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Holy Cross Catholic

Primary School

Building relationships with God and each other,
working hard in faith and hope to give our best in all things.

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Building relationships with God and each other,
working hard in faith and hope to give our best in all things.

Meet the Governors




Foundation Governors

Mrs R Thomas (Chair)

  • Inclusion and Safeguarding Governor

Mrs J Iwobi (Vice Chair)

  • Link Governor for RE and Health &Safety

Mrs G Hicks

  • Foundation Governor



Parent Governors

Ms Carla Moore

Mrs Angela Maria Amado Erhiahwe

Staff Governor:

Mrs Sandra Power - Head Teacher

Mr Mike Price



Associate Governor


Clerk to Governors:

  • Mrs Margaret Sellens


To find out more about the Governors, please read their biographies:

Mrs Rachel Thomas - Chair 

I feel privileged to have been nominated as a parent governor in March 2018. I am married with 2 children. My daughter attends the school and my husband I have been really pleased with her progress since joining the school year 2. I hope my son will also join the school in 2020. I am a practising Catholic as are both my children and feel the Holy Cross School plays a fundamental role in my children’s faith. Many of my family members are teachers and work in the Education system.  I have worked for many years as a beauty and holistic therapist and achieved an Award in Education and Training where I taught beauty and holistic therapy to students 16 years old plus in an award winning training academy in Essex. After having my son, I changed my career and am now a Manager at M&P Estates Sales and Lettings based in South Ockendon, where I lead a busy team of nine members of staff selling, letting & managing properties. I have an extensive knowledge of the area and am a member of the local BRN Group (Business Referral Network).  When I am not working, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends and am a volunteer for a charity called ‘ The Nystagmus Network’ - people who are partially sighted where I offer support and advice to families whose children are affected with the condition and help the charity with fundraising.




Jennifer Iwobi - Vice Chair

I am grateful for the opportunity to serve as a foundation governor of this very special school. I have always been very passionate about Catholic education, being raised a Catholic myself and experiencing first hand the moral and spiritual values that are manifest in Catholic schools, I feel privileged for the opportunity to contribute towards the continued development and progress of Holy Cross Primary School. 

 I am currently the Steward of the Gospel , A confirmation Catechist and a choir member at Holy Cross Catholic church in Ockendon.

I am married with two children, both children attended Holy Cross Catholic Primary School.  The education and learning experience at Holy cross helped lay the foundation for their success to help them fulfil their potential in their respective secondary schools at present. My relationship with the school has been a lengthy one as several of my nephews and nieces have also passed through this school.

I have a degree in psychology and have worked in the Civil Service since 1998. I currently work as a Senior Engagement officer at the Department for Education.

My lengthy civil service career has given me skills in various areas including -   managing staff and performance, working and supporting people with Disabilities with training and at work , ( BSL level 3) , NVQ level 3 in Advice and Guidance.


Ms Carla Moore

I am pleased to join the Governing Board as a Parent Governor, and hope my varied experience will be useful. I have two daughters, one of which had the joy of attending Holy Cross from year 3 onwards. I worked in the Civil Service for nearly 20 years, doing everything from administration and finance, through to IT, Premises and Facilities Management. After having children my career took a different path into retail, working at Kiddicare, Lakeside. After that closed I moved into childcare, training as a childminder but actually working for a private nursery in Chafford Hundred. I worked in all stages of early years from 6 months to school age, until my own children required me at school events, plays, fetes etc! After some time off running my own health and wellness business, I found myself back in retail. These days I can mostly be found tidying up clothing in Next, or in Costco handing out free food samples. When I'm not working, I enjoy being at home with my girls, cats and looking after my home aquarium.



Gael Hicks


It is an honour to serve as a foundation governor at Holy Cross Catholic Primary School. In becoming a governor at the school, I hope to bring some of my experience to the board to support the leaders in the school in their aspiration to provide the best Catholic education for the children in their care.

I was headteacher at St Helen’s Catholic School for 20 years, including five years as the Chief Accounting Officer for the Our Lady of Grace Catholic Academy Trust in Newham. For a further two years I worked part time in the role. I have been a governor in Catholic schools for over 30 years, including secondary and independent schools. I am currently working part time as a Catholic School Inspector and undertake some consultancy work in schools.

As a practising Catholic in the Parish of Our Lady of Lourdes in Wanstead I support the parish as a Eucharistic minister, help with baptism preparation, sing in the choir and I am a member of the SVP. I also support an HCPT group taking children to Lourdes on pilgrimage at Easter.

I am married with two grown up sons, who both attended Catholic Primary and Secondary schools in the Diocese. My passions are my faith, my family and friends, reading and travelling.

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