Governors

Rev. Jim Slater

Foundation Governor
Foundation Governor

I have been Chairman of Governors for a number of years. I have five adult children and two adult grandchildren all of whom attended St. Bernard's Catholic Primary School. My involvement with St. Bernard's goes back to the 1960s. I was ordained Deacon at SS Peter and Paul Church by the late Bishop John Brewer in 1995. For 30 years I worked as a engineer at B.A.E and was involved in the Trade Union. I have always supported P.N.E. and had the great privilege of seeing all of Tom Finney's career. I stood down as Chair of Governors in November 2016 but continue to serve as a foundation governor I have signed a declaration for academic year 2016/2017 which states that: I have no beneficial interests, which I or any person closely connected with me, have with businesses or other organisations which may have dealings with St. Bernard’s Catholic Primary School. I do not govern at any other educational establishments I have no relationships with members of school staff I will undertake to inform the school of any change in these interests.

Mrs Mia Barlow

Ex Officia Governor

I have had the privilege of being headteacher at St. Bernard’s since September 2008. I began my teaching career in Liverpool over 25 years ago. I am passionate about Catholic education and love the joys and challenges of trying to provide the very best for each and every one of our children and their families. I am well supported in my role by deeply committed staff and governors. Whilst I have had a soft spot for PNE, I am first and foremost an Everton fan! I have four grown up sons and one grandchild. When I have free time I enjoy running and taking part in local amateur dramatics. I have signed a declaration for academic year 2016/2017 which states that: I have no beneficial interests, which I or any person closely connected with me, have with businesses or other organisations which may have dealings with St. Bernard’s Catholic Primary School. I do not govern at any other educational establishments I have no relationships with members of school staff I will undertake to inform the school of any change in these interests.

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Mrs. Halina Dixon

Foundation Governor
Foundation Governor

I am happy to join the Governors at St Bernard's and hope I will be able to support the school in some way. l have lived in Lea for over 30 years with my family and both my children attended the school starting at the infant's next to the church. Most of my working life, before I finished in 2011, has been school admin in a local special school and I understand some of the pressures that have to be dealt with within a school. I have signed a declaration for academic year 2016/2017 which states that: I have no beneficial interests, which I or any person closely connected with me, have with businesses or other organisations which may have dealings with St. Bernard’s Catholic Primary School. I do not govern at any other educational establishments I have no relationships with members of school staff I will undertake to inform the school of any change in these interests.

Mrs. Olive Ferguson

Foundation Governor

"I feel very privileged to be asked to serve as a Foundation Governor at St.Bernard's school. I have enjoyed being a Childrens' Liturgist at the church of St. Peter & St. Paul for the last 10 years, where I am also a Reader at Mass. I work part-time for a firm of solicitors in the city centre and I am currently the President of Broughton Womens Institute. I look forward to meeting the children and staff and being of help to the school in any way I can."

Mrs Geraldine Halton

Foundation Governor.
Foundation Governor

In July 2013 I took early retirement from my full time teaching post at a local Catholic primary school. The following September I became a Foundation Governor at St Bernard’s. This was ideal for me because I live very near the school and have lived in Lea virtually all my life. I am currently the class governor for Year R. I feel very privileged to be part of the St Bernard’s family and working alongside staff whose primary aim is to nurture and develop the full potential of every child in their care. While teaching I taught mainly KS1 children, I was responsible for leading KS1 and was Deputy Head for several years. I still work at the school one day a week and occasionally cover staff absences. As a result of all this experience I feel I can make a valuable contribution to the school’s Standards and Effectiveness Committee. Now that I have more time I enjoy walking our dog, travelling, visiting my sons in London, reading and generally taking the time to appreciate the things we sometimes miss when we lead very busy lives. I have signed a declaration for academic year 2016/2017 which states that: I have no beneficial interests, which I or any person closely connected with me, have with businesses or other organisations which may have dealings with St. Bernard’s Catholic Primary School. I do not govern at any other educational establishments I have no relationships with members of school staff I will undertake to inform the school of any change in these interests.

Mrs Angela Harding

Chair of Governors
Chair of Governors & Foundation Governor

I am very pleased to serve as Chair of Governors. Born and brought up in Warwickshire, I moved to Lancashire when I married and have lived in this area since 1984, becoming very much involved in the life of the parish and school. Having been a primary school teacher in Catholic schools in Preston until retirement, I think children should be able to enjoy learning, develop and grow in confidence and use their talents and abilities in a caring Catholic atmosphere. Having taught in the early years sector, this is my main area of interest alongside the development of literary skills. I hope I can help to make St. Bernard's an outstanding and caring school. I have signed a declaration for academic year 2016/2017 which states that: I have no beneficial interests, which I or any person closely connected with me, have with businesses or other organisations which may have dealings with St. Bernard’s Catholic Primary School. I do not govern at any other educational establishments I have no relationships with members of school staff I will undertake to inform the school of any change in these interests.

