Our Foundation Governors are appointed by The Diocese of Leeds.

Parent Governors are voted in by Parents/Carers of children attending our school.

The LEA Governor is appointed by the Local Authority.

Each Governor's term of office is 4 years.

Register of Governor's interests -

None of our Governors have a business or Financial interest in our school or any other educational establishment,

there are no relationships between our Governors and members of staff.

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Committees

Admissions

Chair:- Fr Martin

Emma Coughlan

Mark Brennan

 

Appeals

Chair:- Deacon John Walsh

David Hymas

Lindsey Conway

Mark Brennan

Child Protection & Safeguarding

Chair:- Steve Woodhead

Emma Coughlan

Lyndsey Conway

Mark Brennan

 

Head's Review

Chair:- 

Deacon John Walsh

 

Finance & Premises

Chair:- 

Paul Flanagan

Lyndsey Conway

Daniel Chapman

Mark Brennan

 

Pay Review

Chair:- 

 

Deacon John Walsh

Jennifer Karuna

 

 

 

Personnel

Chair:- David Hymas

Fr Martin

Deacon John Walsh

Jennifer Karuna

Mark Brennan

 

 

 

 Standards & Effectiveness

Chair:- Emma Coughlan

Daniel Chapman

Mark Brennan

 

Meet Our Governors 2017

Parish Priest

 Rev. Martin Kelly

 

Term of Office

01.09.2015 - 31.08.2019

Foundation Governor

Personnel, Admissions, RE & Faith Life

Class 5M

 

 

Chair of Governors

Mr David Hymas

Term of Office

01.09.2015 - 31.08.2019

Foundation Governor

Chair of Personnel, Health & Safety, Appeals

Foundation Stage

 

 

 

 

I was appointed Foundation Governor at St Mary’s in 2014, in 2017 I was appointed Chair of Governors.

As Chair of Governors I hope to write to you each term to give you some idea of the major activities of the Governing Body at that time.

I look forward to meeting as many of you as possible and please feel free to contact me via the school office if you have any questions.

Thank you for your continued support.  

I am a parent of two daughters currently attending St. Mary’s Margaret and Elizabeth.

I work at All Saints’ Catholic College in Huddersfield and live in Sowerby Bridge with my wife and children.

My background is in sports coaching and in my spare time I enjoy cycling and going on family holidays.

  

 

Mr Mark Brennan

Ex Officio

Headteacher

Term of Office

01.09.2009

Finance & Premises, Personnel, Standards & Effectiveness, Admissions, Pay Review, Safeguarding

 

 

I was appointed as Headteacher of St Mary's in 2009 and since then it has been my privilege to work with the Governing Body to ensure that our school continues to thrive and improve.  I have been a teacher since 1985 and I have worked across the Leeds Diocese in 7 different Catholic schools.

 My wife and I have two children (Daniel & Anna) who are in their early 20's.  In my spare time I like to go down to the gym, spend time in the garden and sing in a choir called Chordiality.  It will probably come as no surprise that I also like my holidays abroad!

Mr Paul Flanagan

Term of Office

01.09.2015 - 31.08.2019

Foundation Governor

Finance & Premises, Admissions

Class 4TG

 

 

 

I am a Foundation Governor and have been part of the Governing body since 2012.

I have two children, Daisy and Gregory.  Daisy is now in High school, Gregory still attends St. Mary's and therefore I have an active interest in helping the school to provide an outstanding education and supportive community for all of its pupils.

In my spare time I am a keen cyclist both recreationaly and competitively, and enjoy cooking and reading. I also have a passionate interest in stained glass and recently completed an MA in Stained Glass Conservation.  

 

 

 

 

Mrs J Karuna

 

 

Term of Office 

03.01.2017 - 31.08.2020

Foundation Governor

Pay Review

Personnel

Class 5B

 

Mr Steve Woodhead

Term of Office 

13.01.2017 - 31.08.2020

Safeguarding Lead

Deacon John Walsh

Term of Office

01.09.2015 - 31.08.2019

Foundation Governor

Chair of Appeals, Personnel, Head's Review, Pay Review

Class 6C & 6F

I was appointed as a Diocesan Foundation Governor last year and am delighted to be part of the Governing Body of St Mary's.  I relish the opportunity to be part of such a wonderful school and to help all concerned to ambitiously achieve their full potential.  I am a member of St Mary's and St Alban's Parish and am also training to be a Permanent Deacon in the Diocese of Leeds and will be ordained by Bishop Marcus Stock later this year.

 

 I worked for Halifax PLC, which became part of HBOS PLC and then Lloyds Bank for over 30 years and retired as an IT Director for Lloyds Commercial Bank. Here I developed many skills and experiences which I can now leverage for the benefit of the school.  My wife, Caroline, and I have three grown up children (Kathryn, Sean and Liam).  As a hobby, I learned to fly a Helicopter and hold a private pilots licence.  Caroline and I really enjoy breaks away abroad and frequently to Ireland.

 

Mrs Emma Coughlan

Term of Office

01.09.2015 - 31.08.2019

Parent Governor

Chair of Standards & Effectiveness, Child Protection & Safeguarding, Admissions, SEND

Class 3/4L & 3/4R

 

Mrs Lindsey Conway

Term of Office

01.09.2016 - 31.08.2020

Parent Governor

Appeals, Finance, Child Protection & Safeguarding

Class 2H

Mr Daniel Chapman 

Term of Office

01.09.2015 - 31.08.2019

Staff Governor

Standards & Effectiveness, Finance

 

 

 

 

 

 

I began my teaching career here at St Mary's in 2012 and have since taught several year groups across Key Stage 2 - currently residing in Year 6. Commencing my teacher training as a 'mature student', I had previously worked and gained valuable experience in a range of other organisations. Working for a national children's charity, I worked daily with children aged 3-12 providing educational workshops and interactive learning experiences. At a large financial institution, I held several positions including: Business Analyst, Team leader and Manager.

 

Following that I worked as a Projects and Resource Manager for a youth charity responsible for the development and well-being of post-primary children.

My wonderful wife Kathleen is also a Primary School Teacher and we have been blessed with two beautiful sons, Joseph & Oscar.

In my spare time I enjoy playing/watching football, as well as relaxing by playing a variety of musical instruments.

LEA Governor Vacant Position
Clerk to the Governors

Anne Hardy

Training Co-ordinator