St. Joseph's Catholic College

Governing Body

The Board of Trustee's has a key role to play in helping the College provide the best possible education for all its students.  The School Standards and Framework Act 1998 strengthens that role by giving governing bodies a specific responsibility for helping to raise standards. The governing body meet regularly and review each aspect of the College. This includes students' achievement and progress, teaching and learning, use of resources, and staffing. Committees and panels are formed as required and a finance audit, resources and premises committee meet during the year to specifically review the best use of the money allocated to the College.  The admissions panel meet regularly throughout the year.

The Governors’ vision is that the College including all the students and staff are the “best we can be” and more detail on this can be found by following this link.

The membership of the board, the Chairs and Vice Chairs of each committee is shown below.

All communications to the Trustee's should be directed in the first instance to the Clerk, Michelle Ferris. Her email address is This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Members of the Board

Name Role Type of Governor Term Started Term Expires Attendance 2019-20 Committee's Pecuniary interest
Mr Aaron Thornton

Vice Chair

Foundation 21/09/2018   20/09/2022 18 out of 18 Finance, Curriculum and Standards

Wife an employee

Children attend the College

Mr Kevin Burchall Chair Foundation 21/09/2018 20/09/2022 37 out of 39 All Child Attends School
Mrs Kate Innes   Foundation 03/10/2019 02/10/2023 11 out of 13 Admissions  
Mr Chris Lang Chair of Admissions Panel Foundation 01/08/2019 31/07/2023 38 out of 41 Admissions, finance audit resources and Premises None Declared
Mrs Liz Barrett   Foundation 16/10/2019 17/10/2023 Resigned 31/12/2020 Curriculum and Standards  
Mr John Moore Vice Chair of the Finance, Audit, Risk and Premises Committee Foundation 21/09/2018 20/09/2022 17 out of 18   Child Attends School
Mr Michael Sloan   Foundation 18/01/2020 19 January 2024 4 out of 8  

Sloan Ltd 

Dabble Ltd

Repossession Specialists Ltd

Miss Jessica Higgins Vice Chair Foundation 23/03/2021 22/03/2023 8 out of 9 Curriculum and Standards Child attends the school
Mr Paul Hughes Principal Ex Officio     41 out of 41 All  
Mr Mark Fleet   Staff 01/10/2020

Start Date: 01/10/2020

Finish Date: 30/09/2024

15 out of 19  

Freelance event technician

Mrs Marie Temple-Richmond   Staff 02/07/2019 01/07/2023 12 out of 15    
Miss Lauren White   Staff 01/10/2020 30/09/2024 n/a  

Director of not for profit

Trustee of a charity

Ms Rachael Mayne Chair of the Finance, Audit, Risk and Premises Committee Foundation 06/10/2020 05/10/2024 n/a   Director of Company
Canon John Cunningham Chair of Governors Foundation   Resigned as of 25 Feb 2020 6 out of 9 All


Director of Holy Cross Catholic Primary School

Diocesan Trustee


The Diocese of Clifton appoints the foundation governors. Staff and parent governors are selected following the process as recommended by the national governors association and Department for Education which is then ratified by the governing body. Unless otherwise noted, each Governor servers a term of four years.

Designated Safeguarding Lead: Adrian Stoten
Designated Senior Manager for Allegations & lead contact for Public & Parents: Helen Peace
Link Governor for Safeguarding & Child Protection: Miss Jessica Higgins.

All foundation governors are appointed by Bishop Declan of the Clifton Diocese, staff governors are appointed by election, parent governors are appointed by election and the one additional governor is appointment by the Governing Body as a whole.

The Chair of the Board is Kevin Burchall who can be contacted at the College address or via the clerk. (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

For a description of the governing body's activities, please click here

For a summary of governing body meetings, please click on the month below