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Committee Membership 2020-2021

SurnameNameDesignationCommittee membership
(in addition to the Full Governing Body)
CatherallPamelaFoundation GovernorFinance and Resources and Link Governor for Learner Voice and for Curriculum
CollierPhillipFoundation GovernorFinance and Resources and Link Governor for Learner Voice and for Curriculum
DaleSimonFoundation GovernorFinance and Resources (Chair);
Quality and Standards;
WattsKateStaff GovernorQuality and Standards Committee
HigginsMarkFoundation GovernorAudit
BryanMadisonStudent GovernorQuality and Standards
LumbJohnFoundation Governor
Chair of Governing Body
Quality and Standards;
Remuneration (Chair);
Search (Chair)
McGheePeterPrincipalQuality and Standards;
WhiteAnneCo-opted GovernorQuality and Standards
MorganCatherineFoundation GovernorAudit
PhillipsPeterFoundation Governor
Vice Chair of Governing Body
Quality and Standards;
McNestryAaronStudent GovernorQuality and Standards
DumicanMarkFoundation GovernorQuality and Standards
ChandlerChrisStaff GovernorQuality and Standards
TatePamelaFoundation GovernorAudit (Chair);
Quality and Standards;

Interim Clerk to the Governing Body: Barbara Bartley (

College Governors

Pam Catherall
Pam Catherall

Foundation Governor. Member of Finance & Resources Committee.

Pamela is a Careers Adviser and is a qualified food technologist. She is the college learner voice link governor, having a great interest in the learner experience and has extensive experience supporting students with additional needs, and with progression routes available to young people.

She works at young people’s service in Lancashire. Pam enjoys music-especially Kirsty MacColl- caravanning, visiting new places, going to the theatre, reading and taking walks with the dog.

Phil Collier
Phil Collier

Foundation Governor. Member of the Finance & Resources Committee.

Philip is the Head of Engineering at Wigan and Leigh College where he has worked for 28 years. He enjoys most sports and has been a season ticket holder at Wigan Warriors for many years. He also enjoys playing golf and walking, and has completed many charity running events.

Simon Dale
Simon Dale

Foundation Governor. Member of Finance & Resources Committee.

Simon worked in Local Government for almost 30 years in a variety of roles from Social Work to strategic planning.  He is currently developing a bicycle recycling enterprise working within a local charity.   As you might expect, Simon enjoys fresh air on two wheels, occasionally on a tandem with his “other half”.  He is very grateful to live close to the West Coast Main line, with offspring living in London and Glasgow.

Mark Higgins

Foundation Governor. Member of the Audit Committee.

Mark was a student at the College from 1987-89. He went on to read French and Russian at Bradford University and Hertford College, Oxford before pursuing a career in Law. He is now a partner at a law firm in Manchester, specialising in employment law.

Martin Lally
Martin Lally

Martin has worked in policing for 19 years and also has a keen interest in Mental Health and trauma management.

Martin has three children, His eldest son has now left SJR and has moved into construction, his daughter is currently studying Criminology, Biology and Photography at SJR and Martin hopes his youngest son will attend also in the next five years.

Martin enjoys watching Wigan Athletic and teaching in his spare time.

John Lumb
John Lumb

Foundation Governor. Chair of Governors and Chair of Quality & Standards Committee.

John taught at St John Rigby Grammar School, and then became Head of Maths at St Edmund Arrowsmith High School. After a Deputy Headship in Huyton, he served for twenty years as Headteacher of an 11-18 Comprehensive School in the Midlands. Now retired, he has recently been appointed a National Leader of Governance. He enjoys walking, supporting Wigan Athletic and spendind time with his grand daughters..
To contact the Chair of Governors, please address enquiries to John Lumb, c/o St John Rigby College.

Peter McGhee

Peter is the Principal at the College. Member of Finance & Resources and Quality & Standards Committees.

Peter began his career as a Teacher of Mathematics in Oldham. He then moved to Loreto College in Manchester where he became Head of Mathematics and Senior Tutor. After 11 years he left to take up post as Head of a new Sixth Form Centre in Ardwick and before coming to SJR he was Deputy Principal at Cheadle and Marple Sixth Form College. He enjoys spending time with his family, watching and participating in various sports and attending music concerts

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Mark Dumican

Foundation Governor. Member of the Quality and Standards committee.

