Academy Committee Profiles


Father David Hartley (Chair)

I have been Parish Priest at St Joseph’s Thame since May 2016.  My experience of Catholic schools began when I converted with my family in 1995,  and our children attended Catholic schools in Oxford,  where I also served as a Parent Governor and Foundation Governor.  In my last parish I gained experience as a chaplain of an outstanding Catholic secondary school,  and have served as a Director of two MACs in the archdiocese.


Rob Harris (Vice Chair)

I have been involved with St. Joseph’s as a Foundation Governor and latterly Academy Committee Representative for almost eight years.  I am currently chair of the Finance and Resources sub-committee and vice-chair of the Academy Committee.  My involvement with the committees focuses on supporting the school management team with the operational aspects of running the school as a business whilst always ensuring the teaching and learning objectives of the school improvement plan are met.  My background is in IT, managing Systems Engineering businesses and all of the budgeting, HR, team development, project management aspects of this so I bring a fairly broad range of experience of running most aspects of a business. I have 4 children at the school, and my wife is also a teaching assistant at St Joseph’s.  I never fail to be amazed by the dedication of the staff and the brilliance of the pupils at St. Joseph’s.  I, for one, am very pleased and proud that my children a part of the St. Joseph’s family.


Wendy Buggs 

I have been a parishioner of St Joseph’s for many years and was a member of the parish Fundraising and Social Committee and, for some years, the Child Protection Officer for the church.  I have been a Governor and Committee Representative for four years and took the role of Chair in September 2015.  I worked in higher education administration for nearly 20 years and was involved in curriculum and degree development for UK and international institutions. 


Angela Briggs

I was a teacher for over thirty years and was privileged to teach at St. Joseph’s during the 1990’s. I left to become a Deputy Headteacher and went on to be Headteacher of an outstanding Oxfordshire school for ten years. I then worked part time in a range of primary schools as a School Improvement Officer for three years and worked alongside the current Headteacher of St. Joseph’s Catholic School in Banbury as Associate Headteacher for one year before I retired. I am Chair of the Academy Committee at St. Joseph’s in Banbury and a Director of the Pope Francis MAC. My three children were educated at St. Joseph’s, Thame and Lord Williams’s. As a parishioner of St Joseph’s in Thame and someone who is totally committed to our school I was absolutely delighted to join the Academy Committee in December 2014. I am passionate and determined to play my part in driving standards upwards so that the children in our care achieve their potential in every aspect of learning and become outstanding global citizens.


Fiona Dyer

I am Deputy Principal at St Joseph’s and have served as a Staff Committee Representative for just over three years.


Alison Fahey

I have lived in Thame with my family for seventeen years and have been a Parent Governor/Academy Representative at St Joseph's since 2005. Both of my sons have attended St Joseph's.

My background is in education. I taught in primary schools in London before moving in to curriculum and assessment advisory work for the government. Currently I write and edit primary curriculum materials for a small educational charity based in Oxford.

Within the Committee I chair both the Admissions and Teaching and Learning Committees and try to bring my knowledge and experience to bear on the discussions we have and the decisions we have to make.


Richard Hawkins


Mikayala Herbert

I am a Teaching Assistant at St Joseph’s and am pleased to be a representative member of the school’s support staff on the Academy Committee.


Nichola Johnson

My two older children both attended St Joseph’s School and now attend Lord Williams’s School in Thame. My youngest son is currently in Year 4 at St Joseph’s. I have over 25 years’ experience in human resources in a wide range of leadership positions for two large multinational organisations. As both a parishioner of St Joseph’s and a parent at the school, I was delighted to have been elected to the position of Parent Governor in 2008. I was raised a Catholic and attended both primary and secondary Catholic schools. I believe strongly in the value of a Catholic education and support the Catholic ethos and values of St Joseph’s school.  Since becoming a member of the Academy Committee, I have served on both the Finance and Curriculum Sub Committees. I strongly support St Joseph’s vision to become an outstanding school and to ensure all our children achieve their potential.