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 who were educated at St. Dominic's.

Karen Champ, Chair of Governors

Karen Champ Parent Governor


Karen has been involved with St Dominic’s Priory School since 2005 when her eldest daughter Amy joined in P5, followed by her youngest daughter Jessica in 2006 joining P1.  During her time at the school Karen has done two periods as Chair of the PFA and one as Treasurer. She still likes to help and support the PFA wherever and whenever she can.  She was elected as a Parent Governor in 2015 and moved to be an Independent and Vice Chair of Governors in 2017 when Jessica left.

She has been married to Stephen for 32 years and they live locally in Stone.

Karen started her career in 1983 as a YTS for a multi-national industrial door company.  Whilst there she worked in all areas of the business and eventually worked her way up to be PA to the Operations Director.  She left there in 1994 to help Stephen run the family businesses, which she continues to do today.  When Karen is not working she enjoys looking after her granddaughter Poppy.

Karen is also the Chair of the Facilities Committee and a member of the Finance Committee.

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.


Martin Ware, Parent Governor

Martin lives locally with his partner Lucy (a nurse) and their children.

Martin has two master’s level qualifications both passed with Distinction: ‘Master of Business Administration’ (MBA) and ‘Managing Performance and Change’. Martin also has a degree in Marketing. He is a full member by qualification and experience with the Chartered Management Institute; Chartered Institute of Marketing and the British Institute of Facilities Management.

Martin brings with him a wealth of experience across private and public sector businesses. For ten years he worked for a multi-national company where he had spells managing an oil refinery site and other facilities on behalf of large organisations. Since 2008, Martin has worked for the NHS in various roles. He currently manages a team of 150 people overseeing more than £150m/yr of contracts for continuing healthcare and related services across Merseyside and Lancashire.


Vicky Titley, Parent Governor

Vicky is married to Ian and has two children, Sophie and Matthew who attend St Dominic’s Priory school.

Vicky qualified with a BSc (Hons) in Speech and Language Therapy in 1998 and has worked in North Staffordshire as a Speech and Language Therapist.  She is currently clinical lead for specific language impairment at Staffordshire and Stoke on Trent Partnership Trust and leads a team of Speech and Language Therapists and Assistant Practitioners working in local schools. In 2016, Vicky qualified with an MSc in Health Service Management and has developed a keen interest in service improvement, quality and outcome measures. Vicky is a member of the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (RCSLT) and is on the steering group of the RCSLT West Midlands Hub.

Vicky enjoys singing regularly in University Hospital Choir (who won first place in Newcastle Speech Drama and Music Festival 2017) and Bel canto a local a capela singing group.

Peter Thorpe, Independent Governor

Peter comes from Hertford and attended St Edmund’s College, Ware and then St Mary’s College, Strawberry Hill where he qualified as a teacher. Initially, he read History, Physical Education and Education. He then obtained a degree in Educational Psychology and later an MSc in Education Management.

After working in several parts of the country, at posts including two Deputy Headships, Peter arrived in this area in 1979 to take over the Headship of St Gabriel’s Catholic School, Alsager. He later became Head Teacher of St Teresa’s Catholic School, Trent Vale. Alongside his work at St Teresa’s Peter took over a number of local schools where there was the need for a Head Teacher and he supported others where there was a temporary need. He has mentored inexperienced Heads and has been an Advisory Head Teacher for Stoke on Trent.

Other professional tasks during thirty-three years of Headship have included being an  External Advisor, working throughout the Midlands and the north of England, advising governors as part of the Head Teacher Performance Management process and acting as an Educational Consultant in various education authorities.

Peter is married to Pat and they have five children and seven grandchildren.

Peter has owned or been a partner in such diverse businesses as a public house and private rental properties. In recent years he has assisted his wife Pat in their shop.

Now retired, Peter is an Extraordinary Minister of the Eucharist at St Teresa’s Catholic Church, Trent Vale where he is also a member of the parish finance committee.

Peter and Pat continue what has become a long-term labour of love as they renovate their house in France, the rebuilding of which is nearly complete after fifteen years.


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