Meet our Governors
John Sloan / Chair of Governors
An accountant by profession, I have been a school governor since 2002 with 12 years at St Margaret Clitherow, where I was Chair of Governors for 10 years, and then here at St Vincent de Paul, where I was elected Chair of Governors in 2015. 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.
Jon White / Headteacher
Appointed to the role of Headteacher at St Vincent de Paul School in 2017, I am delighted to be able to continue to serve the Parishes of Stevenage and the Diocese of Westminster in providing the best possible Catholic education that can be offered for our children. My role on the Governing Body is to provide Governors with effective, timely and accurate information and advice and to work with them to strategically plan for the future of our school. I sit on each of the sub committees and I am held to account for the work of the school, its standards and its Catholic mission. Married to Nicole (also a teacher in Stevenage), I have three children all attending local Catholic schools.
Rosemary Sherry / Associate Governor
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.
Michelle Ambrose / Staff Governor
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.
Bernie Bullock / Parent Governor
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 there since 2003.
I wanted to become a governor as 2 of my children attend this school and I wanted to work in partnership with the Headteacher and Senior Leadership team, in addition to the other governors, to help raise standards and improve outcomes for all children at the St Vincent De Paul School. I am a member of the Teaching and Learning committee which I hope benefits from my experience as a teacher.
Elizabeth Marshall / Parent Governor
I was appointed as a Parent Governor in January 2017. I have 2 children, one of whom attends this school and is currently in Year 6. My other child has just started at The John Henry Newman School.
I currently work for a local School Adventure Trip company as Administration Manager where I organise adventure trips for school children. Prior to that I ran my own cake making business, however I have spent most of my career to date in Property Management, which involved managing a portfolio of multi occupancy buildings in the city of London.
I have personal knowledge and experience of SEN as both of my children have Autism and ADHD..
Mary Hewitson / Foundation Governor
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.
Geraldine Cartwright / Foundation Governor
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.
Paul Volske / Foundation Governor
My name is Paul Volske. I grew up in Stevenage and am an old pupil of the Blessed John Southworth School - the precursor to St Vincent's - before going to St Michael's; originally in Hitchin before its own move to Stevenage. Some of you will recall that St Michael's merged with St. Angela's to form the current John Henry Newman School. I am married to a (recently retired) midwife and we have one daughter. I retired from commercial life during 2018 after 43 years working for a family owned private bank. Retirement has given me the opportunity to join the Governing Board and I hope to be able to contribute to the on-going development of the school and its pupils
Rob Neave / Foundation Governor
My name is Rob Neave. I grew up in Stevenage but made the short move to Knebworth where I have lived for the past 6 years. I am recently married and my wife and I regularly attend mass locally at St. Thomas More Catholic Church. I also support the Parish on their Finance Committee. I trained as a Sports Physiotherapist 11 years ago but for the past 9 years I have worked in various management roles in the NHS ranging from business development to programme management and strategy. This is my first role as a School Governor and I choose to do this as I feel passionately about giving back and supporting the Catholic community. I hope the skills and experience I have will serve St Vincent de Paul's well as we strive to provide the best possible Catholic education for our children.
Siobhan Morgan / Parent Governor
A former civil servant I worked for the Home Office for 11 years formulating government policy and legislation. As a Classics graduate from King’s College London I was able to study theology, ethics and philosophy as part of the Associateship of King’s College (the original qualification awarded by the university).
I am married with three children, two of whom attend St. Vincent de Paul School and my family attends St. Joseph’s Church. I live locally but grew up in North London attending my local Convent School. I feel very privileged to have enjoyed a Catholic education, and am very grateful that my children are able to experience this too.
Theresa Taylor-Brookes / Foundation Governor
I was appointed as a Foundation Governor in January 2018 and prior to this I chaired the Parent Staff Association helping to raise well needed funds for the School.
I am very proud to be a Governor working alongside the rest of the Governing body of our school and dedicating time to making sure the Catholic Education of our Children is the Best it can be.
I am married with two children who both attend St Vincent de Paul School. I currently work for the Diocese of Westminster within the Knebworth Parish as the Office Manager and PA to the Parish Priest. I am dedicated to my faith and attend the parish of St Joseph’s. I am also a past Student of The John Henry Newman School and past pupil of Our Lady’s School in Hitchin.
Melanie Farr / Governor Clerk
I have recently taken over as clerk to the governors and am looking forward to working with the governors and staff at St Vincent's. I have three children, two of whom attend St Margaret Clitherow School. I am a parishioner at St Thomas More Church in Knebworth where I have lived for a number of years. My background is legal and as such I hope to bring relevant experience to the roll.