Blue Example Button
Like us on Facebook
Governor Profiles



The Head teacher of the school, in consultation with the Governors, is responsible for the internal organisation and management of the school. The Governing Body meets on a regular basis and has a range of responsibilities for the school. One Governor is appointed by the Local Education Authority (LEA) and Foundation Governors are appointed by the Diocese. Parent and Staff Governors are elected.






Mr. Neil Yates

Neil, a Foundation Governor, is employed in football as Head of Safeguardingfor Lancashire FA. He is a parent of five former St Charles pupils. He has a degree in Education and Society. Neil's vision is a school where children are safe, happy, eager to come to school, and develop a lifelong love of learning in all its forms. A wonderful school where they achieve at everything but can also excel at something.



Fr. Martin Dowd - Foundation Governor and Parish Priest










Mr. Paul Birch - Foundation Governor

Paul is retired and held the position of Director of Pharmacy Services at East Lancashire NHS Trust for 30 years. He is an experienced Governor and has extensive management and finance experience. He is an ex-pupil of St. Charles, an ex-parent and was formally Vice Chair of the PTFA. He is a member of the Church Choir, a Church Reader and a member of the Parish Committee. Paul believes that the children should be the best they can be.



Mrs. Mary Pollard - Foundation Governor

Mary is employed by Marks and Spencer with main responsibilities for administration and finance. She is an established Governor who serves on the Resources committee. Her two sons are both ex-pupils of St Charles and she is a former parent helper within the school. As a parishioner at St. Charles Church, Mary has been a Catechist for many years supporting the children on our Parish Sacramental Programme. She also serves the local community by being a member of Rishton and Great Harwood Soroptimists.



Mrs. Margaret Worden - Foundation Governor

Margaret is a retired local government officer. Her son, daughter, and grandson are all past pupils of our school and she now has a granddaughter in Year 3 and a grandson in Year 2 class. Margaret has been a catechist for many years, supporting successive classes of children through the Sacramental Programme in the Parish and is also a Reader, and Eucharistic Minister. Margaret has strong connections with the wider community in Rishton as a member of Rishton and Great Harwood Soroptimists, as a Director and Company Secretary of The Prospects Foundation, and as a founder member of the Rishton Prospects Panel.



Mrs Andrea Bradbury - Foundation Governor

Andrea Bradbury M.B.E., is a retired police Inspector with a background in community safety, problem solving, performance, major incidents, public protection and early action. In the last 8 years, she worked in the Counter Terrorism Branch developing local Prevent and safeguarding strategies but contributing Nationally and across Europe.

She was educated at St. Mary’s RC Primary School (where both parents were foundation Governors) then Paddock House Convent and Liverpool University, gaining a BSc Hons degree in Physics and Mathematics.

Her husband is a manager at BAe and both their children attended St. Charles. Her eldest son went on to St. Augustine’s and Clitheroe Grammar before gaining a scholarship and Master’s Degree at Oxford University. He currently works for an American business consulting group, in London. Andrea’s daughter is passionate about art and musical theatre and attends a local private school where her grandma was the Deputy Head for 29 years.

Andrea is a member of the Parish Committee, choir, cleaning rota and co-ordinates Sunday Club.


Her vision is for all children to achieve their potential but be cared for and happy in life.


Mr Peter Hird - 

Local Authority Governor

Pete is a Civil Servant at the Department for Education (DfE) in Public Communications, where he has access to the latest policy and implementation advice. Pete also has access to a School Governors network within the DfE which gives him an insight into the latest regulations and governance.


Pete's son is in Year One and his wife is Chair of the PTFA. With both their roles in school, they aim to help the Governing Body and PTFA forge strong links with parents to make sure their questions are answered and their voice is heard.


Mrs Elizabeth Ramsay - Foundation Governor

Elizabeth is a past St Charles pupil and has a son in Year Three and a daughter in Year One. She has a degree in Drama and English & has taught those subjects for fifteen years specialising in Post-16 education. Elizabeth is course leader for Drama and Performing Arts at Oldham Sixth Form College and also teaches English.During her time in teaching she has also been a Student Support Leader and an Advanced Skills Teacher as well as Head of Department for Performing Arts. She is a passionate advocate for creativity in the curriculum and believes all children deserve a rich and varied education.


Mrs Nicola McGonagle - 

Parent Governor

Nicola is a HR Operations Manager specialising in Human Resources and Governance in schools and has worked within the education sector for over 12 years. Nicola is also a governor at a school in Blackburn. She obtained her degree in HR and Business Administration at Keele University and has significant knowledge and experience of working with schools, and associated legislation and policy. Nicola is married and has a daughter at school, and her son is looking forward to starting St Charles in September 2018. Nicola is passionate around every child being given the same opportunities to an inclusive and wide ranging education, and for our children to be happy, confident and to become the very best they can be. 




Miss Rachael Gavin - Staff Governor

 Rachael joined St Charles’ in September 2014 as the Year One Teacher and Key Stage One Leader. She currently teaches in Year 2 and is the Pupil Premium Funding Lead. Having graduated from the University of Central Lancashire with a degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice. She then went on to study for a PGCE at the University of Cumbria. Rachael is passionate about the job she does and believes all children have the right to a rich and varied curriculum. She is a strong believer that children should be fit and healthy and as such she works hard to promote healthy and active lifestyles. She prides herself in the job that she does and is extremely proud of the children she teaches. 

Mrs. Vivien Baker – Headteacher

Vivien obtained a degree in Music from Leeds University before moving to London where she completed her PGCE and a performance diploma in piano from London College of Music.  After teaching in London for three years, Vivien moved back to Lancashire and worked at Peel Park Primary School in Accrington. Her wish to work in a Catholic school was granted when she was appointed to teach at St Mary’s RCP School, Langho during which time she taught her three sons.  As Deputy Head teacher at Holy Souls, Vivien was privileged to teach her youngest child, Madeleine who asked to move school to be in her Mum’s class like her brothers! Vivien’s dream is that every child will love their school days and will achieve their ambitions – whatever they are. Vivien believes that every child deserves the best education possible and is committed to pursuing this as Head teacher of St Charles.

Governors' minutes are available for anyone wishing to view them. A copy will be made at a small charge for anyone requesting them.