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Welcome to our Governors’ section. 

Please find below details of how our Governing body is structured, including the names, categories, responsibilities and terms of appointment for each Governor.


As Stella Maris is a member of the Kent Catholic Schools’ Partnership, a Multi-Academy Trust, its governance arrangements are regulated by the KCSP Governance Handbook (which includes the Scheme of Delegation and Terms of Reference).  Click the link below to read a copy of this document: 

As a member of the Kent Catholic Schools’ Partnership Multi-Academy Trust, Stella Maris has a Local Governing Body which operates under the terms of the KCSP Scheme of Delegation.

The Chair of Governors may be contacted via the school office (see the home page for details) – any correspondence marked ‘Private and Confidential’ will be passed to him without opening in school.

Meet the Governors

Jason O'Callaghan


I am Chair for the Executive Governance Committee  and an ex-pupil of Stella Maris. My main goal is to make sure that every penny spent offers the greatest impact for the children of our school.

I am a financial analyst by day. I have two daughters who currently attend the School, with a third joining in the future. Stella Maris has always been close to my heart and I'm very proud to play a part in its community.

Matthew Hahn


I have two children currently attending Stella Maris and I am a Parishioner at Our Lady Help of Christians Church. I am currently Chair of the Academy Committee.

In my professional life I am a playwright, theatre director and theatre for development facilitator, specialising in creating theatre for social change, for examining behaviour and for improving communication skills. I have worked as a Senior Lecturer at St Mary's University London, specialising in theatre for development. I have also worked as a trained facilitator with Theatre for a Change, a UK charity which utilises interactive theatre to train teachers and facilitators on the topics of sexual equality and reproductive health in the United Kingdom and Malawi. 

Nicola Fletcher


I am a Parent Committee Member on the Academy Committee living in the local area with two children at the School. My areas of particular interest are Religious Education and Key Stage 1 Phonics. I wanted to get involved as I really appreciate the wonderful education and school life my boys have at Stella Maris. 

Outside of school, I am an Electoral Services Manager at a Local Authority and a marathon runner.

Margaret Irving


I retired from the Civil Service eleven years ago. I have three children and six grandchildren. Since retirement I have been the Treasurer of the St Joseph's Social Club, helping with events and ensuring that maintenance of the hall is up to date. I am also the Secretary of the local Day of Prayer Committee and Secretary to the Finance Council of Our Lady's and St Joseph's Church. I am a Foundation Governor on the Academy Committee.

Steve Press


Retired now, most of my working life was in state secondary schools, in roles ranging from Learning Support Assistant to Head of the RE Department. Having served at five local schools, I want to encourage and support education and those called to teach.

I joined St Joseph's three years ago after a ten year association inspired by the compelling vision, original thinking and openheartedness of its leaders.

I have been offering support to the School for two years by listening to daily readers in Griffins and Unicorns.

As a Foundation Committee Member, I want to help encourage and enable Staff to be their best selves, for there is no better teaching aid than an engaged teacher; to help and encourage learners to be inquisitive, for knowing leads to confidence, community and contentment. 

Susan Foster


I work as Clerk to Governors in three local schools and my previous professional experience has been based in education, in both teaching (Modern Foreign Languages) and Sixth Form pastoral support roles, also in Admin. I am also currently employed with a charity which offers creative opportunities for those living with dementia.

I bring administrative and organisational skills to the Governance Executive Committee, together with a passion for the school to excel in everything it does.

Chris Adams


Parent Governor
Lowri BardenStaff Governor

 Lisa Huotari


Executive Principal

Andrew Langley



Academy Principal