Our Lady of the Rosary
Primary School

Joy, Excellence, Service

Meet the Governors

A warm welcome from the Our Lady of the Rosary Governing Body


The governing body is a group of people who are appointed or elected, having a strong interest in developing Our Lady of the Rosary's school’s special identity and character.


The School Governing Body employs staff, controls admissions, acts as proprietors of the building on behalf of the Diocescan Trustees, has responsibility for the financial affairs of the School and determines and oversees the curriculum.


The Governors meet formally  each year and have a number of committees and working parties overseeing various aspects of the management of the School.


Foundation Governors – Anthony Towey (Chair), Paul Alexander (Vice Chair), Father Philip Dyer-Perry, Lynne Hill and Howard Hughes.


Local Authority Governor – Stephen Colbourn   Parent Governors – Karen Hart, Kevin Tillotson


Staff Governors – Ms P McNicholas (Headteacher), Mrs A McCarthy (Deputy Headteacher)  



Professor A Towey, Chair


I have the honour of being Chair of Governors for the school which essentially involves working closely with governor colleagues in support of the Head Teacher and all the staff to help Our Lady in achieving the aims of the school ‘to grow together in faith and understanding.’ Along with pupils, parents and parishioners, we are all here to contribute to the prosperity of the school as a joyful, thriving, learning community.


In terms of my background I am married to Káren and our daughter goes to Our Lady’s.  I work at St. Mary’s University Twickenham where I was Head of the School of Theology Philosophy and History before becoming Director of the Aquinas Centre for Theological Literacy in the Institute of Education. In recent years I have worked closely with the Catholic Education Service and NBRIA (National Board of Religious Inspectors and Advisers) on the development and delivery of RE curricula following the 2016 GCSE and A-Level reforms. I am an Ofqual subject expert and also editor of The Pastoral Review, an international journal of theology dedicated to service of the Church.


Mr P Alexander, Vice Chair

I (Paul Alexander) support Our Lady of the Rosary School as Vice Chair. My two sons both attended our school and my motivation is to ensure that the values they developed and quality of education they received can grow and further contribute to our community. In my professional life I have worked across airline, technology and oil & gas sectors with companies including British Airways, Cordiem and BP. I am a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Purchasing & Supply, hold an MBA from Lancaster University and work as a Teaching Fellow at The University of Portsmouth.


Mr H Hughes

I have been a Foundation Governor appointed by the Diocese of Westminster. Both my daughters were educated at Our Lady of the Rosary and I now have grandchildren attending the school. Prior to retirement I held senior management positions in the housing association sector in London. Appointed 1st April 2011.


Father P Dyer-Perry

I've been Parish Priest of Our Lady of the Rosary Church since 2011 and a Foundation Governor since 2012. I am a frequent visitor to the school and my focus is supporting the Catholic Life of the school, maintaining a strong parish link, and helping to build and strengthen the life of the whole Catholic community in Staines as we strive to share the good new of Jesus Christ, who calls us to serve not to be served. 


Mrs L Hill

During my years as Governor at Our Lady of the Rosary I have enjoyed being involved with the school, parish and community.  I am a Human Resources Consultant with extensive experience in the areas of generalist HR management and leadership development.  I am currently working in the Education sector and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development. I am also a FRHC Catechist. 


Mrs K Hart

I stood for and was elected as Parent Governor in 2019, as I wanted to give back to the school community in a more strategic way. Since my eldest child started at OLOR in 2010, I have been involved in school life in a variety of ways, as a parent helper, (for individual reading and class trips), class rep, and as a very active member of the PTA; becoming a governor seemed to be a natural next step. I am also a Minster of the Word and a FRHC Catechist at OLOR Church, roles that I also very much enjoy as it enables me to give back to the parish community too.

I have been a civil servant for over 25 years, engaging with a wide variety of people and professions, and in the last 11 or so my role in government project work focuses on enabling business change, and ensuring tax-payers’ hard-earned money is spent wisely on projects that support the safety and security of the UK. My professional skills can be transferred to governorship, as change is everywhere and the need to spend money appropriately never goes away.


Mr K Tillotson

I became a governor at OLOR in the early part of 2019. I joined the school for a number of reasons: as an opportunity to learn and to become involved in something new; as a parent of two daughters at the school; and to share experience I have accumulated with the school where I can. My background is in economics and I have worked in a strategic capacity for a number of years. 


Mr S Colbourn

Having served an enjoyable term as a parent governor but no longer having children at the school, I felt it would not to use the knowledge I had gained for the benefit of the school and to that end I am now the nominated Local Authority governor. My motivation is to help maintain the school's position within the local community in these changeable times. My background is in personal and commercial finance and insurance and I run businesses in the local area. 



Attendance 2020-21