From September 2017 SS Peter and Paul Catholic Primary School became federated with St. Luke’s Catholic Primary School and as such Our Blessed Saints is the new Federated Governing Board for both schools.

The Federated Governing Body constitution consists of:

  • 8 Foundation governors
  • 1 Locally appointed
  • 1 Staff governor
  • 1 Head Teacher
  • 1 Co-opted Governor

You can read more documents relating to our Governing body over on our Governance page:

Governance Page

Our Governors

Pauline Heffernan: Chair of Governors

  • Category: Foundation Governor
  • Special Interest: Governor Training
  • Committees and Panels: Strategic/Standards
  • Diocesan Appointed
  • Term of office: 31 Aug 2021

I have been a governor for many years, both in Telford and in my native Wolverhampton.  I believe in the excellent life experiences and learning opportunities afforded by catholic education.  I am a director of my own company here in Telford and that allows me to give time to take an active interest in the life of both our federated schools. I work mainly with charities and the voluntary sector, offering advice on a range of issues. Of Irish heritage, I particularly enjoy visiting family in Ireland and exploring places of interest both here and abroad.

Louisa Craig: Vice Chair – Foundation Governor

  • Category: Foundation Governor
  • Diocesan Appointed
  • Special Interest: Child Protection and Safeguarding
  • Committees and Panels:  Personnel and Finance
  • Term of office: 31 Aug 2021


Dianne Kidd – Foundation Governor
  • Category: Foundation Governor
  • Diocesan Appointed
  • Special Interest: SEND, Vulnerable pupils, Literacy
  • Committees and Panels: Curriculum, Strategic, Pupil premium, Pay
  • Term of office: 31 Aug 2021
Mr Graeme Smith – Foundation Governor

  • Category: Foundation Governor
  • Diocesan Appointed
  • Special Interest: Pupil Premium, Vulnerable pupils, Health and Safety
  • Term of office: 31 Aug 2021

Married for 28 years with a grown up son I’ve lived in Shropshire for the past 13 years having worked at several locations around the UK as an Engineer in the electricity supply industry. My current role as Technical Safety Assurance Manager includes working in Dusseldorf and sitting on several UK National Energy Committees. Having responded to the request for more Foundation Governors in 2016 I’m really looking forward to helping SS Peter & Paul School become the school of choice for staff, parents and pupils in Newport and the surrounding area. I enjoy walking, cycling and playing golf.


Natalie Walker – Locally Appointed

  • Category: LA Governor
  • Locally Appointed
  • Special Interest: Finance/HR
  • Committees and Panels: Finance/Strategic/Complaints
  • Term of office: 31 Aug 2021

I have been a governor at St Luke’s for five years, and I am also a director of the Out Of School Club. After my daughter attended the school some years ago I kept my links with St Luke’s, and look forward to our exciting new structure as Our Blessed Saints.

I run Green Fields Farm Shop in my working life, and have an interest in finance and staffing matters.

In my personal life I have two children, Olivia (16) and toddler Harry who keep me very busy! I love good food and an escape from the real world watching the soaps!


Suzanne Fisk – Staff Governor
  • Category: Staff Governor
  • Staff nominated
  • Special Interest: Finance
  • Committees and Panels: Personnel & Finance and Health & Safety
  • Term of office: 31 Aug 2021
Mr Andy Brooks – Parent Governor

  • Category: Staff Governor
  • Parent elected
  • Special Interest: Literacy, Curriculum
  • Term of office: 31 Aug 2021

I was elected a Parent Governor in November 2016 and will serve for four years. I have a background in Higher Education and have a child in Year 2. I am very keen to play an active role in school life and act as an effective Governor, for the benefit of the children and the school.


Jacqueline Oakes – Co-Opted Governor (Staff)

  • Category: Co-opted Governor
  • Special Interest: Curriculum
  • Term of office: 31 Aug 2021


I am married with 3 teenage children and moved to Shropshire from Berkshire via North Wales 22 years ago. I have taught throughout Key Stage 1, only taking a break to raise a family.

I have been linked to SS Peter and Paul School for 16 years as a parent, a volunteer, a Foundation Governor and now as Year 1 teacher and Co-opted Governor.


Stacey Beale – Executive Head
Head Teacher Governor – by virtue of post
Mike Jenkins – Associate Governor
  • Category: Associate Governor
  • Special Interest: Safeguarding/Health and Safety


Helene Donnelly OBE – Associate Governor

  • Category: Associate Governor
  • Special Interest: SEND/PSHE (anti-bullying and safeguarding)

I am Helené Donnelly OBE, Associate Governor.  I am a nurse practitioner with over 20 years’ experience working in health and social care. I currently act as an ambassador for cultural change within the NHS. I am passionate about quality patient care and promote the importance of health and social care staff raising concerns to improve standards and safety. I enable staff to raise their concerns by offering assistance, guidance and support. 

In conjunction I advise the Department of Health, NHS Improvement, Care Quality Commission and many regulators regarding raising concerns, safeguarding and improving cultures.

Through both my professional and personal experiences I feel very strongly about improving cultures within schools to challenge bullying and negative environments. To create compassionate, kind, caring, inclusive and empowering atmospheres where young individuals can thrive and reach their full potential.        

I am a parent of two children at SS Peter and Paul’s Primary School and I was elected in 2016 to act as a Governor for four years. My particular interests include special educational needs, anti-bullying and safeguarding.