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Local Governance Committee

Do you want to become a School Committee Member or a Foundation Committee Member?


We are currently looking for School Committee Members and a Foundation Committee Members to join our existing members to support the school.  If you are interested in this role please see the two documents below. Further information can be obtained from either contact KCSP directly (as per the document) or the School Office.





Kent Catholic Schools' Partnership is a charitable trust and a company limited by guarantee. The Trust was established in August 2012 by the Archbishop of Southwark.


The Trust Board of Directors ('Trustees') are responsible for overseeing the management and administration of the Trust and they fulfil this role by delegating functions to committees. 


The Trust understands the importance of the role of governance committees and the Trust has set out guidance and support in its Governance Handbook and Scheme of Delegation.


St. Richard's Governance Committees is made up of volunteers who work together to support our school across all aspects of daily school life, including strategic, financial and the curriculum.


All of our committee members work in different ways and have their individualised roles however, their main aim as a whole is to help us to provide the best possible education for our pupils by:  
  • Setting the school's vision and strategic aims, agreeing plans and policies and making creative use of resources.

  • Monitoring and evaluating performance, supporting and challenging the Head teacher in the management of the school.

  • Ensuring that the school is accountable to the children and parents it serves, to its local community, to those who fund and maintain it, as well as the staff it employs.


The Governance Committee is a ‘critical friend’ of the school. It provides Strategic Leadership in school improvement. It does this by being appropriately involved in the school improvement cycle as follows:


  1. Developing and sharing the values and vision
  2. Setting out the aims and objectives of the school
  3. Setting out the policies and procedures by which the aims and objectives will be achieved.
  4. Establishing the criteria by which the aims and achievements will be seen to be achieved.
  5. Taking the views of stakeholders into account
  6. Evaluating evidence on how well the school is doing.
  7. Finding out how well the school is doing in comparison with similar schools.
  8. Agreeing targets for improvement
  9. Planning to achieve improvement.
  10. Ensuring that deployment of staffing and resources match the school’s priorities.

Key Issues


The governance committee will consider and keep under review: the progress and attainment of all groups of pupils, evidence of narrowing gaps between under achieving groups and other pupils, improvements in the quality of teaching, the school’s improvement since the last inspection, and the school’s self-evaluation of how well it is doing currently. Governance committee members are not expected to be involved in the day-to-day running of the school.


Who can be a governance committee member?


  • Almost everyone over 18 can become a member. Governance committee members are volunteers from all walks of life – everyone has experience and skills to offer.
  • An effective governance committee has people from different backgrounds and with a mix of skills. No formal qualifications are needed to be a member.
  • Governance committee members are not education experts – they are there to offer a fresh perspective.


What makes a good governance committee member?


  • The ability to work in a team.
  • An interest in education and a commitment to the school
  • Patience, energy and enthusiasm
  • A willingness to listen, learn and to spend time in school
  • A willingness to undertake training.









Our Chair of Governors, Elizabeth can be contacted by email:

The Clerk to the committee Samantha Paterson can be contacted by email:


Governance handbook - Click here.


Scheme of delegation - Click here.



Please find below details of how our Governing committees are structured, including the names, categories and  responsibilities for each Governor.



St Richard's Catholic Primary School 

Local Governance Committee Members 





Member Type Appointed By

Date of Appointment 

Term From

Term To


Elizabeth Boxall

Parent member

(elected by parent)


11 May 2021

11 May 2021

10 May 2025


Curriculum Lead

Judy Doherty

Foundation member

(Archdiocese of Southwark)


08 Jan 2021

08 Jan 2021

7 Jan 2025

Finance Lead Health and Safety Lead

Christina Empson

Foundation member

(Archdiocese of Southwark)


29 Nov 2021

29 Nov 2021

28 Nov 2025



Fr Leo Illah

Foundation member

(Archdiocese of Southwark)



12 Sep 2023

12 Sep 2023

11 Sep 2027


Sam Paterson








Tamara Pickett

Foundation member

Archdiocese of Southwark)


04 Oct 2022

04 Oct 2022

3 Oct 2026

Safeguarding Lead 

Alouisa Quansah-Brown

Staff member

(elected by staff)



14 Dec 2020

14 Dec 2020

13 Dec 2024

CPD Lead

Laura Briant  

Foundation member

Archdiocese of Southwark)


 03 Oct 2023 03 Oct 202302 Oct 2027Catholic Character and Ethos Lead 

Colin Taylor




19 April 2021




The St. Richard's Local Governance Committee



Foundation committee members are selected by the appointing body to which the school is attached. They are appointed to preserve and develop the religious character of the school and to secure compliance with the trust deed.


Staff committee members are elected by the school staff. Both teaching and support staff paid to work at the school are eligible to be staff committee. The Head teacher is automatically a member of the governing body.


Parent committee members are elected by parents of pupils on the school roll at the time of election. They must be parents of pupils on the school roll themselves to stand for election.

Meet The Committee Members


Beth Boxall


Parent Governor


Curriculum Lead



Hello, I am Beth Boxall and, apart from my years at Exeter University, I have lived in Dover all my life. I am always keen to be a part of the community that I live in and in whatever way I can try to support it. Hence, I am really excited to be a Parent Governor from 2021 at St Richard's. I live with my husband, son and daughter who both attend St Richard's. We have been really impressed by the school, particularly during lockdown, and so I am keen to be involved in its further progression and on-going development. 


