Board of Governors

Jane Hargrave 4 (Chair)
Allan Gardner 4 (Vice Chair)

Resources Committee
(Makeda Griffith)

Allan Gardner 4

Jane Hargrave 4
Paul Dunne
Nick Potter 1
Fr Mervyn Williams SDB 1
Derek Allen 7
Dr John Lydon 1
Mr Andy Robertson

Ethos Committee
(Maria Budzynska )

Fr Mervyn Williams SDB 1

Paul Dunne
Dr John Lydon 1
Fr Tom Williams SDB 1
Fr Hugh Preston SDB 1
Ms Oteri Oboh 3

Every Child Matters Committee
(Maria Budzynska)

Moira Bennett 

Paul Dunne
Cllr Kathy Tracey 2
Moira Bennett 4
John Hallmark
Laura Foulsham 6
Luke Vujonic 4

Contact Governing Body

Governors may be contacted via the School Office:

Telephone: 020 7924 8310



Salesian Foundation Governor 1
Local Authority Governor 2
Parent Governor 3
Diocesan Foundation Governor 4
Associate Member 5
Staff Governor 6
Co-opted Governor 7

All Governors and advisors meet every term as a Full Governing Body. This is chaired by the Chair of Governors, Jane Hargrave. The Full Governing Body meets following three committee meetings and will have a summary of those meetings presented. Any policies or decisions that require Full Governing Body approval are presented. Confidential matters are discussed in the absence of any members of staff [except the Headteacher]. The meetings take place at school and are usually preceded by Governor Training.  

Governing Body Profiles

Mr Derek Allen - Co-opted Governor 

I was born in London (Chiswick) but moved to Bedfont near Heathrow when I was 6 years old. I attended Longford School in Feltham and on leaving school joined Beechams in Brentford as a laboratory assistant. 4 years later in 1971 I started my own Logistics business at Heathrow airport and between then and 2002 built and sold 3 businesses two of which were IT hardware and software companies. All of these businesses became international businesses which allowed me to travel to many countries around the globe which was both educational and exciting. In 2002 I co founded an E-safety software business of which I am CEO based in Hersham, Surrey. I live in Oxshott, Surrey with my wife Valerie. We have a son and daughter who are both married and we are blessed with two lovely grandsons. My hobbies are rugby (as a spectator) and playing golf.

Cllr Mrs Kathy Tracey - Local Authority Governor

Educated at St Augustine’s Priory, Ealing and The Guildhall School of Music & Drama. Married with four children and eight Grandchildren. A Councillor in Wandsworth for over twenty years and previously Cabinet Member for Children Services and the Council’s Lead Member for Children for ten of those years. A school Governor at various schools for 35 years. A member of the Temporary Governing Body of St John Bosco since January 2009 and a member of the Staffing committee and the Ethos committee. Appointed as the local Authority representative to the new Governing body and a member of the Every Child Matters committee

Nick Potter - Salesian Foundation Governor

Entered Salesian College Battersea in 1954. House Captain. Football Captain.
Joined the finance industry on leaving London University and worked for Ford Motor Credit and NatWest Group before starting his own business in 1979 specialising in asset finance. Served as a Governor of St Francis Xavier College and Salesian College for some twenty years thirteen of which as Chair Chairman of PPA. Currently Foundation Governor of SJBC and sits on the Resources Committee. Home Parish St Batholemews Norbury

Jane Hargrave - Diocesan Foundation Governor

I have been Chair of Governors since the school opened in 2011 and before that chaired the Temporary Governing Body. I was a pupil at Salesian School in Chertsey.

I have a degree in Science from the University of Bristol and worked in IT Project Management. I have three grown up children and my husband Ian and I volunteer at the school supporting children with reading and maths. I am a Justice of the Peace in Surrey and have experience in Youth and Adult Courts. I am a volunteer fundraiser for the Princess Alice Hospice in Esher.

I sit on all the Governor sub committees.

To contact the Chair of Governors, please email:

Allan Gardner - Diocesan Foundation Governor

I attended Salesian College, Farnborough 1981 – 1988. I studied Geography at University College London and then completed a Masters in Transport at Imperial College London. I have worked for London Underground for the last 20 years and currently manage the stations on the Piccadilly Line. I became involved with St John Bosco College in 2010 as a member of the Temporary Governing Body, before being invited to join the current Governing Body shortly after the new college opened. I currently assist on the Resourcing Committee. I am married with three children and am an active member of the St Anselm’s Parish in Tooting.

John Lydon KHS - Salesian Foundation Governor

Educated at St Thomas of Canterbury Primary School and Thornleigh Salesian College Bolton. Graduated University of Durham BA (Hons) Theology 1982; MA in Catholic School Leadership (University of Surrey) 2001; PhD (University of Surrey) 2011; PGCE (University of Liverpool) 2003; Teachers’ Diploma in Management 1990. Taught in various Salesian Schools, latterly as Assistant Head Teacher at Salesian School Chertsey. Appointed Senior Lecturer in Catholic School Leadership and Acting Programme Director of the CCRS (Catholic Certificate in Religious Studies) St Mary’s University College 2012. Appointed Section 48 Inspector for the Archdiocese of Southwark and the Diocese of Arundel and Brighton 2004. Treasurer of the Catholic Association of Teachers Schools and Colleges (CATSC) and Member of the Executive of the World Union of Catholic Teachers (elected for a second term 2012). Representative of CATSC on the RE Council of England and Wales. Chair of Secondary Heads of RE (Diocese of Arundel & Brighton) 2011. Published author (monograph and articles in International Journals). Foundation Governor of Salesian College Battersea 2002-2011. Invested as a Knight of the Holy Sepulchre (KHS) 2006.

