Salesian School

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Our Governors

Chair of Governors/Foundation Governor Fr John Dickson
Vice-Chair/Foundation Governor Dr John Lydon
Headteacher Mr James Kibble
Co-opted Governor Mr Ed Smith
Co-opted Governor Mr Ian Hargrave
Co-opted Governor/Literacy Link Mr Stuart Boreham
Parent Governor Mr John Lewthwaite
Foundation Governor Mr Laurence Cahill
Foundation Governor  Sr Pat Devine
Foundation Governor  Fr Con Foley
Associate Governor  Mrs Marguerite Lydon
Foundation Governor  Bro Joseph Adams
Foundation Governor  Mr David Arundale
Foundation Governor /Numeracy Link Brigadier Mike Roycroft


Governor Biographies

Fr John Dickson

I am a Salesian of Don Bosco, a foundation governor and currently Chair of the Governing Body, serving on the Finance and Development and Staffing Committees. I have degrees in Modern History and Economics and also in Theology from the Universities of Oxford and Durham and my PhD is on the Foundation and Development of the Salesians in England. Professionally I have a Diploma in Pastoral Care and Counselling and also the NPQH and am a National Leader in Governance. I have taught in various schools and universities and been a Governor in three Salesian Schools and also served at the Secondary Advisor for RE in the diocese and am a Section 48 School Inspector. I have worked as a priest Chaplain at various universities and am currently the Catholic Chaplain at Royal Holloway, University of London, and I also help in various parishes in the Weybridge Deanery. In my spare time I love doing historical research, cycling, swimming and motorcycling travelling abroad.

Sr Pat Devine

I am a Daughter of Mary Help of Christians or a Salesian Sister as we are more usually referred to, currently a fairly new Foundation Governor serving on the Ethos and Admissions Committee. I have taught for a great many years in various Primary schools both in England and Scotland, where I also held posts as Senior Teacher and Literacy Coordinator, as well as teacher representative on various governing bodies. I was also a governor in St. John Bosco's Arts College Liverpool where I was a pastoral presence for several years. In the latter school I helped form an active Young St. Vincent de Paul Group as well as running a lunchtime club. I also worked with the school chaplain delivering a Social and Self Esteem Project, as well as transition programmes for various local feeder schools. I have had a good deal of experience in parish ministry in various capacities both as Catechist for Sacramental Preparation courses and Children's Liturgy during Sunday masses. I have a diploma in Salesian Spirituality from the Pontifical Faculty of Science and Education, apart from my teaching qualification. I have kept abreast with Safeguarding procedures through various courses. I am currently community leader of our community in Battersea. I volunteer in both the newly opened St. John Bosco College and Sacred Heart Primary School. I am also part of an international team, offering a month long renewal course for Salesian Sisters from various English speaking countries. When time allows I enjoy reading, sewing and delving into our fascinating Salesian history!

Mr Stuart Boreham

I have been a Salesian School Governor since 2005. I sit on the 'Ethos' and 'Achievement and Learning' committees and am the Literacy link governor. I qualified as a teacher of Design and Technology and spent 10 very happy years working at Salesian from the late 1980s, rising to the heights of Deputy Head of Dept. I was also a Head of Year for 5 years and worked for the exam groups as a moderator. I helped to run courses for Surrey County Council teaching other teachers graphics skills. In the mid-1990s I left teaching to pursue a careers as a photographer and since then work has expanded such that I now run a video and photography production company servicing clients such as Adobe and Samsung and also various charities. We have won multiple awards and do a great deal of work in schools, photographing prospectives and videos. My wife Maggie is a teacher and we have 4 adult children all of whom went to Salesian. I am a passionate trustee of The Grassroots Trust, a Christian charity that amongst other things supports children and families in poverty in Romania, India, Kenya and Tanzania. I am also a governor of Chertsey High School. My non-work related activities include driving a very old Land Rover into mud, playing bass in the 'Equippers Chertsey' church band and embarrassing myself on Facebook.

