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Meet our Governors

Brian O’Shea, Foundation Governor,  Chair

I was originally 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 Governors and Chair of the Finance Committee. I am a qualified accountant with 25 years’ experience in industry but more recently I have completed 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.  


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.

Martha Hawting- Foundation Governor (application in process)

I am a primary school teacher working in a school in Enfield. I have taught throughout KS2 with experience in KS1. I am currently teaching Year 5 and I have responsibility for leading History within the school. Before training to be a teacher in 2008, I worked in the Museum and legal sectors.

I have enjoyed being part of the St Mary’s community since my daughter, who is now in Year 2, joined in the nursery. When she started, we felt strongly the sense of being welcomed into a special and tightly knit community. Recently, I have been lucky enough to start working with the PSA as joint secretary, which has allowed me to gain further insight into the school. The vision of St Mary’s to inspire all children to become confident, independent learners is evident throughout the school and I’m looking forward to the opportunity to be involved in developing this further in the role of foundation governor.


Emma Swinhoe- Parent Governor

I have a ten-year background as a trained psychiatric nurse and a degree in illustration and graphic design. I currently work as a freelance illustrator for the Fruit Fly Collective, a group of artists and scientists whose mission is to demystify cancer from diagnosis through treatment. 

My son attends St Mary's and is in year four, my daughter was a pupil here and has now moved on to secondary school. Both of them have been very happy at St Mary' s and seem to have thrived.

I have volunteered in the nursery and can often be found accompanying classes on their external trips. I'm also taking the TA course and hope to complete this next year.

St Mary's is a great school and I'm really pleased to be on the board as a parent governor where I hope to be able to help to support the school in the work it does for our children and the local community.

Rosemary Nicco-Annan- Parent Governor

I am a qualified Teacher (post-secondary Education) and I hold a BA (Hons) Degree in Education, a Diploma in Education in Lifelong Learning. I am a qualified vocational Assessor in Early Years Education, supporting teaching and learning in schools and adult care.

I am currently working with Hammersmith Adult Learning and Skills Services as a part-time Lecturer/Assessor and also SarahNicco Training Ltd as Lecturer/Assessor and a qualified CPD Instructor/ trainer with Pro training UK.

From 2016 to date I have been working with a group of teachers/assessors from SarahNicco Training Ltd in partnership with NEWTEC to provide vocational training for Parents of St Mary’s Priory Catholic Infant & Junior School to empower them to be gainfully employed.

I am a PSA committee member (Chair of planning activities) and I liaise with parents of the school to support our children and also to raise funds for the school. I also offer Basic First Aid training to children in Reception class on voluntary basis every Thursday.

I am a mother of two girls, my first daughter is 9 years and is in year five and has been a pupil of St Mary’s since September 2013 to date. I have always found it a privilege to see my daughter learn and grow holistically, academically and in confidence in a stimulating learning environment like St Mary’s where children are afforded equal opportunities to learn and thrive and parents are given a lot of support to understand what their children are learning and to enable them to work in partnership with the school to support their children’s education.

Sladjana Peric- Staff Governor

 I have been recently elected as a staff governor. I  have two children- a daughter currently in Year 9 and Teodor in Year 4 at St Mary’s Priory School.
When my daughter started Nursery here (ten years ago), this is when I became engaged in helping the school; I have worked in many different positions. I am currently employed by the school as a Teaching Assistant and as the School Librarian.
I enjoy and thrive on the challenges that come with the different aspects of school life. Also, I am very grateful that my children have attended such a wonderful school and I am extremely proud to be part of the school community.
Being a part of the governing body has given me the chance to gain a different insight into the operations of St Mary’s school. I feel very fortunate to work with such a dedicated team of professionals.
Outside of the school hours, my family and I enjoy visiting museums, galleries and embracing the diversity in the culture of our wonderful city.

Liz Singleton Local Authority Governor

I have lived in Haringey for over 5 years. I sent my three children to local schools, and taught in Haringey for some 20 years. I take a particular interest in equalities in equal opportunities for all our children. I want to make sure that every child has the best possible chance of doing as well at school as they can. At present I am the "named governor" for Pupil Premium funding which is extra money for children entitled to free school meals, and for the Government 'Prevent' programme in the school.


Ruta Habtom Associate Governor

 I am a recent addition to the board as an Associate Governor. I have worked in the NHS for the last 10 years in a variety of roles and for the last 2 years, have transitioned to a Project Manager in Islington.
I graduated with a BA in Political Science in 2009. After graduation, I gravitated to the public sector and find great satisfaction in seeing our work directly affecting patient care.
I have lived in Haringey for 25 years and actually attended St Mary’s in my youth. I have many positive memories of my time here and would like to give back to the community that gave so much to me.
While the role is new to me, I look forward to learning and hopefully making a positive impact to the school and its pupils.