St Catherine’s is pleased to introduce its Governors, whose voluntary support of the School is very much appreciated. The Governors assist the Headmistress and Senior Team in school leadership and governance, and visit the School regularly to enjoy events, and to meet staff, pupils and parents.

In Autumn 2020, Edward Sparrow steps aside from his role as Chair of Governors, after 13 years of dedicated service to St Catherine’s; we look forward to welcoming one of our current Governors, Sylvia Hamilton, to this post in January 2021.

Mr Edward Sparrow

Mr Sparrow (Chairman) was educated at Ampleforth and Oxford. He retired in 2018 as a partner in a large firm of commercial lawyers in the City of London. He remains as part time a Senior Consultant. He is also a trustee of an international charity delivering humanitarian aid with a focus on empowering women and girls. His four daughters attended St Catherine’s Prep School between 1985 and 2006. He chaired a parents’ committee that persuaded the Sisters of Mercy to reverse their decision to close the School in 1989/1990 and then served for some years on the Committee of FOSC.

The Chairman of Governors can be reached by writing to him c/o Ian Stewart, Bursar and Clerk to the Governors, St Catherine’s School, Cross Deep, Twickenham, TW1 4QJ. Alternatively he can be reached via the email address:

Mr Paul Clifford

Mr Clifford qualified as a chartered accountant with Touche Ross (now Deloitte) in 1975. Recently retired, he has spent over 30 years in senior finance roles in a range of small and medium size business including London Stock Exchange fully listed, AIM quoted and private equity backed companies. His two daughters attended St Catherine’s between 1983 and 2000 and he was Chairman of FOSC for four years.

Mrs Elizabeth Morris

Mrs Morris worked for fifteen years as a lawyer in dispute resolution for a major City solicitors practice. She is now a full-time mother with a passion for education and is keen to do what she can to support St Catherine’s.

Mrs Pauline Alldridge

Mrs Alldridge is a former bank manager and ACIB who was educated at St Catherine’s and then UCL, where she obtained a First Class Honours degree in Anthropology. She has more recently been a full-time mother and is keen to support her old school in any way she can.

Mrs Sylvia Hamilton

Mrs Hamilton is a senior commercial HR generalist professional with diverse sector experience, including professional service practices, telecoms and property. She has worked with international workforces located in Asia, America, Canada, Central Europe and Scandinavia.

Mrs Hamilton has sales and marketing experience which combined with board level influencing and relationship skills also make her suitable for business development projects.

Mrs Hamilton read Modern history at Durham University, is a Fellow of Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) and holds a post-graduate diploma in Marketing.

Mr Michael Edwards

Mr Edwards is a former partner in a City Law Firm having retired after 26 years. He worked with a real estate group in London that specialised in commercial investment, developments and joint ventures. He has extensive experience in the management and development of young lawyers. He is also involved on a voluntary basis in mentoring teenagers and providing advice to young entrepreneurs.

Mrs Maria Teresa Patterson

Mrs. Patterson was educated at St. Aloysius Convent Grammar School and the University of Madrid.  She has held a number of senior positions related to the Skills for Life programme, assisting, adults, families and young people to develop skills and achieve their potential.  She is an ESOL (English for Speakers of Other languages) specialist.

Mr David McNulty

Mr McNulty qualified in Dentistry in 1972 in Dublin.  After some years in dental practice he embarked on an orthodontic career and obtained a Diploma and M.Sc in Orthodontics from the Eastman Dental Hospital in 1982.  From 1982 to 2015 he had a specialist practice in Richmond upon Thames which amalgamated with the Quadrant Orthodontic Practice in 2015, where he worked part-time until mid-2019.  He has four daughters who were all former pupils of the St Catherine’s Prep, and one son.

Dr Daniel Coughlan
Dr Daniel Coughlan is the Director of Sixth Form at St Mary’s School Ascot. He has previously taught at Magdalen College School, Oxford, North London Collegiate School, London, Hills Road Sixth Form College, Cambridge, and Mayfield School in East Sussex.

After an undergraduate degree in Divinity at Trinity College, Cambridge, Dr Coughlan completed his Masters in Ecclesiastical History at St Benet’s Hall, Oxford. He then studied for the priesthood before returning to Trinity to do a PhD in the Second Vatican Council and the English Catholic Church. He is married with three young boys, and resides in East Sussex when not working in Ascot.