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Meet the Governors

Our Governing Body is made up of the following:


  • Parent Governors who have a child at the school and are elected by other parents.
  • Staff Governors who are members of the teaching/support staff at the school and are elected by their colleagues.
  • Local Authority Governors who are appointed by the Council through the political parties.
  • Co-opted Governors who are appointed by other governors as representatives of the wider local community, as business representatives, or because of particular skills that they can bring to the governing body.

The Head Teacher is also a School Governor. In addition other members of the senior leadership team attend and act as Advisors and Associates. 


Co-Opted Governors


      Kathy MacLean (Chair of Governors)  


Kathy MacLean is a teacher and an educational consultant with over 30 years of experience of working  in Education. She is currently a member of staff at UCL Institute of Education where she is a Professional Tutor and Lecturer on the ITE Teach First programme. Previously Kathy was the Head of Ethnic Minority Achievement Service at Wandsworth Council. Her work included a particular focus on ensuring access to the curriculum for pupils for whom English is an additional language (EAL) and raising the attainment of Black and Minority Ethnic pupils.


Kathy is passionate about overcoming barriers to educational achievement and ensuring that all children are able to achieve their potential.


She is the Education Director on the board of the Pop Up Festival of Stories  and a volunteer tour guide for the National Trust.



      Cllr Kim Caddy  


Kim represents the Conservative Party on one of the country’s flagship councils, Wandsworth Borough Council in South West London. She also chairs the Oversight and Scrutiny Committee for Strategic Planning and Transportation.


Kim holds a Biological Sciences degree from Christ Church, University of Oxford. She is a chartered accountant and finance professional, most recently holding a senior finance role with a FTSE 100 (British, but global) engineering conglomerate. As well as her duties as a Councillor, she is a Group Treasurer for the Wandsworth and Wimbledon Conservative Association.


She pursues and supports many other interests and causes. She is also a board member for the Franciscan School Children’s Centre, as well as raising two young children with husband Neil



     Sunil Patel 


Sunil Patel lives locally and connected with the school finance and personnel committee for  the last five years. Sunil is a Senior Accountant within the accountancy team which forms part of the small accountancy firm and he is a qualified accountant working as part time small business practitioner. Sunil’s technical skills and experience allow him to identify  efficient planning opportunities for school as part of the process of assisting in various discussion about the school finances.  Sunil  works closely with other governors members of the school governing bodies to provide a comprehensive range assistance to school financial procedures.  




       Marian Thompson 



Marian has worked at the school since September 1996. Since joining the school Marian has worked in many different guises, but is currently employed as the school's Parent Partnership Worker. Her role unites the school, with the parents and our children's home life. Marian is also the chair of the school PTFA.





      Brinda Granthrai    (Co-Vice Chair)        



Brinda has lived in Wandsworth for over 30 years. 


A desire to support a local school within her community set in motion a decision to become a Governor.


She is a partner at a law firm specialising in real estate and business immigration.  She is passionate about promoting high standards in all aspects of children's education, drawing on her experience as a parent and on the skills and expertise developed in her work as a solicitor.






Yasmin Talsi    Yasmin Talsi 



Yasmin has lived in Wandsworth her entire life and joins us with a degree in Biotechnology from the University of Nottingham as well as a qualification in sports nutrition.


She's currently a senior research executive within the pharmaceutical industry and has previously served as the Black and Minority Ethnic Office at her Students' Union.



  Hannah Berridge 


Hannah lives locally and became a school governor at Franciscan Primary School in 2018.


She is currently a Private Banker but previously, Hannah was a Secondary School Music Teacher for many years. Her passion for education and the local community is what drove Hannah to become a governor at FPS.


Hannah holds a BA (Hons) in Music from University of York and a PGCE and MEd from the University of Cambridge.




Local Authority 

John Locker


 John moved to Wandsworth 15 years ago after studying History at University. He works in the Telecommunications business as Head of Industry Engagement for Talk Talk, having previously held a number of commercial roles at BT. John is an LA governor and has previously served as a local Councillor.





    Joseph Bolt


Joseph holds an MA in International Photojournalism and a BA(hons) in Fine Art as well as both UK QTS (through the School Direct route and the Institute of Education) and a Cambridge CELTA teaching qualification.

Joseph has worked in several London schools and has been a lower KS2 teacher at Franciscan Primary School since September 2014. He is also the school’s science coordinator.

He has worked in education in various ways since 2004. As a teacher in Mexico City, he taught business and legal English to adults before becoming a secondary school English teacher. Following this, he returned to the UK to train and work in primary education. In addition, he has worked in paid and voluntary support roles in mainstream and SEN schools as well as at Northampton University.

Joseph is passionate about making children reach their full potential through enjoyable and engaging lessons that challenge and excite all. Most importantly, he is proud of Franciscan Primary School and is committed to helping it go from strength to strength.  




     Maria Lambert-Carter



Maria holds an Honours Degree in Science and Mathematics and a Diploma in Accountancy and Law. She spent 10 years working in Corporate Responsibility and Communications, specialising in Strategic Planning and Community Engagement. She has recently completed a Postgraduate Certificate in Education, and is embarking on a new career in teaching.

Maria has a child who attends Franciscan.




    Sarah O'Hara


 Sarah has been a parent of the School since September 2012 and was officially appointed as a Parent Governor in June 2019. Sarah has been an active member of the School community for several years and will continue to support the School in her new role.





Advisor to the Governing Body



        Jayan Patel

Jayan has lived locally his whole life, so being able to support a local school was something he been passionate about for a long time.


He is an Actuary at a consultancy firm specialising in life insurance. Jayan’s training as an actuary brings an ability to help plan for the future to ensure stability of the school going forward. With a deep understanding of risk, finance and a passion for people and community, he hopes to maintain the schools high standards.