Clerk  to the Governors   
Mrs P Barnes, 
Atlas House, 
Corporation Street, 
St Helens, WA9 1LD


Role Type Name Start date End date
Chair Foundation Mr Jimmy McNamee 16/01/17 15/01/21
Headteacher   Mrs Debby Rigby Ex Officio Ex Officio
  Associate Mr Paul Mackenzie Ex Officio Ex Officio
  Foundation Ms Helen Tierney 01/09/18 31/08/22
  Foundation Ms Mary Wilson 01/09/18 31/08/22
  Foundation Ms Pat Peel 01/12/18 31/11/22
Vice Chair Foundation Mr David Forshaw 02/05/17 01/05/21
  Foundation Mr Peter Chapman 01/12/18 31/11/22
  Parent Leanne Campbell 01/12/18 31/11/22
  Parent Mr Daniel McGarvey 01/12/18 31/11/22
  Foundation Mr Neil Ryan 1/09/19 31/08/23
  Staff Teacher  Ms Clare Chippendale  15/10/15 14/10/23
  LA Ms Rachel Lomax 10/10/17 09/10/21


What is needed
• A strong commitment to the role and to improving outcomes for children.
• Inquisitiveness, to question, analyse and offer support.
• Good inter-personal skills.
• Sufficient numeracy skills to understand basic data.
• Ability and willingness to learn and develop new skills.


What is involved
• The role requires you to spend a reasonable amount of time on it. As well as attending meetings, you will need to spend sufficient time to understand the role, the concepts and education policy in the UK.
• You will attend two governing body meetings a term for two to three hours
• You will sit on one or two committees of the governing body which look at specific areas and which meet once or twice a term.
• You will need to be prepared to take on a role as a link governor for one curricular area or subject matter in the school, such as health and safety.
• You must read papers in advance of meetings.
• You will act as a link between the parent body and the school.
• You must undertake training with the local authority’s governor support programme.
• You will make at least one official visit a year to the school.
• You may take part in an interview panel on occasion, as required.
• You will need to be supportive and aware of the importance of confidentiality in certain circumstances.


LInk Governors
Governors have oversight of different aspects of our school:



Staff involved

Governor Training

J Mcnamee

J Moosbally

HT Performance Management

J Mcnamee, R Lomax, D Forshaw

D Rigby, Mike Hewlett

Health and Well-being

J Mcnamee

D Rigby, D Finney

Governors Forum

H Tierney

J Moosbally

Parish Link

H Tierney

D Rigby, P Mackenzie




Health and Safety

J Mcnamee

D Rigby, J Chisnall


P Peel

P Mackenzie


L Campbell

P Mackenzie, K Tunstall


H Tierney

K Tunstall


D Forshaw, M Wilson

D Finney, D Rigby


D McGarvey

D Finney




STEM Curriculum Team

P Chapman, R Lomax

M Quinn, D Finney, L Williams

Arts Curriculum Team

J Mcnamee, N Ryan

D Rigby, K Tunstall, S Flaherty

World Curriculum Team

C Chippendale, D Forshaw, H Tierney

P Mackenzie, L Dorries, A Hooton


About our Governors

• I am the local authority governor. It was an honour to be asked to serve as a governor. My background is in Human Resources, supporting schools with their HR issues. I hope to be able to support the school and governors in this area. As a governor, am happy to challenge the school and support the Headteacher where I can - our children deserve the best education that they can get. 

Rachel Lomax


• I have been a Parent Governor for over 2 years and more recently become a Foundation Governor. Having worked in Commercial Marketing for over 20 years, I have a wealth of experience to offer. My experiences allow me to monitor the finance, personnel and assets to ensure the school is operating effectively. I fully support the ethos of the school which is Love, Learn and Grow Together and am committed to helping in making the school environment the best it can be for the children. 

Neil Ryan


• I have served on the governing body here since 2012. I first joined as a parent governor. Three years ago I became a foundation governor, serving as vice-chair for the past two years. I have a wealth of experience in education, I have been a teacher in the secondary sector for 18 years, I am senior examiner for AQA and I am currently Head of Humanities at a large comprehensive school in Wigan. 

David Forshaw


• I have lived in the parish for 26 years and my three children attended St Peter and St Paul's school. Although now retired I worked for BT for 41 years in various roles, ending in a senior managerial role. I have been involved with schools and as governor for over 30 years. I am now Chair of Governors, and enjoy it greatly, learning from the challenges every day, and finding it very personally rewarding.

Jimmy McNamee


• I am passionate about Catholic Education and the challenges that this brings in today’s climate.  I am currently employed by the Archdiocese of Liverpool as a school Adviser and Catholic Schools Inspector.  I have been a governor for over 25 years in various guises – Foundation, Local Authority, Teacher Elect, co-opted including holding the post of both Chair and Vice Chair over time.  I have a wealth of experience in Primary Education as a teacher.  I have lived locally for most of my life so know the value that this brings.  I joined the Governing Body officially at the end of last academic year and was involved in appointing the current Head teacher to her post.     

Pat Peel


• I am very proud to be the headeadteacher and therefore a governor of St Peter and St Paul Catholic Primary School.  I have been headteacher of three previous schools, two primary and one all-through 0-16 school. I am passionate about giving every child the very best educational opportunities, providing them with the knowledge and skills they need to be successful and happy. I have been Virtual Headteacher for four Local Authorities, working with education and social services departments to increase the educational chances of children who are looked after. I promote the interests of all children, but especially those who need extra support and help, children who are or have been looked after, young carers, have special educational needs or disabilities or are growing up in financially or emotionally challenging circumstances.  I am committed to staff development and well being, providing an exciting curriculum for all and working with neighbouring schools and organisations for the good of everyone in our parish community.

Debby Rigby


• I've been a Governor for 16 years and I have served on the Finance and Personnel Committees. My background is in teaching and accounts. I became a Governor not only because I am passionate about children's education, but as a former pupil I felt a close connection to the school community. My role as a Governor has made me more aware of the challenges and opportunities within education; I have enjoyed being able to support St Peter and St Paul's and I am keen to help develop the links between the school, parish, and the local area.  

Helen Tierney


• I am part of several constituted community groups and sit as a management committee member for Skills CIC, a not for profit organisation based in a local town. I fully understand the importance of strong governance for schools and enjoy contributing to this.  I have worked for many years in community settings with children and young people and enjoy using my experience in my role as parent governor. 

Daniel McGarvey


• I have worked in education for 14 years, during that time I have had the opportunity to work with children and young people in a variety of settings. I have a good knowledge of the policies, procedures, requirements and challenges that schools face and am passionate about, and will always advocate for, the needs and rights of the chid. I have a strong knowledge and understanding of safeguarding, my specialist area is SEND. I enjoy bringing my professional knowledge into this area of school life. 

Leanne Campbell


• I have been a Governor for many years and my work in a school setting allows me to apply my experience there to my role as a Governor. I am an appointed Governor for Early Years and safeguarding and very much enjoy working in these areas with school.  My children attended St Peter & St Paul’s and I have seen the school develop over a long period of time and am very proud to play a small part as Governor.           

Mary Wilson

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