Governance

Who’s who on the Governing Body 2020 – 2021

Mark Richmond

Foundation Governor

Mark Richmond was appointed a Foundation Governor in March 2016 and became Chair in 2019. Mark is an airline pilot at British Airways where, as well as flying, he has served as trustee of one of the company’s pension schemes and as an elected trade union negotiator. Mark lives in Guildford with his wife and two children. They all attend Mass as St Joseph’s.

Mark has no business interests connected to St Thomas and is not a governor at any other school.

Monsignor Tony Barry

Foundation Governor

Monsignor Tony is the Moderator of the Guildford Parish and sits as a Foundation Governor for St Thomas’.

Kate Carter

Staff Governor

Kate Carter has been Deputy Headteacher at St Thomas’ since September 2014, having taught in the school since September 2008. Kate is also the Staff Governor. Kate has taught in Catholic schools since 1996 in Surrey and Kingston.  She is married, her three children attend St Peter’s. Kate is a member of the Parish of Guildford and attends Mass at St Pius X.

Kate has no business interests connected to St Thomas and is a Foundation Governor at St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School in Guildford.

Robert Charlwood

Co-opted Governor

Robert Charlwood was appointed  a Co-opted Governor in November 2018, but his association with St Thomas of Canterbury started over 30 years ago.

When  Robert and his  wife  moved to Merrow Park  in 1987 , their two children were already pupils at St Thomas, both children are now married, still living in Guildford  and two of his grandchildren are currently pupils at St Thomas.

Robert retired in 2011 having worked as a Chartered Civil Engineer in the UK and overseas in Oman, Hongkong and Saudi Arabia.

His hobbies include ballroom dancing, ancestry, helping with the children’s projects and spending time with the grandchildren who are,  in his words, the ‘icing on the cake’.

Robert  has no business interests connected with St Thomas and is not a Governor at any other school.

Darren Della Maestra

Foundation Governor

Darren Della Maestra was appointed by the Diocese of Arundel and Brighton as a Foundation Governor in September 2013, and is Vice Chair of the Governing Body.

Darren is the link Governor for Safeguarding and sits on the Pupil Development committee.  He is a qualified teacher with over 15 years’ experience and is really passionate about inclusive learning and strong pastoral support for all learners.  He is Head of Student Support at a Sixth Form College in Hampshire.  He lives in Guildford with his wife (a teacher at St Thomas’) and two children who attend St. Thomas of Canterbury and St Peter’s. 

Darren has no business interests connected to St Thomas and is not a governor at any other school. Darren is a regular visitor to the school in his role as Safeguarding lead Governor and also as our tennis coach!

Theresa Fogell

Foundation Governor

Theresa Fogell  joined St Thomas as a Foundation Governor in 2018. Theresa is a qualified teacher and has spent all her working life in education. She started her teaching career in primary schools but after having her children worked in secondary schools. She has been a deputy head in a large mixed comprehensive school in inner London and more recently has been a senior leader in a Pupil Referral Unit. At present Theresa works part-time at St Mary’s Catholic University in Twickenham, as a Visiting Lecturer on the M.A. in Catholic Leadership.

Theresa has no business interests connected to St Thomas and is not a governor at any other school. Theresa lives in Guildford, is married, and has two grandsons who she often looks after. Theresa is a member of the Parish of Guildford and attends mass mainly at St Joseph’s.

Annabelle Green

Foundation Governor

Annabelle Green is Deputy Headteacher at St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School in Guildford.

Annabelle works closely with the parish of St Mary’s in Rydes Hill, organising school masses and developing the link between the school and church community.

Annabelle was appointed as a Foundation Governor in October 2018. She has a particular responsibility for RE.

Annabelle has no business interests connected to St Thomas’ and is not a governor at any other school.

Richard Holmwood

Parent Governor

Richard Holmwood was elected a Parent Governor in 2017. Richard is a senior manager at the British Business Bank, a wholesale development bank in the City which is backed by HM Government. He is a former Economic Advisor at Her Majesty’s Treasury and the Foreign & Commonwealth Office. He is an experienced professional economist and strategy consultant and holds a Masters and MBA.

Richard lives in the Guildford area with his family. They all love the positive communal feel of St Thomas’. Richard is keen to support the school as it continues to go from strength to strength. He enjoys playing tennis and cycling.

Richard has no business interests connected to St Thomas and is not a governor at any other school.

Neil Lewin

Headteacher

Neil Lewin was appointed Headteacher of St Thomas’ for September 2015. As Headteacher, Neil is also a Governor and sits on every Governing Body Committee. Previously Headteacher of The Marist in West Byfleet, Neil started his teaching career at St Dunstan’s Catholic Primary School in Woking, having had a previous career as a corporate lawyer in the City and then as a lecturer in law. Married with two adult sons, Neil lives in Four Marks, Hampshire.

Neil has no business interests connected to St Thomas and is not a governor at any other school.

Samantha Morrison

Parent Governor

Sam Morrison was appointed as a Parent Governor in October 2017.  Sam currently works as the Head of Commissioning for People at Bracknell Forest Council leading on ensuring that the Council have services commissioned across a range of areas including Social care, SEND, early help and partnership working with health.

Sam is married with two children and lives in Guildford. Both her children attend St Thomas’ – one in Year 3 and one in Reception.  The family attend Mass at St Joseph’s where Sam is part of the Children’s Liturgy team.

Sam has no business interests connected to St Thomas and is not a governor at any other school.

Nicola Powell

Foundation Governor

Nicola Powell joined the Governing Body in June 2017. Nicola is currently an Associate Director with EY (Ernst and Young), working in Human Resources.  She previously worked for Baker Tilly (now RSM) and Barclays Bank also in HR.

Nicola is married with two children and lives in Merrow. Her children both attend St Thomas’, one in Year 3 and the other in Reception.  Nicola and her family attend Mass at St Pius.

Nicola has no business interests connected to St Thomas and is not a governor at any other school.