Mr Cameron Robson - Chair
Mr Neil Moules - Vice Chair
Mr John Devlin - Accounting Officer
Mr Paul Booth
Dr Deirdrie Naylor
Mrs Lynne Royle
Mrs Margaret Stichbury
Monsignor Andrew Summersgill
Mrs Liz Snelling
Professor Ray Lloyd
THE TRUST BOARD
We would like to let you know more about who is on our Trust Board, which was originally set up in October 2014.
Chair of the Blessed Christopher Wharton Catholic Academy Trust
Parish : St. Joseph’s, Keighley
Cameron lives with his family in Oakworth, and is a member of St Joseph's Parish, where he normally attends the Saturday evening Mass. In the past, he has supported the weekly liturgy through reading and as a Eucharistic Minister, and spent some time as a Catechist. Cameron has a strong association with St Joseph's school, having been a governor there for over 10 years, 8 of them as Chair, and is a fearless advocate for Catholic Education in Keighley and the wider area. He has been chair of the Trust Board since the formation of the Trust.
In his professional life, Cameron is a Senior Civil Servant in the Department of Health, and is currently responsible for a number of nationwide health policies. He has degrees in theology and law from the Universities of Oxford and Liverpool, was called to the Bar by Lincoln's Inn way back in 1993, and has two accountancy qualifications (CIMA and ACCA), all of which have been very useful as the Board has worked through its first full year of operation.
Cameron loves travelling (when he gets the chance to escape from work) and exploring new places - usually from the deck (or bar) of a cruise ship. He also is a keen supporter of Opera North, and an often disappointed supporter of Leeds United!
Vice Chair of Blessed Christopher Wharton Catholic Academy Trust
Parish: Our Lady of Victories and St. Anne, Keighley
Married with a young children, Neil has worshipped at St Anne's parish all his life, attended the school and later went to the Holy Family School. He graduated from Trinty and All Saints Catholic College in Leeds with a degree in History and remained there to complete his PGCE. Neil has worked as a secondary school teacher for eleven years and teaches History, Geography and RE. He has interests in teaching and learning, technology and leadership.
Neil has been involved in parish life for a number of years. As a child he was an altar server, he helped to form the local Lourdes pilgrimage group, Massabielle, and until recently he was a catechist for the Confirmation group.
Outside of work and parish life Neil has a particular interest in local cuisine and real ale, genealogy and sailing. He also enjoys spending time with his family at the coast and in the Lake District.
Parish : Our Lady of Victories and St. Anne, Keighley
John is Executive Head at Our Lady of Victories, St Joseph's Keighley and St Anne's. He is extremely passionate about giving our children the best possible start in life. Primary school should be the best years of pupils’ lives and he believes that an exciting, personalised curriculum is the key to this.
Parish : St John Mary Vianney, Leeds
Paul started as Head of School at St Anne’s in Keighley in September 2018 having previously been Head of School at Our Lady of Victories for 3 years. He is committed to ensuring that all children receive a high quality Catholic education and have the best possible start in life. He believes that primary school should be exciting and engaging and that the children should enjoy coming into school each day to learn.
Catholic education has played a huge part in Paul’s life. He attended St Joseph’s Primary School in Brighouse before his family moved to Keighley and he joined Holy Family Secondary School. After leaving school he trained to become a teacher and has taught at St Anne’s, St Matthew’s in Bradford and Our Lady of Victories in Keighley.
Parish: Our Lady and St Joseph's, Aire Valley
Deirdre was born and raised in New Mills, a small town on the edge of the Derbyshire Peak District. Educated at St Anne's RC primary school in Buxton and Harrytown Convent High School in Romiley, Cheshire, Deirdre came to Bradford to study for a degree in Pharmacy. She went on to gain a PhD in Pharmacology and met and married a Bradfordian, Ian. Now retired, her working life was spent mainly as a hospital pharmacist with contributions to teaching on the Pharmacy course at Bradford University.
Contributions to parish life include the Eucharistic Ministry, helping with the parishes' contribution to the Bradford Inn Churches Project, church cleaning and until recently as a leader with the parishes' Guide and Brownie units.
Deirdre has 3 grown up children and has recently become a Grandmother, her interests include needlework, gardening, walking in the Lake District and researching her Father's history and experiences.
