Governors

Vision

Our vision as governors is to provide support, understanding, skills and knowledge to enable the effective running of our school.

We can achieve this by:

  • Actively and proactively supporting engagement within OLSJ
  • Maintaining and growing our knowledge
  • Challenging to raise and improve standards
  • Celebrating and recognising all whilst acknowledging diversity through equal opportunities

The above is underpinned by the teachings of the Catholic faith.

Governing Body

Joanne Faulkner

Chair of Governors / Foundation Governor

I’m originally from the North West and despite 30 years of living in London, I can still admit to supporting Lancashire County Cricket and Manchester Utd!! My work as a Change Management Consultant has enabled me to travel around the world but my heart has always been firmly in the East End...

Caroline Modest

Vice Chair / Foundation Governor

I am born and raised in Poplar and have a deep connection for the area. Having lived in the borough all my life, I have seen many changes and growth within the community. My passion for the local area and community is something I strive for,and volunteer as often as I can in causes I see that will...

Sr Christine Frost

Link Safeguarding Governor / Local Authority Governor

Although I was born in Limerick, Ireland, I have spent most of my life serving the people of the East End of London. I am a religious sister of the Faithful Companions of Jesus (FcJ). It is my aim to help as many people as I can through all forms of outreach work. I launched ‘Neighbours in...

Fr Keith Stoakes

Foundation Governor

I am the Parish Priest at St Mary and St Joseph, Poplar and Our Lay Immaculate and St Frederick, Limehouse. I am proud to say that I am from Poplar and it is a privilege to service the community in which I was raised. I have a keen interest in music and enjoy singing. I also thoroughly enjoy...

James Cameron

Co-opted Governor

I’m originally from North London but moved to Tower Hamlets about 10 years ago where I started working as a teacher at Holy Family Catholic Primary School and subsequently Our Lady & St Joseph. I worked as a teacher for over 12 years and thoroughly enjoyed the profession. When it came...

Jyotsna Nelgadde

Co-opted Governor

I have lived on the Island for nearly 10 years and am a proud mom of two. I love so many things that E14 has to offer. I am a seasoned finance professional with 15+ years of experience, with knowledge on strategy and operations. I bring strategic, commercial and digital experience with a solid...

Laurell Hector

Diocese of Westminster (Foundation Governor)

I’m originally from Roehampton, South West London, and after a period of time living overseas I finally decided to settle in Poplar where I enjoyed 16 very happy years before moving to Essex in 2019. My role as a Managing Director of an International Human Resources Development Consultancy...

Carol Doherty

Foundation Governor

I’m originally from Bradford in Yorkshire. I’ve lived in London for over 30 years now. But I love going back to visit Yorkshire and family there. I’m married with two grown up daughters. I cycle and swim to keep fit and also like reading and walking with our lovely Labrador dog...

Lorraine Adams

Foundation Governor

I was born in Poplar and have lived here all my life. I attended Holy Child Primary School (now Bygrove School) before it amalgamated to became Holy Family on the current OLSJ site. I have been married for 49 years and have three children and 5 grandchildren. I enjoy travelling and reading. I...

Patrick Devereux

Headteacher

I am originally from Waterford, the oldest and probably the most beautiful city in Ireland. I moved to London in 2005 to pursue my dream of becoming a teacher. I started my teaching career in a secondary school in Dagenham, before moving to a primary school in Redbridge and then to Tower Hamlets,...

Terri Rowe

Staff Governor

I’ve lived in Tower Hamlets from birth and attended both primary and secondary school in the borough. I am married with 3 young children. We enjoy going on family fishing trips and days out with family and friends. I’ve worked at OLSJ for five years. I started in the role of HLTA...

Sheila McCabe

Associate Member / School Business Manager

I'm originally from Acton in West London but I'm really enjoying working in the East End. In my spare time I love going to the theatre, walking and exploring parks and museums in London with my family. I have worked as a School Business Manager since 2012 and I love the rich variety of the...

Katie Turner

Associate Member / Deputy Headteacher

I have always lived on the borders of East London and Essex but spent some years away, studying for my degrees, in both Cardiff and Portsmouth. I returned to East London around 12 years ago and now live here with my husband and young son. I love travelling but, when I’m home, interior design...

Declarations of Interest

Declarations of Interest 2021 - 2022

Governance Structure

The Governing Body of Our Lady & St Joseph agreed Model 14b comprising of the following types of governors for their Instrument of Government.

