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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.



Olivia Akueme – Foundation Governor


I am Olivia Akueme. I am a practicing Catholic and an advocate of the faith. I serve as Eucharistic minister and a Reader at the local parish of Holy Cross. I joined the Governing Body around April 2018 and became a co-Chair in September 2018. It is always a privilege to be called to serve.

My husband and I have always believed in a Catholic education for our children. One of our children finished from the Holy Cross Catholic Primary School last year and we currently have three that attend the school.

Professionally, I studied law at the University. With my background in Law, I merged that with being a Chartered Secretary and Administrator. This enabled me to work in various legal departments and corporate governance roles for a number of years. I later left that field and set up my business in the financial services industry.

I enjoy travelling, meeting people, fashion, sports and of course family life. I believe God has called each of us to become the best possible version of ourselves. Therefore I continue to seek personal development for myself and encourage that in everyone around me.