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St Peter and St Paul Catholic Primary Academy

Information about our Governors

The role of a Academy Governor is vital to the success of every school please use the link below for further information on the role.  All of our Governors are members of the National Governors Association (NGA).

Our Governing Body is made up of 12 Governors, 7 of whom are Foundation Governors appointed by the Archbishop of Southwark, 1 Parent Governor, 1 Local Governor appointed under Section 51 of the Articles of Association, I Teaching Staff Governor, I Support Staff Governor and the Principal. Each Governor, except for the Principal who is appointed in an ex officio capacity, serve for a term of 4 years. The Full Governing Body meets on seven occasions throughout the academic year with a variable focus on curriculum and finance. The Audit, Personnel, Admissions Committees and Working Parties to strategically address improvements meet on a regular basis.

The Chair of Governors can be contacted through the Academy Office. Letters addressed as confidential will be treated as such. 



I Lecybyl - Foundation - Chair of Governors -  Appointed August 2014

C Alexander - Community - Vice Chair - Appointed August 2014

J Smith – Foundation - Appointed August 2014

M Forsythe - Foundation - Appointed September 2016

G Trimmer - Foundation - Appointed August 2018

Father Cyriacus - Foundation - Appointed September 2016

F Akhigbe – Parent - Appointed August 2014

J Seymour – Principal - Appointed August 2014

K Everson - Teaching Staff - Appointed August 2014

T Baines - Support Staff - Appointed March 2017


Governor Areas of Responsibility

Izabela Lecybyl - Safeguarding and Child Protection

Christina Alexander - Responsible Officer

Assessment and Data - Matthew Forsythe / Francis Akhigbe / Greg Trimmer

Religious Education - Father Cyriacus / Jenny Smith

Mathematics - Matthew Forsythe

Science – Greg Trimmer

Computing – Matthew Forsythe

Attendance – Jenny Smith

SEND – Greg Trimmer

Admissions – Jenny Smith and Christina Alexander


Declaration of Business Interests

C Alexander - Spouse of a member of staff

J Seymour - Director - ORTU Federation


Governor Profiles

I Lecybyl - Foundation Governor - Chair of Governors - SEN Governor

I was appointed as a Foundation Governor to the Governing Body in March 2014 and in November 2016 I was elected the Chair of the Governing Body.I joined the Governing Body because I've seen changes at Academy over years and I wanted to be a part of team building together a safe and inspirational environment for children, promoting Christian values and ethos as well as securing a better future for all our children. I am a qualified French Tutor working at Bromley Adult Education College.I have two sons of whom one is a former pupil and the other is currently in Year 5 at St Peter and St Paul Catholic Primary Academy.

Matthew Forsythe - Foundation Governor

I am a Technology Program Manager, working in the Financial Industry.  I was recently asked to join the Governing Body, as a Foundation Governor.  I am currently undertaking various on-boarding Governor training, to help improve my understanding of both the role itself and my effectiveness within the Governing Body.  I believe a good Governor needs a healthy balance between maintaining an effective working relationship with the Academy's Senior Leadership Team and ensuring the Senior Leadership is always held to account.  By guaranteeing every pupil can realise his/her full potential, I believe I am fulfilling my role as your Governor.

Christina Alexander - Community Governor

I have been a Governor for nearly 10 years, initially as a Parent Governor and latterly the Community Governor.  I have been associated with the St Peter and St Paul Academy for more than 15 years, when my son started in Reception in 2001 and my daughter in 2005.  The then School and now Academy has been through significant and impactful change, which I feel privileged to have been part of - bringing my HR Generalist and HR Strategic experience gained in  professional and financial services. 

I am naturally curious and like to challenge the status quo and understand what the impact will be on the strategic and day-to-day decisions we make.  As a Non-Catholic Governor I can offer a different perspective. I enjoy being a critical friend to Mrs Seymour and her talented team of teaching and support staff to ensure that each and every child can be the best that they can be.

Francis Akhigbe - Parent Governor

I have been a parent governor since 2012, and am a member of the Curriculum and Standards committee and the Data group. I have four daughters; one attended St Peter and St Paul Catholic Primary Academy and two are currently attend the School. My daughters are in Year 6 and Year 1.

My reasons for wanting to become a parent governor were, to give something back to the local community, and to help contribute to the continued successful development of both staff and pupils at St Peter and St Paul Catholic Primary Academy. I wanted to help the Academy and its governors with the future challenges that we face, and to ensure that every pupil has the best possible start in their education.

I have over 15 years of experience working as a Mathematics teacher in inner city schools in London.  My experience has given me a broad set of skills including experience in teaching the Mathematics curriculum to 11-18 year olds and communicating with a wide range of stack holders and parents.

Meetings Attended During the Academic year 2017-2018

Full Governing Body

Governor                                                            Meetings Attended             Out of a Possible

Izabela Lecybyl



Christina Alexander 5 6
Francis Akhigbe 5 6
Marina Armstrong 2 6
Roseline Chandler 5 6
Philip Dowling 1 6
Kirsty Everson 6 6
Father Cyriacus Okafor 1 6
Ronnie Silva 3 6
Jennifer Smith 4 6
Matthew Forsythe 6 6
Tracy Baines 5 6

Joanna Seymour




Governors No Longer in Role 

Roseline Chandler - Foundation, appointed August 2014  - September 2018

Marina Armstrong - Foundation, appointed August 2014  - September 2018

Ronnie Silva - Foundation, appointed August 2014  - November 2018

Philip Dowling - Foundation, appointed August 2014  -December 2018