Governing Board


Angela Blenkinship - Chair of Governors

I was appointed a Foundation Governor approximately 20 years ago and have two daughters, both of whom attended St Joseph’s (many years ago!). I am now retired but coming from a social work background have worked extensively with children and their families.

I passionately believe that schools have a responsibility not only to provide the best academic education but also to provide a caring, safe and most of all, happy and enjoyable environment where children are treated as unique individuals and supported to achieve their full potential .

There are constant changes and challenges in education and in society but at St Joseph’s we strive to provide a stable, safe and secure environment where “love “ is at the core of all that we do.

It is a great privilege and honour to be part of our school family. 

Alison Raines - Vice Chair

I have been a governor at St Joseph’s for 8 years and currently hold the position of Vice Chair. As an Accountant I also Chair the Resources Committee which covers Finance and HR. I became a governor to support my children and their school and enjoyed it so much I wanted continue to help the staff and children after they had moved on to St Mary’s. Most weekends are spent supporting my children in their love of sport, spending time with my family and catching up with the many wonderful friends I have made here as a parent, governor and part of Friends of St Joseph’s.


Clare Hitchen - Foundation Governor

It has been a great privilege to serve as a Foundation Governor at St. Joseph's School for the past 35 years. When I first became a governor my daughter and son were pupils at St. Joseph's. They are now married and living on the other side of the world. Fortunately, I love travelling and, now that I'm retired, I am able to spend more time with them and my three young grandchildren.

I am passionate about education and keen to ensure that all children have the opportunity to achieve their full potential in a stimulating, learning environment. I am very proud that the children, and everyone involved in St. Joseph's School, understand the values of our mission statement - Love Jesus, Love learning, Love life.



Amanda Melling - Staff Governor

I have been a teacher at St Joseph’s for 25 years now and I am very proud to have been elected staff governor. In my time at St Joseph’s I have worked in both Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 and I am currently a Year 3 teacher and a senior leader with responsibility for Religious Education and Science.

I live with my husband, my children and my small dog. I love to spend time with my family, walking, travelling and going to concerts.

St Joseph’s is very special to me and I care passionately about the children. I am looking forward to working with the governing body to help all children become successful learners, have a firm foundation in the Catholic Faith and a strong belief in themselves.



Andy Heald - Parent Governor

Hi my name is Andy Heald. I have been a Parent Governor at St Josephs for the past four years and currently have three children attending school.

I decided to become a School Governor for two reasons - one to offer my support to ensure I was doing all I can to ensure my own children and all the children of St Josephs get the best possible education and start in life and two, I have a strong dedication and passion for education and love the challenge of being a school governor offering my expertise and guidance whilst still embracing the learning and development that the role provides.

I am a local business man and operate currently as a national physical education consultant. 

Outside of my professional roles i love to participate in sport and lead an active lifestyle, playing and coaching football for local teams and generally keeping fit and active. 


Phil Heaton - Foundation Governor

I am 62 years of age, married with 2 children and 3 grandchildren. I taught Science for 13 years in Catholic Secondary Schools but was retired on health grounds due to my limited mobility, having suffered life-changing injuries in a road traffic collision. I was immediately offered a job as the senior executive of a National Governing Body for cycle racing which, I held until my retirement in 2010.

I now have the time to attend daily mass, brew my own wine and beer, ride my hand-cycle, go on frequent holidays in the sun and cruising around the world. I have also started to learn the clarinet, as there are only so many crime novels you can read and crosswords to do, and have recently acquired a tropical fish tank – thought it might be easier than a dog; how wrong can you be!

I am a committed Catholic and see St. Joseph’s School as an integral and important part of the parish. I therefore feel it is a great honour and privilege to be able to assist the pupils and staff in reaching their full potential.

Johanne Daniels - Parent Governor

My name is Johanne Daniel and I've been a Parent Governor for just over 2 years. I left the NHS four years ago after 20 years in Business Intelligence / Data Management (it was far more interesting than it sounds!) and now mainly fill my time acting as a taxi service for my two children and volunteering as a member of the governing body. I feel very lucky to be able to spend time with the children from our school as they make me laugh and feel proud in equal measure. I love spending my spare time with family and friends and curling up on the sofa with a magazine and a big bar of chocolate. Please feel free to say hello and stop for a chat if you see me on the playground. 


Joanne Carrighar Kearns - Foundation Governor

I'm Joanne and I'm a foundation governor who also has a child at St. Joseph's, plus a toddler and a new baby. I'm a qualified social worker & have worked in both primary and high schools, and in a mental health hospital, so I use these skills in my role as governor here at St. Joseph's. I work alongside other governors to promote the best interests of both the children in school and also the staff and volunteers too. I attend mass every week here at St. Joseph's church and I volunteer here too as both a reader and general assistant.