Foundation Governors

Dr Mike Gradwell (Chair)

Mike GradwellI hail from Liverpool where my family were active in the church and I attended Catholic primary and secondary schools.

I trained as a research scientist, studying to PhD level at Leeds University and originally worked at the (now defunct) National Institute for Medical Research in Mill Hill that was opposite the school. This led to a sideways move 20 years ago into IT and I currently work for Mastercard in the City as a solution architect.

I’ve lived in the area for over 25 years. My daughter is currently a pupil at the school. My son is a former pupil. He has quite complex special needs. This let to my interest in SEN provision and support in education.

I believe in education and its values and inclusivity at all levels and I feel immensely privileged to serve the school as a Foundation Governor.

Phillippa Weekes (Vice Chair)

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Maria Coyle

Marie_CoyleI was educated in local catholic schools and became a Parent Governor at St Vincent’s so I could put something back into the education system that supported me so well in the past. I also wanted to help the school that our daughter attends.

I have been a Chartered Quantity Surveyor for over twenty years and a Fellow for the last six years. I work for a large family owned Building Contractor where I am a Business Commercial Manager. This involves being responsible for the commercial and legal aspects of numerous construction projects and for all the surveying staff on those projects. For the last ten years I have been an APC Assessor for the RICS, which involves sitting on panels to assess candidates.

I am also a key figure within my company for training and attainment of chartership, assisting where possible.

Peter Geraerts

Peter_Geraerts2My links with St Vincent’s go back some 55 years. First myself and then my 3 children all attended the School. I became a parent Governor 27 years ago and subsequently a Foundation Governor. My two primary areas of responsibility as a “Link Governor” are history and catering. I chose history because I find it a totally absorbing subject. It explains our past and influences our future. As a professional caterer it naturally followed that I should take some responsibility for thechildren’s welfare in that area also. I feel immensely privileged that I am able to serve the Catholic community in my role as a School Governor.

Trevor Fitzgerald

Trevor_FitzgeraldI have been associated with St. Vincents for many years. Firstly as a parent of children attending the school and later as a Foundation Governor. It is a privilege for me to serve as a Governor and can use my experience and contacts in the construction industry for the benefit of the school.

Fr Michael McCullagh

Fr Michael McCullaghMichael McCullagh taught at all three levels in Primary, Secondary and Tertiary Level education in Ireland having B.Ed, HDip.Ed. and B.A. degrees. He holds an M.A. in Theology with a concentration in Justice in Peace from Maryknoll College, New York and an M.A. in Management from Dublin City University.

While Parish Priest with the Travelling People in Ireland he was on a Diocesan Commission tasked with providing primary and second level education for all the children within his pastoral remit. He also set up the Vincentian Lay Missionaries in 2002 with a strong emphasis on supporting the host partners of the Daughters of Charity in running educational centres for children and Trainee Montessori Teachers in Ethiopia.

As parish priest he sees the local primary school and staff as key constituents in the formation and evangelization of the children and their families, and in turn, wishes to act in a collaborative manner in supporting the entire school community.

Father Robert Pachuta

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Liam Tierney

Liam_TierneyI myself have benefited from a catholic education as are my three children who are/have been pupils at St Vincent’s. I was delighted to become a governor at the school to assist in any way I can. St Vincent’s is a great school as evidenced by OFSTED reports and provides a caring and nurturing environment. I have seen at first hand the hard work put in by all staff. The school is continually trying to improve and provide a great future for our children. I have lived in the parish for a number of years and I am a native of Derry in Ireland. I am a serving police officer. I am on the Premises Committee.

Sister Kathleen Kennedy

Sr.KathleenMy name is Sister Kathleen Kennedy; I am a Daughter of Charity. I live in St Vincent’s House on the Ridgeway. In 2011, on my return to live in Mill Hill my Community asked if I would replace Sr Joan Conroy as a Governor, I was delighted to. I am a retired teacher having taught for 16 years in the Parish school of St Joseph’s Deptford, South London. Before going to live in Deptford I had lived in Mill Hill and was part of the beginnings of Langdale Pre-School. It is a privilege to be part of St Vincent’s School once more.

Parent Governors

Anna Opolska-Mazreh

anna-opolska-mazrehI was born and grew up in Poland where I graduated as a foreign language teacher. In 2001 I qualified as a solicitor in London and practised property law in the City and West End firms for 7 years. Following my younger daughter's birth in 2010 I set up a business as an Ofsted registered childminder, which I am running to date.
I became part of St. Vincent's School community in 2007 when my older daughter Sarah joined the reception class here. Sarah has since successfully completed her Key Stage 2 education and moved on to St. Michael's Grammar School. My younger dayghter Layla is currently in year 2

Dr Christophe Galichet

Christophe GalichetI am a neuroscientist by training. Born and raised in France, I moved to London in 2002 to pursue a PhD degree at the MRC National Institute for Medical Research, which was opposite to St Vincent's School until its integration with other academic bodies to form the Francis Crick Institute in Central London, and remained a medical researcher to date.

Mill Hill feels like home since my arrival in London. After all, I have spent all these years studying, working, and eventually started a family here. We belong to the Sacred Heart Parish; my daughter Amelie is a pupil at St Vincent's and we certainly wish our newborn son Sebastien will go to St Vincent's too.

James Sutherland

James SutherlandI am delighted to join the board of Governors. As a parent of three children – the eldest of which has started her St Vincent’s journey (and the others to follow), I have a vested interest in the long-term success and sustainability of the school. I strongly believe in ensuring St Vincent’s continues to play to its strengths: providing an exceptional learning experience and environment, where there is support and involvement not only for the pupils, but also staff, parents and the wider parish community – and see the role of the Governor / Board of Governors as assuring this happen and holding ourselves to account for decisions made on behalf of the school.

Staff Governors

Marie Tuohy

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Emma Scelsi

Emma ScelsiI was a pupil at St Vincent’s school and I am currently a teacher there too. I studied education at Greenwich University and went on to do my PGCE at University College London. I am currently completing my masters at Middlesex University specialising in Leadership and Management. I am also the mental health lead at St Vincent’s which gives me the opportunity to support children and staff across the school.

Education is an essential requirement for every individual personally and socially. I have had a passion for teaching from a young age so it is a privilege to directly help and uphold the vision and growth of St Vincent’s as a staff governor

Local Authority Governor

Councillor John Hart

John_HartI have been a resident of Mill Hill all my life and member of the Barnet Borough Council. It is a privilege for me to serve as the LA Governor at St. Vincents and represent the interests of the school as Councillor for Mill Hill. The school has an excellent record and makes a valuable contribution to the local community. I am delighted to be associated with it and give my support