School Governors


Any correspondence to the Governors should be addressed c/o St. Bernadette’s Catholic Primary School.


Miss A Cowings

Head Teacher

I joined St Bernadette’s School in 2002 as Deputy Head and was appointed as Head Teacher in 2006. Since my appointment I have always been a member of the Governing Body and work closely with the dedicated team of volunteers to develop provision within school.


As Head teacher it is my duty to deal with the day to day management of the school. As a member of the Governing Body we provide the strategic management. We set the general direction of the school and consider ways that it can best be developed.


As a team, we monitor the school’s progress and set annual targets for the school’s performance. The team of governors act as a critical friend to the Head, whilst providing me with the necessary support required to lead the school.

John Lenihan

Chair of Governors

I was appointed as a Governor in March 2019. I am currently a member of the Resources Committee.

I previously served as a Governor at Corpus Christi School in Stechford.

After spending 50 years in the Printing Industry and having grandchildren in the school I am now looking forward to supporting St. Bernadettes pupils and staff in the challenging world of education.

Mr C. Dela Cruz

Foundation Governor

I have been a school governor for a number of years and have seen a lot of changes throughout the years. I have really enjoyed being on the school governing board, and doing my best to contribute in ensuring the school provides the very best facilities, support for the teaching & non-teachingstaff, and to ensure all pupils to have opportunity and encouragement toreach their full potentials.

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Kristin Quinlan

Foundation Governor

I've been a Foundation Governor at St Bernadette's since 2016. My day job is working as Head of Legal and Company Secretary at a water company, so I have experience of working in corporate governance and I hope that I bring some of my skills and experience from that role to my role on the Governing Body.


For me, the role of the Governing Body is to support and provide healthy challenge to the leadership team at St Bernadette's for the benefit of the pupils, and I really enjoy playing my part in that.

G Wrench

Parent Governor

Fr Fretch Ballesteros

Foundation Governor

Vasiliki Panayiotou

Parent Governor

I would like to introduce myself as the new Parent Governor of St Bernadette's Catholic Primary School. My name is Vasiliki Panayiotou (please refer to me as Vas) and I joined the Board of Governor's on 20th December 2019. I am honoured and privileged to have been given this opportunity to represent the parents of the children that attend the school by Miss A Cowings. I will do my utmost for the best interests of all concerned, in connection with the school.


Before I became a full time mother to our 2 girls I worked in telesales for a wholesale food distribution company for around 8 years and prior to that, I co-owned a business in floristry for around 20 years in Solihull. My eldest daughter, who is five, is in Year 1 at St Bernadette's and our youngest is 16 months old, going onto 6!


I can't speak highly enough about St Bernadette's Catholic Primary School or all the staff in connection with the school. I remember when we visited the school during an open day and my first thoughts were about the impeccable behaviour of the children. Also, during the classroom visits we observed how the teachers interacted with the children and we saw the passion and commitment they have in everything they do. I turned to my husband and said, this is where I want our daughter to come and he agreed. We feel blessed that our children are and will be attending the best school

Alex Carroll

Staff Governor

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Cllr Zafar Iqbal

Foundation Governor


Leon Denis

Foundation Governor

After a tenure as an elected Parent governor I was fortunate to be appointed as one of the Foundation Governors. I am currently Vice Chair of the Full Governing Board. I have children at the school and am proud to be involved in school life and take my role seriously.

Through my varied life experiences and working career, I acknowledge and appreciate the power of education and the transformative ability that it has. There is immense value to our children of having a safe, consistent and rewarding education experience.

I know the importance and necessity of having options in life and the growth opportunities that these can generate. A key element to support these options is a sound intellectual, emotional and spiritual foundation that I believe St Bernadette’s provides.

I am excited about the future and look forward to seeing how our children will change the world


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