Welcome to our Governors’ section.
Please find below details of how our Governing body is structured, including the names, categories, responsibilities and terms of appointment for each Governor.
We have also provided a Register of Governor Interests and an Annual Statement of Issues for your information.
St. Anne's Governing Body
The role of the Board of Governors is to help the school provide the best possible education for our pupils. We do this by thinking and working strategically to raise standards, we monitor and evaluate progress towards the school’s priorities and targets. We support the Headteacher and staff as well as challenging their expectations. We make sure that the schools finances are well spent and support all children.
Introducing Our Governors
Vikki Bradney-Spencer - Chair of the Governing Board, Foundation Governor (appointed by Westminster diocese)
I have been a Governor at St Anne's school since 2008 and became Chair in September 2012. I am passionate about helping Mrs Mouna, Ms Laxton and our staff create the best possible environment for our children to learn and develop. In order to do this I believe we need great teachers, who are happy in their role and feel supported. Myself and the other governors work together to make sure this happens. My day-job is at IBM where I work in Communications. I strongly believe in the key role that Catholic schools, as well as the church, play in supporting parents to educate and develop our children. As such, I am an active member of St Patrick's church in Wapping where I am one of the team who take the children’s liturgy groups. I am married, have lived in Tower Hamlets all my adult working life and have two daughters who were educated at local Catholic Primary Schools.
Governor responsibility: Chair of Governing Body, Chair of Pay Committee, member of Resources & Standards Committee and Safeguarding and Looked After Governor
Term: Dec 2018 to Aug 2022
Alan Morton - Chair of the Resources Committee, Foundation Governor (appointed by Westminster diocese)
Governor responsibility: Chair of Resources, Member of Pay Committee
Term: Sep 2016 - Sep 2020
Sheila Mouna - Executive Head Teacher
My name is Sheila Mouna and I have been Head teacher here at St. Anne’s school since September 2012. In September 2019, I was appointed as Executive Head of St. Anne's School and Guardian Angels School. I was born in Dublin and I have a degree in English and History from University College Dublin. I moved to London in my early twenties and after working in various different jobs I decided to train to become a teacher. At that time my two sons were in primary school in Tower Hamlets and attended a Catholic Secondary school. I started teaching in English Martyrs Catholic Primary and became Deputy head there in 2005.
I have lived in Tower Hamlets for all my adult life, I married here and my two sons were born and brought up here. It is a great place to live and work.
My passion is to see all children thrive and be happy and education has the power to do that.
Michael Dean – Foundation Governor (appointed by Westminster Diocese)
I have been a Foundation Governor at St. Anne’s since December 2015. My primary focus as a governor will be around our Pupil Premium programme aiming to ensure we provide the right support for all our pupils. I am a firm believer in coupling a sound education with the right values in order to provide our children with the best possible foundation. My own schooling took place at church schools in South Africa, followed by a degree in Economics. I moved to London in 1994 where I have pursued a career in banking. I have lived mostly in Tower Hamlets in my time in the UK before a recent move to West London. I am a practising Catholic and have two daughters and two sons currently being educated, at both primary and secondary level, at Catholic schools in the diocese.
Governor responsibility: Vice-Chair of Governing Body and link Governor for SEN
Term: August 2015 - August 2019 - in process of being renewed for a second term. TBC
Carmen Abela - Parent Governor
I have been a parent governor at St Anne's since May 2015 and am honoured to have the opportunity to support the teaching team and the children of this fabulous school. I split my time between working at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in research and entertaining children through interactive science activities and demonstrations.
I have lived in Tower Hamlets all of my life and love the rich diversity of people living here. I have 2 children, my daughter attended St Anne's and since moved on to St Ursula's Convent School in Greenwich and my son currently attends this school.
I believe that if we all work hard enough supporting our children to the best of our ability we can indeed achieve excellence, together with God as our guide.
Governor responsibility: Parent Link, Standards Committee and link Governor for Science
Term: Sep 2019 - Sep 2023
Martin Hughes - Parent Governor
I joined the board as a parent governor in 2013 when my son started in nursery at St Anne's. I had previously been a foundation governor at English Martyrs School in Tower Hill and have lived in Spitalfields for over twenty years. I have lived in Tower Hamlets all of my life and went to Our Lady's Primary in E14 and St Phillip Howard Secondary in Poplar. I am a surveyor by profession and so tend to concentrate of premises issues. I am also a non-executive director of a London based Housing Association based in Tottenham.
Governor responsibility: Parent Link, Resources Committee and link Governor for Premises, Health & Safety
Term: Sep 2017 - Sep 2021
Patricia Waterhouse - Foundation Governor (appointed by Westminster Diocese)
I joined the Governing body at St Anne's in October 2016. I am passionate about education and specifically about all children having the support they need to thrive and to develop a love of learning. I work with the other governors and Mrs Mouna and team to make sure that the school has the tools to help deliver this at St Anne's. I am a programme manager in the City by day. I love learning about other religions and cultures and am passionate about celebrating diversity.
Governor Responsibility - Chair of Standards Committee and link governor for Curriculum
Term: October 2016 - October 2020
I joined St. Anne’s Governing Board as a Local Authority Governor in September 2018 through the charity Governors for Schools. My focus as a governor is Pupil Premium strategy, ensuring that all children are given the opportunity to excel. I currently work as a Policy Advisor in the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, working on business readiness and intelligence and I previously worked in university fundraising and engagement. I am from Kettering in Northamptonshire and lived in London for seven years before moving to Essex at the beginning of 2019. Since joining St. Anne’s Governing Board, I have been continuously impressed by the high standards of every aspect of the school and I am proud to be part of an organisation which is providing a quality education to our children in Tower Hamlets.Governor Responsibility - Pupil Premium and member of Resources Committee
I became an Associate Governor at St. Anne’s in March 2019 and an official Foundation Governor in November 2019. I am a member of St. Anne’s Parish and attended St. Patrick’s Infant School and St. Anne’s Junior School many years ago. I was a secondary school teacher, teaching mainly Geography but also some History. I am particularly interested in environmental and development issues. Since retiring, I have worked with CAFOD as a parish representative and education volunteer. With the other Governors, I aim to support the Headteacher and Staff in doing their best to nurture the talents of all the pupils in a safe and stimulating environment.
Governor Responsibility - Behaviour and Curriculum and member of Standards Committee
Term: 1 November 2019 - 31 Aug 2023
Victoria Laxton Head of School and Associate Governor
I joined the teaching staff at St Anne’s school in 1998. During this time I have held a variety of roles and responsibilities across the school including leading Key Stages 1 and 2 as well as being a member of the Senior Leadership Team since 2005.
I was appointed Deputy Head teacher in 2011 and I am responsible for Assessment across the school. In 2014, I completed an MA in Catholic Leadership at St Mary’s University, Twickenham. I was appointed as Head of School in September 2019.
I have been an Associate Member of the Governing Body since October 2015.
Term: October 2019 - October 2022
Karen Achong – School Business Manager, Associate Governor
I have been working at St Anne’s since June 2014 after completing my degree in Business Management, but prior to undertaking my degree I worked as an Office Manager in a primary school for 8 years.
I am Catholic and having attended Catholic education myself, I strongly have faith in and value the ethos of Catholic education. In my spare time, I like to run and play various sports. I enjoy reading, socialising and entertaining with family and friends and I travel as much as I can.
I am a strong believer that every child has the right to the best education accessible. They have the right to be treated fairly regardless of gender, race or religion. If a child is in a safe, clean and loving environment, they will prosper which contributes to school improvement and the community where they live.
Term: October 2019 - October 2022