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Welcome to our Governors’ page 


Please find below details of the role of the Governing Board and details of its members.  Information on the responsibilities, categories, meeting attendance and terms of appointment for each Governor, together with a Register of Governor Interests is available from the School Office.

Governors at St.Rose's

What is a Foundation Governor?
Foundation governors are appointed by the Diocese of Westminster to represent the interests of the diocese and to ensure that the religious ethos and character of the school is maintained through the decisions of the governing body as a whole.

Being a school governor means being committed to giving time and energy to the role. Each governor contributes to the work of the governing body and shares the load. Governors are asked to take part in regular meetings, read papers and find out about the issues being discussed. In practice, this means going to one full governing body meeting each term, together with one committee meeting. Our school's governing body meetings are held on a weekday evening at the school. Governors' understanding and appreciation of the working of the school can also benefit from the occasional visit, perhaps once a term, during the school day. Governors receive training and support to help them in their role. All governors have a duty to act in the interests of all children in the school and maintain discretion and confidentiality.

The role is extremely rewarding and fun too!


St Rose's currently has foundation governor vacancies. If you are interested in applying to become a foundation governor please contact Karen Jarvis, the Chair of Governors via the school office. Parents of children currently at the school are not able to apply to be a foundation governor.

How Can I Become a Foundation Governor?
In order to be appointed as a foundation governor to a particular school in the diocese, the following criteria apply.

In respect of the school or college for which a person is or is to be a governor, you must not at any time be:

  • related to any member of the school or college staff
  • related to any governor whether elected, appointed or ex-officio, of the school or college
  • employed at the school or at any other Catholic school or college

In addition you must be a practicing and committed Catholic and not be disqualified by law from being a school governor.

How can I find out more?
If you are enthusiastic, committed and have an interest in education we would love to hear from you, please contact Karen Jarvis on 07847 079025 or alternatively contact our school office who will arrange for an application form to be forwarded to you and who will help you through the application process

Foundation Governor and Chair
Mrs Karen Jarvis

Karen is Chair of the Governing Board. She is also a member of the Standards Committee and the Admissions Committee. Karen has three children who previously attended St Rose’s Catholic Infants School. 

Renewal Date: 31/08/18

Foundation Governor and Vice-Chair
Dr Sarah Kelly

Sarah is Vice-Chair of the Governing Board and Chair of the Standards and Admissions Committees.  Sarah previously worked as a Management Consultant in the UK and Australia and currently runs a small communications business from home.  She is a mum to three children who previously attended St Rose’s.

Renewal Date: 04/12/18

Parent Governor
Mrs Ruth Topping
Ruth is Chair of the People, Finance and Premises Committee.  Ruth is a Director of the family’s Corporate Asset Finance and Leasing business based in Kings Langley. Ruth has three children; one at JFK, one at St Cuthbert Mayne and one at St Rose’s.

Renewal Date: 31/07/18

Foundation Governor
Mrs Abi Whittaker
Abi is a Foundation Governor and also a member of the Admissions Committee as well as sitting on the People, Finance and Premises Committee. She has three children who have all been through St Rose’s.

Renewal Date: 31/08/18



Parent Governor
Mrs Moira Coughlan
Moira is a Foundation Governor and member of the People, Finance and Premises Committee. Moira has three daughters; two at St Rose’s and one at St Cuthbert Mayne. 

Renewal Date:  01/09/2020



Renewal Date:

Foundation Governor
Mrs Theresa Dolt
Theresa is a Foundation Governor and a member of the People, Finance and Premises Committee. Theresa has three boys, two at JFK and one at St Rose’s.  Theresa works at Ashlyn’s school in Berkhamsted.

Renewal Date: 31/08/17




Staff Governor

Miss R James

Miss James has taught at St Rose's since 2015. She is currently KS1 leader, as well as leading RE across the school. Miss James is a member of our People, Finance and Premises Committee.


Associate Member

Father Paul McDermott



Miss Ella Ryan

Miss Ryan has almost ten years’ experience teaching in Catholic Schools in Hertfordshire and London. Her passion is to nurture young minds holistically and inspire children to have a life-long love of learning. 
Renewal Date: N/A