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)
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
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
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.
Mr Francis Dixon: Foundation Governor
I retired as Principal of St Mary’s College, Blackburn, in March 2017. 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 now engaged in voluntary work in my local community of Wigan and in supporting my family.
Father Jude Harrison: Foundation Governor
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
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 Grace Rothery: Foundation Governor
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
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.
Mrs Lisa-Marie Mason: Parent Governor
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.
Mrs Jessica Byrne: LA Governor
I am currently the Head of Education in the local authority. Previously, I 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.
Mr Peter Tite: Headteacher
Mrs Helen Holden: Associate Member
I initially joined Our Lady and St John's as part of the IEB in 2014, helping move the school out of special measures. When the new governing body was formed in September 2016 I became an Associate Member.
I am currently a stay at home Mum to my 2 year old, but previously worked for Capita Education Software Services supporting Local Authorities across the country in their use of the management information system, SIMS in their schools.
I am also the Chair of Governors at Lammack Primary School, Chair of the Governors Forum in Blackburn with Darwen and a secondary governor representative on Blackbun with Darwen Schools Forum.
Mrs Heather McGowan: Associate Member
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 Andrea Thomson: Associate Member
I am currently the Head teacher of St Mary & St Joseph’s which is a partner primary school to OLSJ. I have been involved with the school for over 20 years in various capacities and have developed close links between SMSJ and OLSJ.
As an Associate Governor I am committed to developing stronger links between the two schools for the benefit of all the children .
Mr Andrew Hutchinson: Clerk
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.