Discipline/Computing/ Safeguarding & Child Protection Governor/School Improvement Admissions, Art link None None None  None
Kerry joined the Governing Body as a Parent Governor in 2018 and then became LEA Governor.  Kerry had two children at the school. She is an avid PTA member attending and helping out at all events. She is a PA to the CEO of a large company and has worked there for twenty years.
Jim Coleman Associate Governor (No voting rights) 30/06/2023-29/06/2027 Resources / DT None None Grandfather of staff member  None 100%
Jim is a committed member of St Joseph’s Church in South Oxhey and has previous experience of committee membership.
Mrs Alex Walsh Foundation Governor(voting rights)   17/04/22- 31/08/26  School Improvement, SEND, CLA and English None None None  None 100%
 Alex had two children at the school. She has worked in a government department for the last fifteen years.
 Paul Turner Parent Governor(voting rights)  29/06/22-28/06/26 School Improvement / Discipline, Remote Learning / Pupil Premium / Music None None Husband of staff member   None 100%
Paul is Head of music in a secondary school and has two children attending the school

The Chairs of Governors, Mick Hamilton, can be contacted via the School Office on 0208 428 5371 or by emailing the following address:

The structure of the Governing Body is as follows:

  • Full Board,
  • School Improvement Committee
  • Resources Committee

Sub Committees:

  • Admissions
  • Pay
  • Discipline
  • Complaints
  • Staff Disciplinary Appeals
  • Head Teacher’s Performance Appraisal

Please note, our Co-opted Governors have voting rights at Committee level and may be a Chair of a Committee.

Constitution – St Joseph Catholic Primary School

Governing Body Minutes are available from the school office.

Governing Body Attendance at Meetings (2019-2020)

Previous Governors

  • Father Stephen Hewitt stepped down in December 2020
  • Diana Passmore stepped down as of  August 2017
  • Clare Leahy stepped down as of August 2017
  • Lisa Drewitt stepped down as of August 2016
  • Jesse Koroma stepped down as of August 2015