Fiona Kerin (Chair)
Fiona has been on the Governing Body since 2006, acting as Chair from September 2014 to August 2018. A Chartered Accountant who runs her practice from home, Fiona’s two children attended Our Lady of Lourdes where they had “the best start”. Her aim is that all children who leave the school feel the same.
Seamus McKenna (Foundation Governor)
Seamus joined the Board in September 2016 having recently retired as the Headteacher at Finchley Catholic High School. Seamus took over as Chair from September 2018. With more than thirty years experience in the education sector within London and Hertfordshire, he is keen to both share with and learn from primary colleagues. Seamus is a parishioner at Our Lady and Saint Vincent in Potters Bar.
Helen Holloway (Foundation Governor)
Helen has worked in schools since 1997 - firstly as a School Business Manager in a Primary School, then working with the Department for Education (DfE) Innovation Unit, followed by 5 years workings as an Education Finance Consultant supporting Primary and Secondary schools, and academies in effective financial management. She has also worked as a Clerk to School Governors for over 15 years and continues to do so to-date in both Primary and Secondary schools across various London Boroughs. Helen has taken on the role of Vice-Chair since September 2019.
Louise Miller (Local Authority Governor)
Louise has lived in Barnet for over twenty years. Much of her work experience has been in community development with an emphasis on improving the quality of life opportunities for young people. She is currently a self-employed project and change manager working in local government and housing associations.
(Staff Governor) Lisa McMahon
I joined OLOL in January 2017 as the Year 4 teacher. I was the Nursery teacher for four years and currently, I am the Year 3 teacher and Science Subject Leader. My teaching career began in 2012, after receiving my PGCE with Early Years specialism from Oxford Brookes University. I spent four years teaching in Northern Ireland, where I am from originally, before moving to London. Outside of school, my interests include walking, reading, spending time with my family and baby Godson, Joseph and crochet.
Becoming part of the Governing Board will enable to me to share my experiences as a member of staff at OLOL, whilst also gaining an insight into the various roles and responsibilities involved in being a School Governor. I value being a part of the children’s lives and helping shape their futures. Being a Staff Governor will enable me to do the same for our school and close-knit community.
Sioban Thomas (Vice Chair)
Siobán is a parishioner at St Alban’s and supports faith sharing groups. Her two sons attended Moss Hall and Finchley Catholic where she was a parent and foundation governor. She is a garden designer and previously spent many years as a chemical engineer and manager of large engineering and construction projects.
Claire Catney (Foundation Governor)Claire is employed in the presbytery at St. Alban’s church, as the cash office and gift aid administrator. She previously worked in banking and in retail management, and has an English degree from Queen’s University, Belfast. Her son started school at Our Lady of Lourdes in 2007 and is currently studying A-Levels at Finchley Catholic High. Her daughter joined Our Lady of Lourdes in 2016.
Lisa Jones (Parent Governor)
Lisa grew up in Finchley and attended Our Lady of Lourdes school for her primary education. Lisa has three children, all of whom have attended Our Lady of Lourdes, with her youngest still in attendance. Over the years, Lisa has been an active member of the school community and co-chaired the school PSA for a time. Lisa has a degree in Business Studies and currently helps to run the family business. Her background is in education; following the completion of a PGCE, she previously taught as a primary school teacher.
Alicia St Louis (Foundation Governor)
Alicia has lived in Barnet for over fifteen years. She grew up in Trinidad and Tobago where her career in health began. Previously a health governor in Haringey (2004), strengthening community partnership with health and social care. Alicia is a parishioner at St Alban’s with her son who also attends Our Lady of Lourdes.
Kalpesh Limani (Parent Govenor)
Kalpesh grew up in Finchley, and attended primary and secondary education in the area. He has 2 children, which one currently attends Our Lady of Lourdes. He has been an active member of the PSA in the past. He was PSA Treasurer from 2020 – 2022, and continues to support the school in fundraising activities where he can. Kalpesh has a degree in Business and Accounting and also in Investment and Finance. He is a qualified accountant with over 18 years experience, employed within the education sector. Currently he is an Accountant at a local University.
Father Peter Scott (Foundation Governor)
Fr Peter has been a Westminster Priest since 1991. Fr Peter’s secondary school was Bishop Douglass in Finchley. Before his present appointment as rector of St Mary’s, East Finchley in 2019, he was senior chaplain to St Joseph’s Hospice in Hackney. He has written a number of prayer books including one for children in hospital. In 2011 he was awarded the Good Samaritan Medal by the Pontifical Council for Healthcare. The last Englishman awarded this medal was Alexander Fleming. When Fr Peter gets some time to himself, he likes nothing more than going home to Bournemouth to see his family and taking a walk along the beach.