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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 safeguarding children as County Welfare Officer for 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. An outstanding 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.



Mr. David Rogers - Foundation Governor

David is a Solicitor specialising in the field of Civil Litigation and works in-house for Tetrosyl Limited. David is also a qualified teacher who taught Economics and History at St Mary’s Sixth Form College in Blackburn before deciding to re-train as a Solicitor. He obtained his degree in Politics, Economics and Philosophy at York University and then undertook a PGCE at Hull University before later going on to obtain his legal qualifications from Huddersfield University and the College of Law in Chester. David is a Parishioner of St Charles parish and a former pupil of St Charles - a favourite of the legendary Miss Sinfield!  He is married to Ruth and they have three children - one who is a past pupil, one who is a present pupil and one who is a future pupil.



Mrs Elizabeth Ramsay - Foundation Governor

Elizabeth is a past St Charles pupil and has a son in Year Two with a daughter due to join Reception in September 2017.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. Linda Harling - Vice Chair of Governors and LEA Governor 

Linda is the Electoral Services Manager for Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council. Her son and daughter are both past pupils.  Linda  completed nearly six years as a Parent Governor before recently being appointed as LEA Governor. Linda is also Vice Chair of the Resources Committee as she has over twenty years experience of budget management and staff recruitment.




Mr Lee Beveridge - Parent Governor 

Lee is a parent to a year 4 pupil.

He Completed a Diploma in Management, at Blackburn University and spent a number of years in management roles in heavily targeted industries.

Lee now works for a local training provider, delivering apprenticeships to both school leavers and mature learners, drawing on previous experience to mentor and guide learners through their qualifications.

He is about to undertake his level 4 teaching qualification.

Lee is passionate about ensuring everyone has the opportunity to become the best they can be, and also volunteers as a coach at a local rugby club.


Mrs Stephanie Parkinson - Parent Governor

Stephanie is a parent to a year 1 pupil. She has a BA Hons in Primary Education and has been teaching for over 10 years. She has taught both KS1 and KS2 children both in the UK and USA but through her experiences has found that her passion lies with the Early Years Foundation Stage. Stephanie is passionate about teaching  and developing the whole child to achieve their very best both academically, socially and emotionally.


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.