Who are we?

Lydia Cawsey

Chair, Foundation Governor, Lead Governor for Curriculum & Standards, Governor for Heron Class - Year 1

Lydia joined as a Foundation Governor in March 2022 and Vice-Chair of Governors in September 2022. She has a child in school. Lydia is the Lead Governor for Curriculum & Standards and became Chair of Governors in October 2023.

Vernon Clarke

Vice-Chair, Foundation Governor, Governor for Puffin Class - Year 2

Married to a former teacher and with a daughter who is engaged to a teacher, he has a keen interest in education. He was educated at St Joseph’s Roman Catholic Comprehensive in Swindon, before reading law at Oxford University. He then trained as a solicitor and has served for many years as a trustee of diverse charities . Vernon was appointed as a Foundation Governor in January 2018 and is the Vice-Chair of governors since September 2021.

Rob Meech

Executive Headteacher

Rob started working at Our Lady's School in 2004 as a supply teacher. He has since held various roles within the school, Class Teacher, Head of PE, Assistant Headteacher. Rob became the Principal in September 2015 and then Executive Headteacher overseeing Our Lady's Catholic Primary School, St John's Catholic Primary School in Tiverton and St Mary's Catholic Primary School in Axminster.

Matt Norris

Parent Governor, Lead Governor Curriculum and Standards (Pupil Premium and Sports Premium), Governor for Eagle Class - Year 4

Matt is a former teacher who taught Biology, Chemistry, Physics, ICT and Computer Science across a range of schools at both primary and secondary level for many years. He is now a director of a technology services company and the chair of trustees for a prominent local care provider. Matt is married to a teacher and has two children at OLCS. Matt is the Lead Governor for Curriculum and Standards for Pupil Premium and Sports Premium areas.

Claire Silverlock

Clerk to Governors

Claire has been our Clerk to Governors since September 2013. If you have any governor enquiries or would like to contact any of the governors please email Claire at clerk@olcs.uk or by phoning the school on 01271 345164 during school hours.

Mrs Charlotte Scott

Parent Governor, Governor for Barn A Bs Pre-School

Charlotte joined the Local CAST Board in November 2023 and has two children at Our Lady's. Charlotte is also the Chair of the Parents, Teachers and Friends (PTFA) and volunteers regularly in school.

Simon Cohen

Foundation Governor, Lead Governor for Safeguarding and Inclusion

Simon was appointed as a Governor in September 2015 and is currently the lead governor for Safeguarding and Inclusion. Simon has worked for Local Authorities for nearly 25 years, as a Youth Work Manager and a Neighbourhood Officer, he is now working for a social housing company as a Community Connector. Simon's wife Mrs Cohen is the year 2 teacher at Our Lady's.

Lorna Wilby

Head of School/Staff Governor

Lorna first started working at Our Lady's in September 2012 and has worked across both Key Stages. She is now our Head of School. Lorna is committed to striving for the very best for our pupils so they each achieve their own individual potential. Lorna enjoys working alongside the governing body for the benefit of our whole school community. Lorna became a staff governor in September 2022.

Cathy Jeffery

Staff Governor, Governor for Kingfisher Class - Year 5

Cathy has been a Staff Governor since 2017 and is the Manager of our Barn A Bs Pre-School. Cathy is a mother of four children, so she bases the principles of her work, on how she would want her own children to be treated. She believes children should be treated with respect, kindness and they should be valued for their own unique character. It is a great blessing and joy to work with the children and families in Barn-a-b’s, and Cathy is happy to champion the early years in Our Lady’s Governing Body.

Mary Szymankiewicz

Foundation Governor, Lead Governor for RE & Catholic Life, Governor for Swallow Class - Year 6

Mary became a Foundation Governor serving on the Local Governing Board in December 2020. Mary is a retired Teacher of Chemistry and Biology and is passionate about the role of Sport and The Arts in Education.
Along with Father Peter, Mary is our Lead Governor for RE & Catholic Life.

Fr Peter Morgan

Foundation Governor, Lead Governor for RE & Catholic Life

Father Peter joined the Local Governing Board in January 2022. Along with Mary, Father Peter is our Lead Governor for RE & Catholic Life.

Krzysztof Wegrzynowski

Foundation Governor, Lead Governor for Health, Safety and Data Protection, Governor for Robin Class - Reception

Krzysztof became a Foundation Governor in July 2022. He is also a parent of a child in school. Krzysztof works at Fremington Primary School as a Caretaker and is our Lead Governor for Health, Safety and Data Protection.