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Meet the Governors

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

 

Name:

Fr Robert Stewart - Foundation Governor

Governor Role:

I am a foundation governor. Since September 2020 when I was appointed to our Parish of St Margaret Marys. Park Gate. St Anthonys being our Parish school.

Work:

Parish Priest of St Margaret Marys and Episcopal Vicar for vocations.

Family:

My immediate family live in the west. Father and Sister,nieces and nephews and two great nieces live in Weymouth. Being celebate the family I have is the Parish, although for company I am thinking of getting a dog.
Interests:Airsoft I enjoy. Have an avid interests in the fortunes and misfortunes of Liverpool Football club and attended matches  at Anfield regularly until I entered seminary.

 

Name:

Anne Taylor – Foundation Governor

Governor Role:

I have recently been appointed as a foundation governor, serving on the standards and admissions committee.  I am looking forward to my new role.

Work:

In 2018 I retired from teaching after 20 years.  During my career as a teacher I worked in foundation stage and latterly I worked as a special needs co-ordinator. 

Family:

I have three sons who attended St Anthony’s.   My family is growing with the addition of new grandchildren.  I worship at St Margaret Mary’s parish.

Interest:

Since retiring I have been able to pursue my passions.   Particularly difficult types of sewing,  quilting and dressmaking.  I am an active member of the St Vincent De Paul Society. 

 

Name:

Kerry Meredith – Foundation Governor

Governor Role:

I was recently appointed Foundation Governor  (January 2021) and am a member of the subcommittee for Resources and Management. I am looking  forward to working with the great team of governors here at St Anthony’s.

Work:

I have worked for NATS since 2001 and after extensive training,  qualified as an air traffic controller in 2005. I am now an instructor and competency assessor in addition to my primary role of controlling aircraft.

Family:

My husband Aaron is also an air traffic controller, we met at the beginning of our training in Bournemouth. We have three sons, Max (year 8 at St George), Harry (year 6) and Joshua (Year R).

Interest:

I love spending time with my family particularly taking walks to the beach with our dog Fifer. I enjoy playing sports such as squash and paddle boarding and have recently joined the local cricket team. I also, of course, love to socialise with my friends.

 

 

Name:

Anita FitzPatrick - Foundation Governor

Governor Role:

I became a Foundation Governor in 2020 on the subcommittee for Standards and Admissions. I am a link governor for Safeguarding, Pupil Premium and the Single Central Register.

Work:

I retired in 2014 to look after my grandchildren. I worked as a primary school teacher for 35 years. I love being part of the school community.

Family:

I love spending time with my three grown up children and two grandchildren (who attend St. Anthony’s). My family and I worship at St Margaret Mary’s Church.

Interest:

When I’m not busy with my family I love pottering about in the garden, doing my patchwork, reading, learning to speak Italian and lunching with my friends!

 

Name:

Darren Pattison - Parent Governor

Governor Role:

I have been a Parent Governor at St. Anthony’s since 2020 and a member of the Standards and Admissions subcommittee. I am also the Link Governor for the Arts (music, art and DT), PE and Year 3.

Work:

I have been a member of HM Royal Marines Band since 1986. Having been based all around the UK I am currently the Operations Coordinator for the Royal Band based in Portsmouth.

Family & Interests

I live in the local area with my wife Winnie and my boy JayJay who is in year 1. It is no surprise that music plays a massive part in our lives. As well as performing in, we love to go and watch live concerts. As a family we love to travel and to participate in any outdoor activity.

 

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. 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:

Roxy Ashworth - Headteacher

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 and interests:

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:    Gemma Cutler - Associate Governor
Governor role:       

I am a newly appointed Associate Governor who joined the governing body

team in January 2021.

Work:

I am the Assistant Headteacher of Lower School at St Anthony’s Catholic Primary

School. I joined the school, back in 2013 as a Foundation Leader and have steadily

moved to take on the leadership for KS1 and now the lower school. I am an experienced and passionate teacher with a specialism of knowledge in the

 

‘Early Years’ development. I share my expertise with other schools and work as a Specialist Leader of Education (SLE) for early reading. In recent years, I have developed a real passion for maths and am now responsible for the leadership of maths across the school. I am venturing into the mastery process within the Solent Hub Team and also head up the Maths Teaching team in the Initial Teacher Training Sector at the PCP SCITT Southampton. 

