The governors of our school represent various elements of the Diocese of Westminster, local community, education authority and the church of Our Lady. They are appointed for a four-year term of office and Governing Body meetings are held every half term. Some members are elected representatives from the staff, as well as appointed governors from the various interested groups. The governors have oversight of the management, conduct and curriculum of the school and provide essential links between school, church, the community and the local authority.  In order to fulfil their responsibilities the Governors belong to one of two committees which oversee different aspects of school life.  There is also a Governors’ Admissions committee.

The Full Governing Body meets at least six times a year.  


The Governors

Andrew Heffernan
Andrew Heffernan was appointed  as Parent Governor in 2006. In 2012 he become Foundation Governor appointed by the Diocese. Andrew is the Chair of Governors and works in the Education & Achievement, Admissions and Resources Committees. Andrew’s three children all attended St Joseph’s. His business background  is in accountancy and  media, and most recently acted as the Chief Financial Officer of a media company listed on the New York Stock Exchange.


Term of office - 2019
Type of Governor - Foundation
Relevant business and pecuniary interests - N/A
Governance roles in other educational institutions - N/A
Any material interests arising from relationships between governors or relationships between governors and school staff (including spouses, partners and close relatives) - N/A
Attendance record at governing body and committee meetings – 100%
Committee membership – Education & Achievement, Admissions and Resources


Emanuela Federspil Bernstorff
Emanuela Federspil Bernstorff started as Parent Governor in 2006. In 2011 she become Foundation Governor appointed by the Diocese. She is the Vice Chair and works in the Admissions Committee. Emanuela’s three daughters attended St Joseph’s. She read Law at university, is a PR professional and a spoken communications consultant. She founded and lead the Charity that opened the first Italian Primary school in London.

Date of appointment - Since Oct 2006
Term of office - 2018
Type of Governor - Foundation
Relevant business and pecuniary interests - N/A
Governance roles in other educational institutions - N/A
Any material interests arising from relationships between governors or relationships between governors and school staff (including spouses, partners and close relatives) - N/A
Attendance record at governing body and committee meetings - 99%
Committee membership - Admissions


Charlotte Glanville
Charlotte is a mother of three all whom are currently at St Joseph's. Presently, Charlotte is Chair of the Finance Committee and is the EYFS link. Charlotte is very involved in the School Association and in her spare time works full time for Grant Thornton. Charlotte is a Chartered Accountant and has worked for many years in Restructuring. She now works in a leadership role supporting international clients.

Date of appointment - September 2014
Term of office - 4 Years
Type of Governor - Parent
Relevant business and pecuniary interests - N/A
Governance roles in other educational institutions - N/A
Any material interests arising from relationships between governors or relationships between governors and school staff (including spouses, partners and close relatives) - N/A
Attendance record at governing body and committee meetings - 100%
Committee membership - Chair of the Resources Committee


Roberto Speranza
Roberto is a Parent Governor elected to his post in 2014 and he has three children of different ages all attending St Joseph’s. Roberto works for a global asset manager and has 20 years experience in banking. He has a BS degree in Economics from LUISS Guido Carli University in Rome and a MSc in Finance at LBS in London. He has served as a visitor lecturer in Finance at Bocconi and Luiss University in Italy.

Date of appointment - 2014
Term of office - 4 Years
Type of Governor - Parent
Relevant business and pecuniary interests - N/A
Governance roles in other educational institutions - N/A
Any material interests arising from relationships between governors or relationships between governors and school staff (including spouses, partners and close relatives) - N/A
Attendance record at governing body and committee meetings - 95%
Committee membership - Resources


Father Jeffrey Steel
Parish Priest of Our Lady’s St John’s Wood

Date of appointment - September 2015
Term of office -
Type of Governor - Foundation
Relevant business and pecuniary interests - N/A
Governance roles in other educational institutions - N/A
Any material interests arising from relationships between governors or relationships between governors and school staff (including spouses, partners and close relatives) - N/A
Attendance record at governing body and committee meetings - All but one absence at Education and Achievement Committee
Committee membership - Education and Achievement


Mrs Husain
Mrs Husain has been Deputy Head of St Joseph’s for five years. This is her second Deputy Headship. As well as working in London at the start of her teaching career, she has taught in Oxford, Australia, Birkenhead and Barcelona. After completing an English degree, she specialised in Early Years Education and has taught all year groups from Reception to Year 6.

Date of appointment - September 2011
Term of office -
Type of Governor - Staff
Relevant business and pecuniary interests - N/A
Governance roles in other educational institutions - N/A
Any material interests arising from relationships between governors or relationships between governors and school staff (including spouses, partners and close relatives) - N/A
Attendance record at governing body and committee meetings -
Committee membership - Resources, Education and Achievement and Admissions


Douglas Blausten
Douglas Blausten is a Consultant to Cyril Leonard Chartered Surveyors and Property Consultants in Mayfair, London. He is Chairman of the policy discussion forum, the Cambridge Whitehall Group and a Trustee of the Mental Health Foundation. This is in addition to being a Centre Fellow of the Cambridge Centre for Climate Change Mitigation Research and a member of the Cambridge Land Economy Advisory Board. Until October 2015 Mr Blausten was Vice Chairman of NHS Property Services and Chairman of its Asset and Investment Committee and he is also a Past President of the Cambridge University Land Society.

Date of appointment - September 2015
Term of office - 4 Years
Type of Governor - LEA
Relevant business and pecuniary interests - N/A
Governance roles in other educational institutions - N/A
Any material interests arising from relationships between governors or relationships between governors and school staff (including spouses, partners and close relatives) - N/A
Attendance record at governing body and committee meetings - 90%
Committee membership - Resources& Education and Achievement


Kevin Bowles
Mr Bowles has been a class teacher for a number years and worked in a range of different schools. He has taught across Reception and Nursery classes, and specialised in Early Years Education at university. Currently he is one of two Reception teachers and EYFS lead at St Joseph’s.

Date of appointment - September 2015
Term of office - 4 years
Type of Governor - Staff
Relevant business and pecuniary interests - N/A
Governance roles in other educational institutions - N/A
Any material interests arising from relationships between governors or relationships between governors and school staff (including spouses, partners and close relatives) - N/A
Attendance record at governing body and committee meetings - 100%
Committee membership - Education and Achievement


Committees

The Governing Body comprises of three committees:

  • Resources
  • Education and Achievement
  • Admissions

Other committees or working parties are convened as appropriate

The Resources committee is responsible for the financial management of the school and ensuring that all pupils’ needs are provided for.  

The Governors on the Education and Achievement committee focus on the learning and progress of the children.  

The Admissions committee is responsible for the correct implementation of the school’s admissions procedures and works closely with the Diocese of Westminster to ensure that the Admissions Process is fair and transparent.  

Each committee meets at least once each term.

The Governors’ Fund

As a voluntary aided school the Governors are responsible for the maintenance of the school buildings and must pay at least 10% of expenditure on any building work that is undertaken. This includes any expenditure in ICT infrastructure. To enable the Governing Body to achieve this it relies on voluntary contributions from parents and friends of the school.  

In the past the Key Stage Two toilets have been renovated and this year a new school boiler was installed.  We are currently at the beginning of a three phase building project improving our Year 1 and 2 classrooms and other learning environments.

If you would like to donate to our Governors’ Fund please click here and thank you, we are very grateful for the support that we are fortunate to receive from friends to the school.