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 Jessica Byrne: Foundation 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.


Mrs Heather McGowan: Foundation Governor (pending)

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 Aldo Staffa: Foundation Governor

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I have worked in the Education Department/Children’s Services over the last 43 years in various roles starting as a Finance Officer then as a Senior Clerk in the Wages Department, now known as payroll. Since 1981 I have always worked with children. Initially as an Education Welfare Officer and later as the Reintegration Manager dealing with all permanently excluded children/young people and looking at ways in to reintegrating them back into mainstream schools. During this time I also qualified as a Social worker and in 2006 I took up a role as a Social Worker in the Permanence Team. The education of vulnerable children has always been a focus of mine and in 2010 I took up my current post of Education Manager of Looked After Children.

I am married with 4 children and my hobbies include Table Tennis, Crown Green Bowling and being a keen supporter of Manchester City.

Ms Liz Howard : Foundation Governor

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Ms Vicky McGurk: Local Authority Governor

Ms Vicky McGurk

I am currently an elected Blackburn with Darwen Borough Councillor for Blackburn South East, which incorporates Shadsworth, Highercroft and Guide areas and the Executive Member for Finance and Governance within the Borough Council. More importantly, I am a mother of 4 children aged from 21 to 4 years old, who is a practising Catholic within the local diocese. I feel proud and passionate about our young people and ensuring they have the best opportunities as they develop into young adults and I am very proud to become a Governor for OLSJ.

I also work full time for the UK Civil Service, responsible for health related strategies for UK nationals across the EU and wider world.

Ms Alison Ashworth : Authority Governor

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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 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.  


Mrs Sumayah Solkar: Parent Governor

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I am a secondary school teacher and the mother of four children.  I have experience of learning and teaching as well as management.

I believe every child should have a positive experience in the learning environment and should be provided with support and opportunities to excel.

Mrs Marie Molyneux: Staff Governor

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I have been a member of staff at Our Lady & St John for over 21 years working in various roles across the school, where I am now the Subject Leader for Geography. 

I am very passionate about the future of Our Lady’s and my role as staff governor. I look forward to not only supporting the staff, but also the pupils and watching their aspiration come to fruition.