Board of Governors

Jane Hargrave 4 (Chair)
Allan Gardner 4 (Vice Chair)


Resources Committee
(Makeda Griffith)

Allan Gardner 4 (Chair)
Jane Hargrave 4
Nick Potter 1
Fr Mervyn Williams SDB 1
Derek Allen 7
Dr John Lydon 1
Michael Sherry 4

Ethos Committee
(Paul Dunne)

Fr Mervyn Williams SDB 1 (Chair)
Dr John Lydon 1
Fr Tom Williams SDB 1
Fr Hugh Preston SDB 1
Ms Oteri Oboh 3

Every Child Matters Committee
(Tom Raymond)

Sandra Thorogood (Chair)
Cllr Kathy Tracey 2
Tom McMorrow 6
Moira Bennett 4
Ms Emma Willis 3

All Governors and advisors meet every term as a Full Governing Body. This is chaired by the Chair of Governors, Jane Hargrave. The Full Governing Body meets following three committee meetings and will have a summary of those meetings presented.  Any policies or decisions that require Full Governing Body approval are presented. Confidential matters are discussed in the absence of any members of staff [except the Headteacher]. The meetings take place at school and are usually preceded by Governor Training.  


 Governing Body Profiles

Mr Derek Allen – Co-opted Governor

I was born in London (Chiswick) but moved to Bedfont near Heathrow when I was 6 years old. I attended Longford School in Feltham and on leaving school joined Beechams in Brentford as a laboratory assistant. 4 years later in 1971 I started my own Logistics business at Heathrow airport and between then and 2002 built and sold 3 businesses two of which were IT hardware and software companies. All of these businesses became international businesses which allowed me to travel to many countries around the globe which was both educational and exciting. In 2002 I co founded an E-safety software business of which I am CEO based in Hersham, Surrey. I live in Oxshott, Surrey with my wife Valerie. We have a son and daughter who are both married and we are blessed with two lovely grandsons. My hobbies are rugby (as a spectator) and playing golf.

Cllr Mrs Kathy Tracey

Educated at St Augustine’s Priory, Ealing and The Guildhall School of Music & Drama. Married with four children and five Grandchildren. A Councillor in Wandsworth for twenty years and presently Cabinet Member for Children Services and the Council’s Lead Member for Children. A school Governor at various schools for 35 years. A member of the Temporary Governing Body of St John Bosco since January 2009 and a member of the Staffing committee and the Ethos committee. Appointed as the local Authority representative to the new Governing body and a member of the Every Child Matters committee.

Nick Potter

Entered Salesian College Battersea in 1954. House Captain. Football Captain.
Joined the finance industry on leaving London University and worked for Ford Motor Credit and NatWest Group before starting his own business in 1979 specialising in asset finance. Served as a Governor of St Francis Xavier College and Salesian College for some twenty years thirteen of which as Chair Chairman of PPA. Currently Foundation Governor of SJBC and sits on the Resources Committee. Home Parish St Batholemews Norbury

Jane Hargrave

I have been Chair of Governors since the school opened in 2011 and before that chaired the Temporary Governing Body. I was a pupil at Salesian School in Chertsey.

I have a degree in Science from the University of Bristol and worked in IT Project Management. I have three grown up children and my husband Ian and I volunteer at the school supporting children with reading and maths. I am a Justice of the Peace in Surrey and have experience in Youth and Adult Courts. I am a volunteer fundraiser for the Princess Alice Hospice in Esher.

I sit on all the Governor sub committees.

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Allan Gardner

I attended Salesian College, Farnborough 1981 – 1988. I studied Geography at University College London and then completed a Masters in Transport at Imperial College London. I have worked for London Underground for the last 20 years and currently manage the stations on the Piccadilly Line. I became involved with St John Bosco College in 2010 as a member of the Temporary Governing Body, before being invited to join the current Governing Body shortly after the new college opened. I currently assist on the Resourcing Committee. I am married with three children and am an active member of the St Anselm’s Parish in Tooting.

