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Governors

Our Governing Body

Governor Pen Portraits

 

Mary Wilson (Chair of Governors & Foundation Governor)

I am a pharmacist and am very interested in healthy living in order to prevent health issues in later life.  As part of my job I have to be aware of potential safeguarding issues.  I have four adult children, who all attended St. Augustine’s and two grandchildren,  the youngest of which is currently a pupil at the school.  I have been a foundation governor since July 2019 and Chair of Governors since September 2019.  As a governor the areas I am responsible for are PE and safeguarding.

 

Mrs Lynch (Headteacher & Staff Governor)

I joined St Augustine’s in September 2000 as Deputy Headteacher and have been Headteacher since September 2019.  The children, school and community have become a huge part of my life.  The Governing Body are vital to our development as a school and are a great support and challenge to me as Headteacher.  We have a wonderful group of people who volunteer their time to make key decisions that improve the quality of education for our children.

 

Mrs McInnes (Deputy Headteacher & Staff Governor)

I joined St Augustine’s in September 2012 as Assistant Headteacher and SENCO and have been Deputy Headteacher since November 2020.  I currently teach in Year 1a on a Wednesday and Thursday and Year 3 on a Friday.

 

 

Susan Forshaw (Foundation Governor)

Hello I am Susan Forshaw.  I was asked to be a foundation governor by Fr Paul and have been undertaking this role since the start of 2020.  I was delighted to be considered as a member of the governing body as I have long ties with the school – not only did my two daughters attend St Augustine‘s, both myself and my husband also attended back in the 1970s so we all went to this fantastic school.  I am very thankful still to be part of the school’s life and to be able to provide support in my position as a foundation governor.

 

Rev Patrick (Paddy) Jackson (Foundation Governor) 

I have been a governor since 2015 and this is my second term in office.  I sit on the sub committee for Resources and Staffing in addition to my role on the governing body.  I have been a parishioner of St Augustine’s all my life and I’m very proud to be able to be of service to all in our wonderful school.  

 

My diaconal duties include assisting Father Paul in his work, in addition to supporting our partnership of parishes within the John Ingram Partnership.  I have responsibility for sacramental preparation including preparing parents who wish to have their children baptised. 

 

Graeme McConnell (Foundation Governor)

I joined the governing body in 2019 and I find the ethos and leadership of St. Augustine’s inspirational.  I am married to a teacher, who teaches at another Catholic school in the diocese, with two pre-school aged children.  Outstanding Catholic education is my passion, especially when it supports parents to fulfil the commission given to them at their child’s baptism: to be the first and best teachers of their children. It is vital that the parish community, school and parents/carers of children all work together for the holistic formation of each and every child at St. Augustine’s.

 

In daily life, I am Head of Continuous Improvement for one of the UK’s largest health and social care charities. We work in the community, delivering life-enhancing support to people with a diverse range of care needs, including: learning disabilities, mental health concerns, autism, age-related needs and dementia. I love working in this sector and I firmly believe that the measure of a society is found in how it cares for its most vulnerable members.

 

St. Augustine’s is a fantastic school in the midst of a great community and it is a privilege to serve this community in the role of Foundation Governor.

 

Paul Moat (Foundation Governor)

My daughter is a pupil at St Augustines so I became a governor to give back to the school and help out where I could.

I run my own financial advice business so I have extensive experience in planning and analysing numbers which helps when discussing various points for running a successful school. I  really enjoy the governor meetings and getting involved helping out the management team to deliver a great education to all pupils.

I initially joined the governing body in 2018 as a parent governor and I am now a foundation governor.

 

Paula Morales (Foundation Governor)

I became a Foundation Governor in July 2019 as I am very keen to be involved in supporting the Catholic Ethos of the school.  I have three boys, two at the school and the other, a toddler.

My background is in banking, managing customer service teams although more recently I’ve moved out of management but remain in banking and Insurance.

I am very passionate about the ethos and high level of education provided by the school and believe it is a wonderful school for developing and inspiring our children.

 

Kevin Reynolds (Vice Chair Governor)

I have been a governor since April 2018 and I have two children who attend St Augustine’s.

 

 

 

 

Gemma Thompson (Local Authority Governor to 30 May 2021 and Foundation Governor from 1 June 2021)

I’m Gemma Thompson and I have been the Local Authority Governor since March 2020.  On joining the Bishop Wilkinson Academy Trust in June 2021 I will become a Foundation Governor. 

This is my first School Governor role, but I am a former St Augustine’s pupil so I know the school and community very well.  St Augustine’s is a fantastic school and I’m looking forward to working with everyone to ensure that the school continues to be successful.  

My background is in data analysis and the skills and experience I have developed through this will help me in my role as Governor.