Governors

Below is the team of Governors at Our Lady St John Catholic College.
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To contact the Governors, please write to the school at the address below and your letter will be forwarded to the appropriate governor.

Our Lady & St John Catholic College, North Road, Blackburn, BB1 1PY.

Mr Mike Zammit: Foundation Governor (Chair of Governors)

Mr Mike Zammit

I have been in the IT industry for more than 40 years, I have BSc in IT and Computing from the Open University and I am a Chartered IT Professional. Until August 2014 I was Director of ITM&G for Blackburn with Darwen Council and it was while working for the Council that I became involved with Our Lady and St John’s Catholic College. Since leaving Blackburn with Darwen, I have taken up a similar position with Wirral Council and I currently work in Birkenhead. I enjoy my involvement with Our Lady and St John and I look forward to maintaining that relationship for a long time to come.

Mr Brian McNulty: Foundation Governor

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I have been in the education sector for many years starting as a science teacher with my last positon as Headteacher at St Matthews in Manchester for 22 years. I have also served as a Magistrate on the Manchester bench for 26 years. I am currently a Salford Diocesan Representative for the Education Department and Manager of the Catholic Leadership Programme.

Mrs Barbara Rogers (CBE): Foundation Governor

Mrs Barbara Rogers (CBE)

I am a National Leader of Education and Executive Principal of St. Patrick’s RC High School (A National Teaching School) and have been in this position since 2005. I have also previously worked as an Ofsted Inspector.

Mr Frank Dixon: Foundation Governor

Mr Frank Dixon

I was appointed to the post of Principal at St Mary’s Sixth Form College in December 2013, having been Deputy Principal at the College since April 2005. I am a Physics graduate (Manchester University 1977) and have taught and held management positions in schools and colleges in Blackburn, Bristol, St Helens and Wigan. I am particularly interested in promoting and supporting Catholic Education 4 - 19 and in developing high quality education in East Lancashire for students of all religious, social and ethnic backgrounds.

Mr Michael Ashcroft: Foundation Governor

Mr Michael Ashcroft

I retired from teaching in 2016 having worked as a Maths Teacher and Senior Leader for many years. Before that, I had a successful career in industry as an engineer. I am also the Chair of Governors at our partner primary school, St Mary and St Joseph’s and am still involved in Amateur Football locally.

Father Jude Harrison: Foundation Governor

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Originally from Burnley, but have been parish priest serving the people of St Alban's R.C Church Blackburn for almost 30 years and in more recent years taken over the stewardship of the Good Shepherd Church and Holy Souls Church. I have previously served as the Chair of Governors for Our Lady & St John and I remain a governor for St Alban's R.C Primary School, Blackburn. I assist the schools development of Catholic Ethos and Spirituality. I have a love for football and have led for many years the HCPT Group 72 Pilgrimages to Lourdes.

Mr Patrick Murden: Executive Principal

Mr Patrick Murden

I have been Head for the past three academic years having been seconded from St Patrick’s National Teaching School, where I was Deputy Head and co-ordinated school improvement work across the LA, Diocese and alliance. I originally qualified with a law degree in 1997 before working in the finance sector for Deloitte’s and then Abbey National. I re-trained and qualified as a teacher in 2001, working in 5 Catholic schools to date. In September 2017, I will take up the role of Executive Principal for OLSJ and St Patrick’s.

Mrs Grace Rothery: Associate Member

Mrs Grace Rothery

I am a qualified solicitor and have worked the legal industry since 2000. I am currently Head of Legal & Regulatory for Gazprom Energy and have worked there since 2011. In 2012 I was Highly Commended in the category of Young In-House Lawyer of the Year at the C&I North West In-House Legal Awards. I have been an Associate Member of the Governing Body of Our Lady & St John Catholic College since September 2016.

Mrs Helen Holden: Associate Member

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I was appointed to the IEB in September 2014 by the local authority. I work for Capita Childrens Services, who provide SIMS, which is a management information system used by the majority of Schools in Blackburn with Darwen. My role in Capita is a Local Authority Relationship Manager, where part of my responsibilities are promoting best use of the software to our customers. I also work closely with the SIMS Support Provider for Blackburn with Darwen. Outside of my day job, I am the Chair of Governors at Lammack Primary School, Chair of the Governors Forum in Blackburn with Darwen, and a Secondary Governor Representative on the Blackburn with Darwen Schools Forum.

Mr Peter Tite: Headteacher

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Mrs Marie Rishton: Staff Governor

Mrs Marie Rishton

I have enjoyed a teaching career at Our Lady & St John for 12 years and presently hold the post of Curriculum Leader for Religious Education. As a past pupil of the school I feel passionate about the journey that the school is on and the provision to provide the best possible outcomes for the young people in our school community. I also serve as a foundation governor at a partner primary school.

Mrs Lisa-Marie Mason: Parent Governor

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As well as being a parent governor having had 2 sons already through the school and one in current Year 10, I also work at our partner primary of Our Lady of Perpetual Succour.

Mr Andrew Hutchinson: Clerk

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