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Governor Profiles

Cathy Hipkiss


Chair of Governors – Appointed by the Bishop of Clifton

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

Governor Responsibility – History, Geography, PSHCE and Computing


Now retired after a career in HR across a number of industries and as 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.

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.

Amanda Ford


Local Authority Governor – appointed by the Local Authority

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

Governor Responsibility – Safeguarding and SEND


I practised 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 Pittville 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


Foundation Governor- appointed by the Bishop of Clifton

Terms of Office- four years (June 2018 – May 2022)

Governor Responsibility – Ethos & RE

Dave Mulcahy


Foundation Governor- appointed by the Bishop of Clifton

Terms of Office- four years (1st July 2018 – 30th June 2022)

Sheila Pollard


Staff Governor

Terms of Office- four years (1st May 2018 – 30th April 2022)

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 with 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.

Mrs Nicola Tippen – Head Teacher


Term of Office – Appointed Spring 2017.



We currently have a vacancy for a parent governor at St Thomas More School.

Please can any interested parents let the school office know or email


With thanks.