Meet our Governors
Hi my name is Ruth Colley and I'm a parent governor with two children who are very happy and thriving at Saint Joseph's.
Here is a little bit about myself, my background has been many years of working in the social field in areas such as homelessness, drug and alcohol work, criminal justice within Youth Offending Teams and supported housing projects. I have been a foster carer since 2007 and have a keen interest in looked after children and safeguarding. More recently I have started my own small therapy business alongside fostering and helping to raise our two children. I am family focused, like to keep busy and help others in life I feel that is my main focus and of course enjoy life to the full.
Due to my background I have taken on the responsibility of safe guarding governor for St Joseph’s and St Mary’s.
I have been involved in the two Catholic primary schools since first attending St Joseph’s in 1985.
It was an easy choice to send both of my children there, both of which have received not just an excellent education, but a fantastic social responsibility. I have had the honour of serving as a Governor since 2007, and look forward continuing this over the coming years.
I am Paula Weston a married mother of 2 children. I’ve have recently been appointed Foundation Governor to the joint Governing Body for both St Marys Catholic Primary Academy and St Joseph Catholic Primary Academy. I am a Process Development Manager at a local food manufacturer, where we develop and produce new and exciting soup and sauces for 3 of the largest food retailers whilst managing a team of Technologists.
I am a practising Catholic and an active member of the parish of the most holy trinity. Where I am an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion, a reader and more recently Lead Steward during the Corona virus pandemic. I am also a member of the Finance Committee for Holy Trinity Parish.
I am delighted to be invited back to be a Foundation Governor for these 2 amazing schools. I was previously a Governor at St Marys Catholic Academy for 10 years, during which time my 2 children attended the school and only resigned after they left for secondary school. It is a privilege to be Governor again and I look forward to working with and supporting both schools, the Headteachers, staff, parents and obviously the children.
My involvement in education began many years ago when I qualified as a secondary school teacher, predominantly teaching science for 35 years. During my time working with the Local Authority’s School Improvement Team, my role was to support schools with behaviour and attendance as well as anti-bullying and emotional well-being.
As a school governor, I have been privileged to work with both primary and secondary schools, including 20 years as a foundation governor at St Joseph’s and four years as the chair of the first Catholic multi academy trust in this area.
I have been a catechist for First Holy Communion for 30 years and am currently the administrator for Holy Trinity Parish, supporting Fr Andrew Cole, our parish priest. I am delighted to be back working our two fabulous schools and to be part of this innovative joint local governing body as we work to ensure that we value all of our pupils, staff, parents, governors and members of the wider community in the name of Jesus the Christ. Fully human, fully alive!
My name is Mrs Donna Green and I am one of the Foundation Governors for the joint local governing board for St. Mary’s and St. Joseph’s Catholic Primary Academies. I also served for approximately 18 months as a Foundation Governor at St. Mary’s School before the merger of the two LGBs.
I am from a nursing background and now retired – having previously worked within the NHS since 1980.
My husband and I have one grown up son and we are both active members of our local Catholic community.
Although I am not from an educational background, I am completely committed, through serving on the LGB for St. Mary’s and St. Joseph’s Schools, to ensuring that our young people are given the very best education available in preparation for their future educational journey and life in the wider world