Governors

I have been Parish Priest at Our Lady and St Hugh's Church since 2011 and act as the Religious Education link and spiritual adviser to the school. I enjoy visiting the school on a regular basis where I find a positive atmosphere and staff who are committed in their desire to serve the children.
Fr Pat Broun - Foundation - Parish Priest/RE
 
I have been a foundation governor for several years, most recently taking on the role of Treasurer. This gives me the opportunity to put my expertise in accountancy to good use in the local community. I am married to Martin with whom I have a young daughter called Amelie. I attend Our Lady and Saint Hugh's church and am actively involved in the church.
Madeleine Drew - Foundation - Treasurer
I became a Parent Governor in November 2016. More information to come soon...
Mike Holland - Parent - Parent Links/English
 
I was delighted to be invited to become a Governor and started this in July 2018.In the early 1980s I spent two years in Tanzania through Voluntary Service Overseas, lecturing in accounting, management and other subjects – mainly in Swahili, at a Christian Conference and Training Centre in Dodoma.I then worked in finance roles mainly in the international aid area of the charity sector. More recently I have worked for a creative writing charity, a child mentoring charity and Age UK in Lewisham and Southwark. I had various Trustee and similar roles in London and then moved to Witney at the end of 2018.
Nick Kavanagh - Foundation
 
Married to Teena and we have two amazing kids – Michelle and Michael who study at Cokethorpe School. Having completed my Masters in Business Administration and equipped with more than 17 years in the automotive industry, I currently work for BMW. My role revolves around steering projects related to quality of processes. I am an avid reader and love reading books on the Catholic faith. I also enjoy sports and currently play hockey for the Witney Hockey Club. I am immensely humbled to be a governor.
Carlton Rose - Associate - H&S
 
I became a foundation governor in Feb 2016 and chair of the Committee in Oct 2016. I am married to Carl and we have three sons and five grandchildren of primary school age. We moved to Witney on retirement after many years in Oxford where I managed an academic journal but also sat as a magistrate in the city and was very involved with Marriage Care, both as a counsellor in Oxford and as chair of the charity’s board in London. I am very pleased to be able to use that experience in my role as chair helping to build relationships and facilitate the work of the committee. I also have responsibility as link governor for Teaching and Learning.
Judith Schmidt - Foundation - Chair/Teaching and Learning
 
I am a Qualified teacher and currently work as Foundation Stage Teacher Assistant in school. I live in Witney with my four children who, like me, all attend or have attended the school. I am an active member of the school community, being a member of the Friends committee. I have been a Parishioner of Our Lady and St Hugh Church since birth and I organise and run the Children's Liturgy. Currently I am also a Trustee of our link nursery - St Hugh of Lincoln.
Sophie Smith - Staff - SEND/Safeguarding
 
I became a foundation governor in November 2016. I am married to Sarah and currently look after our 3 children. Previously, I was a Royal Air Force Officer, specialising in IT Systems, then worked as an IT Manager for a publishing company in Kidlington. I attend Our Lady and St Hugh's church where I am a Eucharistic Minister. Having a keen interest in maths and PE, I feel privileged to have been given the responsibility as the link governor in these subjects.
Jeremy Taylor - Foundation - Maths
 
I was delighted to accept the invitation to become a governor of Our lady of Lourdes in November 2017. I am married to Jacqui and we have two grown up children, who have long fled the nest. We live in North Leigh, having moved into the Witney area just over two years ago. We worship at St. Peter’s Catholic Church, Eynsham which, of course, is well within the catchment area of Our Lady of Lourdes. I am an accountant by profession although I spent the greater part of my career in general management, before retiring some years ago. Like most reasonable people, I believe that the best investment this country can make is in the education of our young people. However, in the current climate of tough budgeting and relentless cost cutting, I hope my financial background may be of some assistance to Our Lady of Lourdes.
Peter Van Cauwelaert - Foundation
 
I'm Jenny Walker, the Principal. I have been involved in education for 20 years, working in a number of primary schools of various sizes in Oxfordshire and Bristol. Throughout my work in education I believe that children should be happy and safe in order to reach their full potential. I am passionate that education is the key to our children’s future and that they need to be given as many opportunities in order to develop wholly and succeed. Outside of school, I have two children who keep me very busy, but when I do get time off I enjoy walking with my friends and listening to music.
Jennifer Walker - Principal