Governor Profiles

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Neil Yates

Chair of Governors (Foundation) and Correspondent Governor: c/o St. Charles' School

Neil, a Foundation Governor, is employed in football as Head of Safeguarding for Lancashire FA. He is a parent of five former St Charles pupils. He has a degree in Education and Society. Neil's vision is a school where children are safe, happy, eager to come to school, and develop a lifelong love of learning in all its forms. A wonderful school where they achieve at everything but can also excel at something.

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Nicola McGonagle

Vice Chair of Governors (Parent)

Nicola is a HR Operations Manager specialising in Human Resources and Governance in schools and has worked within the education sector for over 12 years. Nicola is also a governor at a school in Blackburn. She obtained her degree in HR and Business Administration at Keele University and has significant knowledge and experience of working with schools, and associated legislation and policy. Nicola is married and has a daughter at school, and her son is looking forward to starting St Charles in September 2018. Nicola is passionate around every child being given the same opportunities to an inclusive and wide ranging education, and for our children to be happy, confident and to become the very best they can be. 

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Natalia Atkinson

Safeguarding Governor

Information to follow.

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Rachael Gavin

Staff Governor

Rachael joined St Charles’ in September 2014 as the Year One Teacher and Key Stage One Leader. She currently teaches in Year 2 and is the Pupil Premium Funding Lead. Having graduated from the University of Central Lancashire with a degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice. She then went on to study for a PGCE at the University of Cumbria. Rachael is passionate about the job she does and believes all children have the right to a rich and varied curriculum. She is a strong believer that children should be fit and healthy and as such she works hard to promote healthy and active lifestyles. She prides herself in the job that she does and is extremely proud of the children she teaches. 

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Peter Hird

Local Authority Governor

Pete is a Civil Servant at the Department for Education (DfE) in Public Communications, where he has access to the latest policy and implementation advice. Pete also has access to a School Governors network within the DfE which gives him an insight into the latest regulations and governance.


Pete's son is in Year Two and his wife is Chair of the PTFA. With both their roles in school, they aim to help the Governing Body and PTFA forge strong links with parents to make sure their questions are answered and their voice is heard.


Patrick Kennedy

Acting Head teacher

Patrick joined St. Charles' in September 2012 as the Associate Deputy Head teacher. He was successful at interview during his first term and was made permanent at the start of January 2013. In his time at St. Charles' he has led the developments of the whole school curriculum whilst being a subject leader for all core subjects at some point. He has taken a keen interesting managing the Online Safety of all our children and has led on numerous other areas of school life including assessment, behaviour and educational visits to name but a few. Since January 2019, Patrick has been the Acting Head teacher and led the school through its recent OFSTED inspection at the start of 2020 to ensure the school remained a Good school.

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Mary Pollard

Foundation Governor

Mary until recently, was employed by Marks and Spencer with main responsibilities for administration and finance. She is an established Governor who serves on the Resources committee. Her two sons are both ex-pupils of St Charles and she is a former parent helper within the school. As a parishioner at St. Charles Church, Mary has been a Catechist for many years supporting the children on our Parish Sacramental Programme. She also serves the local community by being a member of Rishton and Great Harwood Soroptimists.

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Elizabeth Ramsay

Foundation Governor

Elizabeth is a past St Charles pupil and has a son in Year Five and a daughter in Year Two. She has a degree in Drama and English & has taught those subjects for fifteen years specialising in Post-16 education. Elizabeth is course leader for Drama and Performing Arts at Oldham Sixth Form College and also teaches English.During her time in teaching she has also been a Student Support Leader and an Advanced Skills Teacher as well as Head of Department for Performing Arts. She is a passionate advocate for creativity in the curriculum and believes all children deserve a rich and varied education.

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Margaret Worden

Foundation Governor

Margaret is a retired local government officer. Her son, daughter, and grandson are all past pupils of our school and she now has a granddaughter in Year 6, a grandson in Year 5 class and another granddaughter in Year 2. Margaret has been a catechist for many years, supporting successive classes of children through the Sacramental Programme in the Parish and is also a Reader, and Eucharistic Minister. Margaret has strong connections with the wider community in Rishton as a member of Rishton and Great Harwood Soroptimists, as a Director and Company Secretary of The Prospects Foundation, and as a founder member of the Rishton Prospects Panel.

The Head teacher of the school, in consultation with the Governors, is responsible for the internal organisation and management of the school. The Governing Body meets on a regular basis and has a range of responsibilities for the school. One Governor is appointed by the Local Education Authority (LEA) and Foundation Governors are appointed by the Diocese. Parent and Staff Governors are elected.

Statutory Governor Information

Meeting Attendance 2020/21 Academic Year

Meeting Attendance 2019/20 Academic Year