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Meet the Governors

Welcome to St Anthony's. We are the school governors:

 

Name:

Mrs Ashworth – Head Teacher

Governor Role:

As the school headteacher, I sit on all the governor sub-committees as well as the full board. I enjoy meeting with our governors who have a fantastic range of skills, and are great at holding myself, along with the leadership to account, whilst being hugely supportive.

Work:

I always wanted to be a teacher. After studying for a Human Resources degree, I did a PGCE and started out my teaching career in a school in Gosport. I moved to St Anthony’s in a leadership role in 2009, and became the headteacher to this wonderful school in June 2014. I love my work – teaching is a vocation and ensuring we are delivering a well-rounded, high standard and fun education to the children is my ambition, whilst nurturing them and providing top quality pastoral care.

Family:

I have three of my own children and my husband works part time to help us to facilitate home life (and to help keep on top of the mounds of laundry). My family and I worship at St Joseph’s church in Southampton and we enjoy being outdoors and active.

 

Name:

Esther Planner – Chair of Governors & Foundation Governor

Governor Role:

I became a Governor again in July 2014 after having done four years at St Anthony’s from 2007-2011. In January 2015 I became Chair of Governors.  I sit on all the sub committees. I became a governor as I wanted to give something back, and to impact on mine and all your children’s education and primary school experience. I am fortunate to have a fantastic team of Governors, with a vast array of skills and experience, and humour!

I am linked to Year 3

Work:

I spent 11 Years working in Human Resources for Safeway’s, looking after 11 stores and developing the Management teams within those stores and other HR functions. For the last 12 Years I have been a Director of a Finance company based in Whiteley. This role has given me a great insight into the running of a business, skills I bring to my role as a Governor.

Family:

I am married to Danny and we have three Children, unfortunately I only have 1 child left at St Anthony’s, but they have all been lucky enough to be educated in our wonderful school. I must not forget the Dog and two Rabbits!

We worship at St Margaret Mary Church, where I am honoured to be a Eucharistic Minister and a Parish council member. Two of my children serve at the Alter.

Interest:

I love nothing more than to be engrossed in a gripping book; I love watching Tennis and used to play Tennis and Netball. I love to Ski and spend time in the Alps. We have a lovely group of friends and I love spending time with them all, giving us a chance to unwind!!

 

Name:

Nick O Donnell: – Foundation Governor

Governor Role:

  1. have been a foundation governor of St Anthony’s for 18 Months. I support the Resources and Management committee, and Chair the IT committee. My Link Class is year 2. I have previously held voluntary role in a leading housing association in London.

Work:

I lead all Real-estate & Facilities for Kings College London, a world leading University focused on Research & Education, I have been there 6 years , prior to this I held EMEA Wide and Global Roles in RE&F at Microsoft , HSBC, & Seagram.

Family:

I am supported by Rosie my wife and Darcy our 6 year old ( Year 1 ) daughter, we live in Hamble and attend St Margret Marys Church @ Parkgate

Interest:

Parenthood has changed everything! - We enjoy being on the water, preferably sailing or even mucking about on the Hamble foreshore. We are engaged in Theatre and the Arts and support a number of local youth activities.

 

Name:

Cindy Wilson – Parent Governor & Vice Chair

Governor Role:

I joined in Jan 2015 as a Parent Governor and was asked to join due to my HR experience. I was very happy to be able to get involved and help support the school to help develop its children and give something back. I admire the excellent work & positivity all the staff give to the children and take my hat off to them for the hours they work and their commitment. This role has been a huge eye opener to the world of education and primary schools in particular. I am Chair the Pay and HR committee; I am the training governor and also the Vice Chair. My class link is year 5.

Work:

I have over 18 years of Human Resources experience both here in the UK and Australia. I have worked for VIVID Homes, a Housing Association for almost 5 years. My current role is as an HR business partner supporting the business and staff across Hampshire on all people initiatives.

Family:

I have 2 children who attend St Anthony's, currently Year 2 and 4 and they are very happy there. We all love the family atmosphere and the fact that the teachers and children all know everyone in the school. I think that's a lovely environment to experience in your first years at school.

