Co-chair: Rod Hodgson – Local Authority
My name is Rod Hodgson, I am a Master Mariner and currently employed as Marine Pilot for the Port of Southampton. Isle of Wight born and bred I enjoyed a seagoing career with BP and P&O Cruises before moving into Port Management and Pilotage. I have two children at St Thomas’s and volunteer as a governor to lend support to the Federation to ensure the best outcomes possible for our pupils.
Co-chair: Alex Pettitt – Co-opted
I became a Governor in 2017 and have been co-chair since Summer 2020. Initially as a parent governor but more recently I have become the co-opted governor I have 2 children, one in Year 5 at St Thomas of Canterbury. I work part-time as a secondary school teacher at The Bay teaching mostly Geography. Despite being a teacher for over 15 years I have found being a Governor a learning curve one in which I have thoroughly enjoyed
Vice-chair: Sian Hitchcock - Parent
Sian has two girls at St Mary’s, Rose is in year 2 and Lily in year 4. “I work at a Nursery in Portsmouth part time and can usually be found Mondays and Tuesdays on the school run. I am an active member of FOSMA and am often in school to hear the children read. In my spare time, if I am lucky to have any, I enjoy reading, swimming and the cinema. I am looking forward to my Governor role and learning more about what goes on behind the scenes at school and why.”
Kate Bakewell – Staff
Kate is a staff governor. “I joined the staff at St Thomas of Canterbury in September 2020 and teach the Year 6 class. I have been a primary school teacher on the Isle of Wight for eight years, after completing some of my teacher training here at St Thomas! I am thrilled to be back at this very special school and to be working with the governors to continue to maintain the high standards of education and inclusive ethos here.“
Ross Baxter - Foundation
Hi I’m Ross, I was born on the Island and am the eldest of a big family. I moved to the mainland for work and luckily met my wife, we only moved back last year. I have two children at St Mary’s and I myself went to both St Mary’s and St Thomas’s. I enjoy playing a darts but love fishing. I took this role as I believe we should all have a continued part to play in the schools our children attend
Liz Bishop – Foundation
Liz is a Foundation governor and has this to say about herself. “I am semi-retired and work part time as a relationship counsellor. I have been a foundation governor for nearly three years and am the SENCO governor for the federation. I am proud to say that I am an ex-pupil of St. Mary's, along with 5 generations of my family.”
Michael Fenn – Foundation
Michael has been appointed as a foundation governor. He moved to the Island in 2019 to take up a post as a science teacher at Carisbrooke College. "I look forward to working with St Mary's and St Thomas's over the coming years. I am particularly passionate about supporting the Catholic ethos of the schools. I'm looking forward to learning more about how schools are run 'beyond the chalkface'. Outside of my schoolwork, I'm enjoying getting to know the Island more and finding new places to explore!"
Katie Giannotta – Foundation
Katie has been appointed as a Foundation Governor. She has recently moved to the Island from Surrey with her husband and two young boys. “When I’m not mothering, I am a keen gardener and enjoy many crafts. I look forward to becoming more involved in the community at St Thomas of Canterbury when my boys start school and getting to know St Marys through Governance.
Dr Maria Lynch – Foundation
Maria has been appointed as a foundation governor. She works as a full time consultant in Emergency Medicine in the NHS. She has two daughters at University in London and Gloucestershire. Maria enjoys music, reading and playing the piano
Fr Emmanuel Odoemene – Foundation