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.

Sr Brenda Dorrian

Sr Brenda Dorrian is a Sister of Our Lady Sion.  She trained at Digby Stuart Teachers Training College in the late 1970’s and taught for 17 years, including at Our Lady of Sion in Worthing and then in London and Manchester. Over many years she worked in Conference/Retreat Centres, organising courses and the management of the house. From 2001 she went to the Sion Ecce Homo Convent in the Old City of Jerusalem for 6 years. As a Sister of Sion she tries to underpin all her work with respect and justice for everyone, especially in Jewish/Christian and interfaith dialogue. She believes that everyone has a right to a great, all rounded education, so that they can become the full human person that God intended them to be.

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.

Sr Anne Lee

Sr Anne Lee is a Sister of Our Lady of Sion.  She comes from a nursing background, specialising in Haematology.  In 1996 Anne was asked to go to live and work at Ecce Homo Convent, one of the congregations houses in Jerusalem.   She was there 5 years.  On her return to the UK she went to Sheffield University to take a BA and then an MA in Biblical Studies.  After her studies Anne stayed in Sheffield for 8 years and worked as the Catholic Chaplain at Sheffield Hallam University.  She now works at the Sion Centre for Dialogue and Encounter in London.

Mr  Leonardo Panipucci

Born in Torino, Italy, Leo came to England when he was 5 years old. Educated in Yorkshire where following GCE’S, he went on to gain his ONC and HNC in Construction while in employment. Decided at an early age that Architecture was his calling and gained experience in running and managing construction contracts for quite a few years before deciding to attend full time college / university to gain Architectural Qualifications. Attended Brighton College and qualified in 1977 with a Dip Arch qualification, fully qualified as an Architect and became a member of the Royal Institute of Architects, RIBA, in 1978.

Commenced his working life in Brighton as an Architect and gained experience in all forms of contracts and construction while rising from a position of Architectural Assistant to Associate to Partner then onto Directorship in an established Architectural Practice. With over 40 years of experience, he set up his own Architectural Company in 2003 until becoming semi retired in 2019. After approximately 57 years of experience. Leo has always been interested and fully conversant with all types of buildings and different construction techniques, especially now with eco and low carbon footprint buildings being one of the main thrusts in the construction industry. He has been involved in projects not only in the UK but also in France, Spain, Italy, Greece, Cyprus and Doha, all of which have extended his experience in working in other countries.

Leo was previously a Governor at Worthing High School in the early 1990’s whilst his children were in attendance there. Always a keen sportsman, he is married with two adult children and three young grandchildren and is enjoying a reduced active working life allowing time to be spent with his family.

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.

Sr Margaret Shepherd nds BA MTh

Sr Margaret is a member of the Roman Catholic Congregation of Our Lady of Sion and a Director of the Sion Centre for Fialogue and Encounter.  As well as her involvement as a Governor of Our Lady of Sion School, sche is also a freelance lecturer and advises on Catholic Jewish Relations fo the Catholic Bishop’s Conference of England and Wales.  Sr Margaret is also a Texas and Mississipi Coordinator for Lifelines which supports prisoners on death row in the USA.

Having qualified with a Master of Theology in Biblical Studies and achieved a BA in Humanities from the Open University as well as a Diploma in Education from the Maria Assumpta College, London, her past experience has included teaching English and Religious studies.

Sr Margaret is responsible for a number of publications including:

  • Public Life and the Place of the Church, Edited by Michael Brierley (Ashgate, 2006)
  • He Kissed Him and They Wept: Towards a Theology of Jewish-Catholic Partnership, Edited by Tony Bayfield, Sidney Brichto & Eugene Fisher (SCM, 2002)

Sr Margaret also enjoys reading, listening to music and spending time with friends.

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.

Sr Carolyn Wicks

Sr Carolyn Wicks is a Sister of Congregation of Our Lady of Sion, committed to and passionate about the School of Our Lady of Sion. She was qualified by the Three Year Training Certificate and an Honours Degree in Education. She taught in the Worthing Junior School for nearly twenty years. She found these to be wonderful years, hard work, but a sheer delight. The Sionian Charism is at the heart of all she is and does.  Each pupil was special and she and her colleagues strove for a balanced, all round education, imbued with a love of God and a desire for the best for the child and deep respect for all those around.

Sr Carolyn went on to be trained as a Spiritual Director, a training to work for Women’s Aid, Ecumenical and Interfaith involvement and all areas of Parish work.