Br Joe Adams

I am a Foundation Governor and also a member of the Health and Safety and Maintenance Committee. I am a Salesian of Don Bosco. I qualified in Residential Social Work from Cardiff College and later studied for a Diploma in Social Work at Bristol University. I spent a year in Malta working with socially deprived children and twenty years working in a Residential School for emotionally disturbed children in the Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire. For eight of those years I was Head of Care. I spent ten years working in a Parish in Muirhouse, Edinburgh. This was an area of anti-social behaviour with major drug, alcohol and AIDS problems. For the last sixteen years I have been the Manager/Bursar of St John Bosco House, Farnborough, a retirement home for Salesian Brothers and Priests. For many years I was involved in HCPT (The Handicapped Children's Pilgrimage Trust) both as a helper and Group Leader.

Brig Mike Roycroft

I am a foundation governor and currently serve on the Health and Safety Committee and chair the Achievement and Learning Committee. I am also the Numeracy Link Governor. I had a full career of 35 years in the Army retiring in the rank of Brigadier to become the Chief Executive of a charity providing care and support to needy elderly people. I held that post for nearly 10 years before becoming the Chief Executive Officer of a Catholic Hospice, St Raphael's in Cheam, which is part of charity run by the Daughters of the Cross of Liège. I have a degree in Computation and a Masters in Design of Information Systems and was a Chartered Engineer. In my spare time, such as it is with 4 adult children and 3 grandchildren, I hold several parish appointments and am a facilitator with Catholic Marriage Care, the national marriage preparation charity.

Rev Dr Con Foley

I grew up in Co. Kildare, Ireland the 4th child in a family of nine children. After completing school I trained as an accountant and graduated with Association of Certified Chartered Accountants. In 1992 I moved to the UK to work in the accountancy department of a major airline. A couple of years later I entered St. John's Seminary, Wonersh to study for the priesthood for the diocese of Arundel and Brighton. As part of the training I completed a degree in theology at the University of Surrey. Since ordination in 2001 I've served in various parishes – Bexhill on Sea, Woking, Crawley, Storrington and I am currently parish priest of Christ the Prince of Peace, Weybridge. While working at these parishes I've been school chaplain and/or governor at primary and secondary level. In 2010 I completed a doctorate in Ministry at Catholic Theological Union, Chicago, with a special focus on homiletics. I teach homiletics part time at St. John's Seminary and am a founding member of The Catholic Association of Preachers. I am a foundation governor at Salesian and part of the Ethos and admissions committee. My main hobbies include cycling, hiking and anything to do with sport.

Mr Ed Smith

I am a Local Authority Governor and act as Honorary Treasurer to the governing body. I am chair of Staffing and Personnel and a member of the Achievement & Learning and Finance committees. I joined this governing body in 1991 as a parent governor when my son was a student here, and was chair of governors for three years. Previous to that I had been a parent governor at St Thomas More in East Molesley (now St. Albans) and chair of that governing body for two and a half years. I grew up in Canada and attended the University of Toronto before beginning a career as a journalist. I came to Britain in 1967 and worked in Fleet Street for 20 years as a foreign correspondent for an American news agency, United Press International. I then moved on to a second career as a project manager in the City, and then worked as a freelance consultant until I retired. I am married to Ro, who works as a Health Visitor in Feltham, and we have one son and two grandchildren, all now in Southampton. Since retiring I volunteer at the National Archives, where we are indexing documents from the late 17th Century. Otherwise I occupy myself with family and historical research, particularly into naval history. I am a keen sailor and have a boat which I sail and race on the Solent, and in my odd spare moments do a bit of star-gazing with a telescope.


Ian Hargrave

I am a Co-opted Governor, and I sit on the Finance and Staffing committees. I am a Maths graduate from St John's College, Oxford. After graduating, I joined the management consultancy arm of Arthur Andersen & Co. and, in 1990, I left with two colleagues to set up our own IT consultancy company, CHP Consulting Limited. Over 25 years, we have built up an international software company, with half the company's revenues now originating from the USA. I was specifically responsible for the Finance and HR functions. I am married to Jane – an alumna of Salesian School – and we have 3 children, all now (nearly) grown up. Jane is also a school governor (St John Bosco College, Battersea), and we both believe firmly in the importance of education. Outside of work, we are avid sports fans, which means we suffer the highs and lows of following the England rugby and cricket teams!