Family:I am married with two daughters who are both Primary school age.  We enjoy being in the great outdoors, camping and sailing. I grew up in Dorset and enjoy travelling to see my family (apart from during the summer months when the rest of the nation hit the A31 heading to Bournemouth beach too)!
Interests:I enjoy baking and tend to make lots of ‘special occasion’ cakes for my friends and family. I love going on holiday (the hotter the better) and am also a fitness instructor (in my spare time) which keeps me physically and mentally well and able to function in my fast pace lifestyle.  

 

Name:Katrina Straker – Associate Governor
Govenor Role:I joined the governing body in January 2021 as an Associate Governor.
Work:I am the Assistant Headteacher for the Upper School.  I first joined the St Anthony’s family in September 2008 as a Year 5 teacher after completing my PGCE (a major change in career after 10 years of working in a large accountancy firm in London).  I have never looked back!  Having taught in both key stages, I have specialised in Key Stage 2 in my recent years.  I am also the RE leader for the school and I lead on Humanities (Geography and History).
Family:My husband and I have two children who have both attended St Anthony’s and are now enjoying life at St George Catholic College.  We also own the school dog – Bingley!
Interests:My family love outdoor sports including rugby, hiking, cycling and sailing.  Bingley joins in with it all too.

 

Name:Gaye Perry - Foundation Governor
Governor Role:I am a newly appointed foundation governor having joined the governing body in February 2021.
Work:I have a small company  - The Real Macaron Company – that specialises in macaron master classes and baking macarons for special events.  I also work with my husband in our Executive Search business.
Family:

My husband and I live in Hamble, having moved to the south coast in 2019. I grew up in Fareham  - attending St Judes School and Sacred Heart church  -so it has been a sort of homecoming for me.

We have three grown up children and two sons-in-law scattered around the globe – London and Hong Kong.

Interests: I enjoy yoga, walking, tennis and golf, and sail with my husband. I’m a keen Francophile, continuing to improve my spoken French with regular conversation lessons, French films and literature and am looking forward to being able to travel to France again soon.

 

Name:Sudhir Rao -  Foundation Governor
Governor Role:I joined as a Foundation Governor in January 2019. I am a member of the Resources and Management committee.
Work:I work in the HR department for Pall Corporation which specialises in filtration for Biotech and medical products.
Family:My wife and I are originally from India, moved to the UK in 2013 from Singapore and now call the UK our home. Both our children study at St. Anthony’s and we worship at St Margaret Mary’s Church.
Interests:I do enjoy sports, specifically cricket & football. I play cricket in the Hampshire leagues for Sarisbury Cricket club and a huge follower of the fortunes of Arsenal football club.

 

Name:Marc Miell - Chair of Governors
Governor Role:I have been a Foundation Governor at St. Anthony’s since September 2016 and became Chair of Governors in 2018. I am a member of both subcommittees and I am link governor for various subject areas on the school development and improvement plan.
Work:I am a Pharmacist. I work full time for Health Education England (HEE) part of the NHS and head up the school of pharmacy and medicines optimisation across the South of England. 
Family:My wife is a pharmacist at Portsmouth Hospitals. We met at university in Bath and we have three children – Adam, Matthew and Isabella. Both Adam and Matthew are at St. Anthony’s in Year 4 and 2.
Interests:

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:

Luke Bower - Parent Governor

Governor Role:

I joined as Governor at St. Anthony’s in July 2021, in addition I serve on the Resources, Management, Risk and Audit subcommittee.

Work:

I run both a local marketing agency and a video production company. My business is almost ten years old and we serve a wide range of clients, in multiple sectors and Countries. 

Family:

My wife and I have been married since 2009 and we have two children; Isla (6) and Ewan (3) – they both attend St. Anthony’s. I’ve lived in this area all my life and my family still farms in the local villages and occasionally help with the acquisition of animals for farm school.

Interests:

I enjoy playing and watching any sport, with Spurs being the team I’ve supported since a boy. I am also a regular gym goer, with an interest in the history of the South Coast area.

 

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