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Meet The Governors

Meet the Governors

Stephen Tighe (Foundation Governor)
Chair of Governors (Email

I joined the Governing Body in April 2014 as a Foundation Governor and was elected Chair of Governors in September 2016.


I am married with five children all of whom have been educated at OLQM – the youngest is still there.


I am a Parishioner of English Martyrs' Parish and I work as an Actuary at Aviva.


Lee Walsh (Foundation Governor)

Lee is the Chair of the Finance, Staffing and Premises Sub-Committee.


Jon Hawkins (Co-opted Governor)

I’m a proud dad to two daughters: both currently at the School.  I live in Acomb, am a regular at English Martyrs' Church and, although not born and bred here, really proud (and lucky) to call York my home.


I became a Governor in March 2016 and have recently set up a Communications Group to look at all aspects of how the School talks and listens to parents, the wider community and the children.  I hope I’ll be able to apply some of what I know from my day job, where I work in internal communications.


When I’m not at work (or being a Governor) I like all things outdoors-y.  A walk in the hills, messing about in the sea, a drink by the river….


Mrs Lauren Williams (Staff Governor)





Mrs Kate Lamb (Co-opted Governor)

I have been teaching since 1996 in Key Stage 1 and Foundation Stage (previously at Our Lady’s and now at OLQM).  I currently teach the Nursery Class for 2 ½ days a week and feel passionately about the importance of Early Years education.


I joined the Governing Body in 2010.  In that time I have had a variety of responsibilities and am currently a member of the Finance, Staffing and Premises Committee.  I am an active member of my local Church, where I am the Assistant Treasurer and a member of the Finance Committee.


In my spare time I like to keep fit and healthy and have recently qualified as a fitness instructor.


Catherine Fairclough (Foundation Governor)

I wanted to become a Governor because I have four children, the youngest two are currently at OLQM and I feel strongly about supporting them and our School.


All our children were born in Glasgow and the two eldest started school in Scotland, where I was a member of the Parent Council.  It has been very interesting to see how the two areas of the country approach education.  I am a Modern Languages Teacher by trade but these days I am a full-time mum and carer for our disabled son.  My husband is a Teacher too so I have a good understanding of School-life and the pressures Teachers and Staff face.


In my free-time I am captain of my netball team, a Level 2 Cricket Coach at Acomb Cricket Club, and a Catechist at Our Lady’s Church.


I have quickly become involved in many aspects of the Governing Body’s work. I am the English Link Governor, I have visited a Student Council meeting and I have worked on the Chair of Governor’s Review process.  I am loving being involved and feel privileged to be a Governor.  I really hope to help bring our school community closer together.


Margaret Sharp (Foundation Governor)

I have a teaching background having taught in Primary Schools in Germany, Berkshire and Yorkshire. My work locally with the Learning Support Service included Special Education Needs Coordinator, behaviour support and hospital home / school liaison.


I have also been employed in social work administration supporting families caring for children with disabilities.  I hope to bring my experience to my role as Special Educational Needs and Disability(SEND) Link Governor.


I am keen to support Staff as they seek to develop inclusivity. I continue to have a great interest in education and volunteer in School with reading in Year 3.  For many years I have been an active member of the Parish community.


Mr David Laws (Foundation Governor)


Mr Greg McGee (Foundation Governor)


Fr John Bane (Foundation Governor)


Fr Tony Lester (Foundation Governor)


Mr Gareth Walker (Parent Governor)


Mr David Collins (Parent Governor)

Mrs Michele Wall (Associate Governor)


Emma Barrs (Headteacher)