Governors Committees List 2021-2022

Finance & General

Frequency: 4 meetings per year

Ruth Egan
James Granville Hamshar
Tony Box
Linda Cook
Steven Day
Emma Andrews
Christiana Ugowe
John Cunningham
Yvonne Dore (School Business Manager)

Admissions & Appeals

Frequency: September and March

Ruth Egan
Tony Box
Lesley Forester
Damien Kelly (Deputy Head)
Lisa Kenny (Assistant Head)
Claire Antal – Admissions Manager

Staffing & Welfare/Curriculum & Achievement

Frequency: December and July plus ad hoc for staffing interviews

James Granville Hamshar
Linda Cook
Ollie Whiddett
Rosie Jenner

Spiritual Life Group and Religious Education

Frequency: Monthly term-time

Chris Newling-Ward
Fr Paul Turner
Donna Hunt
Head Boy & Head Girl

Safeguarding Committee

Frequency: Half termly, term-time

Lesley Forester
Mandy Hughes (SENCO)
Damien Kelly (Asst Head)

Dates of Committee Meetings

Full Governors’ Meeting (5.00pm)


Finance and General Committee (8.30am)

06/10/2021 – Review last Academic Year (Q1-4)
12/01/2022 – Review Q1 (Sept-Nov)
23/03/2022 – Review Q2 (Dec-Feb)
20/06/2022 – 9.15am meeting – Budget sign off & review Q3 (Mar-May)

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 2020-2021

NameStatusResponsibilities/Committee MembershipStart of OfficeEnd of Office
Ruth EganFoundationChair of Governors19/08/202018/08/2024
Finance & General
Admissions Committee
James Granville HamsharEx-officioFinance & General01/09/202131/08/2025
Staffing & Welfare/Curriculum & Achievement
Tony BoxCo-optedFinance & General06/10/202005/10/2024
Linda CookFoundationVice Chair of Governors01/09/202131/08/2025
Finance & General
Staffing & Welfare/Curriculum & Achievement
Link Governor KS3
Chris Newling-WardFoundationSpiritual Life Group and Religious Education01/09/202131/08/2025
Fr Paul TurnerFoundationSpiritual Life Group and Religious Education01/10/201830/09/2022
Lesley ForesterCo-optedAdmissions Committee11/10/202110/10/2025
Safeguarding Committee
Pupil Premium Governor
SEND Link Governor
Steven DayFoundationFinance & General10/09/202131/08/2025
Ollie WhiddettFoundationStaffing & Welfare/Curriculum & Achievement17/11/202016/11/2024
Link Governors KS4
Emma AndrewsParentFinance & General06/01/202005/01/2024
Health & Safety and Premises Link Governor
Donna HuntParentSpiritual Life Group and Religious Education04/10/202103/10/2025
Christiana UgoweFoundationFinance & General20/09/202119/09/2025
John CunninghamFoundationFinance & General12/10/202111/10/2025
Rosie JennerFoundationStaffing & Welfare/Curriculum & Achievement12/10/202111/10/2025
Link Governor for KS512/10/202111/10/2025
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 us, please email or send a letter marked for our attention to the school.