The Governing body acts as a voluntary management committee for the school working closely with Head teacher and staff.

Position Name Term of Office Ends Business and Financial Interests
Chair Mrs R Cassidy Elected annually None declared
Vice Chair Mr D Bell Elected annually None declared
Foundation Mrs S Buller 2021 None declared
Foundation Fr G. Tobin 2020 None declared
Foundation Mr D Bell 2020 None declared
Foundation Mrs T Coomber 2017 None declared
Mrs S Day Mrs S Day 2020 None declared
Parent Mrs A Hollingworth 2020 None declared
Parent Mr D Hanks 2019 None declared
Parent Mrs V Brown 2019 None declared
Staff Mrs A Usher 2016 None declared
Local Authority Mrs H Page 2020 None declared
Clerk Mrs S Tootle-Ellis None declared
Head Teacher Mr S Groarke None declared


Governor Profiles

Damian Bell (Foundation Governor & Vice Chair)

I live in Glossop with my wife and two daughters, the eldest of whom is currently in reception class.

I work in a business improvement role for a large company and have broad experience in strategic planning, commercial/business development, staff and contract management. I work extensively with local government clients throughout the UK.

When not working I spend my time with my family finding interesting days out, walking in the hills or watching football or cricket.

As a parent with a child at St Mary’s I take a strong interest in the way in which a school is run and in the formal and informal education delivered. I believe that the good governance is vital in making the school the best it can be and I am happy to offer my skills to help support the staff, pupils and the Church as they work with the Governors to achieve this aim.

Samantha Buller (Foundation Governor)

I am married mum of four, the youngest of which, attend St Mary’s School. I too, am an ex pupil of the school, and so it has been lovely to return as a parent. I have some fond memories of my time here, which has led me to wanting to give back as much to the school as I can.

During the last few years, I have very reluctantly, retired from a successful nursing career as an Operating Theatre Sister. The position enabled me to gain many skills and experience in various different areas. Working as a member of a multidisciplinary team, decision making, human resource management and good communication, both written and verbal; qualities necessary within a school setting.

During this time, when my eldest daughter started preschool, I was also appointed chairperson on the preschool management committee, a voluntary role I remained in for five years. The role primarily involved, management of the running of a charity funded Preschool. This consisted of Human resource management, interviewing and appointing new staff, financial issues (supported by an excellent treasurer), implementing policies old and new, and a lot of volunteering in the preschool on my days off. It also required regular contact with Early Years coordinators and OFSTED in order to comply with the educational guidelines. With this experience behind me, when the opportunity arose to join the board of Governors at St Mary’s, I felt it was the right time to transfer my experience, and give something back to the school I loved.

I am in school on a daily basis, preparing the tuck shop for the children, and helping out where I can with trips out, reading etc. During this time, I see a lot of very happy children, eager to learn, embracing the Catholic ethos of the school, and caring for each other. This enables me to have a peek, through a small window at the day to day workings of the school as a parent, as well as a Governor. I believe this enables me to contribute effectively as a member of the Board of Governors, and hopefully play my part in continuing the good work of the teaching staff (past and present) and the Governors before me.

Sheila Day (Foundation Governor)

I was born and brought up in North Wales so I was fortunate to have the two beaches in Llandudno for my play areas as a child! In 1981, I moved to live and study in Liverpool where I completed my teaching degree at Christ’s and Notre Dame College which was a wonderful time of my life. My first teaching post was at St. Charles’ School in Hadfield where I taught pupils from Y2 to Y6. Currently, I have a great Y5 class who make me smile every day with their wit and wonder. I am also the SENCO at the school so I work with staff and outside agencies to support pupils with special educational needs. In 2003, to widen my experience, I left to work in a large school in Hattersley and at a special school in Tameside. I was very fortunate to learn so much from those children and staff. A year later, I returned to St. Charles’ School for some new challenges.

I have one son who attended St. Charles’ Catholic Primary School and then moved onto St. Philip Howard in Glossop. From there, he chose to go to Xaverian Sixth Form College in Manchester and then on to the University of Leeds. He is now enjoying the challenge of being a teacher in a secondary school in Leeds.

For fun, I enjoy theatre, live music and comedy gigs, playing badminton and squash. I like to walk the beautiful hills which we are surrounded by but especially in Lyme Park as I am a “Pride and Prejudice” fan! I have been a lifelong fan of Manchester United but my husband supports Arsenal! But being Welsh, rugby is in my heart!

I am looking forward to visiting the school and meeting the pupils and staff so I can learn more about life at St. Mary’s Catholic Primary School!

Victoria Brown (Parent Governor)

I am a mother to three young children, My eldest is currently in year 2 and my middle child hopes to join St Mary’s reception class in September 2017.

I moved to Glossop around 16 years ago to pursue a career in law with a firm in Manchester. I have changed employers and cities a few times since then, but lived in Glossop throughout. Sadly I was made redundant earlier this year, but am now working to establish my own online business. It started as an enterprise challenge earlier in the year but has grown beyond my expectations.

I have been impressed by my experiences of St Mary’s over the past few years. I particularly admire the commitment and care shown to us by the staff and the friendly atmosphere within the school. I hope that by becoming a Parent Governor I can become more involved and contribute to St Mary’s by supporting  the school through the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead.

I have experience in team management, business administration, project management and technology development. I also have skills in problem solving, drafting and enterprise (although that last one is a surprise to me!) I am looking forward to serving as a Parent Governor.

Dan Hanks (Parent Governor)

I’m currently a freelance copywriter who writes novels and screenplays on the side, but it wasn’t always that way. My background is pretty varied, encompassing working for local government in housing and education, as well as the private sector in heritage and marketing. Along the way I’ve been a lowly temp and a half-decent team manager, and I was also lucky enough to live and work for 8 years in Sydney, Australia (which is where my wife, children and dog all hail from) and credit this time of my life with offering me a lot of perspective. Indeed, having worked with people of all nationalities, and from all walks of life, I’ve become a huge fan of diversity and the idea that our local and global communities are stronger for it.

As a parent of two boys at St Mary’s, I’m excited to be a parent governor and look forward to being able to support the school as best I can.