Lord Stafford, Patron

Lord Stafford, Patron

Lord Stafford inherited the title on the death of his father in 1986 and now runs the family estate of 8,000 acres in Staffordshire. He is currently the President or Patron of a number of Charities and organisations mainly in Staffordshire and the West Midlands.

He was Pro Chancellor of Keele University (1993-2003), on the Board and then Chairman of Governors Harper Adams University College (1990-2004), Chairman of Governors Swynnerton School (1986 – 2008) and High Sheriff of Staffordshire (2005-2006). He is currently the Chairman of Countryside Learning which aims to educate inner city school children about the countryside through estate and farm visits. In 1997, he established the Lord Stafford Awards to encourage the development of collaborative relationship between Staffordshire businesses and universities. His Lordship is married to Katie and has 2 sons and 2 daughters.

Mark Burton - Chair of Governors

Mark Burton - Chair of Governors

Mark’s expertise is forged by over 20 years experience in the IT Industry. He started his first business at the age of 21 and in 1997 he and three partners founded Synetrix Ltd. Synetrix is the UK’s leading supplier of Internet and associated services to the UK education market supplying over 7,000 schools. Revenue increased via organic growth and acquisition to over £75m. In 2009 the company was sold to Capita Group PLC. He led a six month handover process and following a 3 year sabbatical, has founded a new IT Company, Wave 9.

Mark was a key member of the Parents Action Group that secured the School and brings a wealth of IT and business expertise to the Governing body.

Mark’s daughter, Victoria, was previously a School Head Girl who received 5 grade A* A Level's and is currently studying Vetinary Science at Bristol University.

Mark is the governor responsible for ICT & e-safety.

Karen Champ - Vice Chair of Governors

Karen Champ Parent Governor

Karen Champ is married to Stephen and has 2 daughters Amy 20 and Jess 15.

Amy left St. Dominic’s in 2012 to study Agriculture at Reaseheath College and Jess is currently at St. Dominic’s in Year 11.

Karen worked for a Multi National Industrial door manufacturing company for 15 years. She starting as their YTS and worked her way up to become the Operations Director’s PA . Karen now occupies her time running a number of successful family businesses with her husband Stephen.

She is the governor responsible for the Schools Business Development but also has a prominent presence promoting the school through the schools PFA committee.

A very busy lady.

Martin Melling, Independent Governor

Martin Melling, Independent Governor

Martin has a Bachelors and a Masters degree in Engineering. During 1987-2000, Martin was Group Managing Director, later Senior Vice President of multi-national engineering businesses – in charge of businesses turning over in excess of £500m and with over 3,000 employees. Between 2000-2006, he was the Chief Executive and Chairman of Alstec Group – a management buy-out company sold in May 2006.

Martin retired in 2007 and is currently a Trustee and the Treasurer of Katharine House. He has also been Governor for Wyggeston and Queen Elizabeth 1 College, Leicester and Governor for All Saints School, Ranton. Martin is married to Pat and has 2 daughters (one of whom went to St Dominic’s) and 3 granddaughters.

Catherine Gill - Independent Governors

Catharine Gill, Deputy Chair of Governors

Catherine brings a wealth of business experience to St. Dominic’s in her role as Governors. She has had an extensive and successful career in Nursing and has also worked in various Sales and Marketing roles for a succession of companies.

Catherine is married to Paul who has his own furniture manufacturing company supplying product nationally to major restaurant brands. She is step mother to ex-pupil Niki who is now studying at Leeds University and Katie who works for Paul’s company.

Catherine has been a part of St. Dominic’s Priory School community for the last 5 years. She is incredibly passionate about the school and takes the responsibilities that her role entails very seriously. She works continuously hard for the benefit of all stake holders, in particular, the pupils to ensure that all expectations are met whenever possible.

As a Business Studies graduate, Gareth entered the business world in 1997 as a graduate intake at British Telecom Plc. Working within Group Procurement he led a number of UK and Europe-wide data projects. Since 2004 Gareth has worked for TNT UK as Head of Commercial, Specialist Services; Nationwide Building Society in Client Services; and most recently as General Manager at St Dominic’s Priory School.

Married to Helen they have two children at St Dominic’s, Ellie (year 11) and Dylan (P6). Their eldest daughter Lucy is also an old girl.

Gareth is best described as determined and focused, with a clear vision to improve the whole School offering for the betterment of each and every pupil who attends the School.

Georgina Brian, Independent Governor

Karen Champ Parent Governor

Mrs Georgina Brian was born in Birmingham and after moving to this area was educated at Alleyne’s Grammar School. She attended London University, Goldsmiths College where she studied Mathematics and was awarded a first class teaching qualification, with distinctions in practical teaching. Later, she gained a degree in Mathematics and Psychology as an external candidate. She began her teaching career at Meir Secondary school, taught for 5 years at Stafford College of Fe, had a break to have a family and after a spell at Sandon High School began a career at Alleyne’s High School. There she became Deputy Head of Maths, teaching mathematics across the whole school, Head of House and Assistant Head with responsibility for all aspects of pupil education and welfare. During her time at Alleyne’s, Mrs Brian directed several plays and musicals, organised whole school activities and was responsible for the Personal, Social and Health Education Programme for the whole school.

Mrs Brian has two children, both educated locally, one is a teacher and the other is a Space Scientist. She belongs to the North Staffs Operatic Society , several choirs, takes tap dancing lessons and has recently begun to learn to play the ukulele.

 

 

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