Chair of Governors
My name is Tony Gorton and I was privileged to join the Governing Board of Our Lady school in November 2019. In my role as Chair of the Governing Board I am blessed to work with an incredibly dedicated group of governors who, along with senior leaders, help to shape the strategic vision for the school. In addition to Chairing Full Governing Body meetings, I am a member of the Operations Committee and have responsibility for overseeing the Headteacher's Appraisal. In terms of the curriculum, I act as subject link for Maths, History, Geography and Special Educational Needs.
Prior to becoming a governor at Our Lady I was the school’s RE Adviser for a period of time, including for its extremely successful RE Inspection in May 2019. Through this role, I quickly came to appreciate what a wonderful school community Our Lady is, one based on Gospel values in which every individual is valued for their unique talents and the contribution that they make to the ‘whole’. Hence, my decision to become a member of Our Lady’s ‘family’ in the role of a governor was a particularly easy one.
Before joining the Diocese of Westminster Education Service as an RE Adviser I had been in the teaching profession for 31 years in various roles, including leadership at a number of levels. Having spent the first 11 years of my career teaching in Birmingham, I moved to Hertfordshire in 1999 with two ‘toddlers’, the youngest of whom is currently completing her NQT year; time flies!
Fr Tom O'Brien
I have been a governor at the school since 2015 and am the Parish Priest at Our Lady Immaculate and St Andrews church. I have been involved in the recruitment of our new Head Teacher Mrs Nicholson and I work closely with the Senior Leadership Team providing support and a listening ear at all times. I am involved in leading masses, liturgys and enjoy attending assemblies as often as I can.
Fr Norbert Fernandes
I am very happy to serve Our Lady's Catholic Primary School in Hitchin as a Foundation Governor. I have been Parish Priest of the three Catholic Parishes in Welwyn Garden City since October 2008 and am in my third term as Dean of Stevenage. I am Foundation Governor of the two primary schools in WGC: Our Lady (where I am Vice-Chair) and Holy Family (where I am Chair). In my previous parish, I was a Foundation Governor of St. Thomas of Canterbury, Fulham for 10 years. My Mum was a Primary School teacher for 26 years in North London and so I grew up in a teaching family, offering help and support. Here in Our Lady's, Hitchin I have responsibility as Safeguarding Governor. As Dean, I want the parishes and schools of the Deanery to feel closely connected and to be a beacon of all that is best about Catholic Education. I am available for all that Our Lady's needs.
My name is Anne Stevens and I joined the Governing Board in January 2020. I am a member of the Curriculum Committee and have responsibility for overseeing Spanish and Music provision. I have been a parent at the school since 2013 and currently have one child attending.
I work in Design and Research for digital products and am also a keen STEM Ambassador. I volunteer my time across primary and secondary schools in London, Hertfordshire and Cambridge to inspire the next generation of tech professionals.
I joined Our Lady School as Assistant Head Teacher in September 2018 and became Head of School in September 2021. In my role I lead across the whole school and have a part time teaching commitment. I currently sit on the school curriculum committee and support the curriculum development within the school. It is important that as a leader I have an overview of the running of the whole school. By attending all governor meetings I am able to gain the knowledge needed to continue to drive the school forward and build upon our successes.
I have been an Assistant Headteacher at Our Lady School since September 2018. In my role as Assistant Headteacher and Key Stage Two Leader I help lead initiatives across the whole school whilst retaining a part-time teaching commitment. I currently sit on both Sub Committees and attend all Full Governing Body meetings. I work closely with the governors to ensure short term gains and long term targets are achieved. I really enjoy working within such a dedicated team and continuing to support the school community.
I joined the Governing Board of Our Lady School as a Foundation Governor in September 2022. I am currently the Chair of the Operations Committee.
My background is in social sciences and politics. I work in the Research & Development field, specialising in grant funding and academic-industry partnerships.
I’m committed to put my life and work experience to good use as a Governor in order to help the school thrive in its journey to excellence whilst ensuring all children receive the best possible learning experience in a nurturing and stimulating environment.