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Meet the Governors

Our Governing Body is made up of the following:

 

  • Parent Governors who have a child at the school and are elected by other parents.
  • Staff Governors who are members of the teaching/support staff at the school and are elected by their colleagues.
  • Local Authority Governors who are appointed by the Council through the political parties.
  • Co-opted Governors who are appointed by other governors as representatives of the wider local community, as business representatives, or because of particular skills that they can bring to the governing body.

The Head Teacher is also a School Governor. In addition other members of the senior leadership team attend and act as Advisors and Associates. 

  

Co-Opted Governors

 

      Kathy MacLean (Chair of Governors)  

 

Kathy MacLean is a teacher and an educational consultant with over 30 years of experience of working  in Education. She is currently a member of staff at UCL Institute of Education where she is a Professional Tutor and Lecturer on the ITE Teach First programme. Previously Kathy was the Head of Ethnic Minority Achievement Service at Wandsworth Council. Her work included a particular focus on ensuring access to the curriculum for pupils for whom English is an additional language (EAL) and raising the attainment of Black and Minority Ethnic pupils.

 

Kathy is passionate about overcoming barriers to educational achievement and ensuring that all children are able to achieve their potential.

 

She is the Education Director on the board of the Pop Up Festival of Stories  and a volunteer tour guide for the National Trust.

 

 

 

 

       Sarah Guerra  (Co-Vice Chair)

 

Sarah holds a law degree and is a senior HR and change management professional having had a varied career in the public and voluntary sector. Her current role is Head of Employee ngagement at HM Revenue & Customs which employs over 60,000 people. Other notable roles include Head of Diversity and Inclusion in UK defence with responsibility for the 230,000 strong workforce including the UK Armed forces. 

 

She is passionate about public service delivery and specializes in equality issues with a strong track record of delivery. She is currently on the advisory board of the Guardian Public Leaders Network and Radius Business Network and is a trustee of a Trade Union. 

 

She is has two children, one at Franciscan and one who has just transferred to Chestnut Grove Academy and two older stepchildren and has lived in Tooting for 15 years.

 

 

 

      Cllr Kim Caddy 

 

Kim represents the Conservative Party on one of the country’s flagship councils, Wandsworth Borough Council in South West London. She also chairs the Oversight and Scrutiny Committee for Strategic Planning and Transportation.

 

Kim holds a Biological Sciences degree from Christ Church, University of Oxford. She is a chartered accountant and finance professional, most recently holding a senior finance role with a FTSE 100 (British, but global) engineering conglomerate. As well as her duties as a Councillor, she is a Group Treasurer for the Wandsworth and Wimbledon Conservative Association.

 

She pursues and supports many other interests and causes. She is also a board member for the Franciscan School Children’s Centre, as well as raising two young children with husband Neil

 

 

     Sunil Patel 

 

Sunil Patel lives locally and connected with the school finance and personnel committee for  the last five years. Sunil is a Senior Accountant within the accountancy team which forms part of the small accountancy firm and he is a qualified accountant working as part time small business practitioner. Sunil’s technical skills and experience allow him to identify  efficient planning opportunities for school as part of the process of assisting in various discussion about the school finances.  Sunil  works closely with other governors members of the school governing bodies to provide a comprehensive range assistance to school financial procedures.  

 

                               

                                   

       Marian Thompson 

 

 

Marian has worked at the school since September 1996. Since joining the school Marian has worked in many different guises, but is currently employed as the school's Parent Partnership Worker. Her role unites the school, with the parents and our children's home life. Marian is also the chair of the school PTFA.

 

 

     Noman Qureshi  

 

 

Noman holds a post graduate degree in Business Management and served at a number of managerial positions in multinational companies across different regions in the world. He brings a wealth of experience, spanning nearly two decades, in management and problem solving. He is currently working as a Director in two companies and passionate about making a positive contribution towards the betterment of the society at large and local community in specific.

 

 

 

      Brinda Granthrai    (Co-Vice Chair)       

 

 

Brinda has lived in Wandsworth for over 30 years. 

 

A desire to support a local school within her community set in motion a decision to become a Governor.

 

She is a partner at a law firm specialising in real estate and business immigration.  She is passionate about promoting high standards in all aspects of children's education, drawing on her experience as a parent and on the skills and expertise developed in her work as a solicitor.

 

 

 

Local Authority

 

John Locker

 

 John moved to Wandsworth 15 years ago after studying History at University. He works in the Telecommunications business as Head of Industry Engagement for Talk Talk, having previously held a number of commercial roles at BT. John is an LEA governor and has previously served as a local Councillor.

 

 

Staff

 

     Ian Shepherd-Pollitt

 

 Ian is a Year 1 Class Teacher who has worked at Franciscan Primary School since September 2012. Ian has a BA in Humanities and a PGCE. He has a genuine passion for ensuring exemplary education to the children in his class and across the school. Ian is the shadow ICT Coordinator.

 

 

 

Parent

 

     Maria Lambert-Carter

 

 

Maria holds an Honours Degree in Science and Mathematics and a Diploma in Accountancy and Law. She spent 10 years working in Corporate Responsibility and Communications, specialising in Strategic Planning and Community Engagement. She has recently completed a Postgraduate Certificate in Education, and is embarking on a new career in teaching.

Maria has a child who attends Franciscan.

 

 

 

      Anthony Beaumont

 

 Anthony has been a parent of the school since September 2015 and was officially appointed as Parent Governor by Parental Ballot in April 2016 . Anthony is currently studying for a BA in Sociology, as well as working in a school as a Mentor. Anthony has a keen interest in education within society and hopes to be an active participant in the school community.