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.


Richard Hawkins


Kate Weir

I have been a parishioner at St Joseph’s Church for the last four years and my son attends St Joseph’s School, where I am also a member of the PTA. St Joseph’s is a wonderful school and I feel very fortunate to be part of it. I am a marketing manager with over 20 years’ experience in industry, government and the charitable sector. My current role is marketing officer at a local charity. I look forward to contributing to St Joseph’s as a Committee Representatiave, helping to ensure the school’s mission endures whilst it adapts and innovates.