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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.


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)

Hello, I'm Catherine Fairclough and I've recently been appointed as a Foundation Governor following on from 3 years as a Parent Governor.


I have two children at OLQM and two children at All Saints.  As a family we belong to Our Lady's Parish.


I am passionate about education being a Teacher myself and being married to a Teacher.  My area of focus is more the academic side of governance although all aspects are interwoven.  Particular areas that interest me are RE (as the Link Governor), SEN / inclusivity, communication and sport.


Mr David Laws (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)