Meet the Governors

Miranda Sawyer

Chair Of Governors
Parent Governor - Chair Of Governors

I was elected as Parent Governor in 2014 and became Chair of Governors in 2019; I've been the Link Governor for Early Years and Computing since 2014. Both my children attended Corpus Christi from nursery onwards, and one is still a pupil. I've been a freelance journalist for over 30 years, working mostly for The Observer and the BBC: this means I'm happy to ask awkward questions if needed! I'm also a trustee of the South London Gallery and my personal interests include computer coding for children, all of the creative arts and sport.

msawyer@corpus-christi.org.uk

Hilda Bellamy

Foundation Governor
Foundation Governor - Co-Vice Chair of Governors

I was appointed as a foundation governor in February 2016. I am on the strategy and pay committees and my link governor roles are: pupil and sports premium, KS1& LKS2 achievement, and music, It is a privilege to be able to serve our diverse, vibrant and caring school and parish community in this role. I am a school counsellor working in a secondary school. Prior to this, I taught for many years at a Catholic primary school and as such have an understanding of the educational landscape. I am an active member of the parish and currently run the RCIC programme.

hbellamy@corpus-christi.org.uk

Biba Dow

Foundation Governor
Foundation Governor - Co-Vice Chair of Governors

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.

bdow@corpus-christi.org.uk

William Mordaunt

Foundation Governor

I was appointed as a foundation governor in 2010, am a member of the Resources Committee and the link governor for maths. My two children both attended the school from nursery onwards and went on to Catholic secondary schools. I live in Herne Hill in the parish of SS Philip & James where I’ve been actively involved in the parish council for 20 years. I’ve worked in IT for over 30 years and currently work as an IT project manager in the higher education sector. Outside work, I enjoy hill walking and cycling. I am a volunteer with Herne Hill Youth Cycling Club based at Herne Hill Velodrome.

Thomas Chesser

Parent Governor
Parent Governor & SEND Link Governor

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.

Sarah Stevens-Cox

Staff Governor
Staff Governor

After working for nine years as a corporate solicitor and a short career break with my own children, I joined Corpus Christi as a staff member in 2010. For the first year I was a Teaching Assistant and qualified as a teacher in 2012, after training at the school and the Institute of Education. I already knew Corpus Christi well as a parent and even though my own three children have now left, I am very pleased to have stayed on! I have been a class teacher for years 1,2,3,4 and 5 and usually help to prepare year 6 for SATs. My particular interest is the teaching of English and I am the school’s English Coordinator and a moderator for KS2 writing for the borough of Lambeth. In my own time I am a keen recreational runner and have brought this interest into the school with the year 5 and 6 running club and the Corpus Christi fun run. I have been a governor since 2019 and I appreciate the opportunity to put forward the views and experiences of some staff members and to further understand and contribute to the management of the school.

Almaz Thomas

Staff Governor
Staff Governor

I am a Year 2 Class Teacher at Corpus Christi School and also an ex-pupil. I have been a part of the team for 4 years and have had the pleasure of working as a teaching and learning support assistant. I have always had a keen interest in music and have taught music at Corpus Christi which included leading the school band and choir. ' I have been a school governor since September 2019 and have relished the opportunity to get to know closely, and influence, the way our school operates at the strategic level. I hope to bring my professional knowledge and personal experience to enhance the governing body's knowledge of the school.

Ratidzo Starkey

Foundation Governor

I have been a parishioner at Corpus Christi for over a decade and volunteer for Children’s Liturgy at the 10:30am mass. I was appointed as a Foundation Governor in April 2020. I am an economist and have spent my career working in finance, most recently at the Bank of England. I am passionate about social mobility and improving educational outcomes for all children. I designed the Bank of England’s school outreach programme, participate in various mentoring programmes and am a trustee for educational charity, AccessEd. I have four children, three of whom have been/are students at Corpus Christi School.

Oluwayemisi Corinaldi

Foundation Governor
Foundation Governor

Andrew Godfrey

Foundation Governor - Chair of The Resources Committee

I first attended Corpus Christi Church on Christmas Day 2005 and have been a member of the parish ever since. My three children have all been to the school and I was glad to be able to give something back and become a Foundation Governor in 2018. I am chair of the resources committee. I am a solicitor. My work includes elements of advising on the role of trustees, analysing financial accounts, and working with charities, all of which I hope will prove useful in acting as a Governor. In my spare time I enjoy cooking, walking and gardening.

Nikki Hunt

Foundation Governor

It has been a privilege to be appointed as a foundation governor in February 2021. I have always been incredibly lucky to receive support above and beyond as a Corpus Christi parent. My eldest son joined in nursery, and is now in year 7 at BTG. My youngest son is profoundly disabled, and is often in hospital. The care and empathy shown by all members of Corpus Christi at our most vulnerable times as a family, has empowered me as a person, and has led me to provide support to this amazing school where I can. With a previous background in finance and administration, I currently provide secretarial and welfare support to a local successful grassroots football and boxing charity, with jewellery making and developing a range of adaptive clothing in the pipeline!

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