Committee Terms Of Reference - November 2021

Meeting Attendance 2020-2021

Meeting Attendance 2019-2020

Meeting Attendance 2017-2018

Name Governor Type End of Term

Jo Faulkner (Chair)

Foundation Governor

31st August 2023

Sr. Christine Frost

LA Governor

29th October 2022

Fr. Keith Stoakes

Foundation Governor

31st August 2022

James Cameron

Co-opted

20th November 2022

Jyotsna Nelgadde

Co-opted

2nd November 2025

Patrick Devereux

Headteacher

N/A

Caroline Modest (Vice Chair)

Foundation Governor

31st August 2025

Laurell Hector

Foundation Governor

31st August 2025

Carol Doherty

Foundation Governor

31st August 2023

Lorraine Adams

Foundation Governor

31st August 2023

Terri Rowe

Staff Governor

24th February 2026

Sheila McCabe

School Business Manager

Associate Member

2nd November 2022

Katie Turner

Deputy Headteacher

Associate Member

2nd November 2022

Cynthia Lynch

Assistant Headteacher

Associate Member

21st September 2022

Committee Membership

Resources Committee

Caroline Modest
Headteacher
Sheila McCabe
James Cameron  
Jo Faulkner
Keith Stoakes
Laurell Hector
Jyotsna Nelgadde
Katie Turner
Cynthia Lynch

Pay Committee

Caroline Modest
Laurell Hector
Jyotsna Nelgadde

HT Appraisal Panel

Jo Faulkner
Carol Doherty

Teaching, Learning & Standards
Committee

James Cameron
Christine Frost
Jo Faulkner
Headteacher
Carol Doherty
Cynthia Lynch
Lorraine Adams
Katie Turner

Strategy and Resources
Committee

Jo Faulkner  
Carol Doherty
Caroline Modest
Headteacher
Jyotsna Nelgadde

RE Sub-committee

Keith Stoakes
Christine Frost

Admissions Panel

Caroline Modest
Sr. Christine Frost

Link Governors

A link governor is a member of the governing body appointed to oversee a specific aspect of the work of the school.

In general a link governor role involves the following tasks:

  • Keeping up to date with the area of interest, and attending relevant training
  • Making focused visits to the school
  • Acting as a link between a relevant staff member and the governing body, by meeting regularly to discuss the area of interest
  • Monitoring and discussing the impact of relevant policies with the staff member
  • Regularly reporting to the governing body, and making recommendations where appropriate

Link Area 

Link Governor 

Special Education Needs 

Lorraine Adams 

Safeguarding / Child Protection / LAC / Drugs 

Sr. Christine Frost 

Health and Safety 

Fr. Keith Stoakes 

Anti-Bullying  

Laurell Hector 

E-Safety 

Caroline Modest 

Mental Health and Wellbeing 

Lorraine Adams & James Cameron 

Community / Outreach 

Sr Christine Frost 

Early Years 

Lorraine Adams

Covid Recovery

Jo Faulkner

Finance

Jyotsna Nelgadde

Pupil Premium

Sr Christine & Jo Faulkner

RE

Sr Christine & Fr Keith Stoakes

English - Reading / Writing / KS1 Phonics / EY / Oracy

Carol Doherty

STEM - Maths / Science / Computing / D&T

James Cameron & Jyotsna Nelgadde

Curriculum 

Jo Faulkner & Laurell Hector

School Council / PE

Laurell Hector

Cross Curricular team

Caroline Modeste & Jo Faulkner

Types of Governor

Foundation Governors

Foundation governors are volunteers who serve as the Bishop’s representative to assist in managing our Catholic schools. They work alongside other governors including parent governors to form a governing body or board of directors.  They are involved in decisions about all aspects of managing the school – such as running buildings and budgets, supporting staff, monitoring standards and the Catholic ethos and help make big decisions about the school’s long-term goals.  Foundation Governors have specific responsibility for admissions to the school, the employment of staff, Religious Education and collective worship.  The governors help determine the future for pupils attending our schools.

The work of the Governing Body is facilitated by a Clerk and training and support for governors is provided by the Diocesan Department for Schools and Colleges and the Local Authority.

Parent Governors

These are parents of children who attend Our Lady & St Joseph Catholic Primary School. They are elected on to the Governing Body by the votes of other parents, and they represent the voice of the "users" of the school. Their term of office runs for four years.

Local Authority Governor

The Local Authority (LB Tower Hamlets) appoints a representative to the school’s governing body.

Meeting Minutes

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Policies and Documents

Best Value Statement

Financial Procedures Manual for Schools

Governor Code of Conduct

Governor Visits Policy

Governors Allowance Policy

Scheme Of Delegation

Statement Of Internal Control

Reports

SEND Report for Governors - Autumn 2021

SEND Report for Governors - January 2021

SEND Report for Governors - October 2019

Former Governors

Ashley Hill - Parent Governor - Resigned 24th February 2022

Mark Hale - Staff Governor - 28th April 2021 to 3rd November 2021

Shanine Blom - Associate Governor - Resigned 7th July 2021

Teresa Parker - Appointed by foundation/Trust - 5 October 2017 to 3rd November 2021

Caroline Modest - Parent Governor - 27 September 2017 to 27 September 2021

Laurell Hector - Appointed by foundation/Trust - 1 March 2018 to 30 August 2021