Meet the Governors

Mrs Hilary Buckle


Hilary Buckle obtained a degree in law from University College London and passed her Solicitors final exams the following year. She completed her training at Stephenson Harwood in the City and qualified as a solicitor in 1982.

Since then, she has specialised in probate, wills and trust matters, working in Westminster and High Wycombe. After seven years in charge of a probate department, she moved to Barrett & Co where she is now senior partner, specialising in all aspects of private client work.

Hilary has written articles on probate and trust matters for a national publication and lectures regularly at retirement seminars.

Hilary is a member of the Thames Valley branch of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners and regularly attends meetings, which are a valuable means of sharing and exchanging information with other specialists, and keeping up to date with changes in the law. Hilary is also a member of Solicitors for the Elderly (SFE) and an associate member of ACTAPS (the Association of Contentious Trust and Probate Specialists).

Hilary joined St Joseph’s as a Governor in 2008, was appointed Vice-Chair of Governors in 2018 and Chair in 2023.

Her outside interests include theatre going, gardening, Zumba and keeping hens. She is also the organist at her local village Church.

If you would like to contact the Chair of Governors, please email or write to Chair of Governors, c/o St Joseph’s College, Upper Redlands Road, Reading, RG1 5JT.

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Mr P Barras

Bishop’s Representative

Ms J Feeney

Congregational Representative Chair Spiritual Life Committee

Sister Helen-Marie

Congregational Representative

Mr J Hennah

Chair Finance & General Purpose Committee

Professor F Le Saux


Miss M O’Keefe

Governor and F&GP Committee

Mrs A Bainbridge

Governor responsible for Child Protection

Mrs M Robertson

Governor and Spiritual Life Committee

Mrs R Tetchner

Governor and Education Committee

Mr G Watson

Governor, Education Committee and Safeguarding Committee

Mr S Wilson

Chair of Education Committee