St Joseph’s is a voluntary aided school – ‘faith school’ in current parlance – has a Board of Governors with a majority of Foundation Governors – those appointed by the Bishop of Clifton to maintain the Catholic ethos of the school; these are complemented by elected parent governors, representatives of the staff and the head-teacher who also promote the school’s Christian ethos.

The governors’ remit is to appoint the head-teacher and assist her (him) in the management of the school; governors are not managers in their own right, but are there to advise and help the head-teacher with decisions which affect the school’s direction. To do this governors meet at least three times a year as a full governing body, but most of the tasks are delegated to committees as follows; Finance and Premises, Learning and Standards, Staffing and Admissions, and Communication.

 Who are the Governors?

Mr Anthony Lynch – Foundation Governor and Chair of Governors

Mrs Louise Brown- L.A. Governor

Sr Olivia Hunt – Foundation Governor

Sr Marie Browne – Foundation Governor

Mrs Gabriella Tiley – Foundation Governor

Mrs Syd Gwyer – Foundation Governor

Mrs Katrina Douglas-Phillips – Foundation Governor

Mr Mark Holloway – Parent Governor

Mr Perry Guess – Parent Governor

Ms Anita Busby – Staff Governor

Mrs Wendy D’Arcy – Governor/Head Teacher

Mrs Lesley-Anne Kirby – Clerk

Anthony James Lynch – Chair of Governors

Retired Plant Quality Engineer, Production and Maintainance Manager in the Motor and Agriculture Vehicle Industry. I have granddaughter in Yr 2 and another starting in September. Interests include Vintage Tractors, National Hunt Racing and travel.                   

  • Appointed as: Foundation Governor
  • Appointed by: Bishop Declan, Bishop of Clifton.
  • Term of office: 1st July 2013 to 30th June 2017
  • Committees: Serving on Learning & Standards and Resources committees
  • Link Governor for: Geography, History and Health & Safety
  • Interests to declare: Grandchildren at school
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Mark John Holloway – Parent Governor
  • Appointed as: a parent governor on 20 October 2014
  • Term of office: 20 Oct 2014  –  19 Oct 2018
  • Appointed by: parent ballot
  • Committees: Resources committee
  • Link Governor for: Maths, PE & PSE
  • Interests to declare: Children at school
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Sister Marie Browne – Foundation Governor

I am a Marist Sister and a retired Headteacher and have been on the governing body since 2012.

  • Term of office: 2012 -2016, 2016 – 2020
  • Appointed by: Diocese & Marist Order
  • Committees: Learning & Standards Committee
  • Link Governor for: Safeguarding & RE
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Sister Olivia Hunt- Foundation Governor

  • Term of Office: 2016 – 2020
  • Appointed by: Diocese & Marist Order
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Gabriella Tiley – Foundation Governor

  • Term of Office:   2017-2021
  • Appointed by:     Diocese

Following careers in banking and the TA, I spent some years working in my local parish and as a Registrar.  I now manage two business centres accommodating 110 small businesses.  As a parent, I have been involved in Catholic Education for 22 years.  My two eldest children attended St Joseph’s from 2000-2004 and my youngest boys, James and Leo, currently attend the school.  As a family, we enjoy visiting the Channel Islands, have an allotment and we have recently discovered Geocaching, a novel way of exploring the locality!

Katrina Douglas-Phillips – Foundation Governor

  • Term of Office:   2017-2021
  • Appointed by:     Diocese

I live in Nympsfield and have worked in the fields of Medical Physics and Research then more recently in Accountancy.  My two children both attended St Joseph’s between 1998-2007, continuing their education at St Peter’s.

Syd Gwyer – Foundation Governor

We moved to Nympsfield in 1971.  Our 7 children were all at St Joseph’s school.  I worked as a dentist in the NHS, with my husband.  We have both been active within the Parish, supporting schools via PTA and Governors.  I have been a catechist, doing Communion classes for 10 years.  I enjoy reading, gardening, playing bridge and spending time with our 20 grandchildren.

Anita Busby – Staff Governor

  • Term of Office:    27th September 2016-26th September 2020
  • Appointed by:      Staff

I have two daughters who both attended St Joseph’s.  I have worked across the school and am currently a TA posted in Year 2.

Perry Guess – Parent Governor

  • Term of Office:    2017-2021
  • Appointed by:      Parents

I have worked at the business-academic interface supporting R&D and innovation for over 20 years in both the private and public sector.  This includes senior roles at the University of Oxford, University of Exeter, the Natural Environment Research Council and latterly at Ixion – a private company focused upon transforming people and businesses through skills, employment, enterprise and innovation.  My two children, Millie and Harvey are both at St Joseph’s and enjoying every moment of it.  I enjoy holidays at the coast – particularly Cornwall, photography and am a constantly trying gardener.

Wendy D’Arcy – Head Teacher

I am an ex officio member of the governing body, as headteacher at St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School.  I qualified as a teacher in 1998 and during my teaching profession, I have taught in several inner city schools in Gloucester and have been a co-head in another Catholic Primary school in Cheltenham.  I have two children, Dylan and Isabelle who also both attend St Joseph’s. As a family, we enjoy taking part in sport as well as cheering on Wales in the rugby!

To view our useful information about the St Joseph’s governors, including information regarding different governing committees, please click on Useful information about St Joseph’s Governors

To view governor attendance for the 2016-17 academic year please click on

Governors Attendance at FGB Meetings for St Joseph’s updated Jan 2018

Governors Standards and Resources Attendance St Joseph’s Primary School Jan 2018

July 2017 Governors Attendance at FGB Meetings for St Joseph’s

Appeal letter to parents March 2017


Appeal letter to parents Autumn 2017

St Joseph’s Academic year planner 2017-18

Governors Standards and Resources Attendance St Joseph’s Primary School

Governors Attendance at FGB Meetings for St Joseph’s updated Dec 2017

6th December Agenda and Minutes FGB meeting. 2017 ST JOSEPH