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Governors Profiles

David Knight, MBE - Chair of Governors (Foundation Governor)

I qualified as a teacher (of English and Physical Education), working in a Secondary school in Liverpool. During this period, I developed a passion for the " education of the whole person", striving to ensure that each student fulfilled their potential.

Transferring my career to Local Government, I worked in the Sport and Leisure sector for some 21 years, finishing as Director of Leisure and Culture with Portsmouth City Council. During this service in the public sector I gained a number of skills which, I believe, enables me to contribute to the varied duties of a Governor : financial and commercial, marketing and communications, human resources and project management skills.

My youngest daughter attended St Edmund's and was exceedingly happy and successful here.

I was awarded an MBE in the Queen's Honours list in 2016.

Appointed: 18/07/2018

Term of Office Expiry: 17/07/2022 


Fr Ansel D'Mello (Foundation Governor)

 I graduated in Business Studies in 2007 and went on to work in the banking sector before returning to university to study a post-graduate degree in Business and Finance.  I later began my seminary at St John’s Seminary, Wonersh and was ordained to the priesthood on 25th June 2017.  During my seminary formation at St John’s Seminary, Wonersh, I undertook several placements working as a chaplain in secondary schools, working with children with learning disabilities, youth groups and I also volunteered as a chaplain in the prison service at HMS Send.   I am currently the assistant priest at St John’s Cathedral in Portsmouth.  I hope that the skills and experienced I have gained will help me to contribute to the various duties of a governor.

 My interest in secondary education comes from the excellent secondary education I received some years ago, at All Hallows, Farnham!  I hope that as a governor, I can support the school in spiritual and pastoral care of both its students and staff. 

Appointed: 09/10/2017

Term of Office Expiry: 08/10/2021

Matthew Maguire (Staff Governor)

Originally from Bradford, I graduated with a 2:1 in Theology from the University of Leeds in 2013. From there I gained valuable experience working as an unqualified teacher in inner-city Leeds. I then went on to gain my PGCE from Leeds Trinity University in 2015. In September 2015 I joined the St Edmund’s family as a teacher of Religious Education. Whilst being at the school I have refined my teaching repertoire and enjoyed encouraging pupils to deepen their spirituality through leading activities during the Year 7 and 8 retreats. 

I have been enveloped in Catholic schooling from primary school to University, and I feel through this active role I can give something back and aspire a new generation of pupils that are coming through our robust and vibrant Catholic school.

Outside school I enjoy spending time out wandering out on the seafront with my wife. When I’m not out walking, you are likely to find me in the gym or swimming in the Solent with friends!  

Appointed: 07/11/2017

Term of Office Expiry: 06/11/2021

Kevin Hudson (Authority Governor)

I am a chartered surveyor with around 25 years' experience of working in both the private and public sector, I am currently employed by the local authority as the development manager. My principle professional activities are project management, communication and financial control, skills which I apply where I can to the work of the governing body.

I have been a parent governor at St Edmunds for the last 3 years, my interest in standards was initially driven by having 3 children who are educated locally - 2 who currently attend St Edmunds and the eldest who has just left to go on to college.

I am pleased to be able to say they have all been happy at the school and I am confident (and will work to ensure) that all pupils are given every opportunity to achieve academically and develop as young adults whilst they are here. The staff at St Edmunds work incredibly hard and set high standards for our children I would urge all parents to get involved, challenge and support them.

Appointed: 01/12/2015

Term of Office Expiry: 30/11/2019 

Martin Lewis - Vice Chair of Governors (Foundation Governor)

My initial involvement in St Edmunds started in October 2011 when I was appointed Acting Deputy Head, a post I held until the following August. My previous governor experience was at Oaklands Catholic School where I served as an Associate Governor for 15 years before I retired from the post of Deputy Head in 2008 after 25 years at the school. In 2012 I firstly became an Associate Governor at St Edmunds then moved to become the Local Authority Governor in 2014 before accepting the role of Foundation Governor in May 2015.

