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Meet our Governors

Marva Hibbert, Foundation Governor, Chair

I have been a governor of St. Mary’s Priory Schools for 34 years and 14 of those years as Chair.   When the  schools federated I remained on the governing body.   All my children attended the school and now my  grandchildren are attending.

My professional background is in education.  I believe this gives me the understanding needed to contribute  to the running of a school. 

My role as Chair is not only to ensure that all members of the governing body work in partnership with the  Headteacher and her Senior Leadership Team, parents and the wider community, but that the members of  the governing body are  at  the birth of the schools’ improvement plan.   I sit on a wealth of committees and  I am also an active member of St. Ignatius Catholic Church.

I think St. Mary’s is an excellent school and I feel incredibly proud to be part of such a dynamic and i  inclusive environment.


Florence Collins, Head Teacher

As a mother of three children I am passionate about young people and their education.

I lead an amazing team whose aspiration is to help children became fully rounded people of hope, love and charity.

I grew up and was educated in Hackney. I achieved more than I dreamt was possible and I want to support our children to do the same


Brian O’Shea, Foundation Governor, Vice Chair

I was appointed as a parent governor many years ago and more recently became a foundation governor.  All 4 of my children have been pupils of St Mary's and each went on to a Catholic Secondary School. I am currently the Chair of the Finance Committee and Vice Chair of the Full Governing Body. I am a qualified accountant with 25 years’ experience in industry but more recently I have returned to university to do a Science Masters in Osteopathy. I utilise my commercial and financial skills and experience to support the Governors and management team in ensuring the school resources are used in an effective and efficient manner to deliver the best education possible to the children.

Sr. Eugenia Geraghty – Foundation Governor

I am a Servite Sister who taught at St Mary’s for many years from when the schools first opened in 1966. I left St. Mary’s to become Head Teacher at St. Francis de Sales . I am now the Sacristan in St Ignatius Church. I feel privileged to be a Governor and part of the schools for so many years.



Jan Sherlock – Foundation Governor

I have been a Foundation Governor since 1995 and am currently Chair of the Personnel and Pay Committee.  My background is mainly within education.  I started teaching at St Mary's in 1969 where I stayed for 5 years and then moved to St John Vianney School.  When I left teaching I went into administration and management in the field of nurse education.  I was responsible for the administration for student recruitment and the day to day support to the training programmes.  As a manager I dealt with all personnel matters for my staff.   I have acted as the union representative for staff at complaints procedures.


Maria Farrell – Foundation Governor

I was elected a Parent Governor in 2010 and subsequently appointed a Foundation Governor by the Diocese of Westminster in early 2015.  I am currently the Chair of the Health, Safety and Premises Committee and am also the link governor responsible for Safeguarding.

I have three children all of whom attended St Mary’s and my youngest is currently in year 6.  I am also a past pupil and feel a strong affinity to the school.


My professional background is in facilities management and HR enabling me to effectively advise and support the school, as appropriate.


Sarah Marsh – Foundation Governor

Hi, I am Sarah.  I am a foundation governor at this school. I have experience of working with families in the community. I work in partnership on the governor body with the school for families to ensure positive outcomes for the children and families within the school.

Geraldine Casey – Foundation Governor



I was appointed as a Foundation Governor at St Mary's in September 2017. I am originally from Ireland, and came to London in the 1970’s to train as a teacher at London University. I qualified under ILEA and taught in east London for two years. I then moved over to work in Finance and qualified as an accountant in 2002. Over the last 30 years I have worked in the not for profit sector of housing associations and charities. My current job is with the Diocese of Westminster working in finance with parishes in Hackney. I have lived in Turnpike Lane for 30 years. I have seen the area change over the time I have lived here. I love the diversity, the energy and the commitment to making our locality a better place to live for all of us. I am committed to Equal Opportunities and a values led workplace, something I can see working throughout St Mary's. I am proud to be part of the school and I look forward to contributing to its future.


Eamonn Foy – Parent Governor

I was elected as a parent governor in February 2016, and believe this role has enabled me to make a positive contribution to a team that makes a huge difference to the school and local community. I have two children at the school and I feel this, as well as the other parents’ input, gives me a good understanding of what I can offer as a parent governor. I am pleased with the schooling my children are getting and I would like to see that continue and make sure the standards are continually being pushed. I run a small Graphic Design business. It’s this business experience that I think has helped me in a role of governor. I can offer business advice, from a completely different perspective on running a school, also being in a creative and technology field, I feel I help the school with general ideas and look to see if there are new and exciting different forms of technology that can help the school continue to move forward.

I am passionate about my community and only want to see the best for my and other children at St Mary’s.


Joanna Narkwa – Parent Governor

I am a past pupil of St Mary’s Priory Catholic School.  I have 4 children – my 2 older boys have passed through the school and I have 2 younger ones at St Mary’s, 1 of whom will be leaving this summer and attending secondary school.  I have found that the school provides a supportive environment, not only for the children but for everyone.

Previously I was the Chair of the PTA.   I am a volunteer at the school and, with the help of the Deputy Head, run the Maths Clubs for Years 3, 4 and 5.  I also listen to the children read and support children at lunch times in the ICT Suite. In particular, when I was very ill, the school provided emotional and practical support for which I am truly grateful.

I am proud to be a Parent Governor giving back skills and any support that I can provide to enrich the school and the community.  There is a new project to help parents gain more qualifications to become a TA Diploma New Tec College enabling entrance into the teaching profession.


Pat Gibson – Staff Governor

I have been working in the office at St Mary’s since 1991 and am currently the Finance Officer. I am also the Wellbeing Champion for the staff.  I have been the Staff Governor since 2010 and keep staff informed of relevant issues discussed at Governing Body meetings.  I am also a member of the Finance Committee.