Pen Portraits

Pen Portraits

Mary Dowson

I was a pupil at the “old” St Cuthbert’s School, and moved in Y4 to this new school. I had so many wonderful memories and quality experiences that I wanted my children to come here too.  My three daughters had such positive experiences that one is now a teacher and the other is training to be a teacher.

I have supported the school as a fund raiser, helped to establish the PFA.  I have been a governor for ten years and as chair for nine.

I sincerely believe that as a governor I can help the school continue its successes. and will work towards that aim as link governor for MAGT, LAC, safeguarding and literacy.


Nigel Johnston

I have been a governor at St Cuthbert’s Primary School for approximately twelve years and currently act as Vice-Chair of Governors. I also act as Link Governor for ICT and for Key Stage 2, providing a link between the governing body and staff in these important areas.

In my job, I work with social housing providers to improve services offered to tenants, skills which I bring to my role as a Governor in supporting the Headteacher and all staff to further improve their already very high standards. My wife Sandra and I’s children have all attended St Cuthbert’s and they have benefited from the efforts of all within the school. I am keen that current and future pupils continue to be provided with an excellent education and “Delight in the Good”.

Fr Cooper

I have been a governor of St Cuthbert’s School since I was appointed Parish Priest at St Cuthbert’s Church in 2009. I am the link governor for Religious Education and provide for the spiritual needs of the school and supporting the whole school community as it strives to live its Faith in God.


Kathy Manley

I have been a foundation governor at St Cuthbert’s R C school for three years and I am also a parent of four children. Three of my children still attend the school and my eldest has just left. I am an active member of the PFA. I am also a link governor for Right Respecting School and Modern Foreign Languages two subjects I am passionate about and I do look forward to French day. Being French I do look forward to seeing all our pupils and sharing my past experiences in France with them all.

Out of school I enjoy family time, arts and crafts, cooking and baking


Gavin Whyte

I have been a foundation governor of St Cuthbert’s Primary School for approximately ten years. I have served as both Chair of governors and Vice Chair.

I am married to Ruth and our three children have all benefitted from the excellent standards and commitment of the teachers and support staff of our school.

I am the Head of Mathematics at Egglescliffe Secondary School and the experience I have gained in education has helped me support Julia and her team and appreciate the fantastic job that they do.


Frances Knight

I have been a governor at St Cuthbert’s Primary school for over nine years, as a foundation governor and an associate governor. I am also a member of the support staff team in the school and for the past three years I have taken up the role of Parent Support Adviser.  Being a parent in school for the last twenty three years and now a grandparent too has helped me to know and understand our families much more and to be able to meet their needs.  I value and take my role as governor very seriously and feel that St Cuthbert’s is in my heart and this helps when making decisions as a governing body.


Sian Parnell

I am the Deputy Headteacher at St Cuthbert’s school.  My first teaching post was in 2002 as a Year 3/4 teacher.  I have predominantly taught KS2, however I have experience across the whole age range. I am currently the KS2 Lead and responsible for RE and Maths within school.  Away from school I am a married mum of two and have a love of reading and football.


Stephen Dowson

I have been a governor at St Cuthbert’s Primary School for approximately fifteen years. I am married to Mary and our three daughters all benefitted from the excellent education provided by the staff of St Cuthbert’s.

I am Group Sales Manager for a steel foundry with plants in Bolton and Cairo. I am a qualified mechanical engineer and have been involved in steel casting manufacturing for over thirty years.  I bring some of my knowledge of manufacturing to the role of Health and Safety Governor.


Elena Vasilescu

My name is Elena Vasilescu. I come from România, and I have only recently joined the governing body as a parent governor and was delighted to be chosen by parents.  I love St Cuthbert’s school because the teachers and staff are very good and work hard to do an excellent job in the education of the children.  For me it is an honour to work with amazing people who are ready all the time to support me in this new role.  It is a challenge for me to gain experience and skills in this lovely job.  I will do my best to do an excellent job.  Both my children are in St Cuthbert’s and I know how important it is for them to be happy and safe in school.  My husband was teacher in Romania primary school. This help me to know more deeply the education system from another country.

I work for the NHS and I love to work with people and be part of a team.  I am a friendly person who enjoys travelling and new challenges.


Sarah Butler

I am brand new to the role of governor at St Cuthbert’s RC Primary School, having been a member of St Cuthbert’s church for many years.

My two children both attend the school and love it.  I look forward to playing a more active role and becoming more involved in the life of the school.  I am a primary school teacher in another local primary school and hope I can bring some of the skills and qualities I possess to the role of governor.

Anne-Marie Wilson

Although new to the appointment of Foundation Governor, I have recently had the
privilege to serve St Cuthbert’s school as KS2 lead and Year 6 teacher. The school
provided me with many opportunities to develop my teaching career therefore after
having secured a position of deputy head in a local primary school I was thrilled to be
given the opportunity to become a Foundation Governor. My appointment enables me to
continue to serve St Cuthbert’s school – a place which is very dear to my heart. Out of
school, I am married and have two grown up children.