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Cardinal Newman Catholic Primary School

Lead Kindly Light, Lead Thou Me On

Xavier Education Trust

Governor Profiles

SARAH RICE (Foundation)
Sarah started as a Local Authority School Governor in October 2011 and changed her Governor status to that of Foundation Governor in 2015.  She and her husband Phil have lived in Surrey for 22 years.  They have two children who both attended Cardinal Newman.  Sarah is a Chartered Mechanical Engineer and works for Air Products PLC, in their Engineering department in the European Head Office in Hersham.  Sarah is an active member of All Saints Parish, has led the Confirmation programme there and also plays the flute for the family Mass each Sunday.  She and a member of St Erconwald's choir lead the All Saints and St Erconwald's children’s singing group after school on Wednesdays.  Sarah volunteered as a parent helper in her children's classes when they were at Cardinal Newman, her youngest child left in 2015. 

Tom Bray

TOM BRAY (Local Authority)
Tom was appointed as a Local Authority Governor in July 2015.  He and his wife have lived in Walton for 14 years.  They have 2 children, one currently in Year 3, the other has just started secondary school.

Tom is a Chartered Management Accountant and is the Group Financial Controller at Air Charter Service, a multinational charter aviation brokerage, based in their Head Office in Surbiton.


CHRIS BROOME (Foundation)
Chris became a School Governor in April 2012. He has lived in Hersham for 29 years and attends All Saints Parish Church, where he has previously assisted with the Children’s Liturgy group and leads the men’s advent and Lenten group. He has 3 children; all have attended Cardinal Newman School and Salesian Catholic School in Chertsey.
Chris spent 31 years with the Metropolitan Police Service in a variety of roles and was also seconded to the Home Office as Assistant Director of the United Kingdom Football Policing Unit. He also worked for the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games (LOCOG) leading on security and safety of the public and athletes at the football competition.
He currently works in the travel industry as a tour manager and also guides/manages tours for schools and colleges visiting London.

Catherine Burnham

Catherine Burnham has taught in Primary, Secondary and Higher Education settings in various parts of the world, including in Germany, Poland and China.  She has been teaching in Surrey schools for the past ten years and joined Cardinal Newman Catholic Primary School in September 2017 as Headteacher.  Catherine and her family are active members of their home parish.

Fr Bill took responsibility for the parish of all Saints 0n 2 November 2016 and joined the Governing Body as a Foundation Governor February 2017. He is currently assistant priest since the arrival of Fr Richard Biggerstaff as parish priest of the parishes of St Barnabas and of All Saints. Fr Bill is a Josephite and has taught at St Georges and prior to his joining the Josephites he taught in the maintained sector and was Head of English of a secondary School on Canvey Island in Essex for seven years. After the close of the boarding section at St George’s he moved into the Plymouth diocese where for eleven years he was the Catholic chaplain at Bournemouth University, parish priest for twenty years and Chair of governors of the parish primary school for fifteen years. He is also a governor of St George’s Weybridge and lives there commuting daily to Hersham.

Tina O'Kelly is a Foundation Governor, which is her first governor role.  Prior to this Tina chaired the Cardinal Newman Parents' Association for 3 years and has been an active class representative since 2011.
Tina has lived in Walton-on-Thames for 18 years and regularly attends Mass at St Erconwald's.  Tina is an active member of the parish and has been a First Communion Catechist for 5 years.
Tina has three children, one currently at Cardinal Newman, and two now at Salesian School.
Tina was born and educated in Ireland.  She has a degree in Software Engineering and has 23 years' work experience in the Financial Services sector.


Melissa Moore is a parent governor and this is her first governor role. Melissa and her husband Mark have lived in Walton-on-Thames for 11 years. They have a son at Cardinal Newman. Melissa has been actively involved in the PA as secretary for the last two years and prior to that was a class representative. She regularly attends Mass at St Erconwald’s and has in the past helped run marriage preparation courses there. She has also been a scout leader with Walton Viscount air scouts for three years and continues to help on an ad hoc basis as well as helping out on the tournament committee for Walton Casuals FC.

Melissa was born in Zimbabwe and has lived in the UK for 20 years. She is a commercial property lawyer, having worked many years in the City on strategic regeneration and development projects. She now works for a FTSE 100 online legal publishing company as an in-house lawyer.


Megan O'Neil has been teaching at Cardinal Newman School for four years. She is currently the Year 2 class teacher but also has teaching experience in KS2. Leading the Literacy curriculum in KS1, SHE is driven by her passion for developing writing in young children. As a staff governor, she aims to ensure that the governing body are kept up to date with curriculum changes and developments. This means sharing new ideas, best practice and working towards specific goals. Being a staff governor will give her a valuable insight into the function of school governance and its role at the heart of the school community. 

Julianne Sinnott was appointed Parent Governor in 2015 and moved across to become a Foundation Governor in 2017. She has lived in Hersham for 9 years and is an active member of All Saints Parish Church, where she assists with the Childrens’ Liturgy group. She has three children, two of whom attend Cardinal Newman School.

Julianne was born and educated in Dublin and spent two years working there as an editor in an academic publishing house before moving to London in 1999 to start her career in management consultancy.  She has extensive experience of working in a variety of advisory and management roles in both public and private sector organisations.  She is currently a full-time carer for one of her children.