Governors Photos & Bios

The School Governors (2021)


Andrew Cooper

I have lived in Battersea since 1987 and our three children all went to Sacred Heart school.  I am career civil servant, CIPD qualified with a specialism in HR and work in the UK Health Security Agency.

I have been Co-Chair of Governors with Rex Wickham since the establishment of the Federation.  I am chair of the Pay Committee and a member of the Resources Committee and am the Federation’s link governor for the School Council, HR and British Values.


Rex Wickham

I’m a Battersea resident for over 20 years and my three children attended Sacred Heart School. I work in Tech, with a keen interest in getting people connected and overcoming fear of technology.

I joined the Governors as a Parent Governor and have be Co-Chair of the Federation since September 2017. I’m the Link Governor for Numeracy, Computing and the School Council.

John O’Brien

I am originally from county Wicklow in Ireland and have lived in Battersea since 2016. I am a qualified solicitor and work for one of the UK’s largest financial technology companies.

I am a member of the Resources Committee and am the Federation’s link governor for safeguarding (including Looked After Children) and GDPR.


Peter Lam

I have served as a school governor since 2012. My son completed his primary education at Sacred Heart School in 2019 and is now attending secondary school. I live in Battersea and work as an architect in London.


Precious Nwufo

I am a Foundation Governor and a member of the Curriculum & Standards Committee, the Admissions & Discipline Committee, and the Link Governor for SEN & Disadvantaged Groups.

I joined The Federation of Sacred Heart and St Mary’s Primary School as a Governor in 2020. I attended Sacred Heart Primary School as a child, along with my 4 siblings, and have been a Sacred Heart Church parishioner all my life.

I have a background in Child Behaviour Therapy, specifically working in schools within the field of Special Educational Needs and Mental Health. It has always been a goal of mine to give back to the school I grew up and the church I developed my faith in.

I hopes to use my experience and knowledge to contribute positively to both schools, and to ensure effective practice of wellbeing and equality within the schools. I have enjoyed my time as a Governor thus far and always look forward to seeing all the hard working staff and wonderful students.


Deacon Micheal

I am a permanent Deacon of the Archdiocese of Southwark. I was born in Park Royal, North London in 1967, and in 1971 my family moved to Battersea. I educated at Sacred Heart Primary School Battersea (on the old Trott Street site) and went to the Salesian College in Battersea.

Since 1987 during the week I work at Archbishop’s House, Southwark and since 1994 I am the Diocesan Chancery Administrator of the Archdiocese of Southwark.

For over 15 years I was the Master of Ceremonies to Bishop Howard Tripp when I was Auxiliary Bishop and Area Bishop for the South West Area of the Diocese.

I served as an Advocate on the Interdiocesan Marriage Tribunal of Second Instance of Southwark.

I was ordained on 10th June 2006 by Archbishop Kevin McDonald having completed studies at St John’s Seminary in Wonersh England and exercise my ministry in the Parish of the Sacred Heart, Battersea, which is in the care of the Salesians of Don Bosco. I am involved in many aspects of Parish life and I am committed to the promotion of good Catholic Education to develop and sustain the Home School Parish link. For a number of years, I was the Diocesan Director of the Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes and was involved in the organisation and promotion of the pilgrimage.

I have been a member of the Governing Body since 2014 and currently the Chair of the Curriculum and Standards Committee.
In my spare time, I like to read, listen to music, and from time to time go to the cinema and concerts. I enjoy travel and would like to do more!!
In 2021, Archbishop John Wilson appointed me as the Vice-Chancellor in the Archdiocese of Southwark.