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Who's Who - Meet the Governors


Mary Harber Foundation Governor (Chair of Governors)

Chair of Personnel Committee

Chair of Admissions Committee

 My involvement with St John Fisher School started in 1993 when my daughter first attended the school. I was on the PTA for a few years. In 2010 I joined the governing body as a Foundation Governor, appointed by the Diocese, and became Chair in Sept. 2013.  I meet with the Head Teacher at school at least fortnightly and we communicate more frequently. I also maintain regular contact with each governor. In addition to my visits to the school on school business I attend Mass at the school usually weekly which also presents an opportunity to see the school buildings and speak to members of the school community. Of course I also attend various committee meetings – at least 3 a term.

I work full time as a solicitor in a local High Street practice where I specialise in Family Law. I am also a notary public.




John Maquire (Local Authority) Chair of Teaching & Learning Committee

LEA Governor. Chair of curriculum committee, member of pay committee, head teachers review team. Link governor for Able, Gifted and Talented. 
I am Deputy Head of Haberdashers' Aske's Boys' School. I have been a governor for four years, with two years as an LEA governor. My experience is with curriculum,teaching and learning, more able students and all matters educational. I live in St Albans with my wife and two daughters. 


Maria Adair Foundation Governor Vulnerable Learners Link governor (Vice Chair)

I live in locally in Marshalswick and my two daughters attend St. John Fisher School; one is in Year 6 and the other in Year 5.

I work part-time teaching Religious Studies (mainly A-level and GCSE) at St. Columba’s College. I have been a teacher for 20 years in total, and have taught in a broad range of secondary schools in London and Liverpool. I have been Head of Religious Studies in several schools.

As a governor at St John Fisher I work closely with Miss O’Neill supporting her in maintaining Special Educational Needs provision throughout the school. As part of this, I have attended a training day with her and I am also the link governor for safe-guarding.

I enjoy supporting staff, pupils and parents in the school and also continuing to develop close links with both the parish and the diocese.


Ellie McConachie Foundation Governor (Healthy Schools)

I became a parent a St John Fisher school in 2005 when my eldest daughter Rianna joined reception. I joined the PTA and became chair working with a great team of parents building the school community. After four years I together with another parent set up Fisher Clubs offering a varied choice of clubs for the pupils after school. The aim was to offer extra curriculum activities which were affordable. I then became a parent Governor in 2011. I have seen many changes in my four years as a Governor and believe the school is growing
in the right direction with a good strong core of staff. I am no longer a parent governor as my youngest daughter Georgia left in 2014 I am however staying on the board as a Foundation Governor.
I worked for Sweaty Betty for two and a half years.  Setting up the shop and building a good community relationship between local fitness studios and instructors. I
 have now taken a different direction and have joined St. Columbas College as a senior school secretary. 


Ofure Awonuga Parent Governor (Resources Committee & Maths Link Governor)

We moved from North London to St. Albans in 2010 and since then I’ve been working at the University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield.

My work involves analysing data relating to Students’ Enrolment, Attainment and Progression. I also integrate data sources into Data Marts used for identifying trends or patterns within data. For the past two years I have been managing an IT Project and once complete I will work on the Change Management process.

As a Parent Governor I will work towards maintain the school’s core values. I have chosen the role of a Maths Link Governor in which I plan to help children achieve the best of their ability in Maths.

I have a son at St. John Fisher who is passionate about sports but most importantly has enjoyed being a St. John Fisher pupil.



Valerie Lynn Parent Governor (Teaching & Learning Committee & Literacy Link Governor)

I live in Marshalswick and have been committed to the St John Fisher School community since 2010 when my daughter started in reception.  She is now in Year 6 and my son is in year 4.  I spent 3 years as an active member of the PTA and helped organise many school events.  I am a regular parent volunteer at school and in particular support the children’s reading.  Being an active parish member I ran the Church children’s liturgy and am a volunteer at the school mass centre and a catechist for the First Holy Communion program.  I am a qualified scientist with years of experience in the Pharmaceutical industry. Currently I work as a Science Technician at Sandringham secondary school.  Previously I worked in a school for pupils with special educational needs supporting the children in science and literacy.


Rocquel Nevers-Wright Parent Governor (Associate, Working alongside Inclusion Governor.)

As a parent of two children at the school, I am a strong supporter of the school’s ethos and principles.

I have been a teacher for over 12 years, working in a variety secondary schools and then further education, teaching Psychology and Science.

As a governor, I will be working with Mrs Maria Adair and Miss O’Neill within the Special Educational Needs provision of the school. 


Christine Dawson - Foundation Governor (SEND & T&L Committee)

I am joining the school governing body as a Foundation Governor at the start of the School Year September 2016. Our family association with the school dates from our move to Jersey Farm in 1985, and our three children happily attended St John Fisher School. During these years I served on the school PTA, including a term as Treasurer, and I have continuously volunteered as part of the Sunday Mass Centre at the school. An additional local commitment is as Mass Centre rep to the ecumenism and fellowship of Churches Together in Marshalswick. As members of Parish our home has been graced with group preparation for the sacrament of Confirmation, and hosts of a house Prayer group; and I am joint local rep to the Church Neighbourhood Links scheme. With an educational background, teaching in three district mixed comprehensive schools. I latterly specialised in complex educational needs at a local Moderate Learning Difficulties school. I intend to contribute to the board by supporting the SEND provision at the school, and to serve on the Teaching and Learning committee.


Aileen Hartnett

I have no previous connection with the school.

I have been a parishioner at St Thomas More, Wheathampstead since moving from Chester to the area 20 years ago with my husband and three children.

Whilst  living in Chester I was chair of St Mary's play group Handbridge for two years and was involved in a campaign to prevent the closure of St Mary's Nursery school in Chester, including meeting with the Minister of Education in London to make representations. St Mary's Nursery was the first nursery in the country  to succeed in arguing against closure.
On moving to Hertfordshire my sons attended St Columba' s College and  my daughter St Dominic's and then Loreto College.

I was a governor  of St Columba's College  from 2002 until 2011.

I am a Family Law Solicitor and in practice for the last thirty six years. Since moving to Hertfordshire I have continued to work as a Family Solicitor and have been in practice with my present firm for the last twenty years.

I hope that I can bring some of my skills to the school and look forward to learning more about 
the school and the community it serves.



Sr. Anita O’Leary Foundation Governor, RE and Literacy link Governor

I joined the parish of Ss Alban and Stephen in Jan 2014 as the Youth Co-ordinator. I am a regular visitor at St. John Fisher School where I support the RE program. In particular I am involved with the year 6 Chaplaincy team and I also support year 3 as they prepare to receive the sacraments of First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion. Previously I have taught in primary education and hence I have a keen interest in the Literacy.


Fr TJ Plower (Parish Priest) Foundation Governor 


I joined the parish of Ss Alban and Stephen in August 2015 as the parish priest and became a Foundation Governor at St. John Fisher School in autumn 2015. I support the school in my role as parish priest along with Fr Jimmy and Fr Tom and as a Foundation Governor on the board of Governors.



Laura Flitton Headteacher, Staff Governor 

Gemma O'Neill Deputy Headteacher, Staff Governor

Karen Vontzalidis Assistant Head, Associate Governor


Rachel Botley School Business Manager, Associate Governor

For disclosure purposes I am also a Co-opted Governor at Muriel Green Preschool and Nursery in St Albans. I have held this position since January 2015.