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Governor / Academy Council Profiles

Vince Murphy - Chair of Governors

I re-joined Ss. Peter and Paul governing body in 2012 as a Foundation Governor and became Chair of Governors in early 2013. This was after a previous term of office as a governor in 1998 to 2001.

I have two sons, aged 26 and 23, who attended the school from 1997 to 2004 and one of my reasons for returning to the governing body was to give something back to the school that had given them such a great start in their journey through the education system.

I chair the main meetings and am also chair of the Finance and Resources and Performance Management sub committees.  I am a qualified accountant and self employed, though my work is mainly in the field of project management rather than accounting.

In my spare time I enjoy keeping fit, being a member of Nuffield gym in Guiseley, running and playing golf (in the good weather that is!). Although I have lived in Guiseley for some 18 years now I still retain my Geordie roots through my allegiance to Newcastle United, though I am considering applying for Yorkshire citizenship via the residence rule!

John Megson - Foundation Governor/Vice Chair

Two of my three children now attend our outstanding school and thrive in the environment the teachers and staff have created for them. I was motivated to join the governing body at the back end of 2015 to support the existing positive work of the team by sharing my experience as a business analyst. In my role I manage stakeholder relationships and requirements, appraise options and deliver change in an agile environment.  I will be putting these experiences into practice at both the full committee and the Finance and Resources subcommittee.

 In my first term I have enjoyed sharing learning highlights with my link year (currently Year 4) as well as listening to the constructive views of parents during drop off and pick ups. As a governor I look forward to working as an active member of the team who ensures that all our children achieve their full potential and really enjoy their experience as part of the Ss Peter and Paul School family. "

Father John Carlisle

Having just started as Parish Priest at St Peter & St Paul's Church in September 2016, I have also started as a Governor at the school.

I have had experience of serving on Governing bodies since 1996, as well as having been a teacher of secondary Religious Education before ordination as a Priest. I have also served as a secondary school Chaplain in Harrogate for the last 3 years. I look forward to my association and partnership with the school and parish over the coming years.

Andrew Croft – Foundation Governor

As a former pupil of the school and a construction professional for the last 20 years,  I have been a Foundation Governor at the school since March 2013.
I am hoping to draw on my professional experiences to help the school and the Governing body.I am married to Louise and have two children who both attend the school. I enjoy sport and played local football to County Amateur standard and now enjoy cycling. Over the last five years I have witnessed how the school provides a safe, first class learning and caring environment for our children.
I volunteered to become a foundation governor to get involved, help the school retain its distinctiveness and assist the academy council in ensuring the children of our community get the best possible start to their school lives.
I am a member of the Resources and Finance Sub Committee, also the link governor for Year 1 class and sports governor.

Marie Buxton - Parent Governor and Bishop Wheeler Catholic Academy Trust Board member

My name is Marie Buxton and I was elected as Parent Governor in June 2013. My youngest son is in Year 3 and I have two children at St. Mary's.

Becoming part of the Academy Council has made me appreciate the vast amount of work involved in running the school. I am a member of the Teaching and Learning, Admissions and Performance Management sub committees and am the link Governor for Year 2.  I am also a member of the Bishop Wheeler Catholic Academy Trust Board.

Mark Foster – Parent Governor

I joined the governing body as a Parent Governor in 2015 and have a daughter in Year 2 and a 3 year old son.  I stood for election as a Parent Governor as I wanted to play a more active part in my children’s education and the wider local community. I am a member of the Leadership Team at a local secondary school and am very keen to pass on and share my experience in the education sector.

I am Chair of the Teaching and Learning Committee and have direct responsibility for Child Protection and Pupil Premium children. i am also the link Governor for Year 5. It has been very enjoyable to come into school to meet and spend some time with the pupils over the past year.

Natalie Saunders -Foundation Governor

I was a pupil at St Mary's in Horsforth and then at St Mary's Menston and after a number of years living away, returned home to Yorkshire to live in Yeadon with my husband and our 2 children.

I was pleased to become a Foundation Governor in Spring 2015, at which time our children were in Reception and Year 3 respectively. I qualified as a solicitor in 2000 and was an employment law specialist for 15 years, including running my own business for 4 years.  I now work in financial services as Head of People Risk.

I sit on the Resources and Finance and Performance Management sub-committees and hope to be able to make myself useful to school by giving my time and drawing on my professional experience in this capacity.  It is a privilege to be part of an "Outstanding" school and I feel fortunate to have been given the opportunity to get involved.

Helen Dowden - Foundation Governor

I was really pleased to join the governing body as a Foundation Governor in 2015.  I have 2 daughters aged 24 and 22 who attended Ss Peter and Paul school and went on to St Mary's.  As a member of the Finances and Resources Committee I am able to use skills that I gained when I was a manager in the NHS for 10 years.  I have now returned to clinical practice as a Pediatric Physiotherapist and I continue to work in partnership with schools to deliver specialist services for children with additional needs. I am the SEN (special Educational Needs) governor.

As a parent of children who benefited from the opportunities offered by Ss Perter and Paul, I am delighted to actively be involved in the running of the school as it continues to maintain its strong ethos of supporting children to learn and develop in a safe and caring environment.