Buller Avenue, Preston, Lancashire PR1 9QQ

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St Mary Magdalen's Catholic Primary School

Let the light of Jesus shine through, in all we think and say and do.

School Governors

 Dr John FM Brennan       Chair of Governors (Foundation)

 

A parent with two children who are growing up too fast!
I have experience within the Parish leading the Children’s Liturgy team and as a Catechist preparing our Year 4 children through the Sacramental programme for Confirmation and first Holy Communion. 
I spent one year on the Academic Staff at Liverpool University, whilst undertaking a Ph.D, before moving into Industry.  
Working for BAE Systems I have over 25 years experience in managing complex multi-national programmes at the leading edge of technology.
Surprisingly, this experience has helped prepare me for the role of a Governor at St Mary Magdalen’s, supporting the Teaching Staff in their demanding role in preparing our/your children for the future.
I have been a Governor at St Mary Magdalen’s since June 2012, having been appointed by the Archdiocese, on a recommendation from Fr. Austin.
As Chair of Governors I am also the nominated Governor for Special Education Needs and Staff Wellbeing.
I look forward to continuing to lead our wonderful school.
  

       Mr Gerald Collins        Vice Chair of Governors

I have lived in the parish for almost 40 years. My 3 children went to St. Mary Magdalen’s. I have been a Foundation Governor, appointed by the Archdiocese, for a little over 20 years.

I am a retired University Lecturer and currently help in High Schools, particularly All Hallows, with pupils taking GCSE Electronics.  

Currently I am Governor representative on the Lancashire Schools’ Forum. The Forum advises the council on matters relating to school funding and has certain decision making powers.

 

                    Mary Joan Dover Heaton. MBE, JP           Foundation Governor

 

I have lived in Penwortham all my life and I am following in the footsteps of my late uncle John Dover who was Governor here in the 1950's. 
Fr Austin Griffin volunteered me to be a Foundation Governor In 2012 after I had become Safeguarding officer for the Parish. 
 
I am a retired Civil Servant having worked in IT designing Benefit Systems most of my career. I am also a retired local Magistrate and I still volunteer at HMP Kirkham. 

I am delighted to support the school and proud of the children's achievements, particularly in my role as Literacy Governor.
 
 

Dominic Roberts, Foundation Governor

Dominic Roberts is an architect and director at Francis Roberts Architects in Preston. He was born in Preston in 1962 and lived in the Middleforth area. He worked with his father on the design for the new church of St Mary Magdalen and designed the new school classrooms facing onto the playground.  He is an Architect Accredited in Building Conservation, a Brother of the Art Workers’ Guild, a member of the Prince’s Foundation for Building Community, and consulting architect to the Duchy of Cornwall. He is a member of the Victorian Society Northern Buildings Committee and the Liverpool Archdiocesan Liturgy Commission Department of Art and Architecture. Current projects include: new churches; care homes; extra-care housing; a new school; planning of settlements; social housing in sensitive rural landscapes; historic building adaptation, conservation and repair. He became a Foundation Governor when his daughter was at the school and continues to serve on the Buildings, Health and Safety Committee with a special interest in helping the school management team with policy in relation to the development of the school buildings and health and safety.

 

Mrs Julie Briscoe          Staff Governor

 

                                        Mr Dan Hogarth       Parent Governor

I put myself forward as a parent governor just over a year ago, after deciding I wanted to contribute more to the children of St Mary Magdalen's. I have a daughter and a son currently in attendance at the school. 

I am employed by Lancashire County Council in ICT as a Business Relationship Manager. In this role I work with County Service leads to ensure that the technological support and development the County requires to run these services is effectively delivered. I support the school in E safety and the structure and purchase of hardware.

I have lived in Preston all my life and as a Proud Prestonian, I am happy to support both the school and its youngest citizens.  I enjoy personal IT projects in my spare time as well as playing and recording music I also enjoy cycling with my family. 

