Fr Tom O'BrienFoundation Governor
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.
DownloadFr Norbert FernandesVice Chair
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.
DownloadAnne StevensParent Governor
My name is Anne Stevens and I joined the Governing Board in January 2020. I am Chair of the Curriculum Committee and also have responsibility for overseeing Safeguarding. I became a parent at the school in 2013. My children have now both gone on to secondary school but I am keen to continue to support Our Lady School.
I work in Design and Research for digital products and am also a keen STEM Ambassador. I have volunteered my time across primary and secondary schools in London, Hertfordshire and Cambridge to inspire the next generation of tech professionals.
I am the Head Teacher Our Lady Catholic School and have been since September 2022. I joined the school leadership in 2018 as the Assistant Head Teacher and had the joy and privilege of watching our school's growth and achievements in this time. Our Lady is a wonderful school to work in and I feel very fortunate to be part of the journey of improvement that the whole community is working hard to continue.
DownloadI have been an Assistant Headteacher at Our Lady School since September 2018 and the SENCO since September 2023. In my role as Assistant Headteacher and Upper Key Stage Two Leader I help lead initiatives across the whole school. In my role as SENCO I ensure all our SEND pupils and supported and work tirelessly with the teachers to ensure this. 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.
DownloadMy name is Colette Evetts and I am proud to serve as a Foundation Governor at Our Lady Catholic School, Hitchin. I joined the Governing Body in January 2022 and I am currently part of the School Curriculum Committee, acting as link governor for PSHE, Mental health and wellbeing, PE and Sports Premium.
I work as Subject Leader for Music at The St John Henry Newman Catholic School, Stevenage and I am committed to Catholic education, a unique education where young people are able to and encouraged to build and deepen their relationship with God. I am privileged to work with many Our Lady School leavers as they continue their Catholic education journey into secondary school. I hope to be able to use my experience of the secondary school curriculum to further strengthen the excellent practice at Our Lady School.
DownloadGiulia LorenziniFoundation Governor
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.
Daniela D'Amico SimmonsGovernor
As a past student of Our Lady School, I now have my own children attending the school. I joined the governing body in September 2023 and my background is in art and design (specifically Textiles) and now run a small creative business. I would like to give back to the school community by helping the children to understand and explore the importance of art and design from a young age. I am also a keen supporter in sustainability and the impact it has on us daily. I wanted to become a governor as I am a strong believer in helping young children coming up into our future with a creative, sustainable outlook that impacts the next generation. It’s a pleasure to get the opportunity to support the school, teachers and board as a Governor of Our Lady School.