St Joseph's Catholic Primary School, Thame

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Governor Profiles


Sue McGarry (Chair)

I have been a part of the St Joseph’s family for a long time: my two boys spent many happy years here, so I have seen at first hand how well the school equips pupils for life beyond its gates. I joined the administrative team very shortly after the boys joined the school, eventually becoming Administration Manager; a post that I held until my retirement in 2018. I am very happy to return to St Joseph’s as a Foundation Governor and look forward to working with the other governors and staff to ensure the school’s continued success.


Rob Harris (Vice Chair and Chair of Resources Committee)

I have been involved with St. Joseph’s as a Foundation Governor for almost eight years.  I am currently chair of the Finance and Resources sub-committee and vice-chair of the Local Governing Body.  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 3 children at the school.  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 (Chair of Curriculum Committee)

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 Local Governing Body 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 Local Governing Body 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 Governor for just over six years.


Richard Hawkins

I have been a Foundation Governor 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.


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


Clare Tilley

Both my children attend St Joseph's where I am a Parent Governor on the Local Governing Body as well as a member of the PTA. I am also a parishioner at St Joseph's church. I was a Marketing Manager for many years within the retail industry until we moved to Thame with two young children. I am now an Office Manager for a local business which enables me to be flexible around the needs of my family and my commitments to the school. I was Chair of the Management Committee at my childrens pre-school until my oldest started school. I think St Joseph's is a fantastic school and I hope that my contribution as a Governor helps the school continue to ensure all children are given the opportunity to achieve their academic potential as well being able to contribute positively to the communities in which they live.


Daniel Weller

I have lived in Thame for 9 years and I have a daughter who is in year 3, and a son who joined Reception in September. My background is in accountancy where I am currently employed in the higher education sector. I also help to run a local preschool which is owned by my wife. I became a Governor in September 2019 and I am looking forward to helping in any way I can to enable the school to meet its objectives of becoming an outstanding place for children to learn.


Jim Crisp

For many years, I have been an enthusiastic advocate for catholic education. My children attended catholic primary and secondary schools and, for more than ten years, I was a governor at John F Kennedy School - a large catholic comprehensive in Hemel Hempstead. In my family, I am surrounded by teachers - my sister, my brother-in-law, my son and my daughter-in-law have all taught - and now my wife and I have five of our grand children attending Catholic primary schools in Aylesbury and Hemel.  In a previous life before retirement, I was involved in various marketing roles working for and alongside automotive companies including Ford, Fiat, Iveco Truck, Alfa Romeo and Mercedes. My wife and I retired to live in south Lincolnshire, but the arrival of a growing band of grand children meant a return to these parts to make ourselves useful and be available for child minding duties. In the warmer months, I spend time on my allotment growing vegetables and flowers, while colder weather sees us on long (ish) walks, watching sport and bird watching, when there's something to see!  I am a parishioner at St Joseph's next door, where I am the parish treasurer and chair of the Finance Committee. In school, I am pleased to be able to support and encourage all the children and staff as a Foundation Governor, Maths Link Governor and a member of the Resources Committee.