This document introduces you to the governing body and gives a little information about them.
Fr. Steven Purnell
Fr Steven is the Parish Priest of Our Lady & St. Peter's Church and St. Bernard’s Church. He is the parent of a former child at the school and plays an active role in the religious life and activities in the school
Dame Lorna Boreland-Kelly, DBE JP FRSA - Safeguarding Governor
Lorna brings over 30 years’ experience of leading and developing social care services and of being a Chair of a large Further Education college from 1992 to 2013. She has also served as the Vice-Chair of Governors in a Catholic Secondary School.
She is a specialist around workforce development; setting up one of the first ever Social Work Academies for the London Borough of Croydon in January 2010. She received national recognition for this. Lorna is an experienced senior manager and has worked as a consultant in a number of councils. As a consultant in Medway Council from June 2013 to March 2015, she led the rewriting of all Role Profiles for Children Social Workers and their managers. As well as undertaking independent training and consultancy she is currently involved in major transformation projects. She also project managed the setup of the Social Work Academy to attract, recruit, develop and retain social workers and managers. At the Judicial appointments commission, Lorna was one of the five lay members. This was set up in 2006 to appoint judges in England and Wales. She has spoken and chaired national conferences and has also carried out commissioned work with the Home Office.
Mary has been the Head teacher of St. Peter’s since January 2009. Previously she has taught in Tunbridge Wells in Kent and in the London Borough of Redbridge. Mary’s thoughts on her role as Head teacher and a member of the Governing Body are “I thoroughly enjoy being part of St. Peter’s community, where the feeling of belonging to a family is very powerful and one that I wish to strengthen further still. I strive to work in partnership with the children, parents, staff, governors, local authority and most importantly the parish to create a place of excellence where everyone’s success is valued and celebrated."
Carmen joined the staff of St. Peter's in January 2011 as Deputy Headteacher and is currently teaching Year 5. She became a Governor in November 2013 in the role of Staff Governor. Carmen is an avid reader and cinema goer who delights in travelling to the locations books she has read are set in.
Ruth Longley - Chair
Ruth joined the governing body in January 2012 as a Foundation Governor. She worked for 25 years as a Modern Languages teacher in Doncaster and Horley and also used to work as as an advisory teacher in Kent. She enjoys her involvement with the parish of Our Lady and St. Peter's where she has the role of a Confirmation catechist. She hopes that her work as a governor will help to strenghten further the bond between the parish and the school. She has recently learnt to play Bridge and loves to sing with a local rock, pop and soul choir.
Brendan Geraghty - Joint Vice-Chair
Brendan is a foundation governor and an architect who runs his own London based architectural practice. He is a father of four children, all of whom have attended, or are attending St. Peter's. He says ‘The Geraghty family has been part of the St. Peter's School community since 2005 and I am pleased to be able to make a small contribution to the school’. Brendan’s interests include sport , art, design and technology.
Jonathan Jenkins - Joint Vice-Chair
Jonathan has been a foundation governor since October 2015. He has trained as a geophysicist and is now running an oil & gas consultancy. He moved from Scotland to East Grinstead in 2012 and has a daughter in St. Peter's and a son at Worth - both have lost their accents, though not their allegiance to Scottish rugby! Jonathan is a keen cyclist and motorsport fan.
Nick became a LA Governor in 2015 shortly after his daughter left St. Peter's. He is a solicitor, born and raised in East Grinstead, and having been a town councillor since 2011 was Town Mayor for the year 2014/15. Nick is a sports enthusiast and has also attempted to play football in previous Vets Dad's matches.
Teresa became a parent governor in July 2016 after her second child joined St Peter's.
Previously she worked as Commissioning Editor for an educational publishing house, and today she works in local nurseries and primary schools, inspiring young children to learn French and Spanish. Class Rep and on the fundraising committee for 3 years. Teresa says, "I enjoy being part of the life at St Peter's."
Dr Judy Hayler
Judy became a foundation governor in February 2018. She is a Chartered Chemist and Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry. After 27years working for a major Swiss Pharmaceutical company, she now works part-time in training and project management at University College London. Judy is a keen runner (parkrun and orienteering) and gardener, and is looking forward to contributing to the school, especially in the STEM area.