 

Interest:

I enjoy travelling (lived in Perth, Australia for 6.5 years and I do miss the sunshine!) socialising, dancing, music, reading, going to the gym and spending time with my partner and our children. I love being outdoors so going off for picnics/walks/building camps/exploring/crabbing is always a big hit for me.

 

Name:

Deacon Brian Stoker – Foundation Governor

Governor Role:

 I have been a foundation governor at St Anthony’s for two terms and have just been appointed chair of the resources and management committee. Previous to this role I was chair of an independent catholic primary school in Buckinghamshire. I have served as a governor in primary education for over 10 years and I am excited to work with a committed team at St Anthony’s. 

Linked Class:     Year 1 with Kath Adams

Link Subject:       I have special interest in SEN and Math’s Teaching

Work:

Retired. In year 2000 I left my role as MD of the UK subsidiary of a German

Chemical company to train for the permanent deaconate in the diocese of Northampton. I served as a deacon for over 10 years in a parish in Buckinghamshire.

Family:

My wife (Valerie) and I moved to Sarisbury Green two years ago to be near our two daughters. One daughter in teaching and one in marketing within the children’s publishing sector. We all share an interest in music and enjoy living by the sea.

Interest:

Hobbies include walking, sport – particularly tennis. I play piano and organ,

But since leaving Buckinghamshire I have retired from an active role as organist and deacon. This means I have more time for primary education and serving St. Anthony’s.

 

Name:

Marc Miell – Foundation Governor

Governor Role:

I have been a Foundation Governor at St. Anthony’s since September 2016. I am a member of the Standards and Admissions Committee and I am the Science and Year R link governor.

Work:

I am a Pharmacist. My main role is as Training Programme Director at Health Education England, leading the training programme, curriculum development and strategy for pre-reg pharmacists across London and the South East of England. I also maintain a practice role for two days a week as Lead Clinical Pharmacist at University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation trust

Family:

My wife is a pharmacist at Portsmouth Hospitals. We met at university in Bath and we have two children – Adam (4) who starts Year R at St. Anthony’s in September 2017 and Matthew (2).

Interest:

I am a huge football fan and support Reading FC, but enjoy most sports.

I am proud to be a Governor of St. Anthony’s and part of the school community.

 

Name:

Emma Macpherson – Foundation Governor

Governor Role:

I have been a Foundation Governor at St Anthony’s since July 2015 and for the past year I have chaired the Standards and Admissions Committee. My areas of responsibility are Safeguarding, Pupil Premium, Art and Year 6.

Work:

I currently work night shifts at Waitrose, which enables me to work and still look after my children full time. However, prior to this I worked as a Solicitor in private practice and the local authority in the areas of Conveyancing and Litigation.

Family:

My husband and I have three girls, aged 3, 6 and 10, the older two of which are at St Anthony’s. We have lived in Whiteley for 12 years and are now the proud owners of two guinea pigs, which our girls adore!

Interest:

I enjoy being involved in the girls’ education, which is why I feel extremely privileged to be a Governor at St Anthony’s. We attend the early Sunday morning mass at St Margaret Mary and as a family, we enjoy playing badminton, walking and baking. If I am ever able to snatch a moment to myself, I enjoy playing the piano

 

Name:

Tom Bint – Assistant Head

Governor Role:

Having been a staff governor for two years at my previous school, I am looking forward to taking up the position of associate governor here at St. Anthony’s.

Work:

After completing a PGCE at the University of Southampton, I went on to teach Year 5 at The Butts Primary School in Alton. Following this, I taught in Year 6 for four years and became Key Stage 2 Leader in May 2015, as well as leading IT and PE. I am now excited to begin carrying out my roles as both assistant headteacher and class teacher at St. Anthony’s.

Family & Interests

Away from work, I try and stay as active as possible. I enjoy going to the gym and sport (both watching and playing) has played a big part in my life from an early age. I catch up with friends at weekends as often as possible. My girlfriend is also a primary school teacher.

