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Meet the Governors

Mags Cawley (Chairperson)

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Fr John McLoughlin

Fr John was born in St Richard’s parish at Atherton in 1963 the youngest of eight children. He began his studies for the priesthood as a junior seminarian at St Joseph’s College, Upholland in 1976. Following his time at Upholland College he was sent to All Hallows College, Dublin and gained a diploma in Philosophy and a Sacred Theology Baccalaureate from the Pontifical University of Maynooth. In June 1987, he left All Hallows and took up a teaching post with the La Sainte Union Sisters at Grays Convent High School leaving in 1989 to continue his studies for the priesthood at the Venerable English College, Rome. In 1992 he gained a Sacred Liturgy Licence from the Pontifical Liturgical Institute of San Anselmo.

In his twenty-five years as priest of the Archdiocese of Liverpool Fr McLoughlin has ministered at the Cathedral of Christ the King and as chaplain to The Royal Liverpool University Hospital, assistant in the parishes of St. Vincent de Paul, Our Lady’s and St. Joseph’s at St Helens, assistant in the parishes of St. Sylvester’s and St. Alphonsus’ at Liverpool, and parish priest to St Wilfrid’s parish at Ashton-In-Makerfield and later of the neighbouring parish of Holy Family, Platt Bridge. As well as parochial duties Fr McLoughlin has had a variety of other responsibilities over the years: secretary to the Liverpool Archdiocesan Council of Priests, secretary to the Department of Art & Architecture, chaplain to the Liverpool Catholic Teachers Association (now CATSC), Chair of the Liverpool Archdiocesan Liturgy Commission, assistant to George Andrew Committee for the organisation of the living accommodation for the retired priests, member of the pilot group for Priestly Appraisal, and a member of the Board of Management of the Broughton Society. For the past 10 years before coming to the Parish of St Stephen’s and St Bridget’s Fr John was Episcopal Vicar for Formation and a Trustee of the Archdiocese of Liverpool with responsibility for the ‘Continuing Development of the Clergy’ and ‘Adult Faith Formation’. During this time Fr John also served as chaplain to the Carmelite Sisters in Maryton Grange, Allerton, Liverpoo

Tony Redmond

Born and brought up in north Liverpool I attended St Edward’s College in the city and obtained my degree – in Philosophy, Politics and Economics - from Oxford University. I qualified as a Chartered Public Finance Accountant in the early 1970s and then spent almost 20 years in teaching and training accountants in higher education. In the 1990s I moved into management consultancy working extensively on the government’s national vocation training initiative. As that programme wound down I moved into long-term public financial management consultancy in the developing world, working in Uzbekistan, Yemen, Afghanistan, South Africa and Lesotho over a period of about 15 years. I retired from full-time work in 2014 but still undertake occasional consultancy assignments abroad.

In the 1990s I was variously a member, chair and finance chair of the governing body of a large primary school in St Helens and a member of the GB of Carmel College, chairing its audit committee. I took up my work as a school governor again when I retired and am currently a member of the GB of Sutton Oak primary school in St Helens. I am married with two adult sons and one grandson and live in St Helen. I attend mass at Our Lady Help of Christians Parish in Portico where I am a member of the parish finance team. I have a particular interest in school finance, management and planning issues and I am very pleased to have been offered the opportunity to work with staff and fellow governors at St Bridget’s

Elizabeth Preston-Hill

My name is Elizabeth Preston-Hill, I have two daughters in the school, one in Y2 and one in Y6. I have grown up in Warrington and I am an active member of the church of Sacred Heart, where I enjoy playing my trumpet for mass and singing in the music group. I am a currently a stay at home parent, but have a history working in microbiology. I am very interested in education and really encourage my children to get stuck in, and to enjoy all aspects of school and learning. My interests are Music, Science, RE and Maths, and outside of education I enjoy reading and spending time with my family, usually on bikes or watching the girls Rock Climb.

Chris Ainsworth

I have recently been appointed as LA governor and I am delighted to be a member of the thriving school community of Saint Bridget’s.

I am married to my wife Mary and we have four sons the youngest of whom has begun his NQT year at Saint Benedictus School. My main interests are walking, gardening, reading and watching football.

I qualified as a teacher in 1973 and retired in 2013. I spent my career in the primary sector and had the opportunity to teach in both key stages. My specialist area is SEN and the last 15 years of my career was as SENCO in a challenging Liverpool primary school.

I have previously held office twice as teacher governor and I am aware of the importance to have a committed governing body. One that is fully aware of the ever changing educational landscape.

I realised that I am part of a team that supports the Head Teacher and all staff in providing support for parents and most importantly learning opportunities that enable all pupils to progress and achieve their best.

Gail Dixon

My name is Gail Dixon and I have recently been appointed as a governor at St. Bridget’s.

I am originally from Bolton but spent many years following my husband around the country as a military wife before we eventually settled in Warrington in 1999.

I have four children and so far have been blessed with seven grandchildren.

I work as a Financial Adviser and apart from family get-togethers my main interests are reading, social ballroom dancing and camping.

I am really looking forward to helping support the staff and pupils of St Bridget’s.

John Cotter

I was born in Newarthill, Scotland.
Education in Glasgow/Paisley: St Aloysius College/St. Mirren's Academy
Further Education:    Salford University:    HNC Total Quallity Management

I trained in junior management and heat exchange engineering in Glasgow.  I then worked in Canada (from 1975), returning to the UK in 1983.  I have managed a number of businesses in the UK and also worked for a time in Saudi Arabia and Belgium.  I am currently UK representative for a company based in Dublin which imports goods from China and other Far East companies, and I have travelled extensively with this work.

I attend Mass at St. Bridget's and St. Stephen's and am a lay reader and extraordinary Eucharistic Minister, regularly taking Communion to the sick and housebound (which is extremely rewarding).  I have served as Foundation Governor on the board of St. Oliver Plunkett's primary school and also Carmel College, St. Helens.

Sarah Watson

My name is Sarah Watson and I am pleased to be nominated by the staff as staff governor.

Origionally from Newcastle, I have now settled with my family in Warrington. I trained as a teacher in the Lake District qualifying in 1998. I have enjoyed teaching different age ranges in many different primary schools around the North West of England. I have worked at Warrington Collegiate tutoring HNC  and HND courses as well as having my own education training business.

I enjoy spending time with my family, reading and camping. I spend a lot of my weekend transporting my children to various sporting activites, standing on the sidelines cheering.

I am looking forward to helping St Bridget's school and children shine like the stars they are!

Victoria Quinn

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