Below is a little bit of information about our Governors and a picture so that you can identify them.

Carole Baker Foundation Governor

Chair of Governors

Educated at Notre Dame in Wigan and John Rigby in Orrell, Masters in Education in later life, Former teacher of Mathematics, Headmistress of a 2 – 16 Independent School for ten years, ISI Team Inspector for Day and Boarding Schools and retired Quality Assurance Officer for Teacher Induction. Interested in School Marketing and links with the local community. Active member of Our Lady of Lourdes Church and a Governor at Christ the King.

I love travelling and have a grandchild at Our Lady of Lourdes.

Maria Parker Foundation Governor

Vice Chair of Governors

A parishioner in Our Lady of Lourdes and St Joseph.

Maria is the Catholic Lay Chaplain in Southport and Ormskirk Hospital and Queenscourt Hospice and also Parish Administrator in Our Lady of Lourdes, St Joseph and St Teresa.

Maria was staff governor at Christ the King School for many years and was recently appointed Foundation Governor at Our Lady of Lourdes School.

Sean Byrne Foundation Governor

Former pupil of St. Teresa’s, OLOL & CTK schools;

Recently retired from teaching after 34 years service spent in 4 different secondary schools (including being Assistant Headteacher for 7 years), alongside 2 years lecturing in teacher training at Edge Hill University; Lifelong active parishioner of St. Teresa’s; Foundation Governor at St Teresa’s Infant School; Season ticket holder at Southport Football Club and enthusiastic golfer!

Angela Baron Foundation Governor

Educated at Notre Dame School in Birkdale and Digby Stuart Teacher Training College in Roehampton.

Started teaching career in Reception in a Catholic Primary School in East London and after two years went to Rhodesia (Zimbabwe) to teach in a Catholic mission school in the south of the country for eighteen months.

On returning to UK worked in a base for hearing impaired pupils within a Primary School in West London. During this time was seconded for a year to train as a teacher for H.I. children in Twickenham. The remainder of my career was spent teaching in Units for H.I. in W. London and Hillingdon, the School for H.I. Children in Birkdale and as a peripatetic teacher in W. London.

Moved back to Southport on retirement and live in Our Lady of Lourdes Parish.

Interests include playing tennis, travel, gardening (incl. gardening on Rotten Row!)

 

Ann Broe LA Governor

Kate Campbell Parent Governor

I am delighted to be a parent governor at Our Lady of Lourdes.  I became a governor in 2016 and very much enjoy being part of the governing body.

I am the Head of RE at Greenbank High School and have been a secondary school teacher for 12 years.  I love my work and working in my local area.

I was born and raised in Southport and currently live in the area with my husband and our two sons who are 6 and 2 and a half.

Teresa (Terry) Durack Foundation Governor

Born: Brooklyn, New York City. Educated in the USA & England.

Early career included working for Barclays Bank in Liverpool and a NHS finance department based in Walton Hospital. General nursing qualification attained from the Oxford School of Nursing and midwifery qualification gained at the North Middlesex Hospital, Edmonton, London. Clinical career was based in the operating department at University College Hospital and Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children. During my near 28 years working at GOSH, my roles included operating department sister and then senior sister, clinical supplies advisor to the Trust managing a budget of £8million, project manager responsible for the creation and rollout of a Clinical Skills Toolkit for student nurses and ended as modern matron/senior nurse for estates and facilities. I am a trained coach and publications include a part-chapter in the ‘Great Ormond Street Hospital’s Manual of Children’s Nursing Practices’. I was a member of the former national Latex Allergy Awareness Group (now part of the Allergy UK) and the national Sterile Service Advisory Panel, investigating the transmission of prion diseases primarily on neurosurgical instruments.

I retired from full time work in late 2012 and became a volunteer at St Teresa’s Infant and Nursery School in 2013. I worked primarily with Year 2 pupils to improve their reading, writing and comprehension skills. I also spent 18 months helping with Reception class children learn how to write. I became a governor at St Teresa’s school in October 2016.

My hobbies include travel, gardening, crafts and cooking. I was a member of the Malcolm Sargent Festival Choir, which raised funds for the Malcolm Sargent Cancer Fund for Children (now CLIC Sargent) and am now a member of the Southport Bach Choir giving regular concert performances in Holy Trinity Church, Southport.

Helen McMullan Staff Governor

I am delighted to take on the role of Staff Governor at my school. I began my journey at OLOL in the year 2000 to 2010 teaching across Foundation Stage, Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2,  having previously taught at Crossens Nursery and St Gilbert’s Primary in Manchester. I then emigrated to New Zealand with my family and thoroughly enjoyed teaching out there as a Year 5 teacher, with my school having stunning views of the sea and access to its own pool! On my return, I taught in Year 1 at English Martyrs in Litherland and since 2012 I have returned to OLOL as Foundation Stage Leader and Reception Teacher and consider this school as my home!  I feel very privileged to teach our Reception children as it is so important to get it right from day one. Our Foundation Team work hard to embed positive attitudes towards school and learning, in addition to setting the expectations for children’s behaviour and building sound understanding of key concepts such as reading and numbers. We ensure our children have fun while learning and share the children’s experiences in a weekly newsletter and more recently via Facebook page and Twitter.

I have 3 children who all attended this school and have fond memories of their time here.  In my spare time, I love walking my dogs attending the theatre, particularly musicals and travel.

 

Gill Farrell Associate Governor

I am an Associate Foundation Governor.  I am Chairperson on the Curriculum & Pupil Welfare Committee.  My teaching career was spent in Primary and Special Educational Schools in this country and in Australia.  Since 1972, I have been a parishioner at OLOL church where, amongst a variety of voluntary tasks, I am co – ordinator for Childrens Liturgy.  My children attended OLOL school. My interests, other than Education, include theatre, reading, travel and spending time with family and friends.

Father Atli Jonsson Foundation Governor

I was appointed parish priest of Our Lady of Lourdes and St Joseph in September 2004, and to St Teresa in April 2017. It goes with the territory of being parish priest to serve the parish school. I am committed, with the other foundation governors, to the Catholic ethos of our School and support staff and pupils in living and sharing the faith.

Originally from Iceland I have lived in the Archdiocese of Liverpool since 2000 after finishing my training for the priesthood in Rome. Unlike many priests I have never played golf but am good at cooking pasta!

(Rachel) Kate Laing (nee Baker) Parent Governor

After being educated at a Catholic girl’s school in East Sussex I gained a B.Sc (hons) in Physiotherapy and worked in North Yorkshire, Edinburgh and, since 2009, Southport and Ormskirk Hospitals NHS Trust.

In addition to practicing physiotherapy I am the Chartered Society of Physiotherapists Steward for the Trust and the North West Regional Representative. I am also the Practice Education Facilitator responsible for ensuring quality placements for pre-reg non-medical Students within the Trust.

I have a daughter at Our Lady of Lourdes and my personal interests include travel and home improvements (not DIY!)

Jenny O’Donnell Foundation Governor

Maureen Hillsdon Headteacher

Suzannah Dykes Clerk to the Governors

I was appointed as the School Business Manager in June 2015 and part of her role is to be the Clerk to the Governors.

I have worked as a School Business Manager and Clerk to Governors for nearly ten years working in both Primary and Secondary schools.

I am married with twins and live in Formby.

I am an active member of Holy Trinity Church, Formby, where I play guitar in the music group.  I also enjoy running, cycling and walking.