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Holy Family Catholic Primary School

Who are we?

My name is Diane Mason and I have recently become  Chair of Governors at Holy Family. I have responsibilities for Art & DT, Science and Safeguarding.  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 over 29 years, from preschool to middle schools and have worked in schools here in England and in the USA. I am passionate about children having the best educational opportunities they can in order to fulfil their potential and 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 are at University and one who is in the 6th Form.

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 Kevin Loud.  I am a Foundation Governor at Holy Family.  I have three children, the two eldest are now at St Bede's and the youngest  is at Holy Family.   Up until 6 years ago, I had taught in secondary schools for 15 years. I served as a staff governor during that time. I decided to change career, and worked for the aid agency CAFOD. I also became Lay Chaplain at a Bristol Catholic Secondary school. I serve as a Foundation Governor at another Catholic Primary School as well as Holy Family.

I am a keen Bristol Rovers fan.  Family is very important to me.  


My name is Liz Townend.  I work as the Deputy Director of Education for the Church of England Diocese of Bristol and the Deputy CEO of the Diocese of Bristol Academies Trust.  My job 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, supporting the committed staff to promote effective learning in the classroom and offering challenge to the senior leaders.  Alongside others, I try to bring awareness of current initiatives and challenges in education to our  governing body.
 My particular areas of interest are school improvement in general and the Christian distinctiveness within a school. 

My name is Caroline Carter.  I am Head of School and have worked at Holy Family for 11 years.  I have two children who are now both at secondary school.  My hobbies include travel, reading and going to the cinema.


My name is Teresa Cross.  I work at Holy Family School as a Reception Class Teaching Assistant and Parent Liaison Worker.  I work very closely with some of our traveller families.

I have two children, one which is currently at St Bede's, and a dog called Lily.  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, Pupil Premium 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 Premises and Finance 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.

Tracey Turri

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 6 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.

Samanatha Brandon

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.