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St Mary's Catholic Primary School

A Community where we Live, Learn and Laugh Together in God's Love


Swires Road, Halifax, West Yorkshire, HX1 2ER



"A school with a clear vision where the child is nurtured, loved, guided and accepted for who they are"  (Parent Survey Spring 2020)



Foundation Governors: appointed by The Bishop of Leeds

Parent Governors: elected by parents/carers of children attending our school

LA Governor: appointed by the Local Authority

Staff Governor: is appointed by the staff

Headteacher: is automatically appointed as a Governor


Each Governor's term of office is 4 years.


Register of Governors Interests

None of our Governors have a business or Financial interest in our school or any other educational establishment. Only one Governor, Fr Martin Kelly has a governance role linked to other schools - He is Board Member of the Blessed Peter Snow Academy Trust.

There are no familial relationships between any of our Governors and members of staff.

The following Governors are employees: Mr M Brennan & Mrs Louise Paquim.








Meet Our Governors


Chair of Governors

Mr David Hymas

Term of Office

01.09.2018 - 31.08.2022

Foundation Governor

Sports Premium, Training Lead, Head's Review, Resources Committee, Pupil Committee, Governor Training

EYFS Class Governor


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.

Ex Officio

Mr Mark Brennan


Term of Office

Commenced 01.09.2009 - Ends when post is ended

Designated Safeguarding Lead, Admissions & Appeals, Resources Committee, Pupil Committee, Health and Safety, Curriculum and Attainment.


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. I was the Headteacher in two other schools in Leeds and Boston Spa before 2009.

My wife and I have two children (Daniel & Anna) who are in their 20's.  Anna is a teacher and Daniel is a Restaurant Manager with Nandos in London. 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!

Parish Priest

Rev. Martin Kelly


Parish Priest

Term of Office

01.09.2018 - 31.08.2022

Foundation Governor

RE & Faith Life Lead, Resources Committee, Pupil Committee, Admissions.

4/3PS Class Governor 


I have had the privilege of being a governor at Saint Mary's Catholic Primary School since being appointed parish priest of Saint Mary's parish in February 2016. It is a joy to be associated with such a wonderful school. It is a particular delight to see how the Catholic ethos of the school drives every area of school life. As a former youth chaplain in the diocese, I am very keen to ensure that we do all that we can to ensure that the young people within our diverse community are given the opportunity to live life to the full. In my spare time I enjoy cooking and reading. I also enjoy long walks with my dog.

Deacon John Walsh

Term of Office

01.09.2019 - 31.08.2023

Foundation Governor

RE & Faith Life Lead, Heads Performance Review, Resources Committee, Pupil Committee

Y6 Class Governor


I was appointed as a Diocesan Foundation Governor in 2013 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 Permanent Deacon in St Mary's, Halifax, in the Diocese of Leeds.

 Previously, 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)

Mrs Helen Mellor

Term of Office

25.09.2017 - 24.08.2021

Foundation Governor

EYFS, Child Protection & Safeguarding, Admissions & Appeals, Pupil Committee

EYFS Class Governor

Knowing that my eldest son, Isaac, was starting school in 2017, I wanted to find a way in which I could participate in the life of St Mary's. To that end I am now a member of the Governing Body, having been appointed as a Foundation Governor from the start of the academic year, 2017/18.

As the years have passed, my son Tobias has joined St Mary’s and my daughter Leah will be starting Foundation Stage this September 2020.  As such, I am looking forward to a long journey in helping the school continuously grow and improve. 

My working background is in Education as I am a qualified primary teacher and I am also an active member of our Catholic community; I can be found each Sunday at 9:30am Mass at St Albans where I run the Children's Liturgy and help the children of both St Mary's school and parish prepare for their Sacraments.

Mrs Emma Coughlan

Term of Office

01.09.2019 - 31.08.2023

LA Governor

SEN Lead, Pupil Premium, SEN, GDPR, Head's Review, Pupil Committee

 Y3/4 Class Governor


I have had the pleasure and privilege of being appointed as parent Governor at St Mary’s  since 2014. 

Prior to applying for the role as parent governor I was an active member of the school’s Parent & Teacher Association. 

