Welcome to our Governors’ section.
Please find below details of how our Governing body is structured, including the names, categories, responsibilities and terms of appointment for each Governor.
Meet Our Governors
Headteacher, Mrs Heather McGowan, was appointed in January 2015. She is the proud mother of two young boys. Heather is passionate about raising the aspirations and opportunities for the children of St Antony's in the light and love of Christ.
Year 2 Teacher, Mrs Haylie MacNeal, is our Staff Governor. She has worked at St Antony's for over 8 years and has been a member of the governing body since 2015. Her pet dog, Arlo is also a proud member of the Year 2 class.
Associate Governor, Mr Brian Souter retired five years ago after 42 years of teaching. For 25 years he was Deputy Headteacher at High Schools in Lancashire. Since his retirement he has worked with national charity, Debt Advice Foundation, developing their education programme. The programme teaches young people the skills necessary for good money management. Brian has been married for 43 years and has two children - he joined us as a governor in 2017. Brian is also Chair of Governors at All Saints CE Primary in Chorley.
Foundation Governor, Mr Jakub Jachera, joined our governing body in 2017 - appointed by the diocese. He is the proud father of two daughters. Jakub is an Associate member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development. He is an ex-serviceman of the Polish Armed Forces and a member of the Polish Catholic Mission in England. He is a strong supporter of our local community. He has designated responsibility for progress and data.
Mrs Gemma Linley is our Vice Chair of the governing body. She was appointed by the diocese and has been part of the Core Group Committee; dedicated to driving St Antony's forward. She is a mother of three children, all of whom have been educated at St Antony's. Gemma is a Catechist within the Holy Family Parish and helps to run the Youth Ministry group, The Edge. She is also our link governor.
Associate Governor, Ms Anna Brown, worked at St Antony's for over 21 years from 1980. Prior to her retirement, Anna worked within Blackburn with Darwen at the Pupil Referral Unit. She still works in the borough to support young people with disabilities and for Blackburn's Youth Offending Team. Anna joined us as a governor in 2017 and works closely with the school to advise on Behaviour and Special Educational Needs.
Father Ged Barry is our Parish Priest and Chair of governors. Originally from Manchester, he is one ten children. He was ordained as a priest for the Diocese of Salford in 1991. In 2001, he was seconded to Her Majesty's Prison Service where he spent 12 years as RC Chaplain in HMP Durham and HMP Full Sutton. He became Parish Priest of Holy Family and Our Lady of Perpetual Succour parishes in 2013. He was appointed by the diocese and has led the Core Group of governors in driving St Antony's forward since 2014. He is the designated governor for AGT, RE and SMSC and History. Father Barry is also a governor at two other Parish Schools; St Mary and St Joseph's RC Primary and is Vice Chair of Governors at Our Lady of Perpetual Succour RC Primary.
Foundation Governor, Mrs Caroline Palmer, was appointed by parent ballot. She plays an active role on the Friends of St Antony's (FOSA) group raising funds to improve the education of our children. She attends St Joseph's RC Church, where her daughter is an altar server. Mrs Palmer is also the designated governor for Safeguarding, Writing and Geography.
Mrs Sue Johnson has been a Parent Governor since 2014 - appointed by a parent ballot. All three of Sue's children have been educated at St Antony's. Sue is passionate about working with children and is currently studying to follow a career path in education. Sue is our dedicated governor for Safeguarding and Science and is actively involved in the FOSA group.
Relationships and Pecuniary interests
St Antony's Governors are unrelated and none are married to each other. The Governors declare a nil interest in respect of relationship and pecuniary interests.
Associate members are not full Governors but can be appointed to serve on Committees. They can attend meetings and can only vote on the Committee to which they have been elected. These Associate members are appointed for the skills that they can bring to the Committee.