Our Governors

Fiona Kerin    (Chair)

  • Foundation Governor
  •  Committees:
    • R.E
    •  
  • Date of Appointment: 
  • Term of Office:
  • Business and Financial Interests: None
  • Governance Roles in Other Schools: None
  • Material Interests: None
  • Attendance Records: See attendance list

Gerry Costello

 

  • Foundation Governor
  •  
  • Committees:
    • Wellbeing
    • Admissions (Chair)
    • R.E

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:
    • Resources (Chair)
    • Wellbeing Committee
  • 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: See attendance lists

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
  • Staff Governor
  • Committees:
    • Pay and Performance Management
    • Finance and Resources
    • Admissions
    • R.E

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

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:
    • Curriculum and Achievement 
    • 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: See attendance lists

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.

Nick O’Donnell

  • Parent Governor
  •  Committees:
    • Curriculum and Achievement (Chair)
    • Finance and Resources
  • Date of Appointment: February 2019
  • Term of Office:
  • Business and Financial Interests: None
  • Governance Roles in Other Schools: None
  • Material Interests: None
  • Attendance Records: See attendance lists

Nick is a Company Director in the Hospitality Sector. Nick’s mother and father were both school teachers back in his home town of Derry, Northern Ireland. After studying Engineering at College, Nick moved to Paris where he lived for 10 years and started his career in Hospitality. He has also studied a post grad qualification in Executive Coaching and Mentoring.

Nick’s career in Hospitality has helped him gain experience in all aspects of business management including financial management and budgeting as well as Health and Safety, Food Safety, Fire Safety and many other areas too. Nick and his wife, Orla, herself a former pupil of St. Theresa’s, have 2 children at St. Theresa’s.

Halina Gibson                                                                                                               

  • Parent Governor
  •  Committees:
    • Curriculum and Achievement 
    • Wellbeing
  • Date of Appointment: January 2021
  • Term of Office:
  • Business and Financial Interests: None
  • Governance Roles in Other Schools: None
  • Material Interests: None
  • Attendance Records: See attendance lists
Halina is a full time mum and wife having previously worked for Deloitte for more than 25 years as an Assistant Director in the Financial Crime Department.  During this time Halina spent five years living in Warsaw, Poland, setting up one of Poland’s first branches of an accountancy practice (she speaks fluent Polish).  She also travelled around the world investigating fraud and money laundering.   
 
Halina has been an active member of St. Theresa’s PTA (Friends) and volunteers her time to reading with the children.  Halina and her husband live locally and have a daughter at St. Theresa’s. 

 

Elizabeth Cormack

  • Committees:
    • Curriculum and Achievement 
    • Wellbeing (Chair) 
  • Date of Appointment: November 2020
  • Term of Office:
  • Business and Financial Interests: None
  • Governance Roles in Other Schools: None
  • Material Interests: None
  • Attendance Records: See attendance lists

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.

Nikki Dias                                                                                 

  • Staff Governor
  •  Committees:
    • Curriculum and Achievement 
    • Wellbeing
  • Date of Appointment: 
  • Term of Office:
  • Business and Financial Interests: None
  • Governance Roles in Other Schools: None
  • Material Interests: None
  • Attendance Records: See attendance list

Nikki has been a teacher at the school since September 2014, working across KS2. She has previously led Geography and History and is currently leading English (KS2) for the school.  She is also ECT mentor. Nikki was previously a foundation and parent governor at a local primary school in Barnet. She has a wide range of experience within the field of education, and has worked as a university student advisor, a careers advisor and a teacher in the health and nutrition industry.  She is currently on the Well Being and Curriculum sub-committees.

Jane Goring                                                                                        

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