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Meet the Governors

Sheila Hoile MBE - Chair of Governors

I joined the Governing Body at St Mary’s in October 2017. I am privileged to work with governors and staff who are passionate and committed to making sure that the children at St Mary’s fulfil their potential in a safe and caring environment. I am married with two children and four grandchildren. I have been an active member of St Mary’s Church for over 40 years.

I am now retired. I graduated as an aeronautical engineer and spent my early career teaching Physics and working in the aerospace industry. I have a Masters Degree in Education and Industry from University of Warwick. The latter part of my career has been spent working with major engineering consultancy practices developing and delivering technician and degree engineering apprenticeships. I was honoured to be awarded the MBE in 2001 New Year’s Honours List for my contribution to construction education and training.

Rev Ruth Barr Ex officio Governor

I was appointed as an Ex Officio governor in September 2019 when I came to St Mary’s Church to be their new team vicar, as a member of the Bishop’s Hatfield Team Ministry.

Before I was ordained in 2016, I worked in education in various roles. I was a sign language communicator at West Herts College supporting Deaf students for five years. Then I changed to supporting children on a 1:1 basis at 3 different mainstream Primary Schools, pupils who had diverse medical needs, ranging from hypermobility, autism, profound deafness, Perthes disease and Transverse Myelitis.

I like to ‘think outside the box’ and am passionate about what needs to be done to facilitate full inclusion for everyone. I was responsible for setting up social groups for children isolated due to their circumstances, within the school environment.

I hope that I will bring a wealth of experience of understanding the needs of those who maybe do not fit the norm, those with challenging needs and behaviours, to see what St Mary’s school can do to best support them.

I enjoy visiting the school every Tuesday to lead the Collective worship Assembly and then stay for break time to get to know the children better on the playground.

Penny Beale – Parent Governor

I am a parent of two children currently attending St Mary’s School. My son is in Year 6 and my daughter in in Year 1. Having a background in safeguarding, I spent 5 years as part of a multi-agency team in East London. I feel strongly about the important role education plays in all our children’s lives but specifically during these formative years. I believe my combined experience affords me a unique and positive perspective as a parent governor

Ciaran Diver - Foundation Governor

I was appointed Foundation Governor at St Mary’s in September 2021.  I have 40 years’ experience of working within the IT industry across all market sectors which has given me a great appreciation of the skills required by many of today’s employers.  I have been involved in recruitment, apprenticeship and graduate training schemes as well as personal development programmes to help people achieve to their full potential.

I have four children, two of whom are now teachers and one still in secondary education, which has given me a good insight into the current challenges of the education system.

I am an active church member where I have taken on many roles including Churchwarden, member of the Parochial Church Council, Magazine Editor, Children’s Church, Youth Group and Messy Church Leader.

I am proud to be able to contribute to St Mary’s School where I hope to share my skills and experience to help further the children’s development from both a religious and educational context.

Helen Lee - Foundation Governor

I have recently joined the Governing Body of St Mary’s school and I am looking forward to getting to know the school community better and to learning how to be a useful and effective Governor.

I have been an active member of St Mary’s church for 25 years and my husband, Rupert is one of the Church Wardens. We have three children, all grown up now, either working or at university.

My background is in Science and Primary school teaching and more recently, in teaching Forest school to primary-aged children. I am most happy when I am outside and I am hoping that my experience and practical skills will be put to good use at St Mary’s.

Music is also very important in my life; I play the cello in the Finchley Symphony Orchestra and I love the process of rehearsing a piece of music over several weeks so that we can play it to the best of our ability.

Dr Oluseyi Adeyemi - Parent Governor

I became a Governor here in 2023 with the intention of supporting and developing a community that enables pupils and staff to excel at North Mymms St Mary’s and to flourish for the future. I bring more of a global perspective to St Mary with cultural intelligence and diverse perspectives. I’m also part of the resources committee and keen on providing staff and pupils with the necessary resources to shine at their work. I have over twenty years’ experience of working within the energy and manufacturing sectors in local and global markets. That has given me skills in international management with a focus on decision support systems. I have managed projects to achieve total cost benefits, excellent returns over investments, improved lead times and satisfactory customer deliverables. I hope my experiences translate to understanding parents’ needs and providing solutions to the challenges schools face. I work at the University of Hertfordshire as a lecturer in manufacturing and operations management, engaging future leaders while developing various operational models with continuous improvement skills. I am an evangelist of the good news and I am approachable.