Meet Our Governors

Andrew Cooper

I have lived in Battersea since 1987 and our three children all went to Sacred Heart school.

I am career civil servant, CIPD qualified with a specialist in HR and work in the UK Health Security Agency.

I have been Co-Chair of Governors with Rex Wickham since the establishment of the Federation.

I am chair of the Pay Committee and a member of the Resources Committee and am the Federation’s link governor for the School Council, HR and British Values.



Rex Wickham

I am a Battersea resident for over 20 years and my three children attended Sacred Heart School.

I work in Tech, with a keen interest in getting people connected and overcoming fear of technology.

I joined the Governors as a Parent Governor and have be Co-Chair of the Federation since September 2017.

I am the Link Governor for Numeracy, Computing and the School Council.




John O’Brien

I am originally from county Wicklow in Ireland and have lived in Battersea since 2016.

I am a qualified solicitor and work for one of the UK’s largest financial technology companies.

I am a member of the Resources Committee and am the Federation’s link governor for safeguarding (including Looked After Children) and GDPR.




Peter Lam

I have served as a school governor since 2012.

My son completed his primary education at Sacred Heart School in 2019 and is now attending secondary school.

I live in Battersea and work as an architect in London.




Annabel Clarkson

I have been a Foundation Governor of the Federation of Sacred Heart and St Mary’s Primary Schools for 12 years, and I chair the Admissions and Discipline Committee.

I am a parishioner of the Sacred Heart Church and very active in parish life. Following my career in academic administration, I have become fully immersed into the local community in Battersea, finding fulfilment in a number of volunteering roles with various charities.

I am also a Trustee Governor of the Bosco Centre and College in Rotherhithe. I am a Salesian Co-operator, speak Italian, and support Manchester United.



Matthew Somorjay

I have been a resident of Battersea since 1993 and have two children, our youngest currently attends Sacred Heart school following in his brother’s footsteps who is now in secondary education.

I have served as a foundation governor since November 2020 and chair the Cirriculum and Standards Committee.

I am a Sacred Heart Church parishioner.
For over 25 years I have worked in the photographic industry.



Precious Nwufo

I am a Foundation Governor and member of the Curriculum & Standards Committee, the Admissions & Discipline Committee, and the Link Governor for SEN & Disadvantaged Groups. I joined The Federation of Sacred Heart and St Mary’s Primary School as a Governor in 2020. I attended Sacred Heart Primary School as a child, along with my 4 siblings, and have been a Sacred Heart Church parishioner all of my life. I have a background in Child Behaviour Therapy, specifically working in schools within the field of Special Educational Needs and Mental Health. It has always been a goal to give back to the school I grew up in and the church that developed my faith in. I hope to use my experience and knowledge to contribute positively to both schools, and to ensure the effective practice of wellbeing and equality within the schools. I have enjoyed my time as a Governor thus far and always look forward to seeing all the hard working staff and wonderful students.



Dominic Lawrance

Originally from Bristol I have lived in Battersea since 2007 and both my boys currently attend Sacred Heart.

A Geoscientist by background I work for one of the country’s largest integrated energy companies.

I joined the Governors as an Associate Governor in 2022 and am a member of the Curriculum and Standards Committee.




The Reverend Deacon Michael Kennedy

The Reverend Deacon Michael Kennedy is a Permanent Deacon of the Archdiocese of Southwark. He was born in Park Royal, North London in 1967, and his family moved to Battersea, London in 1971. He has lived in Battersea ever since. He is the eldest of three Children. He was educated at Sacred Heart Primary School Battersea (on the old Trott Street site) and went to the Salesian College in Battersea for his Secondary Education. He is the Diocesan Chancery Administrator of the Archdiocese of Southwark and works during the week at Archbishop’s House, Southwark, having joined the staff in 1987. For over 15 years he was the Master of Ceremonies to Bishop Howard Tripp when he was Auxiliary Bishop and Area Bishop for the South West Area of the Diocese. He has been Diocesan Chancery Administrator since 1994. He serves as an Advocate on the Interdiocesan Marriage Tribunal of Second Instance of Southwark. Deacon Michael was ordained on 10th June 2006 by Archbishop Kevin McDonald having completed studies at St. John’s Seminary, Wonersh, nr Guildford and exercises his ministry in the Parish of the Sacred Heart, Battersea, which is in the care of the Salesians of Don Bosco. He is involved in many aspects of Parish life and is committed to the promotion of good Catholic Education and to developing and sustaining the Home School Parish link For a number of years Deacon Michael was the Diocesan Director of the Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes and was involved in the organisation and promotion of the pilgrimage. He has been a member of the Governing Body since 2014 and is currently the Chair of the Curriculum and Standards Committee. In his spare time, he likes to read, listen to music, and from time to time go to the cinema and concerts. He enjoys travel and would like to do more!! In 2021, Archbishop John Wilson appointed him as Vice-Chancellor in the Archdiocese of Southwark


Gillian O’Riordan

I am a teacher at St Marys school for 4 years now and originally from county Cork in Ireland, but have been living in London for 6 years. 

Prior to teaching at St Marys I worked in a similar school in South East London and taught for a year in Ireland. 

I am passionate about teaching and learning. 

​I believe that pastoral care of the children in our school is vital to their success and put building relationships with the children I teach to the fore.



Natasha Kulinski

My name is Natasha, I am a Parent Governor. I have two children currently at St Mary’s and have been a part of the school community for over 10 years.

I work in marketing part-time which has given me the opportunity to spend more time with my children while they are young and allowed me to use my time to give parents of both schools a voice on the governing body.




Anneliese Capps

I became a Parent Governor in 2022 and have two daughters currently at Sacred Heart School.

I’ve lived in Battersea for over 15 years and work as an in-house media and privacy lawyer.
I’m a member of the Resources Committee.

I’m a huge advocate for children having ample opportunities to explore their talents and creativity through movement, art and music.



Carlos Bandoh

I have been a Parent Governor and a Foundation Governor since 2010.

My background is in UK Tax compliance.

I previously chaired the Resources committee.




Sue Burke 

I have been Clerk to the Governing Board since November 2020.

I support the Board and prepare the agenda’s and write the minutes of the committee meetings and Full Governing Board meetings.

I was School Business Manager at a Wandsworth special school for 17 years and acted as their independent clerk for many years as part of my role. I retired from full time work in December 2019.

I am married with two grown up sons.