|Richard Belt – Foundation Governor (Chair)
I have four children (now adults), all of whom went to St Adrian’s – the first starting in 1984..! I now have two grandchildren at the school. I spent a long period of time on the PTA [some years as Chair], and have been a governor for over 20 years in total, with this being my second period as Chair. I have remained involved at St Adrian’s because I believe that we have been blest over the years with the quality of our leadership and teachers, the ethos of the school, and the environment in which our children learn. Results achieved speak for themselves, and St Adrian’s is indeed a special place. I hope to continue as a governor for a little while longer, before handing over to new blood..!
|Yvonne Hawkes – Headteacher Governor
I have always been involved in Catholic education, working in other Hertfordshire schools before coming to St Adrian’s in 1996. I served as deputy headteacher for three years before taking over as headteacher after Sr Margaret Jones.
During my time as headteacher I have seen many changes in education and led the school through several inspections. I have had the opportunity to support wider Catholic education within Hertfordshire through secondment to other schools as well as mentoring newly appointed headteachers.
I am married with two grown up daughters; one lives locally and the other in Edinburgh so we love to take the opportunity to go north of the border as often as possible!
I am proud and privileged to work with such a committed and effective governing body and to lead a staff team that ensures that St Adrian’s remains a welcoming and nurturing Christian community where our pupils are supported to become the very best they can be.
|Dominic Bedford – Associate Member
|Robin King – Staff Teacher Governor
Before beginning my teaching career, I worked in the book publishing industry for a number of years. Then, having completed a Master’s Degree in Computer Science, I spent five years as a computer programmer.
I joined St. Adrian’s in 2013 having previously taught for three years at Crabtree Junior School in Harpenden, and am enjoying the different experience of teaching in Key Stage 1. I am also subject leader for computing.
I live in Harpenden with my wife, Sue, our three children, two lazy cats and one naughty puppy!
|Joan Egenes – Foundation Governor
I am Chair of the Finance + Personnel Committee, Literacy Link Governor, sit on the Head Teacher Review Panel, and am responsible for governor training. A chartered accountant by profession, I work part time for KPMG where I am responsible for learning and development. Two of my children attend St. Adrian’s – Nicole in Year 5, and Caitlin in Reception – and my son, Stephen, has just started secondary school at St Michael’s. Born in Harare, Zimbabwe, I was 10 when my parents emigrated to South Africa, and I spent my teenage and early twenties growing up in Durban. A desire for travel brought my husband, David [a chemical engineer] and me to the UK, where we have been living for the last 16 years.
|Jackie Harrison – Foundation Governor
I was first appointed as a foundation governor in January 1996, when my son was in Reception Class. I have continued to serve for what is now almost 21 years! I am a member of St Bart’s Parish and feel that by serving St Adrian’s, I am also serving the parish. I have served the governing body in a variety of ways. I was Chair of the Admissions Committee for about 12 years until 2015. I am a member of the Strategy and Personnel Group and the Finance Committee. I am currently Vice Chair of the Governing Body and have held this position several times during the last 20 years, in addition to serving on many working groups. Currently I am the link governor for Year 6 and I am a member of the Maths/IT Core Group. Since Head Teacher Performance Management was introduced in 2000, I have been Chair of the team of three governors that is responsible for reviewing the Head Teacher’s work. I feel privileged to have been a foundation governor for so long, and hope to be able to continue to serve the parish and school in this way for the foreseeable future.
|Martha Moroney – Foundation Governor
I have been in the community of St Adrian’s since 2004 when my daughter started in the Nursery. She moved on from St Adrian’s in July 2012, but my son is now in Year 3. I have been a parent governor at St Adrian’s for a little over four years. During my time on the Governing Body, I have been Chair of the Catholic Life + Community Working Group, and have also served on both the Leadership + Management Working Group and the Admissions Committee. Currently Year 1 link governor, my other liaison roles are special education needs, St Bart’s Parish and Hertfordshire Governors Area Forum. It is a privilege to serve the school as a governor and I enjoy the role greatly.
|Andy Petch – Foundation Governor
I have been associated with St Adrian’s since my two children attended in the 1980s. As a member of the PTA Committee, together with Dave Keiley [another ex-parent], I helped to run quiz nights twice a year (and am still doing so!)
