Governors Roles & Responsibilities

The Governing Body consists of sixteen members. The full Governing Body meets usually 4 or 5 times a year, with additional sub-committees meeting less frequently. The committee structure deals with specific issues relating to finance and premises, Christian vision, curriculum and achievement, staffing, strategy and the sixth form.

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

Foundation Governors (9) appointed by the Diocese of Clifton

3 x vacancies

John Eddison

Term of Office: 01/09/21 – 31/08/25

Committee Membership: Finance & Premises, Strategic

Responsibilities: Chair of Governing Body (since April 2019), Chair of Strategic Committee

Declarations of Interest: None

Attendance: 90%

John Eddison

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 am a retired civil servant.  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.

Clare Murray-Hemson

Term of Office: 01/03/23 – 28/02/27

Committee Membership: Finance & Premises, Strategic

Responsibilities: Data Governor, English & Reading

Declarations of Interest: TBC

Attendance: 60%

Clare Murray Hemson

Clare is a mother of three children and has been a parent at St Gregory’s since her eldest daughter started in September 2008.

A foundation governor and parishioner of St Mary’s Bath, Clare is a catechist and leads on confirmation preparation with her husband Matthew and is a keen advocate of child-centered education.

An experienced Headteacher and governor, Clare now works for the Diocese of Salisbury Academy Trust as Regional Director of Education and has a wide range of experience in school leadership, governance, safeguarding, curriculum and SEND.

Nicole Pecchia

Term of Office: 08/12/20 – 07/12/24

Committee Membership: Christian Vision, Curriculum & Achievement

Responsibilities: Chair of the Christian Vision Committee, Careers Governor, RE Governor, Pupil Premium

Declarations of Interest: None

Attendance: 100%

Nicole Pecchia

I was elected as a Parent Governor in 2016 when my daughter started at St Gregory’s. I am currently Chair of the Christian Vision Committee and also serve on the Curriculum and Achievement Committee. I also support the school with our young people’s futures as the Careers Governor.

Since 1997, I have taught at St Mary’s Catholic Primary School, a feeder Primary and more recently part of the Camino Partnership. I am a member of St Mary’s church and having assisted as a First Holy Communion catechist for a couple of years, I now run the programme at school.

The Catholic ethos is very important to the school and I aspire to support the school to uphold their mission statement for our children.

Louise Walker

Term of Office: 01/09/21 – 31/08/25

Committee Membership: Christian Viaision, Curriculum & Achievement, Staffing, Admissions

Responsibilities: Chair of Admissions Committee, Safeguarding

Declarations of Interest: None

Attendance: 89%

Louise Walker

I was appointed as a foundation governor by Bishop Declan in January 2018. I have taught Home Economics at schools in West Sussex, Bristol and at St Gregory’s. Since having my three children I have worked as a freelance home economist for a variety of food and appliance companies. I have also written a number of cookery books.

I am currently a parishioner of St John the Evangelist, Bath and I am a strong supporter of faith education. I am on the Curriculum and Achievement committee, the Strategic Committee and the Christian Vision Committee where I have responsibility for Religious Education.

John Gardener

Term of Office: 30/11/22 – 29/11/26

Committee Membership: Finance & Premises

Responsibilities: None

Declarations of Interest: None

Attendance: 75%

Governor 2

To follow.

Parent Governors (2) elected by Parents and Carers

Mark Bradley

Term of Office: 06/03/18 – 14/03/26

Committee Membership: Finance & Premises, Staffing, Strategic

Responsibilities: Co-Vice Chair of Governors, Chair of Finance & Premises, Health & Safety Governor, Maths and Science

Declarations of Interest: Spouse business in positive horticultural therapy

Attendance: 90%

Mark Bradley

I am a parent Governor having been elected in March 18. I worship at St John’s Bath, and have 8 years’ experience governing in a Christian primary and wish to share my knowledge. I want to help the school to further develop and deliver outstanding education for our children that remains relevant in these dynamic times, but built on Christian foundations.

I have chaired a school Premises Health and Safety committee. Professionally I am a Chartered Engineer and Chartered Project Manager having led Major Programmes for the government, so am used to financial management, safety management and human resources issues. I also have experience teaching teenagers in several outdoor education settings.

Rachel Edmonds

Term of Office: 22/01/21 – 21/01/25

Committee Membership: Curriculum & Achievement

Responsibilities: Chair of Curriculum & Achievement Committee, Modern Foreign Languages

Declarations of Interest: None

Attendance: 85%

Rachel Edmonds

I have worked for many years as a legal researcher for Commercial law firms in Bristol. I have also taught as an A level teacher in Further Education in Bristol. I have a daughter at St Gregory’s and a son at St Patrick’s Corsham. I am fully committed to Catholic education and can see the positive aspects it brings to the children.

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

1 x vacancy

Co-Opted Governors (2) appointed by the Governing Body

 

Louise Price

Term of Office: 02/03/21 – 01/03/25

Committee Membership: Staffing

Responsibilities: None

Declarations of Interest: None

Attendance: 42%

Governor 1

To follow.

Dr Mary Faber

Term of Office: 07/09/21 – 06/09/25

Committee Membership: Staffing, Finance & Premises

Responsibilities: Science & PE

Declarations of Interest: None

Attendance: 100%

Governor 1

To follow.

Headteacher Governor (1) appointed by Governing Body

Melissa George

Term of Office: 01/09/23 – N/A

Committee Membership: Christian Vision, Curriculum & Achievement, Finance & Premises, Joint Executive, Joint 6th Form, Staffing, Strategic

Responsibilities: None

Declarations of Interest: None

Attendance: 100%

Melissa George

Staff Governor (1) elected by Staff

Matt Robinson

Term of Office: 01/12/22 – 30/11/26

Committee Membership: Christian Vision and Admissions

Responsibilities: None

Declarations of Interest: None

Attendance: 100%

Matt Robinson

Associate Members (1 x vacancy) of the Governing Body appointed by Governing Body with voting rights on the committee

James Reeder

Term of Office: 01/11/23 – 31/10/27

Committee Membership: Finance & Premises

Responsibilities: None

Declarations of Interest: None

Attendance: 62%

James Reeder

I was appointed as an Associate Governor to the board in October 2023 and am a member of the Finance & Premises Committee.

I am a qualified Actuary for a London-based risk consultancy firm and have moved back to Bath having previously attended the University here. I am passionate about the learning and development of young people in Bath to ensure that they are well prepared for the next stage of their lives.

Previous Governors who have served during the previous 12 months

Judith Starkey

Term of Office: 17/03/20 – 16/03/24

Committee Membership: Curriculum & Achievement, Staffing, Finance & Premises

Responsibilities: Co-Vice Chair of Governors, Chair of Staffing Committee, Wellbeing Governor

Declarations of Interest: None

Judith Starkey

Ann Cusack

Term of Office: 01/09/16 – 31/08/23

Committee Membership: Christian Vision, Curriculum & Achievement, Finance & Premises, Joint Executive, Joint 6th Form, Staffing, Strategic

Responsibilities: None

Declarations of Interest: Family photography business

 

Ann Cusack

Michael Gibbens

Term of Office: 22/01/21 – 29/08/23

Committee Membership: Finance & Premises

Responsibilities: Premises

Declarations of Interest: None

 

Governor 2

Simon Cooper

Term of Office: 17/04/18 – 24/11/23

Committee Membership: Christian Vision, Strategic, Staffing

Responsibilities: Special Educational Needs Governor, Pupil Premium Governor

Declarations of Interest: Governor of: Oldfield Park Junior School (resigning), Venturers’ Academy, Bristol.

 

Simon Cooper