Governance

The governors act as the trustees for the charitable activities of St Matthew Academy and are also the directors of the charitable company for the purposes of company law. Governors are appointed by the Sponsors or in accordance with the requirements of the Articles of Association and the funding agreement. The minimum number of governors is two and there is no maximum.

Welcome from the Chair of the Interim Management Board
 

The Academy is currently in a transition period, and the Interim Management Board are working with the management team, with a view to moving to a regular board as soon as possible.

We work alongside the Executive Headteacher, Serge Cefai (Sacred Heart RC School Southwark); Eamon Connolly Headteacher at St Thomas the Apostle College, Southwark and Linda O‘Callaghan Executive Headteacher at St Mary’s Croydon and of course, the Education Schools Commission for the Archdiocese of Southwark (Sponsors). Together with the new Leadership Team we all strive to ensure every child at the Academy receives the best education possible, whilst also addressing some of the issues that are impacting on progress.

Our Governors and the committees that they sit on are detailed below:

Pat Barber - Appointed April 2016

  • Interim Management Board
  • Resources Committee
  • Strategy Committee
  • Teaching & Learning Committee

Pat Barber is the Chair of the Interim Management Board, Foundation Governor at Bonus Pastor Catholic College and Our Lady & St Phillip Neri Primary School. She is also Chair of the Lewisham Governors’ Association and a member of the Local Authority Schools’ Forum. Pat is also a National Leader of Governance supporting schools to improve governance and a national governor trainer.

The Chair of the Interim Management Board can be contacted at info@stmatthewacademy.co.uk

Serge Cefai - Appointed April 2016

  • Interim Management Board
  • Resources Committee
  • Strategy Committee
  • Teaching & Learning Committee

Serge Cefai has been a secondary teacher for over 37 years serving as Headteacher of Sacred Heart School for 10 years, as well as holding two positions as Executive Headteacher in two schools requiring support - St Thomas the Apostle College (STAC) and, more recently, St Matthew Academy - as the three schools move towards developing a federation.

As testament to Mr Cefai’s commitment to improving education and the chances that young people have, Ofsted wrote (2012) ‘The Headteacher and senior leaders have created a school in which teachers believe all students can make outstanding progress.’  In November 2014, Ofsted wrote in recognition of Mr Cefai’s work with STAC, ‘The improvements of the past two years would not have happened without the outstanding leadership and management of the Executive Head and Head of School’. Several schools have adopted approaches developed by Mr Cefai, including the use of ranking students in terms of performance. Recognition for the consistent and sustained achievements of Mr Cefai have come from many sources including the media; government ministers; and educational establishments.

Mr Cefai states “We must all work together to support Miss Baldwin and her team, encouraging our children to do their best, live their faith and be in a position to positively contribute to our school and the wider community.

Corinne Browne-Marke - Appointed April 2016

  • Interim Management Board
  • Resources Committee

Corinne is a professional woman who lives locally in Catford. Corinne is a chartered management accountant, currently working at KPMG as a Management Consultant specialising in Talent Management and Change Management. Corinne brings management and financial expertise, as well as robust business and local links. Corinne grew up in the borough of Lewisham, and has been involved in a number of community initiatives including the Lewisham Interfaith Walk and music and arts programmes in the area.

Tony Halmos - Appointed November 2007

  • Interim Management Board
  • Resources Committee

Tony was Director of Public Relations for the City of London Corporation for 21 years until retirement in October 2015. He is now running a research project on key London issues at King's College, London. He is a Community Director and Company Member for St Matthew Academy.

Joan Forrest - Appointed April 2016

  • Interim Management Board
  • Resources Committee
  • Strategy Committee
  • Teaching & Learning Committee

Joan has been a Foundation Governor at St Thomas the Apostle College for 5 years and is a member of Southwark Schools HR service. Joan is a solid and determined governor and has a strong skillset with her expertise in HR being invaluable. She is committed to making a positive contribution to the children's education at St Matthew Academy to 'Let their Light Shine.'

Pat Peters - Appointed May 2016

  • Interim Management Board
  • Strategy Committee
  • Teaching & Learning Committee

I have worked for 31 years in primary schools in Southwark, Greenwich and Lewisham with the last 11 as a head teacher. After retiring I have become a governor in two schools including St Matthew Academy. I have lived in Eltham since starting my teaching career bringing up two children who attended Catholic schools in the area. My husband is also a governor of a Catholic school in Eltham.

Joseph Reed - Appointed April 2016

  • Interim Management Board
  • Resources Committee

Joseph is the current Chair of Governors at St Thomas the Apostle College (STAC), a position he has held for six years. Joseph is employed as a solicitor. Joseph was closely involved in the re-organisation of STAC and is well-versed in what needs to be done in order to turn around a school in difficulties.

Former governors for the last 12 months

  • Anne Fashesin – appointed December 2014, stood down October 2016

Non - Governors supporting the Interim Management Board

  • Dr Anne Bamford – Representing the Sponsor - Director of Education at the Education Commission
  • Eamon Connolly - Consultant Headteacher (secondary)  - Headteacher of St Thomas the Apostle College
  • Linda O’Callaghan – Consultant Headteacher (primary) - Executive Headteacher of St Mary’s, Croydon

Members

  • Reverend Monsignor Matthew Dickens
  • Paul McCallum
  • Most Reverend Peter Smith