Our Governors

The Governing Body

The Governing Body consists of sixteen members. The full Governing Body meets usually once in each of the six academic terms, with additional sub-committees meeting more regularly. The committee structure deals with specific issues relating to finance, Christian vision, curriculum, student achievement, student welfare, the joint Sixth Form with St Mark’s, premises, and staffing.

Foundation Governors (9) appointed by the Diocese of Clifton

Mr John Delaney

Committee Membership: Curriculum & Achievement, Finance & Premises, Jt Executive, Jt 6th Form, Staffing, Strategic committees.
Term of Office: 01/01/17 – 31/12/20
Responsibilities: Chair of Governing Body, Chair of Staffing Committee, Health & Safety Governor, Educational Visits Coordinator Governor
Declarations of Interest: Engineering Consultancy
Attendance Summary 2016-17: FGB 100%, C&A 100%, F&P 83%, Strategic 100%

  • I am a Chartered Engineer, and was appointed a Foundation Governor in January 2017. As an Engineer, I have had extensive experience with capital investment and management of infrastructure operations, including developing strategic plans, and audit activities. I live in Bath and attend St John the Evangelist Church, where I am a member of the Liturgy Committee, a Eucharistic Minister and lead the Altar Servers. As a Governor my focus will be working as part of a team to promote the Catholic faith within education, and support the performance of an already outstanding school.

Mrs Antonia Corrigan

Committee Membership: Christian Vision, Joint Executive, Staffing and Strategic Committee
Term of Office: 01/09/17 – 31/08/21
Responsibilities: Vice Chair of Governing Body, Chair of Christian Vision Committee, Designated Safeguarding Governor, Religious Education Governor.
Declarations of Interest: Related to a member of staff
Attendance Summary 2016-17: FGB 67%, CV 100%, Staffing 100%, Strategic 100%

  • I have served as a Governor since 2005, initially as a Parent Governor, and since 2009 as a Foundation Governor. I am currently Chair of the Christian Vision Committee and also serve on the Curriculum & Achievement and various other committees. Since 1982 I have taught Mathematics, Economics and Business at GCSE, A Level and for IB, including 5 years in a catholic school in Portsmouth. My husband, who is Clerk to the Governors, and I have two sons who both attended St Gregory’s. I am very involved with my parish, St Dunstan’s, Keynsham, and am also a member of the Teresian Association.

Mr John Eddison

Committee Membership: Finance & Premises, Strategic Committee
Term of Office: 01/09/17 – 31/08/21
Responsibilities: Chair of Finance & Premises Committee
Declarations of Interest: None
Attendance Summary 2016-17: FGB 67%, F&P 100%, Strategic 100%

  • I have been a Governor since 2001, currently as a Foundation Governor, and previously as a Parent Governor when my children were at St Gregory’s. I am Chair of the Finance & Premises Committee.  I live in Bath and work for the MoD in Bristol as a naval architect.  Being a Governor gives me an opportunity to contribute to the development of St Gregory’s as an outstanding school and especially to the creation of a Christian sixth form in Bath, as the next stage in our journey.

Mrs Kristine Fishlock

Committee Membership: Christian Vision, Curriculum & Achievement
Term of Office: 01/03/15 – 28/02/19
Responsibilities: Religious Education Governor
Declarations of Interest: None
Attendance Summary 2016-17: FGB 100%, C&A 100%, CV 100%, Admissions 100%

  • I am a foundation governor from St Peter and Paul parish, Combe Down, where I am the catechist and one of the sacristans.  I have three adult children, all of whom attended St Gregory’s.  I have been a teacher for 44 years:  6 years at St Thomas More Catholic Comprehensive in Bristol, and then at St John’s Catholic Primary in Bath. I now do supply teaching at St Mary’s Catholic Primary in Bradley Stoke, Bristol. I am an active member of the Scout Association where I act as an assistant Beaver leader and a member of the Adult Appointments Committee.

