Committee of Representatives
Our committee of representatives are:
Michele Heath - Foundation Representative, Chair of Committee of Representatives
Hello everyone, I am excited to be your Chair of Committee for the present term of office. I am a maths consultant with many years of teaching experience. I still have as much passion for education as I did when I started my career over 40 years ago, I hope to continue working in the field of education for many years to come. When not working I am fully involved in community life being President of my local WI and on the committee of our Theatre Group. I also love ballroom dancing and have been lucky enough to have danced in finals in the home of ballroom, Blackpool. When possible I take every opportunity to travel especially to Australia to visit family.
Fr Andrew Foster - Foundation Representative
Andrew Foster has been a priest since 1998. Previously he lived for 11 years in Innsbruck, Austria in an international Catholic lay community before training in Rome for priesthood. He came to St Joseph's Parish, Carterton from the Parish of Our Lady and St Rose, Weoley Castle and St Peter, Bartley Green in Birmingham in 2008 and has been a Foundation Representative at St Joseph's School since then. He finds Carterton a pleasant and friendly place. He considers that St Joseph's Parish belongs principally to the baptised Catholic constituent members and seeks to lead the parish by consensus and encourages initiatives by parishioners. He hopes, by renovating the parish hall, to create an amenity at the service not only of the parish but also of the school and local community. The roof of the hall and church harbours a breeding colony of about 15 pairs of swifts which we should be proud of and do all we can to maintain. Discovering the treasure of Our Lord's love and the wealth of Christian and human culture within the provision of excellent teaching and learning should be the principal aim of the school.
Lisa Smith - Principal
I joined the school in 2009 as Deputy Headteacher. I really enjoy working at St Joseph's and it has been a fantastic opportunity to be on both committees; I have learned how the committee members support and help continue to develop the ethos and journey of the school; supporting staff and children to achieve the best possible outcomes.
In September 2015 I became Head of Teaching and Learning and have valued the support and commitment of the committee members through this transition. In my spare time I enjoy relaxing with a good book and spending time with my family - especially my grand-daughters!
I was appointed Principal in September 2017.
Hannah Stone - Staff Representative
Mrs Val Copping - Foundation Representative
Elected: February 2020
Originally from Belfast, I moved to England in 1975. As an RAF wife I have lived variously in Plymouth, Lincolnshire, Liverpool and Germany before settling in Carterton with my husband and 3 sons. My sons all attended St Joseph`s and were very happy there.
In my career I have worked as a civil servant for the MOD and as a Street Inspector and Contracts Technician for Oxford City Council. I subsequently worked for over 20 years for Thames Valley Police (TVP) in different roles, which included Business Manager for the Southern Oxfordshire Police Area, Head of Quality of Service and then Service Recovery Manager in the TVP Professional Standards Dept. I took early retirement from TVP a couple of years ago to enjoy more time with my husband and family.
My interests are my growing family, reading, theatre, cinema, history, art and I`m an avid tennis fan even though I’m rubbish at playing it. I hope as a member of the committee to give something back to a school which gave my sons such a great start in life.
Mr Graham Darkins - Parent Representative
Elected: March 2021
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