Governors Committees List 2022-2023

Finance & General

Frequency: 4/5 meetings per year

James Granville Hamshar
Steve Day
Yvonne Dore (SBM)
Ruth Egan
Emma Andrews
Anna del Vecchio (Facilities Manager)
Tony Box
Christiana Ugowe

Admissions & Appeals

Frequency: September and March

Ruth Egan
Damien Kelly (Asst Head)
Tony Box
Claire Antal – Admissions Manager

Curriculum & Achievement/Staffing & Welfare

Dec plus ad hoc for staffing interviews

James Granville Hamshar
Ollie Whiddett
Rosie Jenner
Christiana Ugowe

Spiritual Life Group

Frequency: Half termly, term-time

Chris Newling-Ward
Jamie Haselden (Asst Head)
Donna Hunt
Fr Paul Turner
Head Boy & Head Girl

Safeguarding Group

Frequency: Termly, term-time

Donna Hunt
Mandy Hughes (SENCO)
Lisa Kenny (Asst Head)
Damien Kelly (Asst Head)

Dates of Committee Meetings

Full Governors’ Meeting (5.00pm)


Finance and General Committee (8.30am)

04/10/2022 – Review last Academic Year (Q1-4)
10/01/2023 – Review Q1 (Sept-Nov)
28/03/2023 – Review Q2 (Dec-Feb)
09/06/2023 – Provisional meeting to approve any material changes required to the budget before submission to MAT

Curriculum & Achievement/Staffing & Welfare Committee (5.00pm)


Admissions and Appeals Committee (8.00am)


Safeguarding Committee (8.00am)


Spiritual Life Group (3.40pm)


School Mass


Governing Body

Table of Governors 2022-2023

NameStatusResponsibilities/Committee MembershipStart of OfficeEnd of OfficeDeclaration
Ruth EganFoundationChair of Governors19/08/202018/08/2024None
Finance & General
Admissions Committee
James Granville HamsharEx-officioFinance & GeneralNone
Staffing & Welfare/Curriculum & Achievement
Tony BoxCo-optedFinance & General06/10/202005/10/2024None
Admissions Committee
Chris Newling-WardFoundationSpiritual Life Group and Religious Education01/09/202131/08/2025None
Fr Paul TurnerFoundationSpiritual Life Group and Religious Education31/01/202330/01/2027None
Steven DayFoundationFinance & General01/09/202131/08/2025None
Vice Chair of Governors
Ollie WhiddettFoundationStaffing & Welfare/Curriculum & Achievement17/11/202016/11/2024None
Link Governors KS4
Careers link Governor
Emma AndrewsParentFinance & General06/01/202005/01/2024None
Health & Safety and Premises Link Governor
Donna HuntParentSpiritual Life Group and Religious Education04/10/202103/10/2025None
Safeguarding Committee
SEND link Governor
Christiana UgoweFoundationFinance & General20/09/202119/09/2025None
Staffing & Welfare/Curriculum & Achievement
Link Governor for KS3
John CunninghamFoundationFinance & General12/10/202111/10/2025None
Pupil Premium Governor
Rosie JennerFoundationStaffing & Welfare/Curriculum & Achievement12/10/202111/10/2025None
Link Governor for KS5
Careers link Governor


The Governors are drawn from the local community and freely give their time and expertise in order to support the work of the school. There are several different categories of Governor:

  • Foundation Governors are appointed by the Diocese;
  • Parent Governors are appointed by self-nomination and parent vote where necessary;
  • Staff Governors are appointed by self-nomination and staff vote where necessary;
  • Local Authority and Co-opted Governors are appointed by the Governing Board.

We are blessed to have a committed and multi-talented Governing Board with a wide variety of experience and expertise.

The Governors act as ‘critical friends’ to the school working closely with the Headteacher and play a strategic role in the running of the school. This includes maintaining the ethos of St John the Baptist as a Catholic school under the direction of the Bishop, setting aims and objectives, adopting policies and setting targets.

This is achieved through regular meetings – the full Governing Body meets three times a year and three committees (Resources, Staffing and Curriculum, Community and Spiritual Life) meet termly. At these meetings Governors are expected to ask relevant and challenging questions thus ensuring the school leadership is effective and accountable.

Governors are also a visible presence in the school sitting on interview panels for senior members of staff and attending school events supporting staff and students in their achievements and successes.

If you wish to contact or chair of governors Ruth Egan via email or send a letter marked for our attention to the school.