Welcome to our Governors’ page.
Please find below details of how our Governing body is structured, including the names, categories, responsibilities and terms of appointment for each Governor.
Governors, Committees and Areas of Responsibility
The Governors of St David’s Catholic Primary School are a hard working group of volunteers made up from across our school community.
Governors Of St David’s Catholic Primary School
Please find below information about our Governors.
Mr C Law - Chair of Governors (Local Authority Governor)
I am passionate about St David's school - our children only get one chance, so we need to ensure it is the best it can possibly be. I have over 30 years experience in finance and senior management in the public sector, with significant experience in policy and procedures, process improvement, staff management (including Union negotiation, interviewing, and redundancy.) I am Health and Safety qualified (NEBOSH), and am particularly interested in child safeguarding and ensuring all children and those with additional learning needs are supported appropriately. I am one of the trustees of the Swansea Parent Carer Forum and I run the website for Our Lady Star of the Sea Mumbles.
Mr S Smith – Vice Chair, Foundation Governor (Parish of St Benedict)
Retired Bank Manager with 40 years Finance and senior management experience in the private sector. I have been a school governor in primary and secondary schools in Cardiff and Swansea over the last 25 years. I am also a member of Swansea University Finance and Strategy Committee and also Non-Executive Chairman of Swan Global, the University’s international student joint venture with Navitas.
My three children all attended St David’s and then Bishop Vaughan receiving excellent education and have all gone on to obtain University degrees and build successful careers.
I worship at St Benedicts in Sketty and am a lay reader at mass.
The only blot on my copybook is that I am a Bluebird rather than a Jack due to my early upbringing in Cardiff!
Mrs V Meredith – Foundation Governor (Parish of St Benedict)
My past experiences in education have been varied and valuable. I was deputy head at St David’s as well as year six teacher which I loved. I have also worked in the special needs school – Ysgol Hendre in Neath. I was a senior youth leader in the Neath area. During this time I set up a club and exchange programme for disabled young people which became a huge success. I am very involved in Saint Benedict’s parish where I run the Sunday liturgy group, monthly children’s masses, First Holy Communion and Confirmation programme. My whole life has revolved around children and their well being. I feel that children are like sponges and in the right environment and with the right motivation they prosper and grow.
Mr W James – Foundation Governor (Parish of Our Lady Star of the Sea)
Retired. Former teacher at Bishop Vaughan School. Father of Chris, Angie and Beth who attended St. David’s. Swansea born and Swansea Jack.
Mrs L Griffin – Foundation Governor (Parish of St David’s)
Foundation Governor for St David’s Parish, where I have been a parishioner since I was a child. Regular reader and active member of Parish. Children: Aodhan and Oisin Griffin Barr, aged 21 and 17. Both went to St David’s and then to Bishop Vaughan School. I was an active FOSDA member and ran the book stall at our bazaars with my husband, Sean, for many years. Head of Languages Faculty at Dylan Thomas Community School and also teach Spanish at Terrace Rd Primary, regular transition work. Previously Head of Languages Department at St Joseph’s Catholic School, Port Talbot.
Fr Michael Tega Akpoghiran OP (Parish Priest of Our Lady Star of the Sea)
Father Michael is a foundation governor appointed by the Diocese. He is parish priest of Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Church, Mumbles, Swansea, and Director of the Diocese of Menevia School of Evangelisation and Catechetics (DOMSEC). Father Michael has postgraduate degrees in philosophy, theology, and computer science. He is privileged to be a governor and proud of the strong Catholic ethos which St David's School embodies.
Mrs K Jones – Foundation Governor (Parish of St David’s)
My sons regularly served on the Altar at St David’s and attended St David’s school. I am the Safeguarding Representative for St David’s parish and active in parish life, counting, cleaning and serving teas and coffee on Sunday. I am a solicitor by training and until recently worked for a large third sector organisation providing homes, care and support. I volunteer with a number of Charities and am a keen, continuing and still struggling Welsh Learner.
Mr D Cushion – Foundation Governor
I have been associated with St David’s school for over twenty years as a parent. Our three children, Thomas, Bethan and Steffan spent several happy years at the school before transferring to Bishop Vaughan.
I spent thirty three years working in catholic education. I started teaching in London and was Head of History in St Thomas More school before moving back to Wales as Head of History and Head of Sixth Form at Bishop Vaughan. I have experience as an Estyn Peer Assessor and school inspection nominee. In 1996 I become Deputy Head and subsequently acting Headteacher at Corpus Christi High school in Cardiff.
Following retirement in 2014 I worked as a consultant in Blaenau Gwent as part of the Schools Challenge Cymru programme.
I attend St David’s Priory, serving as a Eucharistic Minister and I have recently become a Foundation Governor at Bishop Vaughan School.
Vacancy – Parent Governor
Mrs S Chamberlain - Teacher Governor
Mrs R McKay - Staff Governor
I have worked in St David's for the past 8 years, 6 of which were in the Foundation phase Reception Class. I have recently moved to P3 and I have loved seeing the children progress over the years. I have 2 boys who attend a Welsh speaking comprehensive school and I am passionate about the use of Welsh language in schools. It is my firm belief that children need to be happy in school in order to achieve their maximum potential.
Mrs M Thomas – Clerk to the Governors
Also known as Mrs Thomas the School Secretary! I have worked at St David’s for almost 19 years and I absolutely love my job. I have three grown up children, all who attended St David’s and two grandchildren, who are now both in Nursery. St David’s is a fantastic community and I feel privileged to be part of the team.