Welcome to the Governors’ webpage for St Augustine’s Catholic High School; we hope it provides a clear insight into what our roles and responsibilities are and who we all are.
What is the responsibility of the Governors?
The Governors have responsibility for ensuring the good conduct and high standards of educational achievement in the school. They act in the best interests of the students and also act as a critical friend to the Principal.
The three main roles are:-
- Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
- Holding the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils; and
- Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.
The different types of Governors:
Foundation: are appointed by the Diocese and form the majority of the Governors of the school. They have a legal duty to preserve and develop the Catholic character of the school and to ensure the school is conducted in accordance with the Scheme of Delegation.
Staff: representatives of the staff community within the school. Also includes the Principal of the school.
Parent: nominated by parents of the students who attend the school.
Co-opted: appointed by the Governing Body who has the skills required to contribute to the effective governance and success of the school.
Meet the Governors
Co-Chairs of the Governors
Cecilia Hubble - Foundation Governor: Cecilia was previously a senior teacher within the West Midlands working at a number of faith schools. She has experience within trade union representation and health and safety. She was a teacher governor for a number of years, before joining St Augustine’s Governing Board in 2000. Over the years, she has sat on all sub-committees; today she is a member of Finance & Estates and Personnel. In December 2019, she became Co-Chair of the Local Governing Body.
Bernadette Stokes - Foundation Governor: Bernadette, a former senior teacher has extensive experience within curriculum development, teaching and learning, professional development and quality assurance. She has also worked as a consultant for Birmingham Local Authority. Her connection with St Augustine’s goes back to 1996 when the first of her four children started at the school. Bernadette became a Foundation Governor in December 2018 and is currently a member of the Curriculum & Standards and Pupil Welfare sub-committees. In December 2019, she became Co-Chair of the Local Governing Body.
Chris Bird - Foundation Governor: Chris is a Local Government Finance worker with an extensive background in Social Care and Health services. He has experience in leadership roles, audit, and financial management. He joined the MAC as a Foundation Director in 2017 and in 2018 coupled that role with Governor for Saint Augustine’s. He also coaches children's athletics for a local club. He sits on the Finance & Estates sub-committee.
Mike Connolly - Foundation Governor: in 2016, Mike retired from teaching having worked for 30 years at St Augustine’s. He joined the school as second in RE and was later promoted to Head of RE. In 2003 he was appointed Assistant Principal; Head of Sixth Form, with oversight for the Catholic life of the School. In that time his two children attended St. Augustine’s, both having previously been pupils at Our Lady of Mount Carmel and at St Bede’s.
Damon Gariff - Staff Governor: Damon joined St Augustine’s as Assistant Principal in 2017 with responsibility for Pastoral care and support after 12 years in a neighbouring Redditch school. He has held areas of responsibility within PE, as a Head of Year and Assistant Head of Sixth Form. He was appointed as Deputy Principal from September 2020.
Roger Harrison - Parent Governor: Roger is an aerospace engineer working in Birmingham. He has been a Governor for 15 years supporting Mount Carmel and St Bede's and then began his position as Parent Governor at St Augustine's in 2017. Roger's focus has been developing procedures and promoting a robust health and safety culture. He Chairs the Finance & Premises sub-committee and sits on the Personnel and Pupil Welfare sub-committees.
Peter Hartley - Foundation Governor: Peter joined the Governing Body in March 2019. He is currently researching “Theology and Religious Education” at the Maryvale Institute. As a member of a different parish with several years of professional experience in finance, Peter offers a fresh viewpoint on school governance. He sits on the Pupil Welfare, Finance & Estates and Curriculum & Standards sub-committees.
Bernadette Mackie - Foundation Governor: Bernadette is a solicitor specialising in Personal Injury Litigation with a firm of solicitors in Kidderminster. She was appointed a parent governor in 2013 and, on conversion to an academy in 2014, a Foundation Governor. She is Chair of the Personnel Sub-Committee and a member of the Curriculum & Standards Sub-Committee. She is also a Foundation Director of OLOL MAC and is a Governor at St. Peter’s Catholic First School where she was Chair of the Academy Sub-committee between 2014 and 2018.
Gerald O'Connor - Principal: Gerald joined St Augustine’s as Head of Science in 2002. In 2007, he was appointed onto the Senior Leadership Team and assumed responsibility as Head of School in 2015. From September 2019, he was appointed Principal. His focus is upon ensuring that students receive an outstanding academic education and Catholicity, as well as centralising the fundamental teaching on the development of the whole child.
Alexandra Pyatt - Parent Governor: Alexandra works for the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) which is part of the Department for Education. She is currently working as a Senior Manager in Apprenticeship Policy and also studying for an MBA in leadership and management through work. Her eldest son was at St Bede’s and started at St Augustine’s in 2017. She is a Parent Governor and member of the Finance & Estates committee. She is also a Parent Governor at a local first school and a member of the DfE internal governors network.
Fr Tony Rohan - Foundation Governor: Fr Tony has been on the Governing Body of St Augustine’s since 2013, and has served as a Governor for various primary and secondary schools since 1988, usually in his capacity as Chaplain in Leamington, Kenilworth, Newcastle-under-Lyme and Small Heath, Birmingham and at St Thomas More here in Redditch. Governance is more complicated these days given the move to Academy Status but thankfully many professionals give of their free time for this to happen.
Rhizina Shearer - Foundation Governor: Rhizina initially worked within project management for Sainsbury’s, whereas since 2010 has been a Local Government Officer for Worcester City Council, working with charities and third sector partners. Her years of volunteering include Samaritans, HMP Hewell (on the Independent Monitoring Board) and supporting with the early years at Mount Carmel First School. She has previous Governor experience at Our Lady of Mount Carmel First School and as a MAC Director for Our Lady of Lourdes MAC. Rhizina sits on the Personnel sub-committee.
We have 4 committees at the school and the Governors share responsibility for sitting on these and voting on them. The Principal sits on every committee and has a voting right on each. All Governors sit on the Local Governing Body and have a vote on this committee.
|Finance & Estates||Roger Harrison - Chair|
|Peter Hartley - Vice-Chair|
|Fr Tony Rohan|
|Personnel||Bernadette Mackie - Chair|
|Roger Harrison - Vice-Chair|
|Curriculum & Standards||Mike Connolly - Chair|
|Bernadette Stokes - Vice-Chair|
|Pupil Welfare||Bernadette Stokes - Chair|
|Peter Hartley - Vice-Chair|
|Fr Tony Rohan|
Further information regarding Governance, can be requested by emailing the Clerk to the Governors -