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GOVERNORS' GALLERY (more pictures to follow)


Left to Right : Dr Giles Mercer; Dr Michael Proulx; Mrs Kaleigh Pentecost-White; Mrs Karen Neate, Mrs Mary-Lou Elliot; Mr Barnaby Dodwell; Father David Ryan; Ms Tish Bourke; Mrs Michèle Tayler; Mrs Anna Meo;


Governors' Biographies (more to follow)

Michael J. Proulx is Senior Lecturer in Psychology at the University of Bath. He investigates several aspects of multisensory cognition with a particular interest in the impact of blindness on cognition and assistive technology. He received his PhD in Psychological and Brain Sciences from Johns Hopkins University. He is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association and was a torchbearer for the London 2012 Paralympic Games.  Michael is a parishoner at St. John’s RC in Bath and has two children at St John’s.

Mary-Lou Elliott is a devout Catholic and active member of the Parish of SS Peter and Paul in Combe Down.   She is employed by the NHS as a registered midwife with interest and experience in child protection.  She currently serves as the link governor for children with special educational needs.

Tish Bourke is a Higher Education Policy Advisor at the Higher Education Funding Council for England, advising on assessing the quality and standards of higher education.  Prior to being governor at St John’s, Tish was vice-chair of First Step Children’s Centre.  Tish is a parishoner at St. Alpheges Church and has two children at St. John’s.

Kaleigh Pentecost -White was born in Bath and lived here until 2005 when she left to study at the University of Saint Andrews.   On returning to Bath Kayleigh began working in schools across the area before settling at St John's where she is a Teaching Assistant.  Previously to that, Kayleigh ran the After School Club. 

Karen Neate is a foundation governor and an active member of St Alphege's parish. Karen is a unit leader for 39th Bath St Alphege Rainbows.  Karen has a  close affinity with St John's School: her dad was a pupil, Karen was a pupil, two of her children have passed through the school and her third child is currently in Reception. Karen works in Bristol for Defence Business Services where she specialises in payroll.

Michèle Tayler is married with one son. She lived in the Bath area for some time before moving into the city and now worships at a local Catholic Church.  Michèle works as a speech & language therapist, and has had experience working with both children and adults.

Dr Giles Mercer joined the governing body of St John’s in 2012 and has been chair since September 2014. He is a retired teacher and was head of two Catholic secondary schools over a twenty-four year period. In 2004 he was awarded a papal knighthood for services to Catholic education and ecumenism. He has been a trustee of the Clifton Diocese since 2009 and is a member of CCDEF, the overarching educational body for the Diocese. He is also vice-chair of governors of Downside School. He and his family have lived in Bath since 1996.

Canon David Ryan, has been a  Priest for over 40 years, working in the Clifton Diocese. He is now the Parish Priest of St. John the Evangelist, Bath, and the Catholic Dean of Bath. In his pastoral work  he has enjoyed his experience as a Governor in a variety of Catholic Schools as well as working to support the School Chaplaincy of those Schools.


Anna Meo was born in Naples, Italy, where she completed her degree and teaching qualification. She moved to England in 1999 and worked as an admin first and a Science and Maths teacher in a Catholic Middle School in Bedfordshire next. Anna then left the profession to become a mother and moved to Bath in 2006. Since her eldest child started school in St John’s in 2010, Anna has enjoyed volunteering to support the teachers with the reading practice and also school trips. Being a Parent Governor is a further step in her commitment towards the children and the school.


Barnaby Dodwell, currently an Associate Governor, was previously a Parent Governor at St. John’s for four years from 2010, where among other roles, he chaired the Resources Committee.  He has four children at St. John’s and has lived in Bath for10 years. He is currently employed as a Chartered Surveyor, specialising in Project Management in the Education Sector.

Mrs Marilyn Strevens, a retired teacher, is currently Director of Music at Ss Peter & Paul Catholic Church in Bath.  Marilyn is also a diocesan representative for the Society of St Gregory.