Parish: Our Lady of Victories and St. Anne, Keighley
Lynne was born and raised in Dartford Kent. Educated at St Anselm's Primary and St Joseph's Convent Grammar School, Abbey Wood SE2. She went to college in Middlesex and qualified as a teacher in 1972. She went on to gain a degree in English and World Religions with the Open University whilst her children were tiny.
She taught at a variety of schools in the south,the most memorable being Colegio Canada Blanch (a school run by the Spanish Government for the children of Spanish workers in London) where Lynne was an English teacher. Staff meetings in Spanish rapidly improved her language skills!
Lynne's mum was born and raised in the Keighley area and in order to fulfill her mum's dream the whole family moved up here in 1988. Lynne became Chairperson of St Anne's PTA and parish secretary of the U.C.M whilst the children were small. She became a full time teacher at St Anne's in 1990 and retired in July 2015 having been English Co-ordinator and taught every year group apart from Reception.
Lynne's three children all attended St Anne's and Holy Family Schools. She was a Confirmation Catechist and a facilitator for the Diocesan programme' Rainbows for all God's Children'. Lynne is a Eucharistic Minister at St Anne's. She is also Parish secretary for Missio and she and her husband Simon are on the Counting rota.
Since retirement Lynne is enjoying time to read, to go walking around Yorkshire Wildlife Park,meeting up with friends and indulging her love of theatre.
Parish: St Matthew’s, Bradford
Margaret is a retired Headteacher of the Diocese of Leeds. During her career, she has served as the Headteacher of 3 schools: St. Austin’s, Wakefield 1983-1989; St Joseph’s, Bradford 1989-2002; St Malachy’s, Halifax 2002-2007.
Margaret took early retirement in 2007 and this allowed her to enjoy her interests in travelling, reading, walking and cooking. However, she has been unable to lose her interest in, and passion for, education. From 2007-2012 Margaret served as the Chair of the Board of Directors at Wyke Community Children’s Centre. Since 2012 she has served on the Governing Body of St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School in Bradford and has been Chair of Governors there since 2014.
Serving on the Blessed Christopher Wharton Academy Trust Board allows Margaret to continue and further develop her commitment to Catholic education so that she may contribute to the support of the pupils in our Academy Trust schools to reach their full potential both educationally and spiritually.
Mgr Andrew Summersgill
Parish Priest : St. Stephen’s, Skipton
Andrew was born in Bradford and attended Catholic schools: St Clare’s, St George and Cardinal Hinsley VI Form. He studied for the priesthood at the English College in Rome and was ordained priest in St Clare’s, Bradford in 1986. After returning to Rome to complete studies in Canon Law he was appointed in 1988 as one of the assistant priests in St Theresa’s Crossgates, Leeds. In September 1990 he became secretary to Bishop David Konstant. During his period as Bishop’s Secretary he also served for a time as Judicial Vicar and Chancellor of the Diocese. In March 2001 he became General Secretary of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales and as such was a member of the Management Committee of the Catholic Education Service and a Trustee of Churches Together in Britain and Ireland. From 2008 to 2015 he was a member of the Nominations Committee of the Bible Society. In November 2009 he was appointed as the National Organiser for the Visit of Pope Benedict XVI to the UK, which took place in September 2010.
In January 2011, Bishop Arthur Roche appointed Andrew as Parish Priest of St Stephen’s Skipton. The Parish was modified to include parts of the parish of Broughton in 2012. In 2013 he became a Director of the Diocese of Leeds Trustee and sits on the Finance Committee of the Diocesan Trustee. When Bishop Marcus Stock re-constituted the Diocesan Council of Priests in October 2015, Andrew was elected as Chair.
Ray is currently Deputy Vice-Chancellor at Leeds Trinity University. Following obtaining a degree in mathematics, he qualified as a teacher and taught for two years in London before being recruited to work in Botswana. He spent eight years in Botswana teaching Maths and PE. Whilst in Botswana, Ray, became involved in Track and Field and held various national roles, ultimately becoming Director of Coaching. He returned to the UK and studied for an MSc in Sport and Exercise Science. On completing this he took a lecturing post at the University of Sunderland before moving back to Leeds to join Leeds Met (as was) spending four years combining an academic role in physiology and biomechanics with work as a strength and conditioning practitioner in professional sport. After four years of this he moved to Dundee to take up a Head of Department position before becoming Dean of Social and Health Sciences. During this time Ray was awarded his PhD for research in the area of human load carriage, including head-loading by African women. After eight years in Dundee, Ray again returned to Leeds to take up his current role.