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Welcome to our Governors’ section.

 
Please find below details of how our Governing body is structured, including the names, categories, responsibilities and terms of appointment for each Governor.

Meet The Governors

 

Rebecca Kennedy: Chair of Governors

 

I became Chair of Governors in September 2014. I have been on the governing body for seven years.

 

I have four children who all attended St Cuthbert’s and who are now either at University or in Secondary Education.

 

I worked for many years as a Press Officer for Manchester City Council.  I am a qualified counsellor, registered with the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy and have worked for the mental health charity Mind and for East Lancashire Women’s Centres in Burnley and Accrington, as well as privately.

 

Pecuniary Interests: None declared 

 

Governor Type: Foundation (Chair)

 

End of Term of Office date: 31/08/2020

 

 

 

Geraldine Mulholland: Vice Chair of Governors (Chair of Curriculum and Standards Committee)

 

My background is in education.  Having worked in Further Education I have recently taught in High Schools and am now the Lay Chaplain at Loreto High School in Chorlton.  My children went to St Cuthbert’s and I have served as a governor (initially as a parent governor) for 12 years. 

 

Pecuniary Interests: Loreto High School

 

Governor Type: Foundation (Vice-Chair)

 

End of Term of Office date: 31/08/2020

 

 

 

Cath Baggaley      

 

I have worked for the Local Authority for over 30 years, the last eleven years of which I have been seconded to UNISON.  I am the Lead Officer for Schools for the Manchester Branch, this involves meeting at a strategic level with the Director of Education and Skills and his Senior Management Team. I am involved in Policy Consultations with both the Local Authority and One Education (former Management Support to Schools). I am an elected member of the Local Authority Schools Forum, Chair of Unison Regional Schools Forum, North West Representative of Unison National Schools Sector Committee and have links with the Manchester Schools Alliance.

 

I have strong links with St. Cuthbert’s being a former pupil myself.  I have three children, two of whom are still at St. Cuthbert’s.  I am a proactive member and treasurer of the Friends of St. Cuthbert’s and thoroughly enjoy being involved.

 

Pecuniary Interests: None declared 

 

Governor Type: Parent

 

End of Term of Office date: 09/10/2019

 

 

 

Des Coffey

 

I attended St Cuthbert’s School as a child and have been on the Governing Body since December 2014. I have had a lifetime in Education, teaching in Primary, Secondary and Special schools.  I was a Head Teacher in four different schools from 1977 to1988. I then became a Local Authority School Inspector between 1988 and 1994. From then until 2000 I was an Ofsted Registered Inspector, when I took on the role of Programme Manager for Excellence in Cities between 2000 and 2003.  I was Schools Directorate Adviser to the Department of Education, as well as being External Examiner for the West Midlands College of Higher Education from then until 2006.  Since then I have been on the staff at Manchester City Football Club working to ensure the welfare and education opportunities of the players and Academy boys.

 

Pecuniary Interests: None declared 

 

Governor Type: Foundation 

 

End of Term of Office date: 04/12/2018

 

 

 

Father Brendan Curley

 

Fr Brendan is parish priest at St Cuthbert’s Church, Withington.  He supports the spiritual life of the school, celebrating Mass regularly.

 

Pecuniary Interests: None declared 

 

Governor Type: Foundation 

 

End of Term of Office date: N/A

 

 

 

Caroline Darnborough

 

Caroline has been a governor at St Cuthbert’s for many years.  Her children all attended the school.

 

Pecuniary Interests: None declared 

 

Governor Type: Foundation 

 

End of Term of Office date: 31/08/2020

 

 

 

 

Alison Firth  

 

I have been a Local Authority governor for the past 25 years.

I worked until very recently at the University of Manchester on Widening Participation, promoting the use by schools of the Library’s facilities and getting them to consider University as an aspiration.  I am also involved in supporting and encouraging the use of Summer Schools.

Prior to my work at the University I taught at both Primary and Secondary levels.

 

Pecuniary Interests: Univeristy of Manchester & Parrs Wood High School

 

Governor Type: Local Authority

 

End of Term of Office date: 31/08/2020

 

 

 

 Luke McClaran

 

My daughter started at St Cuthbert's in September 2014 and since then I have been really keen to be involved the potential and enthusiasm to be the best that is so evident in our school.  

 

I joined the governing body in June 2015 and  have thoroughly enjoyed being part of a positive period of change and innovation to improve our children's learning experience.  

 

My background includes nearly 10 years in operational leadership roles and I thrive on positively improving process, motivating and enabling my team to succeed.

 

Pecuniary Interests: None declared 

 

Governor Type: Parent 

 

End of Term of Office date: 21/04/2019

 

 

 

Kevin Salter (Chair of Personnel and Finance Committee)  

I have held various management posts in the NHS over a period of 20 years.  I have experience in Staff Management, Financial Management, Change Management and Performance Management; these have been areas of particular sensitivity over the last two years due to the need for departmental restructuring.  I am a member of the Institute of Waste Management and the Waste Management Strategy Group for the NHS.

 

I am a parent governor and have a son in year 6 as well as a daughter who left St Cuthbert’s in 2013. I am also a former pupil at the school.

 

Pecuniary Interests: None declared 

 

Governor Type: Foundation

 

End of Term of Office date: 10/12/2020

 

 

 

Steph Edwards

 

I am a Governor at St. Cuthbert’s. I have been a teacher here for 2 years, working for the majority of the time in Year 6 and also as KS2 Assistant Head. I am extremely passionate about education in a child’s life. I have loved working at St. Cuthbert’s, the whole ethos and focus we have on ensuring our children receive the best possible start to their education lives is what makes the school so special.  

Pecuniary Interests: None declared 

 

Governor Type: Staff

 

End of Term of Office date: 08/10/2021

 

 

Governors Attendance at Meetings (Click on the link below for all upto date attendance at meetings)

Governing Body:

Name

Governor type

 

‘End of Term of Office’ date

Kevin Salter

Foundation

31/08/2020

Rebecca Kennedy

Foundation (Chair)

31/08/2020

Marie Feeley

Foundation

24/02/2019-Stepped down as Governor October 2017

Mylene McGuire

HT

N/A

Luke McClaran

Parent

21/04/2019

Cath Baggaley

Parent

09/10/2019

Fr Brendan Curley

Foundation

N/A

Geraldine Mulholland

Foundation (Vice-Chair)

31/08/2020

Alison Firth

LA

31/08/2020

Des Coffey

Foundation

04/12/2018

Karen Seddon

Foundation

Stepped down 31/08/2016

Chris Kennedy

Foundation

Stepped down 31/08/2016

Linda Foley

Foundation

Stepped down 31/08/2016

Caroline Darnbrough

Foundation

31/08/2020

 

 

 

Personnel & Finance Committee:

Kevin Salter (Chair)

Cath Baggaley

Caroline Darnbrough

Fr. Bendan Curley

 

 

 

Curriculum & Standards Committee

Geraldine Mulholland (Chair)

Alison Firth

Stephanie Edwards

Rebecca Kennedy

Des Coffey

Luke McClaren

 

 

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