Chair of Governors- Irene Wilkie

Trustee Governor. TLL and Personnel committees. Link governor - MFL

I was a Foundation Governor at St Mary’s School for 6 years and am now a Trustee governor representing the SMG order. I taught French and Spanish in secondary schools for 13 years, initially in London and then in Wiltshire, before moving into the HE sector where I was Head of the School of Spanish at UWE (Bristol) teaching mainly Spanish and Linguistics. I also taught in the Education faculty on both primary and secondary Initial Teacher Education programmes. Until recently I worked part time for the Institute of Education in London delivering a CPD programme for teachers. I now work as an independent languages consultant.


Vice Chair – Rob Dowling

Parent governor- Term of Office: 1/5/13 – 1/5/17
TLL and Personnel committees. Link Governor – Sport, SEN

I became a Parent Governor at St Mary's in mid 2013 and am the Link Governor for Special Educational Needs and Pupil Premium. My wife Sian and I are delighted to have our son at the school, benefiting from both a fantastic start to his education and the Catholic ethos that underpins it. I coach rugby for the mini's section at Chippenham RFC and have a keen interest in current affairs and skiing. I hope to bring my 25 years policing experience to the challenging, but rewarding, role of Governor.

Carole Baker

Foundation Governor - Term of office: 1/9/13 – 31/8/17

TLL and Personnel committees. Link governor - EYFS

I am married with three children, all of whom attended St Mary's School before going on to St Augustine's Catholic College in Trowbridge.

I was elected as a Parent Governor over 14 years ago before becoming a Foundation Governor. I am the Admissions coordinator and also coordinator of the Appeals panel. I am a practising Catholic and I am a Children's Liturgist at St Mary's Church.

Richard Bird

Foundation Governor – Term of office: Sept ‘15 – ‘19

TLL committee. Link governor – RE

I have lived in Chippenham for 40 years and both of my daughters attended St Mary’s School. My working life was spent in the RAF where I served as a navigator. I attend St Mary’s Church where I am a minister of the Eucharist and a reader. I am a past president of the SVP in Chippenham and of the Catenian circle in Cirencester. I am honoured to accept the challenge of becoming a Foundation governor.

Angela Butts
Foundation Governor - Term of Office: 28/2/17 - 28/2/21
Resources committee. Safeguarding governor, link governor Maths, IT

I became a Foundation Governor 4 years ago and joined the Resources Committee. I am a part qualified CIMA Accountant and have worked on R&D Budgets, Forecasting and Resource planning within Telecommunications Sector for 16 years. I love attending theatre when I can (particularly musicals) but my newest hobby is Ice Skating! My son is currently attending St Mary's and I am very much enjoying my role as a Governor.

Ruth Chillitupa

Parent Governor – Term of office 18/9/15 – 18/9/19

TLL committee. Link Governor – Arts and Music

I am an ex-pupil of St Mary’s school with wonderful memories of the place and my daughter is now a pupil there. I have also been a Primary Teacher for over 15 years working mostly in Wiltshire schools with some time spent abroad. These days I am lucky to work in a Forest School for the Ernest Cook Trust. I hope to bring this experience in education to my role as a governor in order to contribute to the children’s positive experience at the school.

Sr Kathleen Coleman

Trustee Governor.

I am a Poor Servant of the Mother of God and I am honoured to have recently become a Trustee Governor of St. Mary’s School . I have been involved in Primary education for most of my life as a teacher, head mistress in Ireland and I have also been a member of School Boards of Management in Dublin and in Cork.

Alex Corbett

Foundation Governor - Term of Office 1/9/16 - 1/9/20

Resources committee

I am a Financial Planner which 10 years experience in Financial Services. Before this I graduated from the University of Kent with a degree in Economics. I am married  and a practicing Catholic and am honoured to have been nominated as a Foundation  Governor where I hope to be able to utilise my skills and experiences to benefit the school.

