Letters from the Governors

At St Anthony’s Catholic Primary and Nursery School we have a very active governing body that is made up of foundation governors, the headteacher, the assistant headteacher, the assistant priest of Holy Rood Church, parent governors and a Local Authority governor.

As governors we attend termly full governing body meetings and further meetings specific to the committees that we are on for example: resources, admissions and school development. We also have governors that work specifically on safeguarding and health and safety in school.

Our role also involves acting as a critical friend to the headteacher and challenging the senior leadership team during meetings but also offering support and acknowledging areas of success within school.  The Headteacher invites the governing body into school in their role as link governors for specific subject areas. We carry out monitoring visits and feedback to the governing body.

A very important part of our visits is to attend masses, liturgies and retreat days in order to be a key part of the Catholic Life of the School. We also attend sports events, drama productions, and we always look forward to the annual Christmas dinner in the hall shared with Year 6 classes.

We are actively encouraged to attend additional training courses that are led by the Westminster diocese and also Herts for Learning and we complete relevant online training.  

As a volunteering role it is challenging and requires governors to commit a lot of time, however we all do so in order to support our school and children in being the best it can be. We feel very proud to be part of the St Anthony’s School community as we all Grow and Learn with Jesus together.


Imogen became a Foundation Governor in May 2019 and has been Chair since October 2022. She is Head of Maths and Acting Assistant Head Academic in a local independent secondary school. Imogen is married with three sons and a daughter and she worships at Holy Rood Church.


Ellena became a Foundation Governor in August 2015 and has been Vice Chair since October 2022. Ellena is married with three children, all of her children have been educated at St Anthony’s School. Ellena is our link governor for EYFS and SEND.

Father Alex

Father Alex has been a Foundation Governor, our R.E Link Governor and School Chaplain since September 2021. Father Alex is the assistant priest at Holy Rood Church in Watford.


David has been a Foundation and Local Authority Governor at St Anthony’s for the past 37 years.  He is a member of the Resources, Admissions and Performance Management committees.  Before retiring, he was a Technical Director in a global defence company.  David is a Chartered Electrical Engineer and a Fellow of the IET.  David is married with four children and two grandchildren.


Juliette became a Foundation Governor in September 2022. Having been in education all her working life, providing children with the best possible education is very important to her. Music has a big place in her life and she plays the viola at Holy Rood Church and in local orchestras.


Siobhan believes that life is a journey, where learning & education are integral. Fascinated by nature, curious about science her career has been in health (NHS, academia, & drug development). To her knowledge & qualifications (Fellowship, MSc & PhD gained while a parent) are weightless and have helped open doors. The values she holds most dearly are joy, kindness, equality, friendship & love. Siobhan is the link Governor for Science and healthy schools.


Gareth was a Data Analyst in the RAF for 12 years and has lived in the USA and Germany.  He worked for an airline for 20 years and recently the Probation service. He is keen to inspire children in Aeronautics as one of his three daughters is graduating in Aeronautical Engineering and then joining the RAF. Gareth is a Parent Governor.

Governor NameDate of Appointment Appointing BodyRoleCommitteesPecuniary Interests Meetings Attended
Sept 2022- 16th Jan 2023
Imogen Barrett Walsh
1st May 2019FGChair of Governors
Performance Management Governor
Children looked after
Child Protection Governor
English Governor
Herts Association of School Governors
School Development
Ellena Harley 1st August 2015FGVice Chair of Governors
Performance Management Governor
SEN Governor
EYFS Governor
School Development
David Callaghan11th October 2022LAPerformance Management Governor
Computing Governor
DT Governor
Elaine Harrold1st January 2002HTHeadteacherResources
School Development
Melanie Brimicombe10th May 2021SGAssistant Headteacher DSL
Inclusion and SEN
School Development
Fr Alex Balzanella1st March 2022FGR.E Governor
Geography Governor
History Governor
Gareth Fernandes14th October 2019PGHealth and Safety Governor
P.E Governor
School Development None6/7
Nick De Freitas4th February 2020PGPupil Premium Governor
Maths Governor
School Development
Governors' Development Co-ordinator
Anton Sivapatham18th September 2015FGArt Governor
Modern Languages Governor
Siobhan Donohoe7th May 2021FGHealth Schools Governor
Science Governor
RSE/PSHEE Governor
Juliette O'Beirne1st September 2022FGMusic GovernorResources
School Development
  • FG – Foundation Governor
  • PG – Parent Governor (elected)
  • HT – Headteacher Governor (Diocese of Westminster appointment)
  • SG – Staff Governor (elected)
  • LA – Local Authority Governor

Governors Roles in other Schools

Imogen Barrett Walsh is Head of Maths at Haberdashers’ Aske’s School for Girls, Elstree.