Dr John Lydon

John was appointed Director of the MA in Catholic School Leadership programme at St Mary's University, London in 2014 having previously been Director of the Catholic Certificate in Religious Studies programme. He holds a BA (Hons) degree in Theology from Durham University and a PhD from the University of Surrey, UK which focused on contemporary Catholic teachers. John is also a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, UK. He was recently appointed as External Examiner to the University of Glasgow's MA in Curriculum Leadership in Catholic Religious Education and the Catholic Teacher's Certificate (2015-2019).
Earlier in his career, John was very actively engaged in the senior leadership of Salesian School Chertsey and on his retirement in 2013 he was awarded the Salesian Medal by the Rector Major. He now serves on the Salesian Schools Animation Team for the UK Province and will represent that group at the Forum Salesiano in Benediktbeuern Germany in August 2016. He has delivered papers at research conferences across four Continents focusing primarily on the formation of Catholic school leaders and the maintenance of distinctive religious charisms, most recently in Atlanta Georgia. His book The Contemporary Catholic Teacher: A Reappraisal of the Concept of Teaching as a Vocation in the Catholic Christian Context (2011) received extremely favourable reviews. John's article on the transmission of charisms received an award from Routledge Publishing based on the number of times it has been accessed online and cited by other academics. He is also a doctoral level research supervisor in the School of Education, Theology and Leadership at St Mary's, London.
John has been a member of the National Executive of the Catholic Association of Teachers Schools and Colleges (CATSC) of England and Wales since 2000 and represents that organisation on the Religious Education Council of England and Wales. He was re-elected recently to the International Executive of the World Union of Catholic Teachers for a second four-year term. He is a foundation Governor of St John Bosco College, Wandsworth, London and Salesian School Chertsey, Surrey. He was promoted to Knight Commander of the Holy Sepulchre in 2013 for services to education.
John was recently received by His Holiness Pope Francis in Private Audience during a meeting of the Executive of the World Union of Catholic Teachers in Rome. Having been invited by the Prefect of the Congregation for Catholic Education at the Vatican he presented his paper Initial and Continuing Formation of Teachers at the World Congress, which celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Declaration on Christian Education Gravissimum Educationis and the 25th anniversary of the Apostolic Constitution on Catholic Universities Ex Corde Ecclesiae. He also delivered a paper in October 2015 at the National Catholic Education Association (NCEA) Leadership Summit in the USA, prior to the Congress. He addressed the National Catholic Education Association in San Diego California in March 2016.


Committee Members

Standards, Ethos & Admissions Committee

Mr John Lewthwaite
Brig Mike Roycroft
Mr Stuart Boreham
Dr John Lydon
Fr Con Foley
Sr Pat Devine
Mrs Marguerite Lydon - Link Gov for CP/Safeguarding
Mr Ed Smith
Mr Andrew Clarke - LT Member 

Health & Safety Committee

Brig Mike Roycroft
Bro Joe Adams
Mr Laurence Cahill
Mrs Marguerite Lydon - Link Gov for CP/Safeguarding

Finance, Staffing & Development Committee

Mr David Arundale
Mr Ed Smith
Fr John Dickson
Mr Ian Hargrave
Mr James Kibble
Mr Laurence Cahill
Dr John Lydon


Governor Meetings 2016-17

Full Governing Body Committee

Thu 8th September – 5.15pm
Thu 24th November – 5.15pm
Thu 16th March – 5.15pm
Mon 26th June – all day 

Finance, Staffing & Development Committee
Mon 19th September – 5.15pm
Mon 21st November – 5.15pm
Mon 16th January – 5.15pm
Mon 13th March – 5.15pm
Mon 24th April – 5.15pm
Mon 19th June – 5.15pm 

Governor Briefings

Tue 4th October – 8am
Tue 10th January – 8am
Tue 16th May – 8am 

Standards, Ethos & Admissions Committee

Mon 26th September – 5.15pm
Wed 4th January – 5.15pm
Mon 27th March– 5.15pm
Mon 8th May - 5.15pm
Mon 3rd July – 5.15pm 

Health & Safety and Maintenance Committee
Mon 3rd October – 5.15pm
Mon 30th January – 5.15pm
Mon 15th May – 5.15pm


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