Governors

The aim of the Governor team at our school is to work with the staff in helping the children achieve their full potential in a happy, caring environment.

We do this in four main ways:

  • Monitoring the performance and progress of our children;
  • Working with the staff to help them teach and care for our children;
  • Deciding on how the resources of the school are best used;
  • Planning ahead so that the performance of our children and our school continues to improve.

To deliver this effectively the Governor team members are representative of all the key groups involved in our school – the Parents, the Staff, the Local Authority, the Community and the Church. Some are appointed and some are elected. All serve for a term of four years.

We meet together at least once a term as a whole team, and into sub groups focused on different areas of school life.

We are always keen to hear your views, so please feel free to contact any of us directly. We look forward to a continued successful partnership with you.

Governing Body Members

Name Type of Governor
Mrs Marie Naughton Chair of Governors, Foundation Governor
Ms Reishna Begum Parent Governor
Ms Kieran Kataria Local Authority Governor
Brother Andrew Foundation Governor
Mrs Maria Carter Foundation Governor
Mrs Payal Gordhan Foundation Governor
Mrs Aquilla Picart Foundation Governor
Mrs Rachel Warren Foundation Governor
Mrs Danielle Linley Headteacher
Miss Louise Allen Staff Governor (Elected)
Ms Naomi Lewis Clerk to the Governors

Also see:

Governor Profiles

Louise Allen

I am currently the staff governor at St. Mark’s Catholic Primary School. The children know me well, I teach in Year 6 at the moment and I love my job! In my spare time I like to walk my dog Jimmy, go for a run, go to the gym and spend time with family and friends.

Maria Carter

I am a teacher of a secondary school in Walsall and a member of Holy name Parish. I have two grown up children and a keen walker! I enjoy reading, going to the cinema I am an avid supporter of west Bromwich Albion FC!

Payal Gordhan

It's a privilege to be a Foundation Governor of St Mark's Catholic Primary School where I can help and support the senior leaders, staff, governors and parents in the Catholic faith. I work as a full-time Parish Administrator at The Holy Name Catholic Parish Office. I also have a child at St Mark's and it has been both exciting and challenging for five years working as a volunteer teaching assistant.

Kieran Kataria

I’m passionate about making a positive impact on a child’s educational experience.

Danielle Linley

I have been a senior leader at St. Mark’s Catholic Primary School since September 2014. Catholic education is where my vocation for teaching lies and St. Mark’s school is a very special place to work at because the governors, staff, children, parents and parish are all committed to ensuring children receive an excellent academic and spiritual education. When I am not working, I am spending valuable time with my family and friends.

Marie Naughton

I am currently Chair of Governors for this school year. I work full-time but still manage to find time to support the pupils and parents, to ensure that St. Mark’s provides a Catholic Education that sees all children achieving their personal best. I like walking, going to the cinema, reading and spending time with my family.

Aquila Picart

I’m a qualified personal trainer and gym instructor. I also teach Zumba, which I love. As well as being a Governor at St. Mark’s, I also have children at the school.

Rachel Warren

I am a teacher at another local primary school. I have three children, I love to travel and regularly travel to different countries across the world.


Brother Andrew
by Simran

Mrs Carter
by Emma

Mrs Gordhan
by Tiya

Ms Kataria
by Nikola

Mrs Naughton
by Alannie

Mrs Picart
by George

Mrs Warren
by Judyta