At present I chair the Policy, Standards & Assessment Committee and am link governor for Science, Humanities and Special Education Needs. During my 38 years as a teacher my subject was science, so it is natural I have become involved with this department at St Edmunds. I also have a great interest in all aspects of special education needs having spent many years as the line manager of this department at Oaklands and was delighted to take on this vital area of the curriculum when appointed a governor at St Edmunds. Ensuring all students achieve their potential is important, but those with learning and other difficulties at times need far more support and I see my role as governor in ensuring this is the case.  My other great love is music and I have been involved in all aspects of liturgical music for many years, an experience I very much enjoyed sharing with students and staff when Deputy Head at St Edmunds. I am currently in charge of music at the Sunday evening folk mass at the Sacred Heart church, Waterlooville.

Outside education my interests are gardening (my wife and I look after the gardens at our local community centre), I am president of the Society of St Vincent de Paul in Waterlooville (SVP is a worldwide organisation that aims to help those in need); I also enjoy photography, swimming, cycling and walking, however my greatest interest is rugby, especially when Wales play England!

Appointed: 23/06/2018

Term of Office Expiry: 22/06/2022

Kathy Moore (Foundation Governor)

I have worked in various departments in the Civil Service for over 20 years and I have gained a number of skills and qualifications that I believe enable me to contribute to the various duties of a Governor: financial, communication, human resources and management skills. As a parent, I believe in the importance of a good Education and know from the experience of my three brothers and my own three children, who all attended St Edmund's how very happy they were here and how much they valued the spirit of the school and the opportunities it gave them and as a Governor hope I can continue to support St Edmund’s in everything they offer to the children who attend the school.

Appointed: 21/10/2016

Term of Office Expiry: 20/10/2020 


 Rachel O'Reilly (Foundation Governor)

Creative Director of Morph PR and Marketing. I am an experienced marketing manager with extensive experience of partnership working in a range of sectors.   I am delightful that we have such great school in our city for our local children.  Two of my three sons attends St Edmund's and I have seen first hand how committed the staff are to the children's success, both academic and spiritual.

I am passionate about supporting our school family to continue to provide a successful, nurturing and vibrant school and look forward to ensuring both academic and pastoral success for St Edmund's pupils in the coming years.

Appointed: 01/05/2019

Term of Office Expiry: 28/04/2022

Rita Waight (Parent Governor)

I have been a School Governor for 27 years, at 2 schools, with 21 of those years being at St Edmund's. My 2 daughters attended the school, had a very good education, and have gone on to successful careers.

I became a governor to support the schools my daughters attended and help implement the many changes in Education policy that have been made over the years.

I am a member of various committees and Chair of the Policy and Strategy committee. My responsibilities are Vocational Education and Training.

I work part-time in Retail which gives me the opportunity to visit during school hours.

Appointed:  25/03/2018

Term of Office Expiry: 24/03/2022

Sophie Venables (Parent Governor)

I have worked in education for 20 years at middle and senior secondary school leadership and I now have a role as a Teaching School Director. I have four children, the eldest two of whom are at St Edmund's and the others attend St Swithun's School. I have always been interested in supporting my children's schools and have been an active member of St Swithun's PTA for 10 years - I'm not afraid to roll up my sleeves and join in!

I particularly enjoy working as a Parent Governor at St Edmund's as it allows me to use my experience as a parent as well as my professional expertise in a different way.  I hope to support St Edmund's at this exciting time in the school's development and also wish to enhance my own understanding of Catholic secondary education to better support the school in the future.

Appointed: 25/01/2016

Term of Office Expiry: 24/01/2020

Chris Whitfield (Foundation Governor)

I was delighted to have been appointed as a Foundation Governor at St Edmund’s Catholic School, Portsmouth in November 2017.

I have over 40 years’ experience in education, starting first as a teacher of Modern Languages, then Head of Department, Head of Year, Deputy Head and, finally, Headteacher of Oaklands Catholic School in Waterlooville for nearly 23 years. During my final few years  at Oaklands I was also an Ofsted inspector.

In 2007 I was awarded a Papal Knighthood (Knight of St Gregory : KSG) by Pope Benedict for services to Catholic Education.

In 2010, following 3 years as Principal of an international School in Thailand, I was asked by Bishop Crispian to look after St Edmund’s as Acting Head for a year to help the school through a difficult period. This was a very rewarding experience which allowed me to build up strong professional links with the school community and the present head, Simon Graham.

I now look forward to using my experience and skills in working with the Head to ensure that St Edmund’s continues to prosper and remains the outstanding school that it is today.

Appointed: 06/11/2017

Term of Office Expiry: 05/11/2021