Mrs Deirdre Hirst

Committee Membership: Finance & Premises, Staffing
Term of Office: 01/02/16 – 31/01/20
Responsibilities: Nil
Declarations of Interest: None
Attendance Summary 2016-17: FGB 83%, F&P 100%, Admissions 100%, Staffing 100%, Strategic 75%

  • I was elected as a Parent Governor in March 2013 ,and I became a Foundation Governor in 2016. I currently serve on the Finance & Premises and Staffing Committees. I have two children and have worked as an NHS hospital pharmacist for more than 21 years. One of the main roles in my job is to ensure we have the correct funding and systems in place to facilitate the implementation of National (NICE) guidelines. I am a member of Our Lady and St Alphege’s Parish and assisted as a First Communion catechist for a number of years. I want to assist the staff in maintaining high standards and values.

Mr Peter Irvine CBE

Committee Membership: Christian Vision, Curriculum & Achievement, Joint 6th Form committees
Term of Office: 01/09/15 – 31/08/19
Responsibilities: Nil
Declarations of Interest: None
Attendance Summary 2016-17: FGB 67%, C&A 75%

  • I became a foundation governor for St Mary’s parish in Bath in 2011. I was HMI for schools and colleges until 2002 when I became an independent consultant, working for several national and international bodies including the NHS, the European commission and the Catholic Education Service. I am strongly supportive of the joint sixth form project and hope to contribute to establishing a vibrant ecumenical sixth form in Bath.

Mr Rodney Fernandes

Committee Membership: Curriculum & Achievement, Finance & Premises, Joint Executive and Joint 6th Form, Strategic Committee
Term of Office: 01/03/15 – 28/02/19
Responsibilities: Chair of Curriculum and Achievement Committee, Special Educational Needs Governor, Gifted and Talented Pupils Governor
Declarations of Interest: None
Attendance Summary 2016-17: FGB 67%, C&A 100%, F&P 83%, Jt 6th Form 100%, Strategic 100%

  • I am a Foundation Governor appointed in February 2011 and I am a past pupil, having left in 1995. A committed and active Catholic, I have volunteered with the youth group at my local parish, St Mary’s Chippenham, and I have previously been a confirmation catechist. Professionally I have always worked within education, primarily dealing with qualifications, including A levels and GCSEs, at a national level.

2 x Vacancies

Parent Governors (2) elected by Parents

Mr Patrick Holland

Committee Membership: Christian Vision, Curriculum & Achievement, Strategic Committee
Term of Office: 14/02/14 – 13/02/18
Responsibilities: Nil
Declarations of Interest: None
Attendance Summary 2016-17: FGB 67%, C&A 75%, CV 75%, Strategic 75%

Mrs Nicole Pecchia

Committee Membership: Christian Vision, Curriculum & Achievement committees.
Term of Office: 12/12/16 – 11/12/20
Responsibilities: Nil
Declarations of Interest: None
Attendance Summary 2016-17: FGB 75%, C&A 67%, CV 100%,

Local Authority Governor (1) appointed by Local Authority and Governing Body

1 x Vacancy

Co-opted Governors (2) appointed by Governing Body

Rear Admiral Steve Brunton CBE

Committee Membership: Finance & Premises, Strategic Committee
Term of Office: 08/12/15 – 07/12/19
Responsibilities: Nil
Declarations of Interest: None
Attendance Summary 2016-17: FGB 50%, F&P 50%, Strategic 80%

Mrs Christine James

Committee Membership: Christian Vision, Curriculum & Achievement, Staffing
Term of Office: 06/12/16 – 05/12/20
Responsibilities: Nil
Declarations of Interest: Related to a member of staff; Family Business: hardware and DIY shop
Attendance Summary 2016-17: FGB 33%, C&A 67%, Staffing 100%

  • I was a Foundation Governor from 2007 until 2015, and an Associate Member of the Governing Body from 2015 to 2016. I serve on the Staffing, Christian Vision and Curriculum & Achievement Committees. I attended St John’s School and was one of the first pupils at Cardinal Newman School when it opened in 1961.  My husband and I run a retail business in Bath.  Our two children attended St John’s and St Gregory’s.  I have been an active member of the PTA and PTFA at both schools and have always had a keen interest in Catholic education.  I am a parishioner of St John the Evangelist in Bath and a member of St John’s Parish Council.