Mark is a product of the Catholic Education system in Wigan, having attended St Aidan’s Primary school in Winstanley, St Thomas More CHS in Newtown and St John Rigby College – leaving in 1988. After teaching in secondary schools around the North West, Mark returned ‘home’ in 2004 to St Edmund Arrowsmith CHS, spending the last 18 years there, at first as Deputy Headteacher and for the last 8 years as Headteacher. Mark supports all things Wigan, especially Wigan Warriors. 

Dr Catherine Morgan
Dr Catherine Morgan

Foundation Governor. Member of Audit committee.
Catherine is a former student of St John Rigby College.

Catherine went on to study Medicine at the University of Sheffield. Her postgraduate qualifications include the Diploma of the Royal College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Membership of the Royal College of General Practitioners and Postgraduate Certificate in General Practice Education. Catherine is a GP at Pennygate Medical Centre in Hindley.  She has a particular interest in education and is the Director of the Wigan GP Speciality Training Programme, a Primary Care Medical Educator with Health Education North West and moderation chair for GP recruitment in the North West. Catherine is committed to ensuring the continued growth and development of St John Rigby College, in line with our Mission Statement.

Peter Phillips
Peter Phillips

Foundation Governor. Member of Quality and Standards committee.

Peter was a pupil at Blessed John Rigby Grammar School having been born and bred in Wigan. He spent most of his teaching career at St Edmund Arrowsmith Catholic High School where he began as a Head of Year in 1975. He remained at the school for the rest of his career and served as head teacher for 21 years.
It was at St Edmund Arrowsmith where he met his wife, Anne; they have two children, Catherine and Paul – both primary school teachers.
In his spare time, Peter enjoys spending time with family and friends, gardening and keeping up with Orrell RUFC, with which he has a long association as he captained the team in his younger years.

Aaron McNestry
Aaron McNestry

Student Governor.  Quality and Standards Committee member

Aaron enrolled with us in the summer of 2021 after achieving incredible GCSE results from  St Edmund Arrowsmith Catholic High School. 
He is a keen Scientist and studies A levels in Maths, Physics and Engineering as well as being a member of Honours Academy and Health and Safety Representative for the student body.
In his spare time, Aaron enjoys going to Escape Rooms and playing complex board games with his brothers.
Madie Bryon
Madison Bryan

Student Governor.  Quality and Standards Committee member

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Anne White

Co-opted Governor. Member of the Quality and Standards committee.

Anne is Wigan born and bred, and with the exception of her first post spent her career in education in Wigan. She joined the teaching staff at St John Rigby Sixth Form College as a P.E. teacher in 1990 and moved into special education and student support in 2001. Anne served as Vice Principal (Students) for 12 years until her retirement from St John Rigby in 2018. She has been married to Allan for 40 years and they have 2 sons. Since retirement Anne and Allan have been able to travel more widely and enjoy the ‘great outdoors’.

Kate Watts

Staff Governor. Quality and Standards Committee member

Kate is a former SJR student who started working at the College in 2012 after graduating university with a BA Hons in Law and Criminology.

Kate was firstly appointed as a Learning Mentor and is now Learning Support Team Leader. Over the last 10 years Kate has worked with a number of students, supporting and guiding them throughout their time at St John Rigby College.  

When she isn’t working Kate enjoys playing Netball, spending time with friends and family and walking her dogs. 


Chris Chandler

Staff Governor

Chris started working at St John Rigby College in 2011 as an English Teacher. Before this, he trained emergency services in First Aid and Life Saving techniques for The North West Ambulance Service NHS Trust. He has had a varied career, during which he has completed two university degree courses: A BA in English and a BSc in Psychology. He is now the Head of Department for English. In his spare time, he enjoys reading, music and spending time with his family.

Pam Tate

Foundation Governor, Chair of Audit Committee and member of Quality and Standards Committee.

Pam is an ex pupil of St John Rigby College, leaving in 1981.  She then studied at Manchester Polytechnic after which she joined an accountancy practice in Manchester as a trainee accountant.  Pam qualified in 1995 and has worked as an accountant in private accountancy practice, private industry and now in the NHS.
Outside work she enjoys watching tennis and films, going to concerts and to the theatre.  She is also a volunteer with the Wigan & District fundraising branch of the Guide Dogs for the Blind Association.  

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