 

Name:

Kathryn Adams – Staff Governor

Governor Role:

I became a Staff Governor at St Anthony’s Catholic Primary School in 2013 and have since joined the Standards and Admissions Committee

Work:

I have worked at St Anthony’s since September 2006 and I am currently the class teacher in Year 1. I am also responsible for the development of Art within the school which is a passion of mine following my degree in Fine Art. My favourite time of the week is Friday lunchtime when I run an Art club for children in both KS1 and 2. I am also fortunate to have the opportunity to teach art sessions for our gifted artists.

Family:

I have two children who attend St Anthony’s, my daughter is in Year 4 and my son is in Year 2. Family time is important to me and we spend a lot of time together and with extended family, including my nine nephews and nieces.

 

Name:

Daniela Ambrosetti – Support Staff Governor

Governor Role:

I became a Support Staff Governor in 2014 and have joined the Standard and Admission Committee

Work:

I joined St Anthony’s in 2012 as an LSA; additionally, I help at lunchtime so I have the privilege to know all the pupils in the school.

I qualified as a TEFOL teacher as well as Higher Level Teaching Assistant; additionally, I am also trained as a Cognitive Behavioural Therapist and I have several qualifications related to Children’s psychology, all from UK. In what feels like a different life in Italy instead, I used to be a multilingual legal PA

Family:

Two children, two cats and one husband!

Interest:

Reading and …well…I’m Italian, so baking and eating pizza!

 

Name:

Melanie Colquhoun – Parent Governor

Governor Role:

I have been a Parent Governor at St. Anthony’s for over three years now. I am a member of the Resources and Management Committee, the H&S Governor and the link Governor for Year 4.  I thoroughly enjoy being a Governor and part of the St. Anthony’s community.

Work:

I have been a Civil Servant for 17 years now and for the past 12 years I have been working in Project and Programme Management. Together with my team, I am currently looking after Estates Infrastructure ensuring that all assets are being maintained correctly and new Projects are being completed to the right standard at the right time whilst ensuring that Public Money is being spent efficiently.

 

Family:

I have two children at St. Anthony’s. Erin is 8 and in Year 3 and Sophie is 6 and in Year 1. Sophie started at pre-school at St. Anthony’s, which she enjoyed so much that she was rather reluctant to move to Year R, especially when she discovered that “It’s all work, work, work and no play, Mummy!” she was always a bit of a drama queen, but is now enjoying learning to write, read and maths as well as the more interesting subjects like science. I am married to Fraser who is ensuring that our South West Trains are being maintained correctly.

Interest:

We are a busy family with little quality family time, but we enjoy travelling and weekends away together, including many visits to Germany to visit my now 90 year old mother and family.  Must husband and Erin are keen cyclists with Sophie and I trailing behind and getting distracted by nature and the play parks en route. In my Me time, I love relaxing in a Spa and reading books.

 

Name:

Jodie Mcmenamin – Foundation Governor

Governor Role:

I’ve been a foundation governor at St Anthony’s Primary School for over 2 years now. I am the link governor for pre-school and my link subject is music. I am a member of the Resources and Management committee as well as having the unenviable role of parking governor! Being a governor of an academy school has been an eye opening experience; I had no idea there was so much reporting and procedures involved in providing such a caring and nurturing environment for our children. My class link is Year

Work:

I have been working in air traffic control for nearly 19 years now. Over the years I have held various roles including controlling planes and supervising other air traffic controllers, as well as managing training of both new controllers and training for the introduction of new systems and airspace. My current role looks to integrate ways of working across all our operations and I am now based at our corporate and technical centre in Whiteley

Family:

I have two children, Eve aged nearly 8 and Rory aged 5 and a half. They are both at St Anthony’s and Rory attended the school pre-school as well. I am married to (the long suffering) Paul who works for a funeral directors. Eve is currently learning to play keyboard and flute and with Rory spending most of his spare time pretending to be a robot, there is never a dull moment in our house. As both Paul and I are from Scotland we spend lots of the holidays there with extended family.

Interest:

I have such busy work and school lives there isn’t a lot of spare time. We are actively involved with St Margaret Marys church, generally being the noisy family at 10.15 mass! I play violin in the choir there and also help to run the Baptism preparation courses. I am lucky enough to get to meet lots of our school parents when their children are just newly born and can start to share with them how blessed we are to have such a wonderful church and school community. I also enjoy a night out with the lovely Mummy chums I met at St Anthony’s.

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