Rev Mervyn Williams SDB - Salesian Foundation Governor

Fr Williams was educated at the Salesian College in Chertsey and joined the Salesians of Don Bosco in 1964. After university study he began teaching Mathematics at the Salesian College in Farnborough in 1969. Theological studies followed at Heythrop College, London University and he was ordained in 1975. Returning to school ministry he held posts as Head of Department and Head of Sixth Form and for over seventeen years was Headteacher of Thornleigh Salesian College, Bolton, a 1,550 pupil comprehensive school. Since 2002 he has been a trustee of the Salesians of Don Bosco UK and has the responsibility of managing the business of the charity on behalf of the trustees, working full time from the Provincial Office in Bolton.

Rev Tom Williams SDB - Salesian Foundation Governor

Educated at Salesian schools Ireland; Pallaskenry and Ballinakill; Entered the Salesian Novitiate based in Burwash Sussex.

Subsequently transferred to St Patrick's residential school Malta.

Returning to the UK studied Philosophy and Theology; Westminster Theological Seminary St Edmund's Ware.

After ordination to the Priesthood transferred to Scotland to study for CQSW  (Social Work)  Dundee followed by post at a List D school Edinborough; remit extended to Parish work in the Muirhouse area working with HIV/Aids patients that eventually lead to becoming Pastor to London Lighthouse.

Managed a voluntary project working with Youth Offending Teams covering North/West Hampshire.

Chaplain to St Dominic's Sixth Form College. Harrow 

Rector of Salesian community Bootle Liverpool and member of the Salesian Provincial Council (Salesian Trustees)

Present post Rector Salesian community Battersea.

Fr Hugh Preston SDB - Salesian Foundation Governor

Primary and secondary schooling with the Salesian Sisters and then with the Salesians in Oxford was followed by formation for Salesian priesthood in England, South Africa and Ireland. Since his ordination in 1975 much of his priestly ministry has been either in the area of pastoral or retreat work with young people or in the area of the training and formation of young Salesians. He has also travelled in the United States, south and west Africa and the Middle East leading retreats and workshops for priests and religious. Before being appointed to the Governing Board at St John Bosco College he was a member of the governing board of our Salesian schools in Farnborough and Bolton.

John Hallmark 

Wandsworth resident and a member of the congregation at Sacred Heart RC church in Battersea.

Graduate in Economics and an employment background in press, communications and Parliamentary affairs.  Until June 2017, worked as Caseworker to Battersea’s Member of Parliament, Jane Ellison, and now have own company working in press and public relations.

A Wandsworth Councillor for 16 years, Chair of a number of key Council committees as well as a member of the Planning Applications Committee which originally gave the school permission to be built.

A member of the Governing Body at SJBC since summer 2017 though Chair of the Governing Body at Sacred Heart RC Primary School (Battersea) since 2000.

Laura Foulsham

I was born in South Africa but moved to the U.A.E when I was 13 years old. I moved to the U.K during my university degree studying at Leicester University. I moved to London to complete my PGCE at King’s College London and have continued on at the university to complete my MA in Science Education. SJBC was one of my first placement schools during my PGCE, I enjoyed my time at the school therefore I looked to stay on as a full time member of staff. I am currently teaching science across the all key stages. 

Andy Robertson

Attended the Salesian School Chertsey and was involved running both the parish and school youth clubs. Member of Diocesan Youth Council of Arundel and Brighton with Bishop (later Cardinal) Cormac Murphy-O'Connor and also on the Junior SVP Youth Council

Studied Chemistry at Manchester before transferring to Kingston Polytechnic to read European Business Studies. On graduating ran a film production making a film for Decca Records.

Gained an MBA with a Finance specialisation at Imperial College and moved into treasury in a private banking organisation progressing to become European Treasurer.  Worked for the Bank of Scotland in their distressed assets group and now works as a consultant in regulatory matters in the Banking sector.

Was Chairman of the Imperial Business School Alumni Board for three years, parish chairman for ten years and currently chairs the Help Uganda Trust, The Ashley Park Residents Association and Ken and Marjorie Robertson Charitable Trust.

Moira Bennett


Oteri Oboh


Luisa Dias


Luke Vujnovic

I attended Salesian College Battersea 2000 – 2005 and was the school captain in my final year. I am also the current vice-chairman of the Salesian College (Battersea) Past Pupils’ Association.

I studied BA Theology at Heythrop College, London, followed by MA Abrahamic Religions at the same institute. 

I joined the Civil Service in 2012, first joining as a Border Officer and stationed at Heathrow. I then went on to join the Ministry of Defence in 2015 and subsequently seconded to the UK Space Agency in 2017. 

I look forward to serving as a governor at SJBC, undertaking Safeguarding duties and to sitting on Every Child Matters Committee.