Meet the Governors

Federated Governing Body of Cowley St Laurence CE Primary and St Matthew's CE Primary Schools: 

In accordance with the Scheme of Delegation, the Federated Governing Body (FGB) consists of:  

  • five foundation governors appointed by the Board of Directors  

  • one staff governor for each school;  

  • one parent governor for each school;  

  • both parish priests (ex-Officio)  

  • any additional governors appointed by the Board of Directors. 

The number of people who shall sit on the Local Governing Body shall be not less than six and not more than 11. 


Due to recent changes to the constitution of local governing bodies, headteachers no longer serve as governors, but attend all meetings. 

Chair of Governors: Michael Heyes 

Revd Ann Clarridge, Governor, re-appointed 16/07/2022 

Mellisa Filice, elected staff Governor (Cowley St Laurence), 28/03/2023 

Megan Greenwood, elected staff Governor (St Matthew’s), 13/12/2022 

Karen Hall, Governor, appointed 11/07/2023 

Michael Heyes, Governor, appointed 22/03/2022 

Cllr Naser Issa, Governor, appointed 12/10/2021 

Revd Ana Victoria Mendoza (known as Vicky Mendoza), Governor (ex officio – Parish Priest of St Laurence Church) appointed 20/06/2023 

Helen Pye-Beraet, Governor, re-appointed 11/07/2023 

Laura Simpson, re-elected parent Governor, 18/01/2022 

Vipran Srivastava, Governor, appointed 11/07/2023 

Revd Richard Young, Governor (ex officio – Parish Priest of St Matthew's Church), re-appointed 01/02/2020 

In attendance: Natasha Moffatt Interim Headtecher (St Matthew’s) 

                           David Davies, Headteacher (Cowley St Laurence) 

Resigned in the last 12 months: 

Grace Afari-Mensah, Governor, appointed 22/03/2022 (resigned 28/02/2023) 

Saad Rahman, Governor, appointed 22/03/2022 (resigned 28/02/2023) 


Register of Interests 

Information below details relevant business and pecuniary interests, trusteeships and governorships at other educational establishments/charities, personal relationships with the trust employees or other members/trustees/governors. 

Current Governors 

Name, Date declared, Declarations 
Revd Ann Clarridge, 08/11/2023, None 

Mellisa Filice, 19/09/2023, Staff Cowley St Laurence, None 
Megan Greenwood, 07/11/2023, None 

Karen Hall, 19/09/2023, None 
Michael Heyes, 26/09/2023, None 
Cllr Naser Issa, 28/09/2022, None 

Revd Ana Victoria Mendoza (known as Vicky Mendoza), 01/06/2023, None 
Helen Pye-Beraet, 11/10/2023, None 
Laura Simpson, 14/09/2022, None 

Vipran Srivastava, 21/09/2023, None 
Revd Richard Young, 11/10/2023, Vicar/Chair of PCC, St Matthew’s Church, Yiewsley (Church/registered charity) (2007 onwards); Veritas Educational Trust (Multi-Academy School Trust), Member (July 2021 onwards) 

Resigned in the last 12 months: 
Name (resignation date), date declared, declarations 
Grace Afari Mensah (28/02/2023), 29/09/2022, None 
Saad Rahman (28/02/2023), 10/03/2022, Director, Bsynergetic 
The Governing Body is made up of people, drawn from all walks of life, who are dedicated to ensuring the quality of education offered by our school  improves constantly.  The Federated Governing Body are responsible for not only St Matthew’s C. E. Primary School, but also Cowley St Laurence C.E. Primary School.  They meet regularly to look at a very wide range of issues including the achievement of the children, the quality of the teaching, Leadership and Management, Behaviour and Safety and the Spiritual Development of our pupils

The Governors work in close partnership with the Headteacher and other members of the Senior Leadership Team to set the strategic direction of the school.  The role of the Governors is to support the school in decision making and also to question and challenge the school, all in the interests of achieving the best outcome for the children.

The Governors are accountable to the parents and wider community for the direction of the school.  If you would like to contact us please get in touch with the school office. Additionally, if you would like to see the minutes of any governing body meeting, please make your request at the school office. 


Name Date  
Governor Newsletter 3 - Autumn Term 06th Dec 2019 Download
St Matthew's Governor Newsletter - Decem... 17th Dec 2021 Download
St Matthew's Governor Newsletter - Issue... 26th Apr 2019 Download
St Matthews Governor Newsletter Spring 2... 31st Mar 2021 Download