Miss Rebecca Hough

Foundation Governor
Foundation Governor

It is an honour to serve as a Foundation Governor at St Bernard’s. Since graduating from university with a degree in Business Management back in 2016 I have settled into my career as an IT Consultant, specialising in Financial Accounting. I have lived in Preston my whole life and I now want to start giving back to the local community in any way I can. I’m a strong believer in the importance of education I am looking forward to supporting St Bernard’s and its continuous improvement. Outside of work I’m a big lover of horse riding and netball. I have no beneficial interests, which I or any person closely connected with me, have with businesses or other organisations which may have dealings with St. Bernard’s Catholic Primary School

Mrs. Annie McEnnerney-Whittle

Co-opted Governor

I have had a connection with St. Bernard's for 20 years as my two daughters both attended from 1995. During this time I was elected Parent Governor which I thoroughly enjoyed. I became school business manager in 2005 & have worked closely with all governors since that date. I have signed a declaration for academic year 2016/2017 which states that: I have no beneficial interests, which I or any person closely connected with me, have with businesses or other organisations which may have dealings with St. Bernard’s Catholic Primary School. I do not govern at any other educational establishments I have no relationships with members of school staff I will undertake to inform the school of any change in these interests.

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Mrs Collette Miller

LEA Governor
L.E.A. Governor

I have lived and worked in Preston and the surrounding area for most of my life. I applied for a Lancashire County Council Governorship to become more involved in the local community. I recognise the importance of learning not just at primary school but throughout life and am keen to support the school staff in fostering an environment of nurture and engagement for all children. As a researcher in Public Health I am very keen to promote a healthy agenda within the school encouraging children to live more active lifestyles in order that they may continue on this path for life. Outside of work I enjoy regular walks with my husband & our two dogs as well as camping and canoeing. I have signed a declaration for academic year 2016/2017 which states that: I have no beneficial interests, which I or any person closely connected with me, have with businesses or other organisations which may have dealings with St. Bernard’s Catholic Primary School. I do not govern at any other educational establishments I have no relationships with members of school staff I will undertake to inform the school of any change in these interests.

Fr Francis Olaseni

Foundation Governor
Parish Priest

Originally from Nigeria, I have recently moved from Barrow in Furness & I am delighted to be part of a school which has a fantastic community feel to it. I am always made to feel very welcome. by staff & children alike & look forward to helping the children become closer to God. I have signed a declaration for academic year 2015/2016 which states that: I have no beneficial interests, which I or any person closely connected with me, have with businesses or other organisations which may have dealings with St. Bernard’s Catholic Primary School. I am also a governor at an other educational establishment & I have declared this on my Register of Interests. I have no relationships with members of school staff I will undertake to inform the school of any change in these interests.

Mr. Roy Turner

Co-opted Governor

As a teacher I have taught at St Bernards for 7 years and have always tried to develop in children a passion for learning. I believe this can only be done through a broad and balanced cross-curricular approach. I believe that a school should provide a safe and stimulating environment for children to learn in and I am committed to the safeguarding of children. Being brought up in South Africa I have a love for most sports especially cricket, rugby and golf. I have signed a declaration for academic year 2016/2017 which states that: I have no beneficial interests, which I or any person closely connected with me, have with businesses or other organisations which may have dealings with St. Bernard’s Catholic Primary School. I do not govern at any other educational establishments I have no relationships with members of school staff I will undertake to inform the school of any change in these interests.

Mrs. B. Wainwright

Foundation Governor

I previously was a Foundation Governor at St.Bernard's for over 10 years but left due to work commitments, having changed my job I am very pleased to join the Governors at St Bernard's again and hope I will be able to support the school in some way. l have lived in Lea for almost 30 years with my family and all three of my children attended the school and went on to Our Lady's High School. I have no beneficial interests, which I or any person closely connected with me, have with businesses or other organisations which may have dealings with St. Bernard’s Catholic Primary School. I do not govern at any other educational establishments I have no relationships with members of school staff I will undertake to inform the school of any change in these interests.

Mrs. L. Wells-Earp

Staff Governor

I have been working at St. Bernard's since 2018 & am loving being part of such a warm, caring family. I feel now is the time to become more involved as I have the time, energy & enthusiasm to play much more of an active part in the team that guides St. Bernard's. I have practical knowledge & a background in business management. I am also very much a "people"person.

Ms. Rebecca Wood

Parent Governor & Vice Chair

I have two children who currently attend St. Bernard's Catholic Primary School. I was delighted when the vacancy for Parent Governor arose early in 2016 because as a secondary school teacher with young children, education is very dear to me both professionally and personally. I am the Head of Science and Technology at St. Cecilia's RC School in Longridge and hold a BSc in Chemical Sciences. Having lived and worked in the area for my entire life I know what a wonderful school St Bernard's is and I am very happy that my children are being taught in such a supportive and nurturing environment. My aim as a governor is to use my experience to help develop St. Bernard's to ensure the best provision for all of the children in the St. Bernard's family. Outside of work I enjoy walking in the Lake District with my family, reading and attending the gym. I have signed a declaration for academic year 2016/2017 which states that: I have no beneficial interests, which I or any person closely connected with me, have with businesses or other organisations which may have dealings with St. Bernard’s Catholic Primary School. I do not govern at any other educational establishments I have no relationships with members of school staff I will undertake to inform the school of any change in these interests.

 

 

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