I am mum to Oliver and Beth.  Oliver is now at senior school and Beth is now in year 5.  My other job – the one that pays the bills is Consultant.  I have worked primarily in HR specialising in Pensions for the last 15 years.  I am currently consulting for a large local Financial Services Organisation, managing their Pensions Operations.

I live in Lindley with my husband and two children.  I love shopping, spending quality time with my family and friends, and holidays where the sun is guaranteed to shine!

Mr Vince Dalton

Term of Office

15.10.19 - 14.10.23

Foundation Governor

 Awaiting Autobiography and Photograph

Mrs Ros Somerville-Jones

Term of Office

18.7.2019 - 17.7.2023

Foundation Governor

Admissions, Pupil Committee.

4/3JS Class Governor


I was appointed as a Foundation Governor in July 2019 and alongside fellow Governors, share a real desire to help provide children with the best possible education. I live in Halifax with my husband Ty, and we have one son, Ethan, who graduated from York University last year and is now forging his own career.

My working life started at the Halifax Building Society and ended with Lloyds Banking Group.  They now tell me I am a Lady of Leisure! I love reading and I can usually be seen being taken for a walk by our Labrador! One way or another I have been involved with children and young people for nearly 20 years with specific responsibilities as a PTA chair and as Team Manager of Halifax Swimming Club, a post I held for some 12 years. 

I count myself as very fortunate to have this new opportunity, as a School Governor, to continue to give something back to my local community and to play a part in enabling young people to make the most of their potential. I believe passionately in offering children a rich and balanced curriculum that focusses on personal as well as academic growth and achievement and  I am delighted to have the opportunity to share my experience and enthusiasm for learning with the children, staff, parents and Governors as we all work to promote our school’s aims and vision.


Mrs Louise Paquim


Term of Office

11.09.2018 - 31.08.2022

Staff Governor

Pupil Committee.


I graduated from the University of Hull in 2007 and was lucky enough to begin teaching at St Mary’s straight away. As a former pupil, it has always held special memories for me and I was delighted at being given the opportunity to be part of the teaching staff. The majority of my teaching experience has been in Year 3 and 4 and it is a pleasure to watch the children I first meet as 7 or 8 year olds mature and develop throughout their time in Key Stage 2. One of the most significant aspects of my job is supporting the children as they prepare to receive the sacraments of Confession and Communion in year 3. It is a privilege to be part of their journey of faith at such a special and memorable time.

Mr David Ellis


Term of Office

1.2.2019 - 31.01.2023

Foundation Governor

Admissions, Resources.

5B Class Governor

I was appointed as a Diocesan Foundation Governor at the beginning of 2019 and am delighted to be part of the Governing Body. My wife and I have been part of St Mary's parish since we moved to Halifax in 1986 and both my daughters were fortunate to be educated at St Mary's school.

After 30 years with P&G and Mars, in a variety of positions across Manufacturing, R&D, Marketing and IT, I recently retired and look forward to applying the skills acquired there to the benefit of the school.  


 Mrs Anne Hardy

Clerk to the Governors



I have been Clerk to the Governing Body at St Mary's since July 2017. I am from Leeds and attended Catholic primary and secondary schools and sixth form college. My working background after graduating from the University of Leeds is in university administration - I have worked in various roles at the University of Leeds and Leeds Beckett University. I moved to Halifax in 2010 where I live with my husband, daughter and cat. In my spare time I enjoy gardening, reading, cardio tennis, movies, music and spending time with family and friends. 

Mr Mark Coleman

Term of Office

1.9.19 - 31.8.23

Parent Governor

Resources Committee

5P Class Governor


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I was delighted to be appointed as a Parent Governor in 2019. My son and daughter are currently both attending St Mary's and I have seen them both grow rapidly in confidence and wisdom under the schools tutelage. I am pleased to be able to give support and assistance to the school in return.

I have been a qualified Environmental Health Officer for over 29 years in; Industry, Local Authority, and consultancy mainly concentrating on Infectious Disease Control, Food Safety and Health and Safety regulation, and look forward to using the transferable skills and knowledge in assisting the school moving forward.





Previous Governors

  • Mr Ed Jones: Parent Governor, term of office 01.09.2019 - 31.08.2020