What do Governors Do?

The Governing Body has a range of duties and powers and a general responsibility to oversee the strategic direction of the school and maintain its ethos.

Mrs Andrea Williams McKenzie ChairFoundationPersonnel, EYFS / NQT
Angela Ireland FoundationCurriculum (Chair), PersonnelR.E. and Music
Fr Peter MansfieldFoundationPremisesLiteracy
Trevor PapworthFoundationCurriculumLiteracy/Safeguarding/Pupil Premium
Gill GillespieFoundationFinance & Premises (Chair). Personnel.Numeracy
Karen SwainCo-optedAdmissions (Chair)
Theresa WhitmarshObserver (Deputy Head)Premises, Finance, Admissions, Curriculum
Nathalie ZoethoutParentCurriculumComputing
Colette LukeStaffCurriculum, Premises
Jana HorriganParentFinance & Premises
Jennifer BlackburneClerk

Governors Background

Andrea Williams-McKenzie: Chair of Governors

Since 2006 I’ve been working as an HR Director for the Civil Service, and have worked in similar roles in the voluntary sector. I’m a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development and have an MSc in Strategic Human Resource Management. I’m married with 2 grown up children who both attended St Aidan’s school.  I’m also currently mentoring 3 year 12 student in a secondary school in Brixton.

St Aidan’s is a very special school, and I’ve seen a number of changes both in education and within the school over the years. I’ve always been interested in education, and have been a Foundation Governor for St Mary’s Parish for approximately 15 years.   I believe it’s really important that Catholic schools exist, and that St Aidan’s is able to offer a good education to children in the community.  It’s always’ a pleasure to visit the school, and observe the dynamics between the children, staff and parents that reflects the spirit of partnership and faith within the community.


Angela Ireland: 

Retired head teacher of St Mary’s Catholic Infants School, Croydon, Retired Primary Adviser for catholic education for the Archdiocese of Southwark.  Currently a Section 48 Inspector (Inspecting catholic life, collective worship and religious education in Catholic schools in the Diocese of Arundel and Brighton.  Parish safeguarding representative for the Parish of St Therese of the Child Jesus, Biggin Hill.

My nephew and niece both attended St Aidan’s Primary School and I have always felt great appreciation for the sense of community and care which has always made St Aidan’s School so special.  As a Foundation governor I am deeply committed to helping the school continue to develop and grow and contribute to the Church’s mission to educate young people, so that they may reach their full potential according to God’s plan.


Dr Trevor Papworth

I am a Headteacher of a Catholic Secondary School in the heart of London.  Therefore am able to voluntarily offer up informed support and share best practice with St Aidan’s.

I am dedicated to Catholic education and see my role in supporting St Aidan’s as part of that dedication.  I am very impressed with the focus on the Catholic Ethos at the school and on implementing a Catholic curriculum with a strong commitment to safeguarding and inclusion.  These are areas I am particularly able to support St Aidan’s with.  I am also committed to supporting the Head do whatever it takes to raise standards.


Gill Gillespie

I joined the governing body spring 2014 and I'm now Chair of the Finance committee. I also serve on the Personnel Committee and I'm the numeracy link governor, which provides a monitoring link back to the governing body for this important subject.  I'm an Actuary by profession. I work for a Pensions Annuity company, where I focus on developing financial models to determine the resources required to ensure that promised pension payments are secure. I believe that I am able to use my business and finance experience to contribute to the strategic direction of the school and to ensure that financial resources are used wisely for continuous improvement in all aspects of learning.

I'm a parishioner at St Mary Help of Christians Old Coulsdon - where I run the catechism class for children not at catholic schools, the confirmation programme and the youth club. Catholic education and support of our children within a strong Christian community is very important to me, as I understand that children flourish in a stimulating and valued environment. As such it's a privilege to be serving as a governor at St Aidan's, which is a school that I can see supports these aims and provided a strong foundation for my own 3 children.


Jana Horrigan

Being a Parent Governor, I am committed to work with the Governors, Teachers and Parents to continue to create a safe, inclusive and supportive environment where Children’s wellbeing, educational and spiritual needs are realised. I am dedicated to support the school in celebrating its successes, and improving its performance.

I have two daughters, the older daughter is in Year 1 and younger daughter attends nursery. Professionally, I have worked for an international services business for over 13 years in a range of operational leadership roles, managing large diverse teams and financial performance. I am passionate about people development, and actively mentor and coach colleagues to enable them to fulfil their potential. I achieved BA (Hons) First in Business. I am proud I have the opportunity to share my experience and skills with the Governing Body, and can actively support our school as a Parent Governor.


Nathalie Zoethout

I volunteered to become a Parent Governor in order to give something back to this wonderful school and Catholic community, and I hope that by being a conduit for the views and questions of my fellow parents, I am able to positively contribute to supporting the school as a whole.

I come from a family with a strong teaching background – both my parents were teachers and my sister is a secondary school teacher. I have the utmost respect for the work that teachers do, both educationally, and just as importantly, pastorally. In today’s demanding educational landscape, it is important that the lines of communication between parent and school are always open and effective.

I work as an Executive Personal Assistant in the City aim to bring organisational, communication and strategic skills to the table as well as a questioning mindset. I am also involved in the Coulsdon community at large and also enjoy a good relationship with my fellow Year 2 parents, as well as knowing several other parents in the school.


The types of governors are defined as below;

  • Parent Governor. Parents, including carers, of pupils at the school are eligible to stand for election as governors, and are elected by other parents at the school.
  • Foundation Governor. Foundation Governors are appointed by the Diocese ofSouthwark and have a particular duty of care to preserve the Catholic ethos of the school.
  • Local Authority Governors. The constitution of the governing body at St Aidan’s requires one governor to be appointed by the Local Authority.
  • Staff Governors. Staff Governors may come from the ranks of both teaching and support staff, and are elected by the staff.


The Full Governing Body is collectively responsible for policies and decisions. They do, however, delegate specific responsibility to sub-committees to report to the Full Governing Body.

If you would like to contact the governors you can email them at


The Sub Committees

The following sub committees report to the Governing Body:


The role of the Curriculum Committee is to advise the governing body on standards and other matters relating to the school’s curriculum, including policies and statutory requirements. This committee is also responsible for arrangements for governors to shadow specific areas of the curriculum, and aspects of school provision eg Special Educational Needs, Literacy, Numeracy and Equality and Diversity.


The Personnel Committee, in consultation with the Head teacher, is responsible for keeping under review the staffing structure, pay and performance management, and recruitment procedures. The committee also makes recommendations on personnel related expenditure and pay to the Finance Committee.

Finance Committee The role of the Finance Committee is to draft the first formal budget plan of the financial year in consultation with the Head Teacher, establish and maintain an up to date financial plan, to ensure that the school operates within the Financial Regulations of the Local Authority, and to monitor expenditure of all voluntary funds kept on behalf of the Governing Body.


The Premises Committee advises the Governing Body on all matters relating to the school premises:

Health & Safety

Arrangements for maintenance and cleaning of the premises
Any other matters concerning the school buildings and grounds refered to the Committee by the Governing Body.


This committee deals with admissions of pupils in accordance with the School Admissions Policy. The admissions criteria are regularly updated in line with legislation and advice from the Catholic Education Service.


If you wish to make contact with the governors please address correspondence to Mrs A  Williams McKenzie and leave at the school office.




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