Rebecca Hagley

Staff Governor – Term of office: 1/9/14 – 31/8/18

TLL committee

This is my second year as a teacher governor and I am about to embark on my 7th year at St Mary’s as a year 5/6 teacher. Within the school I am a member of the Senior Leadership Team, where I am Learning Leader, as well as this I am also Maths and PE Learning Leader. My interests outside school involve watching rugby (particularly Bath Rugby), swimming, cycling, cooking, craft and the occasional karaoke.


 Sue Linacre

Foundation Governor – Term of office: 1/9/13 – 31/8/17

Resources and Personnel committees. Link governor - Literacy

My name is Sue Linacre, a former parent at the school. I have been a Governor here for 15 years, first as an elected Parent Governor before being appointed a Foundation Governor by the Bishop. I am a huge supporter of St. Mary's and think we are honoured to offer our children such a wonderful start to their education.

Ron MacGregor
Authority Governor – Term of office: 1/9/14 – 31/8/18
Resources committee. Link Governor - Science

I am married with three daughters and five granddaughters. I trained as an engineer in the RAF and served at home and overseas. I worked for several companies including British Aerospace at Filton, in the USA and in Norway, an Inspection Company working on assignments in the UK and in France (MRTC) and in for Shell Exploration in Aberdeen. I also worked for an American company (SII) and after extensive training in the USA worked with their clients in the Newspaper and Publishing industry in Europe. I was elected 4 times as a North Wilts District Councillor representing the Avon Ward (Rowden, Lowden and the Town centre areas). I was founder Chairman of the Chippenham River Valley Protection Group and a Borough Lands Trustee. I look forward to serving as a Governor and will do my utmost for the Children of St Mary's School.  

Sara Morea

Co-opted Governor (TA) – Term of office: 1/9/15 – 31/8/19

Resources committee – Link governor – Arts and Music

I am a teaching assistant and am currently working in a reception class. I have worked in the school for the past eight years and am a former pupil and parent. My two children now attend St. Gregorys Catholic College. I am a children's liturgist and first communion catechist and am firmly committed to the Catholic ethos of school life.  I am pleased and excited to have the opportunity as a non teaching member of staff to become a governor of such a wonderful school.



Colin Thomas

Parent Governor - Term of office:1/9/14 – 31/8/18

Char of TLL committee. Link governor - Maths

I am a Certified Management Consultant with over 18 years experience within Financial Services. Before this I graduated from the University of Sheffield with a BSc in Geography and I have also worked and studied in both Germany and Switzerland. Outside of work I enjoy spending time with my family, walking the dog, playing cricket and cycling.  I have two daughters at St.Mary’s who are receiving an excellent education within a supportive environment the foundation of which is the Christian faith. I am a member of the Parochial Church Council of St.Andrew’s, Chippenham and as a Parent Governor of St.Mary’s my aim is to utilise the skills and experience I have to benefit the school in any way that I can.

Ann Watts

Foundation Governor – Term of office:1/9/14 – 31/8/18

TLL and Personnel committees. Link governor - RE

I am a past pupil of St Mary’s, I started when the school opened and was in the choir and netball team. I felt very honoured when asked to become a Foundation Governor, as the education I received based on the Catholic ethos has stood me in good stead. I have been a Confirmation Catechist, for many years. I am also a Minister for the Eucharistic and Liturgy of the Word. I was involved in the original school Mission Statement as a parish representative. I am retired, however during my working career with BT, Dyson and Wiltshire Police I worked in various departments including Communications, Personnel , Finance and Training.

       ASSOCIATE GOVERNORS 2016-2017

Sarah Crayford Brown - Barrister and professional mediator

Claire Crosby-Cole - Accountant

William Drury - Architect

Michel Millard - Surveyor



Julian Oliver – Foundation governor, appointed  1/9/2012.
Served for 4 years. Chair of Resources committee 
Reason for stepping down – end of term of office