Anne Marie Horrocks - Chair and Foundation Governor
I was asked to become the local authority governor at the school 9 years ago and I am now one of the foundation governors. Both my children attended the school.
I am an active member of our parish and,as such, I'm also committed to maintaining and promoting the school’s Catholic character and mission ensuring that the whole curriculum ‘is taught in the light of gospel values and actively promotes the spiritual and moral development of the pupils’.
As part of the governing board I am keen to influence the future direction of the school and support the vision to help St Gilbert’s grow from strength to strength.
I thoroughly enjoy being a governor even though it is hard work and I feel supported in this by the other dedicated governors, headteacher and staff.
One of the rewards of being a governor is being aware that you have helped to ensure the children at St Gilbert’s have a happy and safe environment where they can learn and achieve their full potential.
In my limited spare time I enjoy reading and spending time with friends and family.
Mr Peter Cusack - Foundation Governor
I am a Foundation Governor at the school and have been a member of the Governors for many years. My whole lifetime, both as a pupil myself and then as a teacher, has been spent in Catholic Education. My teaching career began at St. Patrick's High School where I was for almost 18 years.
I have lived locally for very many years and was a member of the old St. Matthew's parish and now belong to our new parish of St. John Paul ll.
My lifelong commitment to Catholic Education continues today in the main as a Governor at St. Gilbert's where I see it as my duty to support the school in providing for our children in the excellent way it does.
Mrs Jennifer Iddon- Foundation Governor
I have been a foundation governor at St. Gilbert’s since May 2018.
I am a life-long parishioner of Holy Cross Church and have always lived locally. I became a Foundation Governor as I wished to contribute to one of the schools in the parish of St. John Paul II. I am proud to be a governor of St. Gilbert’s school as it is a school with a strong Catholic ethos and one which puts its children, staff and community at the heart of it.
Mrs Josephine Killeen - Acting Headteacher
I have been the staff governor for the last few years but have recently taken on the shared role (with Mrs. Boslem) of acting headteacher. I have taught at St. Gilbert’s for quite a number of years! Up until January '21 I was the Year 2 teacher and the deputy headteacher. I am also the Key Stage 1 leader and subject manager of Literacy throughout the school. I believe that good communication between the school, parents, staff, governors and pupils is essential and that governors play an important part in the school community. With my teaching experience and knowledge of the school I believe I can make a valuable contribution to the governing body.
Mrs Jennifer Boslem - Acting Headteacher & Associate Governor
Hi there I am Mrs Boslem, most of you will know me as I have taught at the school for approximately 8 years now. Most of my teaching career at St Gilbert's has been spent in nursery and reception. Since January 2021, I have been sharing the role of acting headteacher with Mrs Killeen. My passion for teaching derives from my love of children and their thirst for knowledge and ability to learn irrelevant of their strengths and weaknesses. I have dedicated myself to this role and take pride in creating opportunities and shaping the lives of our young people of the future.
Clare Calderwood - Parent Governor
Hello. My name is Clare Calderwood, my daughter attends St Gilbert’s School. I am a parent governor and I work at the University of Manchester. My role as research finance officer means that my skills are best allocated to the resources committee.
Catherine Broadhead - Foundation Governor
I'm Cath Broadhead, a Foundation Governor and 'Mam' to 2 pupils at St. Gilbert's.
I'm Company Director of my own design studio, specialising in licensed textiles. I work with high street retailers and licensors such as BBC, Cartoon Network and FIFA to bring product designs to life. I've always enjoyed my job, and with over 15 years industry experience I realise the importance of this. I'm passionate about inspiring young people to find a profession they love.
Part of my role within the governing team is as a member of the Resources Committee. This allows me to support and challenge the school to make best use of resources, benefitting both pupils and staff.
Dominic Abraham- Newman - Foundation Governor
My name is Dominic Abraham-Newman, I hail from London, but Manchester is my home. I am an events & community manager for the Co-op and also an active member of the Parish of St John Paul ll.
I wanted to become a governor because I want to support & work as a team with the teachers to enable the children to use & find new skills and abilities to do the best they can. I want to help the school to continually raise the standards they have to the benefit of the children, but most of all be a friend to the school.”
Kimberley Donaghy - Local Authority Governor
I have been a member of the Governing Board since 2014 having initially got involved through my children’s attendance at the school as a Parent Governor then as a Local Authority Governor. Being a member of the Governing Body allows me to work in partnership with the school to ensure the children and their responsible adult's interests are first and foremost, and that each and every child has the opportunity to learn, grow and become the best that they can be in an inclusive and diverse setting. With a background in finance and auditing, along with the fundraising and charity events that I am involved with, I sit on the Resources Committee and very much enjoy the data side of governance.