Headteacher Governor (1) appointed by Governing Body

Ms Ann Cusack

Committee Membership: Christian Vision, Curriculum & Achievement, Finance & Premises, Joint Executive, Joint 6th Form, Staffing, Strategic Committee
Term of Office: 01/09/16 – N/A
Responsibilities: Nil
Declarations of Interest: Family business: photographers
Attendance Summary 2016-17: FGB 100%, CV 100%, C&A 100%, F&P 100%, JT EXEC N/A, JT 6TH 100%, STAFF 100%, Strategic 100%

Staff Governor (1) elected by Staff

Dr Theresa Munford

Committee Membership: Christian Vision, Curriculum & Achievement
Term of Office: 16/11/15 – 15/11/19
Responsibilities: Nil
Declarations of Interest: None
Attendance Summary 2016-17: FGB 83%, C&A 100%, CV 75%, Strategic 100%

Associate Members (2) of the Governing Body appointed by Governing Body (with voting rights)

Mrs Anne Barrett

Committee Membership: Curriculum & Achievement
Term of Office: 11/09/14 – 10/09/18
Responsibilities: Nil
Declarations of Interest: None
Voting Rights: Full for committees.
Attendance Summary 2016-17: FGB 83%, C&A 50%, CV 25%, F&P 50%, Strategic 100%

  • I was Head of School at St Gregory’s from September 2011 until August 2014, and previously Deputy Headteacher since 1996. Prior to that I was a Senior Adviser for a Local Authority with cross- phase responsibility. I am also an experienced Ofsted and Diocesan Inspector. I am actively involved in Our Lady and St Alphege’s parish, where I am reader and a member of the music group. Both my children attended St Gregory’s.

Mrs Liz Dodgson

Committee Membership: ‘TBC’
Term of Office: ‘28/11/17 – 27.11.21‘
Responsibilities: ‘Nil’
Declarations of Interest: ‘None’
Voting Rights: ‘Full for committees’
Attendance Summary 2016-17: ‘N/A’

Previous Governors who have served during the previous 12 months are:

Mr Gerald Davies

Committee Membership: Christian Vision, Curriculum & Achievement, Finance & Premises, Staffing
Term of Office: 01/09/13 – 07/04/17
Responsibilities: Governor Training Governor
Declarations of Interest: None
Attendance Summary 2016-17: FGB 75%, Admissions 100%, C&A 100%, F&P 100%, Staffing 100%,

  • I was appointed as a Foundation Governor in September 2013. Although now retired, I have spent almost all of my career teaching in Catholic schools.  I have held a variety of posts of responsibility, both academic and pastoral, including headship.  Currently I mark A level mathematics examinations and moderate A level mathematics coursework. I have been a Minister of Communion, a reader and have prepared children for Confirmation.  I have always been committed to Catholic education and would like to continue to play a role in its development.

Mrs Liz Dodgson

Committee Membership: Finance & Premises, Staffing, Strategic Committee
Term of Office: 01/11/13 – 31/10/17
Responsibilities: Chair of Staffing Committee, Educational Visits Coordinator Governor, Health & Safety Governor
Declarations of Interest: None
Attendance Summary 2016-17: FGB 83%, F&P 33%, Staffing 100%, Strategic 50%

  • I was elected as a Parent Governor in July 2011 and became a Foundation Governor in 2013. I am Chair of the Staffing Committee, and also serve on the Finance & Premises Committee, where I take an active role supporting the management of Health and Safety across the College; utilising expertise from my working background. I have two sons: the older one completed his 11-16 education at St Gregory’s, while the younger is in Year 11 and will hopefully benefit from The New Sixth. As a family we attend St John’s, Bath where I serve on the Parish Pastoral Council.

Mrs Magdalen Goodbody

Committee Membership: Curriculum & Achievement, Joint Executive, Joint 6th Form, Staffing, Strategic Committee
Term of Office: 01/09/13 – 31/12/16
Responsibilities: International Governor, Special Needs Governor
Declarations of Interest: None
Attendance Summary 2016-17: FGB 100%, C&A 100%, Jt 6th Form 100%, Strategic 100%

  • I became a Foundation Governor in 2000, and was Chair of Governors from 2008 until 2013. I serve on the Curriculum & Achievement and the Staffing Committees. Having started out as an English teacher in a London secondary school, I have taught linguistics and TESOL in Tanzania and China, and now work at the University of Bath, where I am Director of the Academic Skills Centre. Living in Oldfield Park, my husband and I are actively involved in Our Lady and St Alphege’s parish, where I am Eucharistic minister and reader. Our three children attended St Gregory’s.

 

The Governing Body is formed under an Instrument of Government which took effect from 23/06/2015.