John Lydon KHS

Educated at St Thomas of Canterbury Primary School and Thornleigh Salesian College Bolton. Graduated University of Durham BA (Hons) Theology 1982; MA in Catholic School Leadership (University of Surrey) 2001; PhD (University of Surrey) 2011; PGCE (University of Liverpool) 2003; Teachers’ Diploma in Management 1990. Taught in various Salesian Schools, latterly as Assistant Head Teacher at Salesian School Chertsey. Appointed Senior Lecturer in Catholic School Leadership and Acting Programme Director of the CCRS (Catholic Certificate in Religious Studies) St Mary’s University College 2012. Appointed Section 48 Inspector for the Archdiocese of Southwark and the Diocese of Arundel and Brighton 2004. Treasurer of the Catholic Association of Teachers Schools and Colleges (CATSC) and Member of the Executive of the World Union of Catholic Teachers (elected for a second term 2012). Representative of CATSC on the RE Council of England and Wales. Chair of Secondary Heads of RE (Diocese of Arundel & Brighton) 2011. Published author (monograph and articles in International Journals). Foundation Governor of Salesian College Battersea 2002-2011. Invested as a Knight of the Holy Sepulchre (KHS) 2006.

Rev Mervyn Williams SDB

Fr Williams was educated at the Salesian College in Chertsey and joined the Salesians of Don Bosco in 1964. After university study he began teaching Mathematics at the Salesian College in Farnborough in 1969. Theological studies followed at Heythrop College, London University and he was ordained in 1975. Returning to school ministry he held posts as Head of Department and Head of Sixth Form and for over seventeen years was Headteacher of Thornleigh Salesian College, Bolton, a 1,550 pupil comprehensive school. Since 2002 he has been a trustee of the Salesians of Don Bosco UK and has the responsibility of managing the business of the charity on behalf of the trustees, working full time from the Provincial Office in Bolton.

Sandra Thorogood

I attended St Joseph’s Primary in Maida Vale and the London Oratory Grammar before it became an all boys’ comprehensive school. I took degrees at Surrey and London University and decided to teach in my mid 30s. Since then I have worked in Outer and Inner London schools and enjoyed every minute of working with young people in single sex and coeducation schools. I have fond memories as Head of Sixth Form at Holy Cross and St Philomena’s School before moving to positions as Assistant and Deputy Head in Inner London with responsibility for Teaching and Learning. I intended to retire three years ago but have been enticed back as a part time education consultant by the London Borough of Wandsworth. Last academic year I enjoyed my time at St John Bosco working mainly in the English department. I am now in a part time consultancy position at Battersea Park School. My four children attended Ursuline High and Wimbledon College schools in Merton and whilst there I became a school Governor at the Ursuline High School. I look forward to becoming a member of St John Bosco College governance.

Michael Sherry MA FCA CTA TEP Barrister

Michael is a barrister specialising in tax law.  He represents and advises tax payers; mostly owner managed businesses, but with a wide range of clients including employers, charities, IT infrastructure providers, non-for profit clients etc. Michael has represented clients in the House of Lords and the Supreme Court.  He has practised from Temple Tax Chambers since 1984, and has been Head of Chambers since 2012.

Michael has been active in professional life, as Chairman of the Tax Faculty of the Institute of Chartered Accountants (1999 – 2001) and as Treasurer of the Institute (2007 – 2009).  He was president of the Institute of Indirect Taxation (1996 – 1999), Chairman of the Gray’s Inn Barristers Committee (2006-2008) and Secretary of the Revenue Bar Association (1986 – 1993).  Michael has participated as a trainer in the Gray’s Inn advocacy training program.  He writes and lectures widely on tax issues.

Closer to home, Michael is Chairman of the Holy Ghost Parish Council, Nightingale Square, Balham.

Michael was educated by the Salesians in Bolton (Thornleigh College), before going on to Lincoln College, Oxford.

Rev Tom Williams SDB

Educated at Salesian schools Ireland; Pallaskenry and Ballinakill; Entered the Salesian Novitiate based in Burwash Sussex.

