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.

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 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

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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.


Mrs Grace Rothery: Foundation 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.


Mr Patrick Murden: Executive Principal

Mr Patrick Murden

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


As a Teaching School, we are responsible for co-ordinating school improvement work across Salford LA, supporting school improvement in the Diocese and across our Teaching School Alliance.


Before Teaching, 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. We currently support 34 schools through our outreach work


Mrs Marie Rishton: Staff Governor

Mrs Marie Rishton

I have enjoyed a teaching career at Our Lady & St John for 14 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.

Miss Gemma Linley: Parent Governor

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Mrs Sumayah Solkar: Parent Governor

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Mr Peter Tite: Headteacher

Mr Peter Tite

Mr Andrew Hutchinson: Clerk

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I have supported the school as clerk to the Governing Body for the past 2 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.  


Mrs Jessica Byrne: LA Governor

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I previously taught in all key stages across both primary and secondary schools and was a senior leader in High Schools. 

For the past 18 years, I have worked in local authorities in school improvement and 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.