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Governors' Biographies (more to follow)

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Michèle Tayler is the Chair of Governors and 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 previously worked as a speech & language therapist and has had experience of working with children and adults in many different settings.


 Patrick Weaver is the Vice Chair and Link Governor for Safeguarding.  Patrick is a Foundation Governor, recruited in 2017 to the Governing Body. He is an active parishioner at Our Lady & Saint Alphege, leading the music on the third Sunday of every month and has a background in Catholic Youth ministry. Holding a BA (Hons) from Exeter in Business & Management, he has recently completed the International Advanced Diploma in Fundraising and is currently employed as Deputy Director of Fundraising for the NSPCC. Patrick's connection with the NSPCC and background in youth work sees him lead on Safeguarding matters for the school. He is a father of two children, one attends St Gregory's and the other is a pupil at St John's.

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Angela Bennett was appointed Headteacher of St John’s Catholic Primary School on 1st of September 2017.  At St John’s she is working closely with the Governors to fulfil the school mission of 'Shine, Celebrate and Grow!'. They aim to develop the school, so that all children are given all the opportunities that they need to achieve their full potential.  Mrs Bennett has recently completed her MA in Leadership and Education at Bath Spa University. She is a member of St Benedict’s Parish.  Mrs Bennett has two children, Poppy and Frank.    


Catherine Edwards is the chair of the Finance & Premises Committee. She a member of St Alphege's parish where she helps with the Brownies and the Children's Liturgy of the Word. She has two children, at St Johns and St Gregory's. Catherine is a chartered accountant and works for a local firm, specialising in the audit of limited companies and clubs.


Mike Summerfield is a Chartered Civil Engineer who has worked in the railway industry for 40 years and now  works on a part-time basis. He has a long association with St John's School as both of his daughters attended there in the 1990's, when it was the Annex and Main School site and he was also a Foundation Governor during part of that decade. Mike and his wife Barbara worship at St Mary's Church in Julian Road.


Cassie Reis is a Foundation Governor, catholic mother of two children currently attending St Gregory’s College, Bath. Cassie is originally from Portugal, and her background in biochemical engineering and interest in equality and diversity align with her link role responsibilities for Science and Pupil Premium.  As part of her job at the University of Bath, she currently sits at the Equality and Diversity Committee responsible for the promotion of equality of opportunity across the University. Cassie is also a member of the Fabric & Finance Committee at Our Lady and St. Alphege's Church.  Having lived in other University cities throughout UK, she moved to Bath in 2016. 


Maria Bowey joined the governing body as parent governor in 2020. She has two daughters at St John’s who are currently in Hedgehogs and Kingfishers. Originally from the North East of England, Maria has lived in Bath for 19 years where she teaches Secondary Design Technology at Norton Hill School, Radstock. 


Helen Milbourn is a Foundation Governor.  She has two girls at St John's and her nephew and niece were also pupils.  Having moved to Bath from London in 2019 Helen lives in Oldfield Park and she and her family are parishioners at St Alphege's.  Helen is a Consultant Geriatrician working at the RUH and contributes to national steering and specialist interest groups in the field of end-of-life care.  She is also heavily involved with delivering teaching to University of Bristol Medical Students. In her spare time she enjoys walking her dog Olive and going to the cinema.  

Tanya Watt is the staff governor and works as a Teaching Assistant mainly in Year ¾. She joined the staff in November 2020. Before this she was teaching in Nampula, Mozambique for three years. She has five children, two are working, two are at university and the youngest is in her last year at school.  

Peter MacDonald - Foundation Governor - Biography and photo to follow 


Andrew Conway - Parent Governor - Biography and photo to follow 


Tom Simmons is co headteacher at St. John's and an associate member of the governing body. Tom graduated from Brunel University in 2012 where he studied History and Politics before completing his PGCE at Bath Spa in 2013. He worked at a large primary school in London for four years before teaching abroad in Wellington, New Zealand. Tom returned to the U.K. in 2017 and joined the staff at St. John's in 2018. He is in his second year as co headteacher and also teaches two days a week in Kestrels class.


Governors who have recently served on the Governing Body

Rhiannon Woods, Cheryl Hughes, and Rosie Harding stepped down in 2022. Marilyn Strevens and Sara Sampson stepped down in July 2021. Giles Mercer stepped down in October 2020. Mary-Lou Elliot stepped down in April 2020. Tish Bourke and Canon David Ryan both stepped down in August 2019, after a long and committed service to the school.