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Our Governors

 Seamus McKenna (Chair)

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 and Vice Chair)

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. 

 

Lynne Beckett (Staff Governor)

Lynne has been a teaching assistant supporting in Year 6 since 2011 and also delivers interventions in Numeracy. She is dedicated and passionate about helping the children at Our Lady of Lourdes achieve their best. Both her children attended OLOL and as a family, play an active role in raising funds for the school through the PSA.

 

Claudia Clayman (Associate)

Claudia's background is in the NHS, where she works as a clinical nurse specialist. She is originally Maltese, and has lived in Finchley for over 22 years. She has strong ties to the school, as her son attended Our Lady of Lourdes. She is active in St Alban's Church, as a reader and supporter of faith sharing groups in the parish.

 

Sioban Thomas (Foundation Governor)

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. 

 

Fiona Kerin (Foundation Governor)

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.

 

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.

 

Romina Vucic-Pranic (Foundation Governor)

Romina grew up in Zagreb, Croatia where she studied English and Phonetics. After moving to London in 1991, she worked in diplomacy before moving to the financial sector in 1999. Romina is a  Business Manager at North Hill Advisory Partners, a firm that provides corporate finance and wealth management support to Family Offices and HNWIs.

She has lived in Finchley since 1998 and has one child who attended at Our Lady of Lourdes.

 

Alicia St Louis (Parent 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. 

 

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.