Meet the Governors

Hilda Bellamy

Acting Co-Chair of the Board of Governors
Foundation Governor

I have taught part-time for over 17 years at a Wandsworth Catholic primary school where I was RE Co-ordinator and music co-ordinator for a number of years. I have been an Extraordinary Minister of the Eucharist at Corpus Christi for 26 years and currently support the singing at the noon and Children’s Masses and help with counting collections. I am currently studying for a qualification in child counselling with the charity, the Place2Be. I was appointed as a foundation governor in February 2016 and was nominated to the position of Vice-Chair in September 2016. I look forward to serving the school and its community in this role.

Biba Dow

Acting Co-Chair of the Board of Governors
Foundation Governor

I have been a parishioner of Corpus Christi for twenty years, and my three children have all been to Corpus Christi School. I am an architect and run my own practice. We carry out a lot of community and cultural projects, and part of what I love about my job is helping people feel connected to their surroundings. In my spare time, I like walking, reading and art.

Fr. Adrian McKenna-Whyte BTh MSc

Foundation Governor

Fr. Adrian is a priest for the Archdiocese of Southwark and has worked in both rural and suburban parts of the diocese for nineteen years before becoming Parish Priest of Corpus Christi, Brixton Hill. Prior to being ordained, Fr. Adrian spent twelve years in NHS care management and has a Master’s degree in Health and Social Welfare studies. In bridging parish and community issues, Fr. Adrian serves as a Chaplain to the local Metropolitan Police, has been a Governor to both Primary and Secondary schools in the diocese and is a member of the Board of Directors of London Catalyst, a Greater-London-wide grant making charity that supports the spiritual, health and social welfare needs of Londoners to improve the health and well-being of people most in need.

Michael Burke

Foundation Governor

I was delighted to have been appointed as a Foundation Governor by the Diocese in Sept 2012. I have two Children at Corpus Christi. I am a retired Civil Servant having worked for 35 years in the Criminal Justice field. My last posting was running a Private Office for Senior Judiciary. I served as a Volunteer Police Officer with the Metropolitan Police for 28 years. My interests are Community Safety, particulaly in relation to young people and the elderly. My hobbies include walking, listening to music and reading.

William Mordaunt

Foundation Governor

I work as an IT project manager in the higher education sector. I have been a Foundation Governor since 2010 and am a member of the Resources Committee.

Miranda Sawyer

Parent Governor

I have two children at Corpus Christi and I was elected as Parent Governor in 2014. I've been a freelance journalist for over 25 years, working mostly for The Observer and the BBC: this means I'm happy to ask awkward questions if needed! I was on the board of the Members Council of the Tate for nine years, so I'm used to scrutinising large budgets and working within and without an institution to achieve its aims. I am the link Governor for Early Years and Computing. My personal interests include computer coding for children, the arts and sport.

Thomas Chesser

Parent Governor
SEND Link Govenor

I am Thom Chesser, father of three Corpus Christi pupils (years 3, 5 and the eldest now at Bishop Thomas Grant). The values and ethos of Corpus Christi are very important to my family and I'm an active member of the school and parish communities. I'm always around somewhere and I'm very approachable. I have some experience as a past Parent Governor of Effra Children's Centre, where we worked hard to guide a very busy Children's Centre and nursery facing a number of challenges and very difficult decisions. The role was very much like that of a Parent Governor at Corpus Christi and involved spending time to understand the Centre and its community, meetings, committee work and strategic planning alongside the Governors, Headteacher and Staff - I also undertook several Lambeth training courses. I understand the role of the Governors - setting strategic direction, ensuring accountability and, most importantly, to be a 'critical friend' to the school and its administration. Parent Governors are not there simply to challenge the status quo, rather I will work for the best interests of the school, parents and, especially, the pupils - questioning, advising and supporting as necessary - to ensure that Corpus Christi continues to grow and flourish as an outstanding school.

Jim Wood

Community Governor

I am the Local Authority governor at Corpus Christi. As IT Director at the London Legacy Development Corporation, which is responsible for delivering the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games legacy and regeneration promises, my remit includes delivering technology and digital innovation on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in Stratford. At a number of organisations I have set strategies and directed large programmes of work to achieve objectives. This experience should help me as a member of the Resources Committee. I have three children who are at various stages of their education. I enjoy tinkering with derailleur gears, support a football team north of the river, reading and going to gigs.

Shane Dervan

Staff Governor

I am Reception Teacher and one of the Early Years Coordinators at Corpus Christi and last year was delighted to become a staff representative on the governing board. I enjoy bringing a teachers perspective to discussions at meetings and being a voice for colleagues. I received my degree in Primary Education in 2002 from the University of Limerick and went on to teach in a small rural school in the west of Ireland for nine years. In 2011 I came to Corpus Christi for a three week supply role and fell in love with the school and it's community. I have taught year one, nursery and reception and I am currently gifted and talented coordinator. When not dedicating myself to life as part of the Corpus Christi family I sing with an acapella choir, enjoy a variety of sports and travelling back to Ireland to visit family and my ten dogs!

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