St Edwards Catholic

Meet the Governors

Mrs Maria Harty
Chair of Governors

Maria became a  Governor at St Edward’s School in 2015 and Chair of Governors in September 2016.

She has 5 children who have all attended St Edward’s School.

Maria’s background is in Health Education, and she is currently working in a Care Home in the dementia unit, writing and monitoring the implementation of resident’s Care Plans.

Maria is a parishioner of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, Bedgrove.


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Mrs Elizabeth Berkeley
Foundation Governor & Vice Chair of Governors

Liz was born and raised in the North of England and moved to London at 18 to study at Westminster Hotel School. On graduation, she joined Four Seasons Hotel and Resorts and began a 30 year career within the international hospitality industry, predominantly in recruitment. Since 2013, Liz has run her own executive search business.

In 2008, Liz was signed up a mentor for hospitality undergraduates at Oxford Brookes University and presents regularly to students there. She is a Fellow of the Institute of Hospitality and sits on a variety of Boards for The Springboard Charity which promotes careers in hospitality.

Liz and her husband Grant moved to Aylesbury in 1998 and their two daughters attended St Edward’s School.

Liz is a parishioner of St Joseph’s and St Clare’s Catholic Churches, Aylesbury.

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Mrs Elaine Sidhu

 Elaine was appointed as a new Foundation Governor in July 2017.

 Elaine moved to Aylesbury in 2001 and is married to Kish. They have two children who presently attend St Edwards School.

 Elaine trained as a nurse in London and is now a divisional manager at West Hertfordshire NHS Trust where she manages the division of medicine.

 Elaine attends St Clare’s church where she is also chair of the new youth pillar across the Aylesbury parishes. Her two children are also altar servers. Elaine helps to coach the under 8 age group at Aylesbury hockey club.

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Mr R Stokes
Teacher Governor

Mr R Stokes has been a teacher governor at St Edward's for four years. He moved into teaching after working as an electrical and electronic engineer. His 12 years of teaching have all been at St Edward's, a school he really enjoys teaching at.  

Mr Stokes has lived in and around Aylesbury most of his life and is married with one daughter.  He is a parishioner of Aylesbury Methodist Church.

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Mr Mark Jatana                                                                       

LA Governor

Mark was appointed a parent governor in January 2018 and currently has two children at the school.

Mark is a Software Engineer and for the past 10 years has worked as a contractor for a wide range of companies and industries. Unfortunately his work is also his hobby but when he does manage to peel himself away from his monitor he enjoys all the arts, running, cycling and playing squash.

He is a parishioner of the  Immaculate Heart of Mary, Great Missenden where he and his wife Monika were married and where his children now serve.

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Mr K Grexhammer

Foundation Governor

Mr Grexhammer became a Foundation governor at St Edward's School at the beginning of 2019. He has been a teacher in primary education for over nineteen years (mostly in Buckinghamshire) and has a good understanding of our education system and how it has changed over time. He and his wife spent a year teaching primary school children, in two very different schools, in New Zealand. He is currently a freelance teacher specialising in outdoor learning. Mr Grexhammer is proud to have attended St Edward's School as a child, to have sent his son to there and that his daughter will be attending in the future. He and his family live in Aylesbury and they are all parishioners of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, Bedgrove.

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Fiona Piddington

Foundation Governor

Fiona is a newly appointed governor to St Edwards and was appointed in July 2019.

Fiona’s background is in Healthcare. She is the Occupational Therapy Professional Lead for the Specialist Learning Disability Services, working across Hertfordshire and Buckinghamshire. She has a special interest in Sensory Integration and works with people who have difficulty processing sensory information.

Fiona has volunteered as a leader with the 12th Aylesbury Brownie pack for several years.

Living in Aylesbury, she has two children – one a former pupil and one a current pupil at St Edwards and is a parishioner of Our Lady of Lourdes parish, Aylesbury.

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Niranjan Annamalai

Parent Governor 

I have two daughters, youngest is in year 6 and the eldest is in year 8 at AHS, both are former and current pupil at St Edwards. Both enjoy the educational experiences offered and I am passionate about helping young people to achieve the best they can , which is the key reason for me being a Parent Governor.

I am a pharmacist and count over 20 years’ work experience in Healthcare. Since 2017, I work as Superintendent Pharmacist for the wholly-owned subsidiary of Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust. This role involves developing policies and procedures, financial management, governance and providing strategic direction.

I believe the knowledge and skillset, will help develop the board of Governors and school in identifying areas of improvement, resource plans and timing, and meeting the financial demands associated with running a school within the budget.

Being able to listen to parents and pupils, bringing different skills to the school from commercial life and caring passionately about the welfare of all involved in the school are the key qualities, I believe would assist me in performing this role.

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