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. 


I have been a Chair of the governing body at Our Lady and St John’s Catholic College since August 2014 when I was Director of IT for Blackburn with Darwen Council.  I have been an IT Consultant since April 2017 when I retired from Wirral Council. 


I get a great deal of pleasure from my involvement with Our Lady and St John’s and look forward to working with the staff and pupils as we continue our journey to becoming an outstanding school.

Mrs Barbara Rogers (CBE): Foundation Governor

Mrs Barbara Rogers (CBE)

I am Head of the Teaching School at St. Patrick's RC High School, having previously been the Headteacher. I have over 20 years experience as a senior leader and work with other schools in my capacity as a National Leader of Education.



Mrs Heather McGowan: Foundation Governor

Mrs Heather McGowan

I am the proud mother of two young boys and I am passionate about Catholic education, raising aspirations and giving opportunities to all children.


I was appointed Headteacher of St Antony's RC Primary, Shadsworth in 2015, having been a Deputy Headteacher in Catholic schools in Blackburn for 8 years previously. Prior to that, I was a Primary Strategy Consultant for Blackburn with Darwen LA and a Leading Teacher in Lancashire. 


I am proud to serve on the Governing Body of OLSJ; I hope to develop strong links with the primary feeder school, St Antony's, for the benefit of the children in this area.


Mr Simon Atkin: Foundation Governor

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I feel a strong connection with Our Lady & St John as I started my teaching career at the school teaching French and Spanish from 2001-2005.  Since then I have worked in a variety of middle and senior leadership positions and I am currently Deputy Headteacher at St Matthew’s RC High School, Manchester.

In this role I have rapidly learned the value of the Teaching School Collaborative and look forward to continuing this work as a governor.

Mr Luke Devine: Foundation Governor

Mr Luke Devine

After five successful and very happy years as a student at Our Lady and St John from 2004 – 2009 I was keen to give something back to the school that provided so much for me.


I have been teaching for six years now at St James’ CE Primary School in Blackburn, I have worked with pupils from Year 2 – Year 6 and have spent the past four years as a Phase Leader supporting staff and providing a range of CPD to enhance and develop teaching and learning in KS1 and KS2.


I am very much looking forward to my role as Foundation Governor at Our Lady and St John and to have the opportunity to help the school grow.  

Mrs Grace Rothery: Associate Governor

Mrs Grace Rothery

I have been a member of the Governing Body of Our Lady & St John Catholic College since September 2016.


I am a qualified solicitor with over 12 years’ experience working in Legal roles. I am currently the Head of the UK business of Gazprom Energy, a B2B gas supplier based in Manchester.


Mrs Marie Rishton: Staff Governor

Mrs Marie Rishton

I have enjoyed a teaching career at Our Lady & St John for 17 years and presently hold the post of Director of 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.

Miss Gemma Linley: Parent Governor

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I am a proud mum of three children and also a past pupil of  OLSJ.


I am vice-chair of Saint Anthony’s governing body and parish secretary for the parishes of Holy Family and Our Lady of Perpetual Succour.


I believe every child deserves to receive the best education possible and due to my son having ASD and ADHD I have a keen interest in special educational needs and disabilities

Mrs Sumayah Solkar: Parent Governor

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Mrs Jessica Byrne: LA Governor

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Originally, I was a teacher for 24 years, working in both primary and secondary schools, and I was a senior leader in High Schools. 

I then worked in local authorities in school improvement for a further 18 years. I was a registered Ofsted Inspector and accredited School Improvement Partner as well as managing inclusion, attendance and admissions. 

I have served as a governor at various schools since 1996.


Mr Peter Tite: Headteacher

Mr Peter Tite

I have been a teacher for over 20 years and have been Headteacher at Our Lady and St John since 2017.


I chair the Blackburn with Darwen Secondary Headteacher Group and represent Maintained Schools on the Funding Forum.


I am also Governor of a Catholic Primary school and Chair of Governors for an 11-18 Special School.

Mr Patrick Murden: Executive Principal

Mr Patrick Murden

My role is the Executive Principal of both Our Lady & St John and St Patrick’s RC High.


As a Teaching School, we are responsible for supporting school improvement in the Diocese, the North West and across our Catholic Collaborative of 5 High Schools.


Before Teaching, I originally qualified with a law degree in 1997, 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. I represent the Education Sector on a number of boards including the Greater Manchester Combined Authorities Group and the Ofsted Headteacher Reference Group (NW).


Mr Andrew Hutchinson: Clerk

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I have supported the school as clerk to the Governing Body for the past 3 years and currently lead Blackburn with Darwen’s Governance and Liaison Service. I have previously served as a Foundation Governor and Vice Chair of my children’s primary school.


Away from work I enjoy keeping fit by playing football, running and cycling.