Additionally, I have taught in a few local schools and held a number of various roles ranging from Head of a Preschool to Assistant Headteacher. My husband is also a teacher and so, together, we are enthusiastic to bring our experience and knowledge to forward and support the education of Dover pupils in whatever way we can. We also attend church and have a strong faith. Therefore, I love the compassionate and faith-based ethos at St Richard's and am excited to see young children fulfil their potential both academically and spiritually.  


Christina Empson


Foundation Member


Vice Chair 

Curriculum Lead 

My name is Christina Empson and I am an experienced teacher and Chemistry graduate. I have taught in a number of Primary Schools in the Dover area for several years and have also held other roles including Careers Adviser for the National Careers Service, Executive Officer at H M Revenue and Customs and Industrial Liaison Officer, Dover Technical College. Currently, I work at Rethink Mental Illness. 


I was born and raised in London to a Catholic family of six and I am a practicing Catholic. I have been a member of St Paul’s Parish, since I moved to Dover from London in 1985 and am currently involved in activities with St Paul’s Parish Youth Group.

I live with my husband Mark in River, who has retired from Eurotunnel and we have three grown up children, who work locally. I enjoy many interests including travelling, playing the guitar, needlework, yoga and tennis.

I am delighted to have been elected as Foundation Governor and am keen to bring my teaching, personal and professional experience to further improve and develop the opportunities for the children at St Richard’s. I look forward to working with and getting to know the SLT, other Governors and the wider school community to proudly support St Richard’s in the years to come. 


Judy Doherty


Foundation Governor

Pupil Premium and SEND Lead

Safeguarding Lead




I am delighted to have been appointed as a Foundation Governor at St. Richard’s school in 2021 and am looking forward to getting to know the school community. I am an experienced school governor in the primary sector, having served previously at four schools in East Kent. I have a particular interest in early years education and in the teaching of science at primary level.

Before retiring in 2016, I worked for eleven years as a probation officer before moving to a variety of roles in local government, primarily in education and children’s services. I am a qualified Social Worker.


I live with my husband in Folkestone. We have one adult son who lives and works in the north of England. I am a member of Our Lady and St Joseph’s parish. I volunteer locally for the Rainbow Centre where I am a trustee, working in both the Food Bank and the Winter Shelter. My wider interests include local history and I am involved in the Finding Eanswythe project in Folkestone.


Alouisa Quansah-Brown


Staff Governor

Staff Committee Member 

As a member of the Teaching staff at St Richard’s since January 2020, and Staff Governor I am looking forward to representing the wonderful, hardworking staff at St Richard’s and getting to know the wider school community. I am an experienced class teacher having taught in primary schools for the past 16 years, from volunteering through to becoming a qualified teacher for the last 11 years.


Before teaching I studied for an Art degree and then finally a teaching degree when realising teaching is my passion!

I live with my husband and son in Deal having moved from London 21 years ago. I am a keen artist and devote every spare moment to creating mosaics and walking our lively cocker spaniel!

Laura Briant 


Foundation Member 


Hi my name is Laura Briant. I live in Dover with my husband and my daughter who attends St Richard’s School. I work as a Clinical Nurse Specialist in Palliative Care for a Surrey Hospice in telephone assessment. I thoroughly love my job and find it incredibly rewarding. Outside of work I help run the children’s liturgy group at St Paul’s Catholic Church, Dover. My catholic faith is an important part of my life. I enjoy teaching the children of the parish in way that is understandable, engaging and fun for them.

I was born and grew up in Dover. Upon qualifying as a registered nurse in 2009, I moved away and worked in various roles in Cambridge, London and Surrey. During lockdown, we decided to return to Dover as we missed our family and wanted our daughter to go to a local school that had a good catholic ethos and a sense of community. We have found this at St Richard’s school and both my husband and I have been so impressed with the school and the kindness that shines throughout it. Having been made to feel so welcome, I volunteered to be a Foundation Governor as a way to give back to the school and contribute to its future.


The Chair of The Governance Committee may be contacted via the school office (see the home page for details) – any correspondence marked ‘Private and Confidential’ will be passed to them without opening in school.


Here is a link to the current memorandum of association. This link will take you to the KCSP webpage where you can find this information. 


Here is a link to the current Scheme of Delegation for the Trust. This link will take you to the KCSP webpage where you can find this information. 


Here is the link for the Register of Interests for the accounting officer. This link will take you to the correct webpage of the KCSP website for this information. 


Committee Member Recruitment

Are you enthusiastic about education?

Do you have some spare time?

If so, then you may be just the person we need!


The following link provides more information about the Role of a Committee Member, as well as the Appointment Process:


Further information about our school can be found using the following links:


If you would like to enquire about becoming a Committee Member at St. Richard's, please contact our LGC Chair using the details below. 


Contact Details

The St. Richard's Local Governance Chair of the committee: 

Local Governance Committee Chair - Elizabeth Boxall

Address: St. Richard's Catholic Primary School, Castle Avenue, Dover, Kent. CT16 1EZ

Telephone: 01304 201118



Kent Catholic Schools Partnership

Chief Executive: Mrs Annemarie Whittle

Address: Barham Court, Teston, Maidstone, Kent. ME18 5BZ

Telephone: 01622 232665