Leadership and Governance at Laleham Lea is described as ‘excellent’ in the ISI Inspection (2012).

Our Governors engage in a collegiate process to support our whole school. Their combination of skills, experience and commitment to our school provide invaluable support.

To contact the Chair of Governors, please do so through the School Office. Correspondence should be marked ‘Private and Confidential’.



Ms Yvonne Epale Chair of Governors

BA (Hons) French & Politics.
In January 2012, Ms Epale started working with Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Southwark Education Department as Legal Officer.
Previously she had worked as a Teacher of French at a Catholic Secondary School for 10 years and has also worked for Wandsworth Local Authority in the Education Department and Safeguarding, as well as Education Law work in private practice for 3 years.

Canon Frank O'Sullivan

Canon Frank is a retired Parish Minister who has performed many leadership roles in the Catholic Diocese.
He was Chairperson of Diocesan Schools in the London Boroughs of Bexley, Greenwich and Kingston for twenty five years.
Canon Frank has sat on various Committees at Laleham Lea, principally Staffing and Finance.
Canon Frank was asked by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Southwark to act as Diocesan nominee on the Board of Directors of Laleham Lea.

Mrs Mary Ryan Deputy Chair of Governors, Safeguarding Director

Mrs Ryan is a Practising Education Lawyer for the Diocese of Westminster. She had previously been a Teacher for 14 years, teaching Music and RE, as well as a School Governor for 16 years with responsibility for SEN and Music.

Mr Eamonn O'Domhnaill

Mr O'Domhnaill is a Chartered Accountant who has worked in publishing for over 20 years. Currently he is Finance Director for a children’s illustration agency in London. He is married with three children and lives in Carshalton Beeches. He attends St Margaret’s Catholic Church where he also serves as Treasurer.

Father Patrick Udotai

Fr. Patrick Dominic Udotai, was ordained priest for the Catholic Diocese of Uyo, Nigeria on May 29, 1993. He had served in various capacities in his home Diocese including being Secretary to the bishop of Uyo; Secretary General /Chancellor; Secretary, Priests’ Personnel Board; Notary of the Archdiocesan Marriage Tribunal; School Chaplain and Parish Priest in at least three parishes and was a member of the Catholic Think-Tank Committee on Peace Building & Conflict Resolution for the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria before coming to serve in Archdiocese of Southwark.
He holds a Masters degree in Peace and Conflict Studies. He also holds certificates in Conflict Transformation, Conflict Analysis, Catholic Social Teaching and Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE). Since his arrival in the Archdiocese of Southwark in June 2015, he has served in St. Justus Parish, Paddock Wood, Kent as an assistant priest before moving to St Margarets, Carshalton beeches in April, 2016

Ms Karen Barry

Ms Barry has leadership and managerial experience across the Maintained and Independent Sectors from 3-18 Years including The Haberdashers' Aske's Federation of Academies. Ms Barry has been a Head Teacher for over 10-years and joined Laleham Lea as Head Teacher in 2014.
Ms Barry has served on the ISA Academic Policy Committee and the ISA Professional Development Committee.
Ms Barry joined the Governing Body of Laleham Lea in 2017 and is also a Trustee/Governor of Shoreham Independent College (3-16)

Karen Dwyer-Burchill