Francis Campbell – Foundation Governor
Chair of the Governing Body
Link Governor for Catholic Standards, Pupil Premium
Frank has been a Governor at St Paulinus since 2009, having originally served as a Local Authority Governor. He brings to the role a wide experience of commercial management of major projects, including the analysis of development proposals and contracting strategies, together with the coordination of highly sensitive commercial information for multiple shareholder groups. He was based overseas for a number of years in different countries, gaining first-hand experience of working and living amongst different nationalities and cultures.
Frank says, “I live ten minutes’ walk from the school and was closely involved with the project to build the new St Paulinus Church adjacent to the school. This involvement led to me being awarded the Benemerenti medal by Pope Benedict. My daughter attended the school in the early 1990s and my wife established and managed the school Breakfast Club and then the After-School Club.
The relationship between the school and the church interested me and led to me becoming a governor. My vision for the school for the future is that it achieves an OfSTED ranking of Outstanding and I will continue to support it in any way I can to reach this goal”.
In his spare time, he volunteers as the financial administrator at St Paulinus Church where he organises the Gift Aid.
Simon Geaves, BA (Hons) QTS NPQH – Ex Officio Executive Headteacher
Simon has been a member of the Governing Body at St Paulinus for over twelve years, starting as Staff Governor when he was appointed as Deputy Head, and as the Headteacher for the last eight years. As well as a senior school leader, Simon is also a Section 48 inspector and so he brings this expertise and twenty-five years of teaching to the role. An Essex boy, he has very fond memories of attending his local Catholic primary school, particularly singing in the choir, serving the altar for school Masses and winning a local badminton competition.
He started his career in East London before moving to Stokesley in 2000 and taking up a post at the then new St Therese of Lisieux. Simon is married with two daughters who take up most of his time away from work, but when he can find a spare minute or two he enjoys gardening, walking and occasionally dusting off his football boots for a quick game.
Simon says, “In each school where I have worked, it has been in different contexts, and I have been a Staff Governor in all three schools. When asked by the now retired Headteacher if I would be interested in becoming a Staff Governor, I was only too happy to help. Whilst Headteacher at St Paulinus, I have successfully led the school through two OfSTED inspections and two Section 48 inspections. I was also Headteacher of the school through the journey of conversion to Academy status in 2013-14 and held the post of Accounting Officer for a couple of years. I have been involved in Catholic education for nearly twenty-five years and am still eternally grateful for the joys the children bring each day. They inspire me to carry out the school’s mission, ‘To Love Everyone as I Have Loved You.’
My vision for the future is that the school continues to grow and inspire all the children to reach their full potential. The years in primary are the foundation for secondary school readiness in every aspect of life, not just academia. The motto, ‘To be the best that you can be’ is widely used but so difficult to action. As Headteacher, my vision is to inspire future generations to exceed in every opportunity that is presented to them with Christ by their side.
I am committed to working with Governors in their challenging role. They help shape the policy and direction for the school going forward and continue to extend our achievements. The role of Link Governor is key to understanding, shaping and challenging the school in every direction.”
Anthony Bass – Foundation Governor
Link Governor for Personal Development (Including Wellbeing), PE and Sports Premium
Anthony has been a Governor at St Paulinus’ for over seven years. Professionally accredited in a range of roles including; Business Analysis, Programme and Project Management and Audit he brings experience of managing large teams and interacting with senior management to the role.
Anthony says, “I have lived in Guisborough for nearly thirty years and regularly attend and assist at St Paulinus’ Church. Although I went to school in Newcastle, my son and daughter are both ex-pupils of St Paulinus. I was previously a Captain and then Coach for the Mini’s/Juniors/Colts at Guisborough Rugby Club.
I bring a blend of challenge, support and critical friendliness to the role of Governor, having an extensive experience of introducing large scale business change whilst working for over forty-one years for HMRC. After frontline work, including Customs Investigation and Intelligence roles, in the last twenty years I have been a key player in introducing significant business change and policy development on a national scale. This includes; digitisation of processes, robotic automation, and my last project; the successful migration of data, from the old Government Gateway to the new bespoke Government Gateway, making £20m in savings in the process.
It was a privilege to be asked by the Bishop to be a governor, and a wonderful opportunity to be part of a team who focus on providing the very best education to equip all our young people with the knowledge and skills to maximise and realise their individual, and collective potential. Importantly, it is all underpinned by empathy, compassion and respect for others and the Catholic faith I have been blessed with for over sixty years.
My vision for the future of the school is to be forward thinking in delivering a curriculum that is constantly challenging, rewarding and enjoyable for staff and pupils. My contribution will be to challenge the Headteacher to evidence how this is achieved.”
Having recently retired, Anthony enjoys travelling, taking in history, music, comedy and sport.
Maureen McLean, Cert Ed, QTS, CTRC, Adv. Dip in Guidance in Education – Foundation Governor
Link Governor for Safeguarding
Maureen has been a member of the Governing Body of St Paulinus’ for sixteen years. Her professional experience of headship at St Anthony’s RC Secondary School, and leadership role at Acklam Grange School are valuable to the governing body, particularly as her background is in the teaching of Mathematics. Before retiring she had held the responsibility of Designated Person for Child Protection for fourteen years.
Maureen says, “I am an active member of the St Paulinus parish community where I live. I am currently the Chair of Churches Together in Guisborough and Co-Chair of the Guisborough Bridge Association, which runs a variety of community projects, reaching out to all ages, including a Foodbank which operates six days a week.
Although retired, I am still passionate about education and about enabling and encouraging young people to ‘be the best they can be.’ I wished to continue in a role which would make use of my experience, gained from many years in schools, to help St Paulinus’ school become the centre of excellence in all aspects of the lives of the children entrusted to our care.”
Although retired, Maureen is still as busy as ever with various community projects, she also enjoys reading and walking.
Jayne Barnard – Parent Governor
Link Governor for Behaviour and Attitudes
Lizanne McCrossan – Parent Governor
Link Governor for Quality of Education
Rachel Bircham – Staff Governor