Our Governors

Fiona Kerin (Chair)

  • Foundation Governor
  •  Committees:
    • R.E
    • Finance & Resources (Chair)
    • Curriculum and Achievement. (CO-Chair)
    • Admissions
    • Pay (Chair)
  • Date of Appointment: 1.2.2021
  • Term of Office: 4 years 
  • Business and Financial Interests: None
  • Governance Roles in Other Schools: Our Lady of Lourdes Foundation Governor
  • Material Interests: None
  • Attendance Records: Please see attendance list in minutes

Fiona has been Chair of the Governing Body since 2021, A Chartered Accountant who runs her practice from home, Fiona’s two children attended school within Barnet where they had “the best start”. Her aim is that all children who leave the St Theresa’s feel the same.

Gerry Costello

  • Foundation Governor
  • Committees:
    • Wellbeing
    • Admissions (Chair)
    • R.E
  • Term of Office: 4 years 
  • Business and Financial Interests: None
  • Governance Roles in Other Schools: None
  • Material Interests: None
  • Attendance Records: Please see attendance list in minutes

Gerry has vast knowledge about the school, having been Clerk to the Governors for 21 years before being elected Chair in 2012. Born in Ireland, Gerry grew up in Finchley, attending Our Lady of Lourdes and St Michaels. Gerry’s professional background is in Administration and HR Management. She is very active in the parish of St Philip’s and has been a volunteer with St John Ambulance since 1981.

Fr. John Dermody

  • Foundation Governor
  • Committees:
    • Finance
    • R.E
  • Date of Appointment: September 2018
  • Term of Office: 4 years
  • Business and Financial Interests: None
  • Governance Roles in Other Schools: None
  • Material Interests: None
  • Attendance Records: Please see attendance list in minutes

Father John Dermody is the Parish Priest of St Philip the Apostle, Finchley and the School Chaplain to St. Theresa’s. He was born of Irish parents and grew up in South-West London. After gaining a degree in French and Spanish, he worked in banking for nine years before responding to the call of the priesthood. He contributes greatly to the spiritual life of the School through his particular interest in the liturgy and in spiritual and pastoral development.

Barbara Costa

  • Executive Headteacher
  • Committees:
    • Pay and Performance Management
    • Finance and Resources
    • Admissions
    • R.E
    • Attendance Records: Please see attendance list in minutes

Barbara is the Executive Headteacher at St. Theresa’s and Our Lady of Lourdes School. She previously was a member of the Senior Leadership Team at Sacred Heart Primary School in Whetstone.

James Troy

  • Head of School
  • Staff Governor
  • Committees:
    • Wellbeing
    • Curriculum and Achievement
  • Attendance Records: Please see attendance list in minutes

James is the Head of School and Key Stage 2 Leader at St. Theresa’s. He also currently leads Maths and P.E across the school. Previously, James was a member of the leadership team at Chatsworth Primary School in Hounslow. During his teaching career James has taught in the Early Years, Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2. James held the post of Year 6 teacher at St. Theresa’s for two years before becoming the Deputy Headteacher.

Christine Fleming

  • Foundation Governor
  • SEND link Governor 
  • Committees:
    • Wellbeing 
    • R.E (Chair)
  • Date of Appointment: November 2018
  • Term of Office: 4 years
  • Business and Financial Interests: None
  • Governance Roles in Other Schools: None
  • Material Interests: None
  • Attendance Records: Please see attendance list in minutes

Christine is a retired primary school teacher. Her association with St. Theresa’s started in 1981 when her eldest daughter started in Reception. Over the years, through her pastoral work as  Children’s Senior Catechist at St. Theresa’s responsible for First Holy Communion and Reconciliation and then as Governor from 2011, this association has continued. Christine is now the proud grandmother to 3 gorgeous grandchildren who keep her extremely busy.

 

 

 

Shiva Taheri 

  • Parent Governor
  • Committees:
    • Curriculum and Achievement 
    • Finance
  • Date of Appointment: January 2021
  • Term of Office: 4 years 
  • Business and Financial Interests: None
  • Governance Roles in Other Schools: None
  • Material Interests: None
  • Attendance Records: Please see attendance list in minutes

TBC

Elizabeth Cormack

  • Committees:
    • Curriculum and Achievement (Co Chair)
    • Wellbeing (Chair)
  • Date of Appointment: November 2020
  • Term of Office: 4 years
  • Business and Financial Interests: None
  • Governance Roles in Other Schools: None
  • Material Interests: None
  • Attendance Records: Please see attendance list in minutes

Liz is 61, married and has lived in Finchley for 30+ years. She is a retired Deputy Head Teacher in a Barnet school which was consistently graded Good by Ofsted. Her (now adult) children all went to local schools. As a Governor Liz’s particular interests are in pupil well being; the curriculum,  pupil engagement and the development of life long learners.

 

 

Jane Goring

  • Foundation Governor
  • Child Protection and Safeguarding Lead Governor
  • Committees:
    • Pay and Performance Management
    • Wellbeing
  • Date of Appointment:
  • Term of Office: 4 years
  • Business and Financial Interests: None
  • Governance Roles in Other Schools: None
  • Material Interests: None
  • Attendance Records: Please see attendance list in minutes