St. John's Catholic Primary School

Oldfield Lane, Bath, Avon, BA2 3NR

01225 303990

With You Beside Me All Is Possible

GOVERNORS' GALLERY (more pictures to follow)


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


Governors' Biographies (more to follow)

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 Senior Executive Officer in the office of the Regional Schools Commissioner for the South-West, in the DfE, where she is Deputy Lead for BANEs.  Prior to being governor at St John’s, Tish was vice-chair of First Step Children’s Centre.  Tish is a parishoner at St. Alphege’s Church and has two children at St. John’s.

 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.

Angela Bennett was appointed Headteacher of St John’s Catholic Primary School on 1st of September 2017.  Prior to this she was Headteacher at St Joseph and St Teresa’s Catholic Primary School, Wells.  At St John’s she is working closely with the Governors. They aim  to develop the school, so that all children are given all the opportunities that they need to fulfil their potential.  Mrs Bennett has one daughter who attends St Gregory’s Catholic College, Bath. Mrs Bennett is currently studying for her MA in Leadership and Education at Bath Spa University. She is a member of St Benedict’s Parish, where she is a Eucharistic Minister. Mrs Bennett is a firm believer in wellness of mind, body and spirit. When not at school or home, she can be found in the gym! 

Catherine Young is 5/6 class teacher at St. John’s.  Prior to her training to teach primary provision, Cat had a range of experience in education, working as a TA in both primary and secondary settings. Additionally, Cat worked as an SEN Manager and in behaviour support at a local secondary school.  Cat has previously served as a parent governor and a LA governor, at her own children’s primary school.

Tom Jenkins  - information to follow.

Sara Sampson is the Parish Administrator at St Alphege’s Church and has a daughter at St John’s School. Sara has worked in Administration, Financial Management and has ran her own businesses.

Patrick Quinlan  - information to follow.