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Meet the Governors

Alexandra Kearns – Foundation Governor

I am a Foundation Governor and the Chair of the Governing Body of St. Mary’s. I am originally from Auckland in New Zealand and I worked as the Private Secretary to the Attorney-General advising on aspects of policy and law, before leaving for the UK in 2002. On arriving in London I drafted policy and law for the Home Office. 

I was elected as a Parent Governor in 2011 and I became Vice-Chair in 2012 and Chair of Governors in 2013. I have recently completed the Chairs of Governors’ Leadership Development Programme. I am a member of the Curriculum Committee and the Resources Committee. I currently have three daughters in the school and am extremely passionate about every child receiving the best possible education and therefore it is a privilege to be a part of the St Mary’s Governing Body to ensure this happens.

Adrian Fennessy - Foundation Governor

I was fortunate to be asked to join as a Parent Governor in 2016, following help and advice I gave during the summer building project at the school.  Having attended a Catholic primary and secondary school myself, I was very aware of the help and support required from parents and the local community to achieve results for the school. I am very grateful to St Mary’s for offering the same opportunities for my children as I had.

St Mary’s school has provided my three children with a wonderful environment in which to grow, learn and have fun. My eldest child thoroughly enjoyed seven years at St Mary’s and my two younger children still attend St Marys.  The school is a true extension of family life for my 3 children, a place they regard with fondness, warmth and love. Therefore, when approached to be a Governor, I was happy to accept and offer help and guidance relating to my area of experience and knowledge, which is construction. I currently work in a senior role for a construction company with over 25 years’ experience in the industry.

Since joining as a Governor, it has struck me how little funding is given to schools, much of which is needed for the obvious necessity of teaching resources.  As a result building and maintenance funds are minimal, therefore it is vital that we all help where we can, to maintain and improve the buildings for the children and generations to come, so that they can learn in a safe, clean, well maintained environment conducive for learning.  

Rob Watson - Co-opted - Assessment

The St Mary’s community has been a part of my life for over 30 years and I feel it is now time to contribute productively to a school that has helped me to become successful. I attended St Mary’s as a child, worked as an LSA in Year 6, trained to become a teacher, taught at St Mary’s for 3 years and have now become the Assessment Governor.


I am currently a Deputy Head at a Crownfield Infant School where I have been in position for over 8 years. Within my role as Deputy at the school, I lead on Assessment, Curriculum development, KS1 progress and am Deputy Safeguarding Officer. I feel that these skills and understanding are fully transferable and will be of great benefit to St Mary’s over the coming years. My intention is to support and challenge the Headteacher as we all work closely towards moving the school from ‘Good’ to ‘Outstanding’.


Frank Cadam - Parent Governor

I was appointed as a parent governor in July 2017 and am aligned to the resource committee. I have three children currently at the school and my eldest has just finished at St.Mary's and is now attending Sacred Heart of Mary Upminster. I have worked in IT for over 16 year's primarily with Microsoft and data centre technologies. It is an honour to be a parent governor at St.Mary's and to work with the school and governing body, especially at this exciting time with the school's ICT developments and investment.

Gemma Chalker - Foundation Governor


Fr Martin Fletcher - Parish Priest

Gavin Waskett - Staff Governor

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