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Governing Body Profiles

St Thomas a Becket Catholic Primary School has a single Governing Body led by the Chair of Governors, Mr Dominic McIlhargey.  The Governing Body currently consists of 13 members, made up of Foundation Governors appointed by the Diocese of Arundel and Brighton, a Local Authority representative, Parent representatives, Teaching and Support Staff Governors, an Associate Member and a Clerk.  Governors play an active part in the life of the school and attend regular meetings.  We are entrusted with upholding the Catholic ethos which is at the heart of our School.


To contact the Chair of Governors, please contact the school office or email the Clerk to Governors, Mandy Randall at clerk@stthomasbecket.e-sussex.sch.uk

Dominic McIlhargey (Chair of Governors)

My name is Dominic McIlhargey and I have been a Foundation Governor for 4 years and have found the experience very rewarding.  I have 4 children in the school, two in KS1 and two in KS2.  I have an interest in SEND, having taught in a school for children with speech and language difficulties for several years.  I am very proud to be a Governor at such an excellent school and am delighted to support the Headteacher and her staff in upholding the strong Catholic ethos of our school.


Augustine Anunta (Foundation Governor)

My name is Augustine Anunta and I was appointed as a Foundation Governor in September 2016.  I am a passionate and devoted Catholic with diverse background and qualifications spanning across several disciplines.  I have years of experience in the education sector.  I have served as a Registrar / Assessments officer at a higher institution of learning within the UK.  I am also a successful entrepreneur and now run my own multi-industry company operating in the Information Technology and Beauty industries.  I am happily married with a son who attends St Thomas a Becket Catholic Primary School.  I hope to contribute my quota in making St Thomas a Becket a beautiful and supportive Catholic learning environment.


Sherry Farmer (Local Authority Governor)

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Claire Hermon (Parent Governor)

My name is Claire Hermon and I was elected as Parent Governor in September 2016.  I have been a parent at the school since 2014 when my eldest daughter started.  I have another daughter currently in Reception class and a baby born in 2017.  I am also an active member of ‘Friends of St Thomas a Becket’ (PTA).  My desire to be part of the governing body stems from my own experience as a pupil at the school many years ago!  I also feel it is important to ‘give something back’ by helping and supporting the school in any which way I can.  My career path has lead me to work with children in varying forms over the past 25 years and in the last 10 years as a Childrens’ Services Social Worker. I am genuinely passionate about the holistic development and healthy growth of children and striving to support and encouraging them to be the best they can be.  My experience, knowledge and skills has lent itself well to the role as Safeguarding Lead Governor within the school. I also sit on the Teaching and Learning Committee.  My time is kept very busy with my three children, however if I manage to find time to myself I enjoy a number of pastimes including sewing, crafts, reading and retail therapy!! I also regularly attend mass at the parish of St. Gregory and lead the Children’s Liturgy.  I am very honoured to work with the school in a Governor capacity and will strive to help and support the vision and growth of the school, ensuring “all-round” development and outstanding education for each and every child at St Thomas a Becket Primary School. 


Ilona Hollands (Foundation Governor)

My name is Ilona Hollands and I became a Foundation Governor in September 2016.  I work as an accountant for a local government authority.  I also have eleven years of teaching experience, both as a teacher of English, as a foreign language in Poland, and in a secondary school in the UK.  I am very enthusiastic about education and I hope to use my insight and skills to support St Thomas a Becket school in providing a fantastic education in a Catholic environment.


Rita King (Foundation Governor)

My name is Rita King and I was appointed as a Foundation Governor in February 2015.  I have one daughter who attends St Thomas a Becket Catholic Primary School.  I have been an active member of the school PTA since 2010, serving as Secretary for two years before chairing the PTA Committee between September 2013 and July 2015.  My professional background is in policy development and lobbying, and I am currently Local Partnerships Director at The Portman Group, a prominent corporate social responsibility organisation.


John McManus (Foundation Governor)

My name is John McManus and I have been a Foundation Governor in Catholic Primary Schools since 1976, at St Thomas a Becket since 2000 and at the special schools in the Arundel and Brighton Diocese (St Joseph’s and St Dominic’s).  I was a member of the Diocesan Schools Committee 2006-2014.  Professionally, I taught in Catholic Secondary Schools 1962-1992 and in a Catholic Special School in West London 1992-1996.  Between 1998 and 2013 I worked for the Catholic Children’s Society within the Arundel and Brighton Diocese with people with learning difficulties and disabilities and their families.  My particular interests on the Governing Body are RE and Special Needs teaching.


Tracey O’Neill (Staff Governor)

My name is Tracey O’Neill and I have been a Staff Governor since 2015.  I joined St Thomas a Becket in 2011 as an Individual Needs Assistant and I am currently a Teaching Assistant in Year 5.  My son was a pupil here and is now at St Richards.


Simon Osborne-Walker (Parent Governor)

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Deborah Trainor (Foundation Governor)

My name is Debbie Trainor and I am married with six grown up children, four of which attended St Thomas a Becket and all six went to St Richards at Bexhill.  My eldest son and his wife are both teachers for an American International School in Singapore.  They have our only grandchild who is a year old.  I worked fulltime as a Staff Nurse at the DGH until July 2016 when I decided to retire.  I keep busy with my hobbies and volunteer work.  I have a border collie so usually I walk her with my husband most mornings.   We both enjoy travelling and have been out to the East twice to catch up with our grandson.  I attend St Joachims Church in Hampden Park and it was Father Barry who approached me to consider being a School Governor.

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