Welcome to the Governors' section!
Foundation Governors: (appointed by the Diocese)
Mr D Harris ( Chair )
My name is Dave Harris and I moved from East Ham to Grays in 1982. I work for Thurrock Social
services. My hobbies include camping, photography, driving and music. I was also a trampolining
instructor. Before becoming Chair of Governors I was a Foundation Governor appointed by
The Diocese of Brentwood. My son is a former pupil of this school.
Mr B Emecheta ( Vice chair )
Mr Emecheta has been a civil servant within the Department for Education for over 20 years.
In that time, he has gained knowledge and experience developing and implementing a range
of education policies, working with and advising Ministers. He helped develop and implement
the Early Years Foundation Stage and had responsibility for the child safeguarding aspects of
He currently leads a team delivering new Free Schools in the South East and South London
Bertrand joined the Governing Body of St Thomas' as a Foundation governor in 2014 and is
currently a member of the Standards committee.
Fr Brian O’Shea
Fr Brian is the Parish priest of St Thomas of Canterbury Catholic church in Grays. He visits the school every week to say Mass and is a presence around the school offering support and guidance to staff, parents and pupils. Fr Brian is integral to maintaining the strong links that exist between the home, school and parish.
Mrs T Fullerton
Mrs Fullerton has been a member of the Governing Body at St. Thomas’ since October 2006, as both an elected Parent Governor and an appointed Foundation Governor. She has a professional background in finance and project management and currently works as PA to the Principal of an academy in Basildon with responsibilities for finance, administration, examinations and premises management. She is also the proud mother of three children; two are current pupils at St. Thomas’ and one left the school back in 2012. She is also an ex-pupil of the school.
Mrs Fullerton is passionately committed to the continuing success and on-going improvement of St. Thomas' school and wants all our children to receive the very best quality education and achieve their full potential in an enjoyable, safe and supportive environment.
Mrs L Pearson
Mrs Pearson has been a Governor since 2002 serving as a Parent Governor for 4 years and a Foundation Governor for the past 9 years. She currently works for the Schools Finance Team at Thurrock Council and has a wealth of Banking and Finance experience; also sitting on the Parish Finance Committee.
Mrs Pearson is an ex-pupil of the School and the mother of 2 boys. Both her sons attended St Thomas’ and then The Campion School. She sits on The Resources Committee, Leadership and Management Committee and The Pay Review Panel. Mrs Pearson is committed to supporting
the School and its Catholic Ethos and believes all Pupils should receive a good education in a safe
and happy environment.
Mrs M Carr
Mrs Carr was appointed as a Foundation governor at St Thomas of Canterbury Catholic Primary
School in 2015. She is an active member of our parish. She has close connections with the school
and her two daughters attended in the 1980's and 1990's. She worked at the school as a secretary
for 24 years from 1989, serving four headteachers until her retirement in 2013. She was also the
Clerk to Governors for over 10 years.
She is pleased to be able to continue her association with the school and is proud to serve on its
Governing Body. She is committed to Catholic education and fully supports the mission of the
Ms H Taylor
Ms Taylor is a parent governor, elected by the parents of the school. She is a mother of
two children, one former and one current pupil.
She is currently a member of the Resources committee and is very pleased to serve the school
in those duties.
Staff Governor: Mrs N Smith
Mrs Smith has been very happy teaching at St Thomas' for the last nineteen years and has
been in her current role for five years.
Her three children have all attended St Thomas' and began their love of learning here;
they hold lasting, happy memories of their primary school.
The strong link between home, school and parish is central to our ethos as a Catholic school,
children are given the opportunity to practise and strengthen their faith every day. This link is
extremely important to her on a personal level as an active member of the parish. She regularly
leads children's liturgy, is a Eucharistic Minister and a catechist on the First Holy Communion
She is very proud to serve as Teacher Governor and to be given the opportunity to be involved
in shaping the future at St Thomas'. She is a member of the Standards committee, bringing to
the role, an insight not only as a member of staff, but also a parent.
Mrs B Perry
Mrs Perry became interested in becoming a governor at St Thomas' as she currently has two
children at the school. Her daughter is in year five and her son is in year three, both of whom
really enjoy their life at St Thomas'. As a secondary school teacher, Mrs Perry understands the
important links between primary and secondary education. She shares the school's ethos that a
child's education does not simply involve their academic progress, but their development as a
caring and responsible individual.
Ms G Pegrum
Ms Pegrum has recently joined the Governing Body as a Parent Governor, elected by the parents
of the school. She has a daughter in the school and welcomes the opportunity to be involved in
the strategic management of the school to ensure that all pupils receive a good education.
LEA Representative Governor: Mrs M Ikwudirim
Maureen has recently joined the Governing Body as the Local Authority Governor. She welcomes the opportunity to work with the Head, Teachers, Parents and other Governors with the ultimate aim of achieving the best possible schooling experiences for our children and for the continued success at St Thomas’.
She is a mother of 2 boys and her first son started Reception at St. Thomas’ in September. She considers this a great opportunity to help make a real and positive difference to the life chances of children in our local community. She believes the role will provide her with a better appreciation and insight into the work of our teachers and school leaders and the types of challenges Schools face.
Maureen is a Solicitor and hopes that her legal training and experiences will be useful in her new role.
Headteacher: Mr C Birtles
Mr Birtles is the Headteacher governor employed by the Governing Body. He is the lead professional in the school who works alongside the governors helping them to undertake their statutory duties. He sits on most committees and working parties and offers advice and guidance.
Clerk to Governors: Mrs M Sellens