Mr Tim Roberts  Foundation Governor

My daughter and son both currently attend St Mary Magdalen’s, in Years 2 and 5 respectively. I was appointed a Foundation Governor at the school in December 2016 by the Archdiocese of Liverpool. I also serve as a Eucharistic Minister in the parish. I have worked in science education in Lancashire secondary schools for over 20 years, mostly within the Catholic sector, and my current role is physics subject leader at Hutton Grammar School. In my spare time I enjoy cycling, fell-walking and supporting Preston North End.

I look forward to supporting Mrs Gallagher and her staff as they seek to strengthen further the academic and extra-curricular provision at our school, and I will continue to be an enthusiastic advocate for the flourishing spiritual life the pupils of St Mary Magdalen’s are fortunate to enjoy.

I also have responsibility of ensuring that governors are trained appropriately in my position as Link Governor.

Mrs Adrienne Delaney -Foundation Governor

I was a pupil at St Mary Magdalen’s School many years ago and know many local families as I have lived here in Penwortham for much of my life.

I am married with five grown up children and four grandchildren. I have a grandchild at the school and one who left to go on to All Hallows last year. 

My interests have long been in education. I was a headteacher at St Ignatius Primary School in Preston up until last year, where I served the very diverse community very happily for 25 years. I still work for the Lancaster Diocese as a Religious Education Inspector. I

It is a great privilege to go into schools and meet children, staff and parents.  As a mum, grandma and ex-teacher I believe that we all share the same aim and that is to see that our children receive a happy and excellent education in a Catholic School.

I love to read, to travel and to enjoy my grandchildren at last! I feel that I am just as busy as ever I was!

I will endeavour to support the school and help ensure that it continues the journey towards the fulfilment of the Mission Statement, which is to “Let the light of Jesus shine through in all we think and say and do’

Mrs Diane Gallagher   Headteacher Governor

This is Diane's seventh year as headteacher of  St Mary Magdalen's. Diane is married with three grown up children and two grandchildren. She has a particular interest in Special Education Needs and in Positive Approaches to Behaviour Management and Emotional Well Being.  She has a degree in English and studied Special Needs in the Honours year of her degree. She qualified with NPQH (National professional Qualification in headship) whilst serving as a deputy at Newton Bluecoat and took up her first headship at St Maria Goretti's in 2008. Diane believes that a successful staff team depends upon being valued and being encouraged to professionally develop to be ever better.  She believes that children will succeed if they are taught well, cared for and respected and given the best of exciting learning opportunities.

Mrs Joan Burrows     LEA Governor

I am a parent and grandparent and have lived in Penwortham for 29 years. I am retired after working for over 20 years in the voluntary sector, latterly managing a Council for Voluntary Service.  As a volunteer I have been the LEA Governor at St Mary Magdalen's Catholic Primary School for 16 years and in this time have worked with the school to ensure that it delivers quality education through Governors and sub committee meetings and school activities. I am a member of Girl Guiding North West and assist every week at 5th Penwortham Brownies, of which a number of girls from the school have attended. I am a member of The Rotary Club of Preston and  m now enjoying my new role as town councillor.

 

Mrs Emma Doherty     Parent Governor

I was appointed as a parent governor in 2014, the year my eldest child started Reception. My youngest two children (twins) have now joined the school community. It was clear from the start what a great school my son was privileged enough to become part of and I am proud to be a governor and help the great team of staff and children improve our school year on year.
 
I have a maths degree from the University of Manchester and then trained as a secondary maths teacher, hence my particular interest in the maths curriculum at the school. (I am the Maths Governor). I then spent 11 years working for Virgin Media, latterly as an Ops Manager in the Business finance sector.  This challenging fast paced environment included managing teams, IT upgrades, recruitment, bidding for customers and many other skills I hope can be of practical use in my role as governor.  I am an active member of the school PTFA.

 

Mrs J Bennett               Clerk to committees

Mr B Wright                 Clerk to governors

Governor Attendance at Meetings