Governor Profiles

June D M Little – Chair of Governors

Foundation Governor – Appointed by the Bishop of Clifton

Term of office – four years (August 2014 – August 2018)

Governor Responsibility – RE, Chaplaincy and EYFS

National Leader of Governance – March 2015

I retired as an HR Consultant having owned my own company specialising in mergers and acquisitions. I have held various positions over the last ten years including HR Director, Programme Director and Lead Consultant on major change programmes. Most of my experience has been in the financial sector but I have also worked in the Utilities and IT world. Within the Education sector I was elected to the Chair of Governors in September 2010.


Margaret Arthur

Foundation Governor – Appointed by the Bishop of Clifton

Term of Office – four years (June 2014 – June 2018)

Governor Responsibility – Music

I joined the Governors at St Thomas More Catholic Primary when a new governing body was being formed in 2010.


John O’Connor

Foundation Governor – Appointed by the Bishop of Clifton

Term of Office – four years (July 2015 – June 2019)

Governor Responsibility – English and Maths

A recently retired senior school teacher of English, I have also taught some history, Religious Studies and Philosophy. I have run the Critical Thinking and General Studies programmes in Sixth Forms, arranged outside speaker programmes and prepared students for university application. With an extensive knowledge of the UCAS process, I have also written references for many university and college applicants. My continuing academic interests include the multi-disciplinary area of Reconciliation and Peace building.


Jenny Cooper

Foundation Governor – Appointed by the Bishop of Clifton

Term of Office – four years (March 2017 – February 2021)

Governor Responsibility – Child Protection & Looked after Children Safeguarding /SEND

I am a registered nurse (learning disability) and since qualifying have worked within children’s hospice services. I currently work for the James Hopkins Trust providing nursing respite for children with complex disabilities, life limiting or life threatening conditions. I have two children within the school. I wanted to become a Governor as I believe strongly in the value of education not just for my own children but for all children.


John Heaney

Foundation Governor – Appointed by the Bishop of Clifton

Term of Office – four years (April 2017 – March 2021)

Governor Responsibility – Gifted & Talented

With an historical connection with St Thomas More, I am now semi-retired, having worked for Automobile Association, now driving for 2 or 3 days each week. I am involved with the School Council and try and attend the weekly meetings to try and facilitate the children’s ideas becoming reality wherever possible.


Cathy Hipkiss – Vice Chair of Governors

Foundation Governor – Appointed by the Bishop of Clifton

Term of Office – four years (April 2016 – April 2020)

Governor Responsibility – History and Geography

After a career in HR across a number of industries I am now a career coach helping people from a wide range of roles and sectors to discover what they want to do, what they need to consider and the steps they need to take to fulfil their career aspirations. I hope that my HR and coaching experience will prove useful within the school.



Helen Peace

Foundation Governor – Appointed by the Bishop of Clifton

Term of Office – four years (November 2017 – October 2021)

Governor Responsibility – Finance & Budgets

I joined the Governing Board of St Thomas More Primary School earlier this year, as an Associate Governor, before recently becoming a Foundation Governor. I have worked, primary in Finance, in the Education sector for nearly 25 years, during which time I have worked in Adult, Independent and Maintained Education. I am currently Director of Finance and Operations at a large secondary school, within Clifton Diocese and have always been passionate about ensuring we do everything possible to give every child the best start in life.



Amanda Ford

Local Authority Governor – appointed by the Local Authority

Term of Office – four years (November 2017 – October 2021)

Governor Responsibility – TBC

I practiced as a solicitor before taking up a government law post in Kirbati (formerly the Gilbert Islands) in the South Pacific. Returning home, I decided to focus on raising my three daughters and whilst doing so, developed my interest in education and the governance of schools. I have been a school governor since 2007 at Pitville School and chair of governor there from 2009 to 2013. I worked as a Governor Trainer within the Education Performance & Inclusion team at Gloucestershire County Council and have worked with various schools within Gloucestershire. Last year I sat as Board member on two Interim Executive Boards supporting schools that had gone into special measures. I currently work for the GSCB (Gloucestershire Safeguarding Children Board). I feel that as a governor, it is important to raise aspirations for the whole school, its staff and, most importantly, the pupils.


Father David Mills

Associate Governor appointed by the Governing Body – Terms of Office July 2016 to June 2020

Governor Responsibility – Ethos & RE


Audrey Beeson

Parent Governor Term of Office – Four Years (January 2017 – December 2020)

Governor Responsibility – School Council

I am a mother of three children, two of whom attend St Thomas More. I am self employed seamstress so I try to be available for my children as much as possible. I have an active part in the school as chair of the Friends of St Thomas More Catholic Primary School. I hope to bring my knowledge, experience and views to the governing body and help as much as possible.


Sharon Badrock – CAFAW

Staff Governor – elected by the staff

Term of Office – three years (Autumn 2014 – Autumn 2017)

Governor Responsibility – N/A

My role as a Child and Family Action Work is very varied and involves the holistic needs of all Children attending St Thomas More Catholic Primary School. Working under the Inclusion side of school in Pastoral Care, I am very involved with Safeguarding Vulnerable Children and working closely with their families. My role in school also includes dealing with the behaviour of all children, leading to my involvement with implementing the behaviour policy with the previous Head Teacher. In addition, my other responsibilities are for monitoring and informing the Head about any attendance issues. I feel very passionate about helping all children to thrive and reach their full potential at St Thomas More Catholic School. As staff Governor my aim is to represent all staff and work closely with the Governors is ensuring all children leave school achieving all of their goals and ready for their journey on to Secondary School, so working with others schools to help with their transition is essential.


Mrs Nicola Tippen – Head Teacher

Term of Office – Appointed Spring 2017.


Alexis Austin – Clerk to the Governor

Term of Office – open ended appointed

Responsibilities – ensuring that the governing body operates within both Instrument of Governance and the Code of Conduct and all legislative and statutory requirements.

I have been associated with the school for some 37 years with my three children attending St Thomas More as did three of my grandchildren. During this time I have been on the PTA, a Governor and for the last ten years I have been Clerk to the Governors. I was also a Governor at St Benedict’s school and Clerk to their Governors for some time.



We currently have a vacancy for a parent governor at St Thomas More School. Please can any interested parents let the school administrator Mrs Gannon know at the school office. With thanks.