Who we are
Introducing the School Governors
Peter Taylor Chair of Governors
Local Authority appointed Governor
I am proud to be Chair of Governors at my local Primary School, St Augustine of Canterbury in Downend, Bristol. I am currently a Local Authority Governor and an enthusiastic member of St Augustine's Catholic Church.
Now retired, after a long career in finance and consulting,. I love the fact that, having enjoyed a good Catholic education for my family and myself, being a Governor offers the opportunity to put something back into Catholic education. I am keen to help the development of capable, confident young people, morally grounded and well equipped to thrive in the diverse, complex world in which we all live today.
Why do I like being a part of the Governing Body? It is a great pleasure to be part of an enthusiastic, supportive team of Governors, staff, parents and children all serving the same end - to enable our young people to be the best they can.
Richard Lane Deputy Chair
Member of Finance & Staffing and Admissions &
Link Governor for ICT.
I am a qualified solicitor and Partner at Bevan Brittan LLP based in Bristol, specialising in Commercial and ICT Procurement Projects. I have two children at St Augustine's, coach mini's rugby at Cleve RFC and also chair the St Augustine's Scout and Guide Supporters Association.
For me, the reason to be a governor was not only to put something back into the school, but also be involved in supporting the school develop and deliver the best for its pupils.
Phil Mann Chair of Curriculum & Performance Committee
Link Governor for RE
I am a chartered electrical engineer, working within the electricity distribution industry. I am also the parent of a child at St. Augustine’s. I volunteered to be a governor in order to make a contribution towards helping St. Augustine’s succeed in delivering the best possible outcomes for the pupils at the school.
Paula Mainprise Deputy Chair of Admissions & Community
Member of the Curriculum Committee
Early Years Link Governor
I have been an Early Years Practitioner for about 7 years, I currently work in St Augustine’s Preschool. I have worked with children of all ages, in my career and voluntarily, for much longer. I have three children, one is a former St Augustine’s pupil, one attends St Augustine’s and one who I hope will attend when he is old enough. I find it very rewarding to be a governor, particularly my role as Early Years Link governor, as it gives me the opportunity to support the school as it moves forward. The role of Chair of Admissions and Community is new to our governing body, as is the committee itself, and I look forward to developing this role and the new committee.
Clare Malone Chair of Finance & Staffing Committee
Link Governor for SEN
I’m a Mortgage, ProtectIon and Equity Release Consultant working on a self -employed basis with Bluefish Financial Services Ltd. I’m also Committee Member and Treasurer to Downend Business Community our local Chamber of Commerce.
I have two children who attend St Augustine’s currently in Year 5 and Year 1.
I became a school governor to have a greater understanding of how the school operates and to support and assist in achieving its goals both for the school and its pupils.
Sarah O'Connor Staff Governor
Member of the Finance and Staffing Committee
I am a Teacher Governor and have been working at St Augustine of Canterbury Primary School for six years. I currently teach Reception and have been in the Early Years Foundation Stage throughout my time here.
I have seen the school completely transformed since starting here and have witnessed the positive impact that this has had on the children and their families first hand. I am now really looking forward to supporting the school to further develop as part of the Governing Body in the future.
Debbie Higgins Chair of the Admission & Community Relations
English Link Governor
I’m a recently retired Primary school teacher, a qualified Teacher of the Deaf, Reading Recovery Teacher and Special Educational Needs Coordinator. These are my particular areas of interest.
Our daughter attended St Augustine’s from age 4 - 11 and is now a doctor. We feel her success was due to the very strong foundation to her learning and personal development in her Primary years.
As a Governor, I hope to play a part in ensuring that all pupils at St Augustine’s have equal opportunities to enjoy their school life and achieve their goals.
Sue Hughes Foundation Governor
Member of the Curriculum & Performance Committee
School Performance Data Analysis
Link governor for Science
I have been in the parish of St Augustine’s for close to 40 years. My 4 children all attended St Augustine’s school, as did my eldest grandchild until they moved from the area 5 years ago.
I was involved with the running of a youth group in the parish many years ago when my children were in their teens and as I did my PGCE as a secondary teacher in Maths and Computing. After a year of teaching locally, I taught at St Gregory’s Catholic school in Bath for 20 years, until I retired in 2015. I believe strongly in a good Catholic education.
Why am I a governor? After a year of retirement I felt it would be good to give something back to the Catholic school and community I have been a part of for so long. I am hoping my experience in education will be useful and helpful to the governing body and help to support the continued development of the school for the best outcome for the pupils. I am enjoying my role working with the curriculum committee and look forward to contributing as much as I can to help in the role as a school governor.
Kate Stuart Parent Governor
I am a primary school teacher and currently work part time in another South Glos school, where I previously served as a staff governor for 5 years.
My daughter is really enjoying Reception class and I also have a younger child who goes to St Augustine's Pre-School next door. I am the chair of the parents' committee there and hope to continue to build positive links between the school and the pre-school.
I volunteered to be a governor because I want to use my professional skills to support the school as much as I possibly can. I am really looking forward to working with all members of the school and its wider community.