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Who are our Governors?


Helen West, Chair of Governors, Foundation Governor:  

10/11/15 - 09/11/19

I work in a design and marketing company and I've been a governor for 6 years.  I'm committed to making the school as good as it can be.

Miss J Chwastek, Headteacher, Staff Governor:

Ex -officio

As Headteacher I am automatically a school governor.  I am privileged to have been Headteacher in three different Catholic schools.  I strive to provide the very best for all our children

Leanne Cooper, Staff Governor:

01/11/15 - 31/10/20

This is my fifth year at St Catherine's, I have been teaching for over 8 years.  I thoroughly enjoy being a member of the St Catherine's family and feel that the position of teacher governor allows me to contribute further to school improvement.


Catherine Bott, Parent Governor: 
23/5/13 - 22/5/2017

I am a lecturer in Education at Liverpool Hope University.  My career background is in higher education & international education marketing.



Foundation Governor: 


Rachael Fallon, Foundation Governor:

01/04/14 - 31/03/18

I'm a parishioner at St Catherine's Church.  I'm a hospital pharmacist working in a leadership role where my passion and focus is patient safety and governance.



Martin Whyte, Foundation


1/9/2014 - 31/8/2018

I'm a professional Interim HR Manager & a Chartered Fellow of the CPID.  I became a governor in Summer 2014

Jody Tyrrell, Foundation Governor: 

17/5/16 - 16/5/2020

I’m an active member of St. Catherine's parish and I am a pharmacist and my background is patient safety and clinical governance.


Fr John Hitchen, Parish Priest Foundation Governor:  


I'm a Foundation Governor of St Catherine's Roman Catholic Primary School through my position as Parish Priest of the Parish.  I seek to bring the values shown by Jesus Christ - love, forgiveness and care for others - into all that we do.



Richard Kilpatrick

Local Authority Governor:  

13/9/2017 - 12/9/2021

I'm the Local Authority representative at St Catherine's.  I joined the governing body to contribute positively to Didsbury and grow the link between the school and the community.


Raj Mehta, Parent Governor:  

20/4/2017 - 19/4/2021

I am the parent of a child in year 4 and I work in HR, heading up all learning and development in a bank. I am passionate about the education and well being of all our children at the school.

Elly Plaskett, Parent Governor:  

20/4/2017 - 19/4/2021

I am the parent of two children at St Catherine's.  I work in Initial Teacher Training following many years as a primary school teacher and leader.  I will utilise the skills and experience gained from my professional background alongside those as a parent to support school development.


Martin Lochery, Associate Governor:

10/3/2016 - 9/3/2020

I have spent the whole of my professional life involved with education. My daughters attended, and my grandchildren now attend, St Catherine's. 

Mark Chidgey, Associate Governor
01/09/17 - 31/08/21
I was a pupil at St Catherine's and I'm proud to serve on the Governing Body. I work in the NHS and want to support the school to continuously improve.


Clerk to the Governors

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