Recently appointed as Clerk to the Governing Body, I previously spent many years as Business Manager of St Vincent de Paul School. Although now retired, I am very pleased to be able to use my experience to support the governorss, staff, parents and pupils of the school in this role.
Chair of Governors
An accountant by profession I have been a school governor for almost 15 years, 12 at St Margaret Clitherow where I was Chair of Governors for 10 years, and then here at St Vincent de Paul, where I am now into my 3rd year as Chair of Governors. I live locally and attend Mass at St Hilda’s. I am married with four children who all went to Catholic schools in Stevenage. It is my mission, along with the Headteacher and my other fellow Governors, to provide the best possible education for our children at St Vincent de Paul.
My name is Christine Akrill and I am a Foundation governor (appointed by the diocese). I have been involved in the Children's Liturgy at St Joseph's Church for over 20 years. I have taught secondary school mathematics for more than 30 years, with the final 13 years being at The John Henry Newman School.
As my children went through St Vincent de Paul school, I was involved in the PTA and then was a governor until, when beginning to work full time at JHN, I did not feel I could devote enough time to the role. After retiring in July 2013 I returned to being a governor for the school where both my children had been so happy. I am serving on the Policy and Teaching and Learning subcommittees. I am also the Link governor for Mathematics and Pupil Premium expenditure.
I intend to be a face you can recognise and feel able to approach by attending as many school activities as I can. So you can expect to see me at parents' evenings, carol concerts and the like. I really do want to support all concerned with the school and we can only do this by communicating freely.
I began my governor “career” in 1991 when I was elected as parent governor at St Vincent de Paul School. Over the years I have enjoyed a wide range of experiences and governor roles at primary and secondary schools. As Deputy Head, I am an Associate governor supporting the Head teacher and other governors in establishing the strategic direction of the school.
Since joining St Vincent de Paul school in 2002 I have gained an insight into the challenges and rewards that Primary school education can offer.
My role as a Teaching Assistant has enabled me to contribute to the inspiring environment this school provides to children and staff alike. My role as staff governor allows me to communicate productively with Staff, Senior Leadership team and the Governing body for a continued successful environment.
I am Bernadette Bullock. I have always lived in Stevenage, attending St Margaret Clitherow School and the John Henry Newman School. After my A-Levels I studied for my Theology degree at St Mary’s College in Twickenham. My life journey took me back to the John Henry Newman School where I trained to become a teacher and I have taught Religious Education at John Henry for over 10 years.
I wanted to become a governor as 2 of my children attend this school and I wanted to work in partnership with Mr Keane, the Senior Leadership team, and along with other governors, to help raise standards and improve outcomes for all children at the St Vincent De Paul School. I also attend the Teaching and Learning meetings in hope that my teaching experience will give another view to the discussions.
My two children are currently in Year Six and Year 1 respectively, Since moving to Stevenage in February 2015, and been a part of St Vincent De Paul Catholic School, I have seen the school grow from strength to strength. The School’s Catholic values and ethos have remained constant, providing a caring and stable learning environment for our children.
In my day job I am a Compliance Analyst and Accountant at British Petroleum in London. With a responsibility within my team to mitigate the Organisation’s Risk. Working as part of a team I am aware of my responsibilities and playing my part in completing the task in hand.
Having children so happy at the school, I wanted to contribute however best I could so that others can have as positive experience of St Vincent De Paul as we have had.
My name is Liz, I am married and our son and daughter are pupils at the school in year 4 & 3 respectively. We moved to Stevenage in 2011 and I set up my cake making business shortly afterwards. My previous working experience has been within Property Management where I managed a portfolio of multi occupancy buildings in the city of London. I am your newly appointed Parent Governor. I have personal knowledge and experience of SEN as both of my children are Autistic. I am looking forward to supporting the school, Governors, children, parents and to be your voice on the governing body.
I have a long connection with St Vincent de Paul School as I was the Deputy Headteacher from 1996-1998. I left St Vincent's to become a Headteacher of another Catholic primary school and continued this role until 2013. Since then I have been, once again, closely involved with life at this wonderful school.
I am married with four children who like me have benefitted enormously from Catholic education. Being a governor is a small way of giving service to our Catholic community and giving thanks for all that the community has given to myself and my family.
My name is Geraldine Cartwright and I was appointed as a Foundation Governor in May 2014.
I serve the community of St Vincent de Paul School as a governor because I have close links with both the school and the parish. As the retired Headteacher of a Catholic school, I uphold the values of Catholic education and work with the leadership team to provide the best quality of education for all pupils.
I have 4 adult children who have all benefitted from Catholic schools and 7 grandchildren who are either attending a Catholic school or who, hopefully, will do so in the future.
My name is Ryan Pearse, I am married to Victoria a local Nurse Practitioner we have two children. I am very proud to say that I am a past pupil of John Henry Newman and an active member of the Old Town parish. I am also Commercial Director within a Global Corporation. My skills and experience are focused on management, commercial negotiation, mentorship, strategy and delivery. However, I also spent several years in NHS hospital pharmacy practice to management level so have significant public sector experience of audit, compliance and service re-design. I hold a strong belief that outstanding primary schooling is the critical foundation to our children’s future successes. I hope to contribute to this foundation and working with the staff and fellow governors to ensure our children have the same pride in their education that I feel blessed to have had.
My name is Christine Shimali and I am proud to be a Foundation Governor of St Vincent de Paul Catholic School. I have lived in the North Herts area for 10 years and my children attended local Primary schools and are currently in the John Henry Newman Catholic School. I am a member of the Safeguarding and Admission committees.
I work in Stevenage and volunteer in the community and surrounding areas from time to time.
In my spare time I love going for long walks, running and jogging around our lovely and scenic parks and recreational grounds, with friends and family. I very much love, love, love music and enjoy participating in local church choirs.
My son and my grand daughter attended St. Vincent De Paul and I am pleased with the standard of education that is provided and in particular the school’s Catholic culture and ethos which forms our young people. I was honoured and proud to be asked to become a governor and as a Foundation governor I intend to help the school develop and maintain its high standards. As I come from a financial background I am also a member of the Resources Committee.
Foundation Governor, Parent
My name is Joy and I am a full time parent to three children aged 14, 10 and 3. I have been a Foundation governor for a number of years. I am a committee member of the Stevenage Churches International Mission Project (SCIMP). I also devote my time to the parish as a sacristan and help with the decorations at the St. Joseph’s Church on special occasions.
Foundation Governor, Parent
My name is Catherine and I am married with 2 daughters, one at SVDP and one at JHN. I have been a governor at St Vincent De Paul since 2011. Being a governor is both a challenging yet very rewarding role. I bring to this role my experience as a manager from a business background. I share a firm commitment and desire with the rest of the governing body to help develop, nurture, improve the academic and spiritual lives of our children here at St Vincent de Paul.