Mr Edwin Kirkwood
Edwin rejoined Governing Body as a Foundation Governor in 2009, having previously been a Foundation Governor for 10 years up to 2000. He was elected Chair of Governors in 2010.
Born and raised in Newcastle upon Tyne, he is a retired chartered accountant who specialised for many years in insolvency matters. He moved to Morley with his family in 1987 and his three children, now grown up, all attended St Francis. His wife, Wendy, was also a member of staff for many years.
An active member of the parish, he is perhaps best known in the community as an active Leader in local Scouting and a longstanding member of Morley Amateur Operatic Society, with his Pantomime appearances better recalled by many of our children than his School role.
Canon John Galvin
Mrs Maria Bailey
I joined the Governing Body in 1999 initially as a parent governor when my sons were in years one and three, not long after my daughter was born. All three of my children attended St Francis School, which they have happy memories of. I believe that the ethos and teaching in the School have contributed to the development of my children in such a positive way. I am currently the Governor responsible for Race Equality and Special Educational Needs and I’ve found it rewarding being able to give something back to the school, in terms of drawing on my experience of working for the Department for Work & Pensions lately as a Performance Reporting Manager.
I’m an active member of the parish; in addition to being a catechist for Children’s Liturgy, I’ve also assisted class teachers in preparing pupils for First Holy Communion and work with Bernie Jackson as a catechist to prepare young adults for the Sacrament of Confirmation.
Mrs O Pearson
My name is Olivia Pearson and I am the staff governor.
I currently teach year 6 but since joining the teaching staff at St Francis in September 2011, I have taught in years 4, 5 and 6. Teaching at St Francis is a very rewarding and enjoyable job - it is a wonderful school which I am very proud to be a part of.
I have been the staff governor since May 2016 and I have enjoyed taking on this new role.
Dr Philip Brooke
Foundation Governor/Vice Chair
LEA Appointed Governor
As a member of Morley Town Council sits on the Planning committee.
Is a parishioner of St. Francis Church where she was baptized and was involved with the initial acquisition of the land to build the school.Was Brown Owl to the church Brownie pack.
Is deeply involved in the local community.
Is chairman of Morley Ladies Luncheon Club and a member of Morley Literature Festival committee.Has been a fundraiser for Morley branch of Save the Children for over thirty years.
Mrs Lara Berry
I am married with two children, Tom and Maddie – who are in years 5 and 2 respectively - so I have always been keen to be involved in decisions that affect their future and the future of the school.
I am proud to have been heavily involved with the School as an active and enthusiastic member of the PTA for the past 5 years – initially as a Committee member, then 2 years as Chairperson and currently as Secretary.
In a professional capacity, I’ve worked within the banking sector for the past 22 years, giving me an excellent background in financial management and in working with people from all different backgrounds.
I welcome the opportunity of just being appointed as a Parent Governor and representing the interests of all parents and children within the school board.
Mr Richard Lambert
Hi, My name is Richard Lambert and I was elected as Parent Governor in March 2017. I currently have 3 children in school all of whom enjoy their school time enormously....it has been a big part of our family lives for the past 7 years and will be for many years to come.
Outside of School responsibilities I work for Lloyds Bank in the Business Banking side of the group and in my spare time enjoy playing football and helping to coach a local girls football team.
I am committed to helping provide a safe, stimulating and successful school experience for every pupil at St Francis and help build on the good work done to date by the staff & Governors (past and present).
Mrs Claire Malone
I have three children, two of whom are in the School and School Nursery, and the youngest is due to start School in September 2018. With a vested interest in St Francis’ for many years to come, I wanted to become actively involved and volunteer in some way by making an active contribution to my children's education and schooling.
I currently work as a Consultant Property Solicitor which provides me with a great deal of flexibility to be involved with school drop offs and collections (often the most stressful parts of the day!). I hope to be able to use my professional experience in the legal and financial sectors to be an effective Parent Governor. I have already discovered that my background has helped me to assimilate the large volumes of documentation and correspondence frequently involved as a member of the Governing Body.
I have been impressed at how welcome my children feel at St. Francis’, the strong Catholic ethos that the school embodies, the outstanding care shown to the children, and the school’s consistently high standards of education. I hope to be able to help support the direction and continued development of the School to provide the best teaching and learning experience for all pupils.
Mrs Angela Walker