St. Joseph's Catholic College

Governing Board

The Board of Directors has a key role to play in helping the College provide the best possible education for all its students.  The School Standards and Framework Act 1998 strengthens that role by giving governing bodies a specific responsibility for helping to raise standards. The governing body meet regularly and review each aspect of the College. This includes students achievement and progress, teaching and learning, use of resources, and staffing. Committees and panels are formed as required and a finance and premises committee meet during the year to specifically review the best use of the money allocated to the College.  The admissions panel meet regularly throughout the year.

The Governors’ vision is that the College including all the students and staff are the “best we can be” and more detail on this can be found by following this link.

The membership of the board, the Chairs and Vice Chairs of each committee is shown below.

All communications to the Directors should be directed in the first instance to the Clerk, Michelle Ferris. Her email address is This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Members of the Board

Name Role Type of Governor Term Expires Attendance 2016 - 17 Committee's Pecuniary interest
Canon John Cunningham

Chair of Governors

Foundation 31/01/2021 15 out of 18 All

Director of Holy Cross Catholic Primary School
Diocesan Trustee

Mrs Liz Barrett

Vice Chair of Governors

Parent 10/01/2021 16 out of 16  n/a Employed by Intel Corporation (UK) Ltd
Children attend the College
Mr David Dawson Chair of Progress Committee Foundation No longer a governor. 4 out of 7 n/a None Declared
Mr Terry Aspell Chair of Finance and Premises committee Foundation 31/07/2019 7 out of 16 Finance and Premises Progress Employed by Hewlett Packard Enterprises Ltd
Mr Chris Lang Chair of Admissions Panel Foundation 31/07/2019 25 out of 29 Admissions finance and Premises None Declared
Mrs Lucy Skittrall   Foundation No longer a governor. 5 out of 7 n/a Employed by Cartus Ltd
Mr Andrew Szeliga   Foundation 31/07/2019 30 out of 34

Finance and Premises

Velox Technologies Ltd (Owner)
Director of Holy Family Catholic Academy

Sister, Mrs Rudnik employed by the College
Mrs Elaine O'Connell-Prater   Foundation 31/12/2017
No longer a governor
27 out of 32


None Declared
Mr Tony Matthews Vice chair of governors Foundation 31/07/2019 14 out of 16 n/a Employed by RM results
Quasair Ltd (Director) (Dormant)
Mrs Jennifer Makamure Vice Chair of Finance and Premises Committee Foundation 30/09/2019 15 out of 16   Employed by Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council
Child attends the College
Mr Paul Hughes Principal E Officio   35 out of 37 All
Mr Abel Nunes   Staff Expired - 03/05/2016 n/a   Declared Family, no connection
Mr Mark Fleet Staff Governor Staff 03/05/2020 14 out of 16  

Mother, Mrs Fleet employed by Swindon Music Service
Freelance event technician

Mr Andrej Matyla Staff Governor Staff 03/05/2020 14 out of 14  

Father, Mr Matyla employed by the College


The Diocese of Clifton appoints the foundation governors. Staff and parent governors are selected following the process as recommended by the national governors association and Department for Education which is then ratified by the governing body and trustee’s. Unless otherwise noted, each Governor servers a term of four years.

Designated Safeguarding Lead: Adrian Stoten
Designated Senior Manager for Allegations & lead contact for Public & Parents: Helen Peace
Link Governor for Safeguarding & Child Protection: Mrs Liz Barrett.

All foundation governors are appointed by Bishop Declan of the Clifton Diocese, staff governors are appointed by election, parent governors are appointed by election and the one additional governor is appointment by the Governing Body as a whole.

The Chair of the Board is Canon John Cunningham who can be contacted at the College address or via the clerk.

For a description of the governing body's activities, please click here

For a summary of governing body meetings, please click on the month below

October 2017

September 2017

July 2017

June 2017

May 2017

April 2017

March 2017

February 2017

January 2017

December 2016

November 2016