1. Introduction and Overview

What do governors do?

Governors are like a Board of Directors and make decisions about how the School is run. They meet at least once a term in School.

Who Are School Governors?

School Governors have legal duties and responsibilities. They can only act together, they cannot act individually. They are either:

  • Parents
  • Teachers or Support Staff at the School
  • Local Council Representatives
  • Diocesan Representatives (Foundation Governors)

Key Roles and Responsibilities

  • Decide what is taught
  • Set standards of behaviour
  • Interview and select staff
  • Decide how the School Budget is spent

The Sub Committees

Much of the work however is carried out in sub committees. More details about the Sub-Committees and the roles of the Governors can be found in section 3 below. 

2. Current Governing Body Information

Our Governing Body consists of 13 members (with 1 vacancy) and operates with 3 committees. Please find details of governing body members below:

 Governor Appointment Information    

Register of Interest


Governor Full Name Date of Appointment Term of Office (years) Appointing / Elective Body Relevant Business / Pecuniary Interests  Other Educational Establishments Governed Material Relationships (with staff or governors) 
Bernadette Mattison (Chair) 09/01/17 (re-appointed) 4 Foundation
Paul McGuiness (Vice chair) 01/09/15 Foundation Husband of TA
Fr B Wilson 01/09/17 4 Foundation
Vacancy     LA
Helen Warrender  27/03/15 Foundation –  – 
John Hawksworth 13/04/15  Foundation –  – 
Hannah Szoltesek 24/07/15 4  
Vacancy   Foundation      
Brendan Marley n/a n/a  Headteacher – 
Connor Lavin n/a  n/a Deputy Headteacher  –  –  – 
Laura Herbert 15/09/16  Staff –  – 

Pauline Duffy

01/04/18 4 Parent
Kelly Compton 01/17 4 Parent

3. Governors who positions expired or who left during 2016-2018

Governor Appointment Information

Register of Interest

Governor Full Name

Date of Appointment

Date Ceased Office

Appointing / Elective Body

Relevant Business / Pecuniary Interests

Other Educational Establishments Governed

Material Relationships (with staff or governors)

 Beatrice Smith      Parent  –  –  –
Carl Blake     LA

4. Governing Board Attendance Record

 Governor Full Name     Meetings (Y if attended)



  Full Meeting Committee          
  DD/MM/YY DD/MM/YY          
Bernadette Mattison (Chair) Y            
Paul McGuiness (Vice chair)  Y            
Fr B Wilson  N            
Helen Warrender  Y            
John Hawksworth  Y            
Hannah Szoltesek  N            
Brendan Marley  Y            
Connor Lavin  Y            
Laura Herbert  Y            
Kelly Compton  Y            

5. Meet The Governors

Bernadette Mattison – Foundation Governor

Elected Chair of Governors September 2016 – September 2018

I am an active member of St Stephens Parish Church with several roles including being a member of the Social Committee and I am proud to be a Eucharistic Minister. I have two daughters’ at St Damian’s RC Science College.

I became Chair when Father Fallon retired and this has led me to take an even greater role within school life, serving on several committees and visiting school on a regular basis for meetings with Mr Marley and Mrs Butterworth.

It is a pleasure to be part of St Stephen’s, all children and staff are very welcoming.

Paul McGuinness – Vice Chair

I have been a parishioner for around 25 years and married with three children that attended St Stephen’s and my wife currently works at the school. I have been helping with the sacramental programme (1st Holy Communion) for the last five years and this is my second year as a foundation governor.

I’m a community psychiatric nurse (CPN) in the centre of Manchester with Manchester Mental Health NHS trust and visit people in their homes who have enduring mental health problems as well as a union steward for the Royal College of Nursing (RCN)

John Hawksworth – Foundation Governor

I became a school governor at St. Stephens in July 2017. I’ve been living in Droylsden for the past forty years and both of my children attended the school as does my granddaughter. I am a practicing catholic and care very much about the parish and especially the school. I think that is because of my life experiences and working in my career and other public duties that I have a wealth of knowledge and experiences that I can bring to the governing body that hopefully will assist the head teacher in ensuring that the school meets its obligations and that the children enjoy a happy and rewarding educational experience.

6. Sub-committees Information

The Governing Body has a number of Committes that meet every term. They include:

Finance and Staffing – meets half-termly. Members include: Chair – Mr McGuiness (F), Mr Marley (HT), Ms Khan (School Business Manager), Mrs Mattison (F), Mr Hawksworth (F), Fr Wilson (F)

Premises and Safety – meets termly. Members include: Mr Marley (HT), Mr Hawksworth (F), Mr Alcock – Site Manager, Mrs L Herbert (S) Mr Lavin (DHT)

Curriculum – meets termly. Members include: Mrs Crompton, Mrs Mattison (F), Mr Hawksworth (F), Mrs L Herbert (S) Mrs H Warrender (F)