St Joseph's Catholic Primary School, Thame

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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.


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

I have been a Foundation Governor and more recently an Academy Committee Representative for almost 18 years, since before my daughter was born. Both of my children attended St Joseph's School and my wife currently works there as a Teaching Assistant.

My background is in IT. I have been a director, a business owner, consultant/contractor and currently I work as Head of IT, at a local housing association. My wide business background helps me bring experience of running a number of organisations. My long involvement with school and business knowledge allow me to work on the various committees bringing a great deal of experience supporting the school with the operational and practical aspects of running the school

I also help the parish by running the Team Joseph youth group once a month in the church hall and taking part in the Children's Liturgy provision at 9.00 am mass on Sundays.


Janice Heaney

I am a full time Teaching Assistant at St Joseph's, having trained as a nursery nurse. This gives me nearly thirty years' experience of working with children, something which I truly enjoy.

At present I have one son in Year 5, but my other two sons also attended St Joseph's so, as a member of staff and as a parent, I hope my contribution to the committee will reflect my commitment and dedication to the school and its future.


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 Representative, helping to ensure the school’s mission endures whilst it adapts and innovates.