St Joseph's Catholic Primary School

Together we grow in God's love, learning to be the best we can be.

Governor biographies


Governor biographies

Canon Terry Phipps, Foundation Governor, Chair

Born 1950
School at Cardinal Vaughan School, London W14
University: New College Oxford, Graduate School Harvard, University of Paris, PGCE Univ of Bristol
Head of Modern Languages, Cardinal Vaughan School 1975-78
Seminary Training in Rome 1978-84. Theological studies at Gregorian University
Priest of the Diocese of Westminster from 1983
Appointments: Westminster Cathedral (84-92), Northwood (92-94), Allen Hall Seminary (94-98 - Lecturer in Moral Theology), University Chaplain (98-2001), Spanish Place (01-09), Hertford (09-present)
Governor at St Joseph’s (09-present)
Courses attended: Preparing for Ofsted (5 March 2013), Assessment for Learning (12 March 2013)
School Governor at St Joan of Arc, Rickmansworth, 1992-94, Servite School, Fulham Road (1996-2001 – Chair of Governors for two years)
Appointed Canon of the Diocese of Westminster in September 2016
No business interests, No Financial interests


Sheron Hynard, Vice Chair and Safeguarding Governor 


I am currently a Foundation and Safeguarding Governor. I have four children at St Joseph's, Year 3, Year 4 and Year 6. My eldest who also attended is at college.  


I work within a school setting as a Higher Level Teaching Assistant  (HLTA) in year 3. I have gained experience in Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS), Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2. I have insightful knowledge of how a school runs from a day to day basis.


I feel I will contribute many aspects to the Governors and my knowledge and skill set will be beneficial to help our St Joseph's Community. 

Louise Robinson, Parent Governor


I have two sons at the school, and I became a Parent Governor in 2021.  

In my day job, I am a Partner at a global engineering company, Arcadis, where I lead client accounts across Life Sciences, Chemicals, Health, Education and Government sectors. I was previously the Lead Partner for our work with Schools, and over the years, I have worked with 50+ schools on academy governance, funding, MAT & LGB strategy and structures.

I was previously Chair of Governors at a secondary school in Hammersmith, London.  I am very happy to be part of the Local Governing Body and to support the school.

Anthony Holbourn, Foundation Governor


Anthony spent much of his life teaching in two schools, one in Devon, the other in Enfield, retiring in 2011.  He became a leading pastoral figure in the latter as Head of Year 7, in which capacity he visited most of the feeder primary schools.  He has also been a member of three governing bodies, one of them as Chair.

Marie Godfrey, foundation governor

I started as a governor in 2022. Both my children attend St. Josephs's. I am looking forward to being able to make a contribution to help the school remain a great place for our children to develop and learn.

I work as a senior health commissioner in the NHS, commissioning a wide variety of services for adults and have more recently moved into national cancer screening.  I’m an occupational therapist by background, and my clinical expertise is in mental health. 

Outside of work, I like to meet friends, garden and attempt ‘gyming’. I have a passion for music and the arts and love radio/podcasts. As a family, we try to be as environmentally conscious as possible, and we love living in Hertford. 

Christopher Richards, Parent Governor


I have been a governor since late 2022. My daughter attends St. Joseph’s, and my wife works in Reception as a Teaching Assistant.


In my day job, I am a Senior Manager within banking where I work to detect and prevent financial crime such as fraud, money laundering, terrorism and sanctions evasion.


Outside of work, I am an active member of Hertford Lawn Tennis Club and help my wife with our allotment patch opposite the school where we grow lots of fruit and veg! I also love travel, food and wine. 


Having struggled academically as a child, I’m a strong believer that a child's future is not solely determined by the exam grades they receive and it’s important that schools take a holistic approach to children’s development.