In 1996, I was appointed a Foundation Governor and have had two spells as Chair, and one as Vice Chair. Over the years I have been involved mainly in the finance and personnel areas. I am currently continuing my role in the finance area as well as chairing the Admissions and Discipline committee and being the link governor for Year 5.
In my younger days, I accompanied Sr. Margaret, and then Mrs Hawkes, and several Year 6 classes on 7 enormously enjoyable annual trips to the Isle of Wight.
My overwhelming experience of St Adrian’s leads me to believe that it is blest with incredibly talented and professional teachers and support staff, strongly supported by committed governors and parents, who care greatly about the success of the school. I have really enjoyed my time as governor and will continue to do so for the next couple of years before I step down for good.
|Maureen Roe – Foundation Governor
I am a parishioner in St Bartholomew’s Parish, where I serve as a Minister of the Word and an Extraordinary Minister of the Eucharist. I’ve lived in St Albans all my life and always been involved in Catholic education. As a child, I went to Sts. Alban & Stephen Primary School, followed by Loreto College, before training to be a teacher.From 1988 to 2002, I was Head Teacher at St John Fisher Primary School, St Albans. From 2002 to 2011, I was the Deputy Director of Westminster Diocese Education Service, and continue to work for the Diocese on an ad hoc basis as an education consultant. In November 2011, I was appointed by Archbishop Vincent Nicholls as a trustee on the Board of Governors of The Catholic Children’s Society [Westminster]. Outside my professional life, I have always had an interest in all sports. A keen golfer, I am currently Lady Captain of Verulam Golf Club.
I’m looking forward to serving St Adrian’s community and the Diocese, as a Foundation Governor.
|Edward Behan – Parent Governor
I first became a Parent Governor in 2012 and have since served on the Learning + Achievement, Maths + Computing Core and Resources + Learning Environment [Premises] Working Groups, as well as Link Governor for a number of year groups and technology-related areas. My wife, Ren, and I live locally with our three children, two of whom are currently at St Adrian’s – Edward in Year 5 and Elena in Year 2. I look forward to the continuing prospect of using my experiences and interests to help St Adrian’s succeed in its vital role for our parish and community.
|Dominic Tang – LA Nominated Governor
In the Autumn of 2013 I ceased working as a Chartered Management Accountant, of 16 years, to be a full time dad for my two daughters and house-husband to my wife Joanne. My eldest daughter (Katy) started Year 1 in Autumn 2014 and Sophie is 2 years behind her. With what little spare time I have, I’m keen to get involved in the community where I can – I became a Parent Governor in September 2014 and was appointed Treasurer of the PTA in February 2016. My other volunteer work has involved me leading Pre-School Worship as a Catechist at St Barts (since the start of 2013) and being Treasurer of the Sopwell Residents Association.
My family and I have lived in the Sopwell ward of St Albans since 2005, but I myself grew up in Hemel Hempstead so I’m very familiar with the area.
I feel very privileged to be on the Governing Body and I aim to contribute as best I can to the success of the pupils and the school.
|Niamh Thorpe – Parent Governor
I joined as a Parent Governor in September 2013. I have always had an interest in education and so feel very privileged to be able to serve St. Adrian’s as a Parent Governor.
I grew up in Ireland and, after finishing my first degree in Science, moved to the UK to do a postgraduate degree. After four years in academia, I entered the Pharmaceutical Industry where I have been employed for the last 18 years. I have extensive experience of leading teams and developing people, as well as working in a highly regulated environment.
My husband, Simon, and I have lived in St Bart’s parish for several years, and we have one daughter – Orla – who is currently in Year 1.
Although I have a lot to learn, I know that I am extremely fortunate in having the support of a very experienced group of governors, and look forward to contributing to St Adrian’s in whatever way I can.
|Eleanor Christie – Parent Governor
|Barbara Bliss – Clerk to the Governors
I’ve been Clerk to Governors since my own three children were pupils at the school, when I was actively involved both as a parent, and (for a number of years) part time school secretary. My background is solidly secretarial, with experience in several senior roles. This has helped enormously in fulfilling the duties of the post, which mainly covers administrative responsibilities, not least basic statutory duties, allied to the effectiveness of the Governing Body. I live in Park Street with my husband, am a founder member of St Bart’s HCPT Group, and now have the joy of a grandson at the school. Over the years, I’ve seen lots of governors come and go, but all have had the same things in common – a huge capacity for hard work, commitment and personal dedication – and it’s been a great privilege to serve them on the governing body.