Mrs Katherine Henwood BSc (Hons)

Chair of Governors
Finance & General Purposes Committee

Mrs Katherine Henwood has been a Governor at Our Lady of Sion School since 2004 (and was previously Vice Chair).  She is a qualified Solicitor and has 3 children. She attended Our Lady of Sion School from 1967 – 1981 and was Head Girl in her final year before going to University College London to complete an honours degree in Maths. She then went to the College of Law in Chancery Lane, London to train as a Solicitor and worked for the solicitors firm Bolton and Lowe in the Temple, London before returning to live in Worthing.


Rosemary Beattie

Rosemary contracted with Ofsted as an Ofsted Inspector in September 2015. She has had extensive experience of working with schools and pupils as a local authority Advisory Teacher for Inclusion. She was involved in training and assessing candidates for the Certificate/Diploma in Specific Learning Difficulties, and has edited a county wide publication updating schools on DSEN issues. Rosemary’s particular areas of expertise are in DSEN and all aspects of the primary phase.

Mrs Gill Buqué

Academic Committee

Gill Buqué attended Sussex university, gaining a degree in Mathematics and Statistics and a Post Graduate Certificate in Education. Her 5 children all attended Our Lady of Sion Senior School.

Gill has worked as a professional statistician but her main interest and work has been in the area of Mathematics education. She is a very experienced teacher and has held several senior roles within schools and colleges, focused on A level teaching. Gill has also authored several A Level text books.

She has worked extensively with the DfE, both promoting and supporting Mathematics teachers and in the development of A Level Mathematics and Statistics qualifications. Gill was a Teaching fellow at Sussex University for many years, working with post graduate Mathematics teacher trainees and she is currently Chair of Examiners at AQA exam board for Mathematics and Further Mathematics and Chair of Examiners at Pearson exam board for A Level Statistics.

Mr Steve Callaghan

Steve Callaghan gained a joint honours degree in French and German at the University of Durham followed by a PGCE.  He taught English as a Foreign language in Munich, then returned to the UK to teach in Surrey. He has worked in both the comprehensive and independent sectors as a teacher, Head of Department, Head of Year and Deputy Head, including in a Catholic comprehensive school where he also taught RE. He gained an Advanced Diploma in Educational Studies and the NPQH before becoming Head of an independent girls’ school for eight years. Steve is the author of GCSE German material published by Thomas Nelson and Sons and was an ISI inspector for several years. He has delivered in-service training to Surrey teachers of MFL, at GSA conferences and in Sri Lanka and was the external examiner for the Modern Languages PGCE course at St Mary’s University, Twickenham for four years. Steve is a practising Catholic and is married with two adult children.

Dr Sue Coldwell

Dr Sue Coldwell is a Consultant Paediatrician and Fellow of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health working for the last 21 years at Worthing Hospital.  Her specific interests are school health and school aged children with additional needs, Paediatric Diabetes and Palliative Care. She is involved in Safeguarding of children up to age of 18 years and also provides teaching and clinical supervision for medical students and doctors in specialist training as well as nurses and allied health professionals. She was a module leader for MSc for both Child and Adolescent Diabetes and Social and Professional Networks in Child Health Modules at Brighton and Sussex Medical School (2002-2010).  She has previously been a Governor to George Pringle/Palatine School (1988-2003),  John Horniman (ICAN) School (2001-2003) and Trustee of St Barnabas Hospice (1997-2004) and Chair of Steering Group for Ashdown Children’s Centre (1998-2005). She was involved in the setting up of Chestnut Tree House Children’s Hospice and  currently provides medical cover. She was also a Founder Public Member of Royal Marsden Foundation Health Trust. She is married with four children and three grandchildren.  Her youngest two children attended Our Lady of Sion School from Nursery to Sixth Form and her twin grandsons attended Nursery before moving to London.


Miss Lucy Hammond

Lucy Hammond Iles joined the Governing Body at the start of 2018.  Lucy also attended OLOSS as a pupil from 1981 to 1995 before going to Royal Holloway, University of London to complete a Geography degree.

Lucy qualified as a Chartered Accountant with RSM (formerly Baker Tilly) in 2003 before returning to Worthing in 2007 where she joined Kreston Reeves (formerly Spofforths LLP).  Lucy is now Senior Manager specialising in the ‘Charity and Not for Profit’ sector at Kreston Reeves.


Prof David Read

Governor responsible to assist our Director of Studies

David Read is Professorial Fellow in Chemical Education at the University of Southampton.  From 2003-07, David was a school teacher at Theale Green Community School, just outside Reading, prior to his appointment as a School Teacher Fellow at Southampton. David is currently the Director of Outreach and Head of the Education Group within Chemistry.  David supervises 3 research students (1 MPhil, 2 Ph.D) who are working on projects in education research, and he has published numerous articles in a range of magazines and journals.  His other role is that of Science Foundation Year Programme Leader, where he teaches the chemistry component of the course.  Externally, David is Chair of the Editorial Board for Education in Chemistry and is a member of the Royal Society of Chemistry’s Curriculum Working Group, having previously sat on the Education Division Council (2009-2012).  David also designs and delivers CPD courses for chemistry teachers, and has worked with a number of awarding bodies as an HE representative.

He has written detailed reviews of A-level chemistry content and is recognised as an authority on the school-to-university transition.


Mr Amit Talati

Amit attended Cranfield University, gaining an MSc in Mechanical Engineering with specialisation in Aero Space. He works for Thales UK where he heads up Technical and Product Lines Strategy for a particular business sector. He has more than 30 years of International Management experience in engineering, business development, bid & project management, R&D and Product Line Strategy. His core competencies also include Transverse & multi-cultural, multi-national co-operation & Business Management.

He is married with two children and lives in Goring. His daughter attended Sion and achieved significant results to complete an Honours degree in Psychology at University of Birmingham.

In his spare time Amit enjoys walking and travelling around the world with his wife and enjoys spending time with family & friends at home.