Who are we?
My name is Diane Mason and I am the Chair of Governors at Holy Family. I have responsibilities for Art & DT plus Science. I am also on the Pastoral, Learning and Staffing Committee.
I am a teacher who currently works in a Bristol school and I have been teaching for nearly 30 years, in schools in England and in the USA. I am passionate about children having the best educational opportunities they can in order to fulfil their potential. As part of this, I strongly believe that good quality Catholic education provides children with the spiritual guidance that enhances their all-round development.
I have been married for 30 years and have been blessed with 3 girls, two of whom attended St Bede’s and St Brendan’s Catholic Colleges. All three are now studying at various British universities, with one currently doing an 8 month practical animal placement in Alaska.
I am Fr Eugene Campbell and I am Parish Priest of Holy Family Parish as well as being a Foundation Governor of both, Holy Family School and St Mary's School, Bradley Stoke. I am currently Vice Chair of the Governing Body.
I have been ordained over 20 years and have mainly served in parishes within the Bristol / South Gloucestershire areas. I have served on the governing bodies of many Primary and Secondary schools, which gives me a good knowledge of the workings of a school. I enjoy being a governor and helping the school to deal with the mountains of legislation and demands made on them from local authorities and the government. I particularly like working on the Admissions Committee and the Premises and Finance Committee of the governors. This year I am also the PE link governor, and it will be my role to report to the governors on various aspects of PE as taught in our school. I enjoying travelling and cooking when I get the chance.
My background before priesthood was in catering and law, where I was a police officer in the Metropolitan Police Force. I have been an ordained Catholic Priest for over 26 years and have served as a primary school foundation governor in various Catholic schools over the last 26 years in the Diocese of Clifton. Currently, I am a foundation governor and vice chair of governors at Holy Family and also a foundation governor at St Mary’s Catholic Primary School in Bradley Stoke. I am also Parish Priest of Holy Family Catholic Parish, Patchway. At Holy Family Catholic Primary School, I am currently serving as the Safeguarding governor for the school. My pecuniary interest is being a foundation governor at another Catholic Primary School with the same catchment area of Holy Family Parish, Patchway.
My name is Liz Townend. I work as the Director of Education for the Church of England Diocese of Bristol. My role brings me into regular contact with a number of schools all striving to provide an environment where children flourish academically, socially and spiritually.
Previously a Teaching and Learning Adviser, I supported school staff in their professional development.
I enjoy my role as governor at Holy Family Primary School, offering both challenge and support to the senior leaders and the committed staff as they seek to provide effective learning in the classroom. Alongside others, I try to bring awareness of current initiatives and challenges in education to the governing body while sustaining the Christian distinctiveness and inclusion of all in the school so every child and adult in the community may flourish.
My name is Lydia Sukenikova, I am a mother of 4 and me and my children have been a part of Holy Family School for 9 years. Family is a priority to me and I enjoy seeing other families and their children thrive in a school environment. It is also my passion to uphold Christian values and pass on the faith. My career has given me experience in hospitality, teaching and accounting. I hope to use these skills to promote the growth in the school family wherever possible.
My name is Teresa Cross. I work at Holy Family School as a Year 6 Teaching Assistant and Parent Liaison Worker.
I have two children and two dogs - Lily and Mila. I am well known for rescuing any pets in distress and my poor husband never knows what animals he will come home to! Family is very important to me and I am very close to my parents and brother and family.
My governor responsibilities are English and Health & Safety.
Hi, my name is Becky Thornton-Smith and I am a foundation governor at Holy Family Primary School where I have the governor linked responsibility for RE and I am on the Staffing, Learning and Pastoral committee. I am a parishioner at Holy Family church where I work with a small team of sacramental catechists. We prepare our parish children for their First Reconciliation and to receive their First Holy Communion. I also lead a children's group at the annual Celebrate Catholic charismatic conference.
I am passionate about children's education and about supporting everyone at Holy Family School as governor.
I work as the Head Receptionist at an NHS dentist and I live locally with my husband and two cats.
After leaving school I went to work for a local insurance company and stayed with them for 15 years. When my children were small I decided to change to a career that would allow me more time with them and starting teaching maths part time at a local college. After getting made redundant from this job I decided to retrain to teach maths in a secondary school. I have been teaching at St Bede’s Catholic College for over 7 years and during that time I have acted as Head of Year 7 twice. My two daughters attended St Bede’s so if feels like I have been there a lot longer.
I started working in Retail on the tills when I was 16, I then progressed to Supervisor at the age of 17 so was in charge of all the money on the shift. When I was 18 I started working in Hospitality and worked my way to Deputy General Manager, during this time I helped the accounts department during holiday and sickness periods. I also managed department and overall hotel budgets. I left Hospitality when my son came to live with us. Since then I have worked in Bookkeeping for my Mothers Bookkeeping company. I am also the Treasurer for two community organisations, one football club and a friends of group. I was also a trustee for a charity as their financial expert. I am also the parent to a child in the school.
My name is Emily Ives and I am the current Year 2 teacher at Holy Family Primary School. I am also the science coordinator for the school as well as the Eco Committee coordinator.
My governor responsibilities are GDPR, computing and I am also on the Staffing, Learning and Pastoral committee.
I am passionate about teaching and the education of our pupils, in my spare time I am also a keen table tennis player and play in the local Bristol table tennis league for Thornbury.
I live in Bradley Stoke with my wife, Louise, who is a community midwife in the local area. I have 2 grown up children who both live in the South West. We are both parishioners at Holy Family Church and hence, my connection with the school. I joined recently as a Foundation Governor and my Governor link is Humanities.
Since leaving the Royal Marines, I have worked in Bristol for the last 20 years as a police officer. For the last 15 years, I have been a Police Dog Handler working locally and nationally. My 4 dogs live at home with me when they are not working.
I am passionate about the education and development of children in order to maximise their potential as good citizens for the future. I am proud to be associated with Holy Family School which has impressed me tremendously on a regular basis with its amazing staff.