Meet the Governors
Introducing Our Governors
Alan Morton - Chair of the Resources Committee, Foundation Governor (appointed by Westminster diocese)
I am a keen cyclist and enjoy travelling. In addition to being a Governor I sit on the Tower Hamlets Schools Forum, which is a statutory body, comprising local head teachers, governors and local education authority staff, which advises on the local authority's education budget. Governor responsibility: Chair of Resources, Member of Pay Committee
Term: Sep 2016 - Sep 2020
Sheila Mouna - 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.
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
Term: Sep 2018 - August 2022
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