Governors Committees List 2021-2022

Finance & General

Frequency: 4 meetings per year

James Granville Hamshar
Ruth Egan
Tony Box
Linda Cook
Steve Day
Ceri Murray (Salesian SBM)
Yvonne Dore (Finance Manager)

Admissions & Appeals

Frequency: September and March

Ruth Egan
Tony Box
Leslie Forester
Damien Kelly (Deputy Head)
Lisa Kenny (Assistant Head)
Claire Antal – Admissions Manager

Curriculum & Achievement/Staffing & Welfare

Frequency: December and July plus ad hoc for staffing interviews

James Granville Hamshar
Jane Barnbrook
Linda Cook
Ruth Egan
Lesley Forester
Margaret Winterburn
Chris Newling-Ward

Spiritual Life Group

Frequency: Monthly term-time

Chris Newling-Ward
Jamie Haselden (Asst Head)
Fr Paul Turner
Head Boy & Head Girl

Safeguarding Group

Frequency: Half termly, term-time

Lesley Forester
Mandy Hughes (SENCO)
Damien Kelly (Asst Head)

Dates of Committee Meetings

Full Governors’ Meeting (5.00pm)


Finance and General Committee (8.30am)

06/10/2021 – Review last Academic Year (Q1-4)
12/01/2022 – Review Q1 (Sept-Nov)
23/03/2022 – Review Q2 (Dec-Feb)
20/06/2022 – 9.15am meeting – Budget sign off & review Q3 (Mar-May)

Curriculum & Achievement/Staffing & Welfare Committee (5.00pm)


Admissions and Appeals Committee (8.00am)


Safeguarding Committee (8.00am)


Spiritual Life Group (3.40pm)


School Mass


Governing Body

Table of Governors 2020-2021

NameStatusResponsibilities/Committee MembershipStart of OfficeEnd of Office
Ruth EganFoundationChair of Governors19/08/202018/08/2024
Finance & General(Re-elected as Foundation Governor)
Staffing & Welfare/Curriculum & Achievement06/10/202105/10/2021
Re-elected as Chair of Board of Governors
James Granville HamsharEx-officioFinance & General01/09/202131/08/2025
Staffing & Welfare/Curriculum & Achievement
Tony BoxFinance & General06/10/202005/10/2024
AdmissionsElected as Co-opted Governor05/10/2024
Linda CookFoundationFinance & General
Vice Chair of Governors
Staffing & Welfare/Curriculum & Achievement(Elected as Vice Chair of the Board of Governors)
Chris Newling-WardFoundationStaffing & Welfare/Curriculum & Achievement01/09/202131/08/2025
Spiritual Life Group(Previous Co-opted Governor)
Fr Paul TurnerFoundationSpiritual Life Group01/10/201830/09/2022
Oliver WhiddettFoundation17/11/202016/11/2024
Christiana UgoweFoundation20/09/202119/09/2025
Lesley ForesterCo-optedAdmissions11/10/202112/10/2025-
Staffing & Welfare/Curriculum & Achievement01/01/2002 (Previous Local Authority)
Safeguarding Committee
Steven DayParentFinance & General01/01/202131/08/2025
Donna HuntParent04/10/202103/10/2025
Emma AndrewsParent06/01/202005/01/2024
Lucia DavisStaff01/02/202131/01/2025


The Governors are drawn from the local community and freely give their time and expertise in order to support the work of the school. There are several different categories of Governor:

  • Foundation Governors are appointed by the Diocese;
  • Parent Governors are appointed by self-nomination and parent vote where necessary;
  • Staff Governors are appointed by self-nomination and staff vote where necessary;
  • Local Authority and Co-opted Governors are appointed by the Governing Board.

We are blessed to have a committed and multi-talented Governing Board with a wide variety of experience and expertise.

The Governors act as ‘critical friends’ to the school working closely with the Headteacher and play a strategic role in the running of the school. This includes maintaining the ethos of St John the Baptist as a Catholic school under the direction of the Bishop, setting aims and objectives, adopting policies and setting targets.

This is achieved through regular meetings – the full Governing Body meets three times a year and three committees (Resources, Staffing and Curriculum, Community and Spiritual Life) meet termly. At these meetings Governors are expected to ask relevant and challenging questions thus ensuring the school leadership is effective and accountable.

Governors are also a visible presence in the school sitting on interview panels for senior members of staff and attending school events supporting staff and students in their achievements and successes.

If you wish to contact us, please email or send a letter marked for our attention to the school.