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Directors and Central Trust Staff






Brendan Byrne

(Vice Chair of Trust Board)

IT Programme Manager, a Chartered IT Professional and Member of the British Computer Society.

IT Consultant within the public sector, Project Management of large infrastructure projects.

Worked on large scale IT programmes across multiple sectors with experience in business management, change management, sales, programme and service delivery across different industry sectors including the education sector. Active engagement in Parish life including a  children's liturgy catechist in the parish for many years.

Extensive experience as a Chair of Governors.

A Diocesan Foundation Governor for 10+ years, and  Chair at St Josephs.  He has served on all committees and participated at some point in all committees.

Jim Coyle
(Chair of Trust Board)

Teaching and training, currently part time tutor at UCL and University of Buckingham for PGCE/QTS trainees, educated IOE London University BEd, MA Ac Dip Ed FRSA

Currently is a visiting Lecturer at University of Buckingham. PGCE/QTS. National Leader of governance. 

Previous experience as Catholic secondary school teacher London Borough of Brent, Economics and Social Sciences subject manager University of London Examinations Council, Head of Education ILEX, Senior Manager Pearson, Director of Standards and Qualifications LLUK, Ofsted and Section 48 Lead Inspector.

Chair parish council St Joseph’s Wealdstone, Board Member Harrow Council Schools Standards and Effectiveness Committee, previous Chair St Joseph’s Primary Harrow, Chair Sacred Heart Language College, National Leader of Governance DfE, Regional NLG Advocate for West London boroughs RSC/TSA, Member Diocesan Governors’ Academy strategy and policy advisory group

Geraldine Higgins
(CEO / Accounting Officer)

Headteacher of The Sacred Heart Language College for the past 16 years.

Building upon time as a Head of English Department and Head of year has undertaken various roles as a senior leader in Catholic education.

NPH Qualification. Headship since 2007. Establishment of BHFCAT and all policies and systems to make the Trust effective. Mentoring of Headteachers. Leading on training re. teaching and learning, safeguarding and leadership. Previous experience as a Senior School Improvement Advisor in a London local authority for primary and secondary schools. Review, training, and support for LGBs at primary and secondary level. 

Worked for local authority as senior school improvement adviser.  Attached adviser to a range of primary and secondary schools. Had led school inspections across both phases.

Accredited school improvement partner. Worked with a range of governing bodies on Headteacher performance management.

Experience of providing training for governing bodies on aspects of their role including self evaluation and the use of data.

As Headteacher sits on all committees of the governing body at The Sacred Heart.

Peter Tomkins

(Acting CFO)


John Hamilton

(Chair of Finance & Risk)

Interim Management Finance professional BA (Hons) Economics, MBA - with expertise in business strategy, performance management, project/programme management and team management.

Head of Sustainability and Data Insight in the Finance and Resources Directorate of Westminster City Council. 

Career progression as manager in and across London Boroughs, London Development Agency and Whitbread PLC, In-depth experience of running Divisional support functions, instigating and leading challenging, new and novel projects to successful conclusions. Extensive experience as a member of a governing body.

A parishioner of Wealdstone Parish. Foundation Governor at St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School, chair personal development & wellbeing and achievement Committees, lead governor for maths and SEN, member steering and pay committees, also chaired the resources committee. Member of the GB team presenting at Ofsted inspection.

Richard Hodkinson

(Chair Estates & Premises)





Chartered Civil Engineer. Member of the Institution of Civil Engineers, Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Building, Member of the Institution of Structural Engineers


Founder and Chairman of Hodkinson Consultancy a leading specialist energy and environmental consultancy for urban regeneration. The company has advised on some of the largest regeneration projects in the UK. Extensive experience managing integrated specialist teams at all stages of the construction process.

Parishioner of St Matthew’s Northwood. Formerly Chair of the parish Finance Committee.


Bishop John Sherringham      
Mr Michael Dunne      
Mr Paul Camoletto      
Mr Peter Sweeney      
Cardinal Vincent Nichols