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Governors

St. Anne’s RC Voluntary Academy Local Governing Body

 

Following the St Anne’s conversion to an Academy and joining the Emmaus Catholic Academy Trust, a new Local Governing Body has been created. Please find below the bios of the school's new Governors.

The Governing Body has 9 members each of whom brings their own specific expertise, skills, and experience. All Governors give their time voluntarily and are committed to demonstrating a high level of commitment to both St Anne’s itself and its mission.

Sean Thorpe

Chair of Governors

 

I have been Chair of Governors at St Anne’s since June 2021 and am also a Foundation Governor at St Monica’s in Prestwich. In total having been involved in school governance for over 16 years. 

I am also involved in the development of Catechesis in the Diocese of Salford, provide therapeutic mental health support to various groups including transplant patients, work as a consultant on corporate learning and development projects, and am a Local Councillor in Bury.

Mrs K Lowe

Vice Chair of Governors

 

I was appointed by the Diocese in June 2021 to have the privilege of working alongside the community of St Anne’s. I have over twenty years of experience in Secondary Education and my vision is simple: ‘ensuring the pupils of St. Anne’s receive the quality of education that they truly deserve and the support they need to allow them to build positive futures for themselves and others’.

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Associate Governor at St Damian’s RC Science College

Mr S Logue 

Executive Headteacher

 

I have been Executive Headteacher at St Anne’s since June 2021. The mantra of St Anne’s is that ‘we are here to serve’ the Community. Over the past year there have been many positive changes and I am honoured to lead this Catholic community to ensure that St Anne’s pupils receive at least a good education. Our vision is simple: to be an outstanding catholic community in all that we do!

 

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Headteacher at St Damian’s RC Science College

Mrs A Ogden
Foundation Governor

 

I am proud to be associated with St Anne’s and serve the pupils and school community. I have worked in the education sector since 1994, having previously worked for the NHS as a Finance Officer.  I am passionate about being part of a team that strives to improve and deliver high standards and outcomes for pupils and honoured to have the opportunity to support the hardworking staff in creating a safe and inspiring environment for everyone.

 

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St Damian’s RC Science College

Helen Mulryan

Foundation Governor

 

I was appointed as a Foundation Governor by the Diocese in March 2023 to serve the St Anne's community. I am passionate about the value of Catholic education and am also the Chair of Governors at a Roman Catholic primary school. I have spent my career working in HR, specifically Learning and Development, focussing on Leadership. I am committed to ensuring that the children of St Anne's receive the quality of education and life skills that they deserve to succeed in life, both during and beyond their time at the school.

Relevant Business & Pecuniary Interests:

None

Mr G Sugden 

Business Manager

 

I have been at St Anne’s since January 2022 and will be supporting St Anne’s through a period of considerable change.  I have three years of experience as a Business Manager and fourteen years at Manchester City Council, seven as an internal auditor for Adults and Children’s services including social care, schools, and academies.  My focus at St Anne’s is to make sure that all we do ‘serves the pupils’ here and to give them the best chance of success. My hobbies include reading, cycling, playing softball and helping care for the environment by reducing my carbon footprint and working with groups that positively impact on mental health.

 

Relevant Business & Pecuniary Interests:

None

Laurel Hanley-Parchment

Staff Governor

 

I was appointed staff governor in June 2021, and I am currently the Assistant Subject Leader for Religious Education at St Anne’s. In addition, I am a member of the Staff Teaching and Learning Group whose aim is to drive School Improvement by developing and assisting staff in embedding high standards of teaching and learning here at St Anne’s. I have been qualified teacher since 2012 and have worked at St Anne’s since 2019. I am committed to developing our pupils academically as well as improving the Catholic Life of the school and as a result I currently run the schools Caritas Ambassador program that allows pupils to live of the Gospel message of ‘Love in action’. My experience and commitment to the school allow me to support the school and Governing Body to continue to move the school forward.

 

Relevant Business & Pecuniary Interests:

None

Dr Holly Hanson

Parent Governor

 

I am deeply passionate about St Anne’s receiving the support it needs to become an outstanding catholic school the whole community can be proud of. It is a privilege to serve on the governing board, a duty which I take very seriously. It is my intention that every child who attends St Anne’s will develop both personally and academically to their full potential and leave the school equipped to make the most of the opportunities that lie ahead.

 

Relevant Business & Pecuniary Interests:

None

Margaret Gregory

Parent Governor

 

I was inspired to become a parent governor following an open evening for parents as I believe that it is critical that parents have a voice and are represented on the St. Anne’s governing body. I feel that my professional experience in continuous improvement in the ‘Civil Service’ along with my leadership skills can make a positive contribution to the school’s improvement journey and I am committed as a parent governor to ensure that our children receive the best education, I know St Anne’s can offer them.

Relevant Business & Pecuniary Interests:

None

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