Subsequently transferred to St Patrick's residential school Malta.

Returning to the UK studied Philosophy and Theology; Westminster Theological Seminary St Edmund's Ware.

After ordination to the Priesthood transferred to Scotland to study for CQSW  (Social Work)  Dundee followed by post at a List D school Edinborough; remit extended to Parish work in the Muirhouse area working with HIV/Aids patients that eventually lead to becoming Pastor to London Lighthouse.

Managed a voluntary project working with Youth Offending Teams covering North/West Hampshire.

Chaplain to St Dominic's Sixth Form College. Harrow 

Rector of Salesian community Bootle Liverpool and member of the Salesian Provincial Council (Salesian Trustees)

Present post Rector Salesian community Battersea.

Fr Hugh Preston SDB

Primary and secondary schooling with the Salesian Sisters and then with the Salesians in Oxford was followed by formation for Salesian priesthood in England, South Africa and Ireland. Since his ordination in 1975 much of his priestly ministry has been either in the area of pastoral or retreat work with young people or in the area of the training and formation of young Salesians. He has also travelled in the United States, south and west Africa and the Middle East leading retreats and workshops for priests and religious. Before being appointed to the Governing Board at St John Bosco College he was a member of the governing board of our Salesian schools in Farnborough and Bolton.


Tom McMorrow – Staff Governor

Born and raised in Harlesden, I have lived most of my life in West London where I attended Cardinal Vaughan Memorial Secondary School in Kensington.  My A-levels were completed at St. Charles Sixth Form College in Ladbroke Grove where my love for philosophy, theology and psychology first developed. 

I nurtured my interest in these subjects by studying ‘Theology & Religious Studies’ at Manchester University and while studying there decided I would like to teach.  After completing my degree I started a PGCE at St Mary’s University College in Twickenham in 1999 and went on to teach Religious Education (RE), Philosophy, Theology and English in a variety of schools in the London area.  Over the last few years, my continued interest in psychology inspired me to study and complete an MA in ‘Counselling and Psychotherapy Psychology’ at Regent’s University.  This led me to work as a voluntary psychotherapist with mature students at Birkbeck College, University of London. 

I now have over 250 hours of experience and I will be opening my own private practise in the New Year.  Other interests include a love of astronomy, live music, and I am a PC Enthusiast.  When I joined ‘Salesian College’ in September 2006, I found myself teaching RE under the Headship of Mr McCann who had happened to be my RE teacher when I was a pupil at Cardinal Vaughan!  Then, with the transition to SJBC and the St. Paul site, I found myself teaching in the building my father had taught in many moons ago before his retirement – ‘it’s a small world, but I wouldn’t paint it,’ as he likes to say.  As a classroom teacher for nearly sixteen years, it has been a pleasure to work within the Salesian community for nine of those and I feel proud to have been elected as staff governor.

Governor's Website Details

Register of Pecuniary Interests

Annual Governance Statement

Board of Governors Meeting Dates 2016 - 2017


Salesian Foundation Governor 1
Local Authority Governor 2
Parent Governor 3
Diocesan Foundation Governor 4
Associate Member 5
Staff Governor 6
Co-opted Governor 7

Governor Type

Diocesan Foundation Governor

  • Mrs Jane Hargrave
  • Mr Allan Gardener
  • Mr Michael Sherry
  • Ms Moira Bennett

Salesian Foundation Governor

  • Fr Mervyn Williams SDB
  • Fr Tom Williams SDB
  • Fr Hugh Preston SDB
  • Dr John Lydon
  • Mr Nick Potter

Associate Governor

Ms Sandra Thoroughgood

Local Authority Governor

  • Cllr Kathy Tracey

Parent Governor

Ms Oteri Oboh
Ms Emma Willis

Staff Governor

  • Mr Tom McMorrow

Co-opted Governor

  • Mr Derek Allen

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Governors may be contacted via the School Office:

020 7924 8310


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