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Purpose

The purpose of the Governance section is to provide you with background information on the body responsible for College governance (the Corporation), explain the roles and responsibilities of the governors and provide access to publicly available documents.

Sixth-form College Corporations (Governing Bodies) have the legal status of statutory corporations and exempt charities. A College is a charitable activity undertaken by its Corporation.

The composition of the Corporation is laid down by the College’s Instrument & Articles of Government. This is a legal document under the terms of the Further and Higher Education Act 1992 and establishes the Governing Body as a legal entity and defines what the Governing Body and the College may do.

The Governing Body (Corporation) has a total of 16 members, each of whom bring their own specific expertise, skills and experience to the role. All Governors give their time voluntarily and have always shown a high level of commitment to both the College itself and its mission. Details of our Governors are shown in section 4 of the ‘Governance’ section of the website Governance – St John Rigby College (sjr.ac.uk).

Governors Role and Responsibilities

During the 2023-24 academic year, College has had two Chairs of the Governing Body. Simon Dale was Interim Chair until his resignation in September 2023. Following the resignation, the Vice-Chair Pam Tate took on the role of Acting Chair until the elections on 7th November 2023 when she was appointed Chair of the Governing Body.

The composition of the Governing Body is laid down by the College’s Instrument and Articles of Government. This is a legal document under the terms of the Further and Higher Education Act 1992 which incorporated the College. It establishes the Governing Body as a legal entity and defines what the Governing Body and the College may do.

The Instrument of Government and the Governors’ own Standing Orders define the constitution as being comprised of the following stakeholders:
• 10 Foundation Governors, who are appointed on behalf of the Archdiocese of Liverpool
• 1 Co-opted Governor
• 2 Staff Governors
• 1 Parent Governor
• 1 Student Governor
• The Principal

Additionally, the College has one Associate Member who serves on a Committee. The assigned Committee is determined by the Member’s skills and expertise.

Governors and Associate Members are appointed or elected (as appropriate) from a diverse range of volunteers from Wigan and surrounding areas. It is not necessary for candidates to have expertise in the education sector, but the overall skills balance of the Governing Body is designed to support the effective governance of the College.

The Governing Body secured professional clerking services in September 2023, through an SLA with Wigan Governor Services, with a clerk who facilitates all aspects of its work.

Governors and Associate Members are appointed or elected to:
• represent the key stakeholders in the College
• represent the key external stakeholders, especially the Archdiocese
• provide the College with expertise and experience not normally available
• assist in the accountability of the College to the community for the provision and quality of the education, care of young people and for the expenditure of public money
• provide oversight of and facilitate the management of the employees and resources of the College.

Key Duties and Responsibilities

• To set and communicate the College’s educational mission, vision and quality improvement strategy
• To hold executive leaders to account for the educational performance and quality of the college and the performance of staff
• To exercise effective control to ensure that funds and assets are used efficiently, and legal obligations are met
• To oversee the appointment, grading, suspension, dismissal and the determination of the pay and conditions of Senior Post Holders and the Clerk
• To set a framework for the pay and conditions of service for all staff
• To contribute to the leadership of the College in ways which promote the quality of teaching, learning and assessment and raise student achievement. In addition, governors also commit to follow the Nolan 7 principles of public life, which are the ethical standards expected of people in public life: selflessness, integrity, objectivity, accountability, openness, honesty and leadership.

The Governing Body and its Committees

The full Governing Body meets at least termly. It receives reports from the Principal or the Clerk and its own committees. Most of the detailed work is undertaken in committees which meet as required, normally once or twice per term. The Corporation conducts its business through a number of Committees. Each Committee has Terms of Reference which have been approved by the Corporation. These Committees are:

Audit Committee which has legal powers to investigate all aspects of the administration and financial systems of the College. The Governing Body employs two firms of auditors and commissions relevant studies.

Finance and Resources Committee oversees the budget, manages the resources and the estate.

Quality and Standards Committee monitors and develops all aspects of student achievement and the quality of education.

Remuneration Committee manages the recruitment, remuneration, performance management and development of designated senior post holders and the Clerk.

Search and Governance Committee recruits new governors with appropriate expertise and experience. It ensures that the Governing Body operates smoothly and fulfils its responsibilities.

How to find out more

Further information is available on the College website or by contacting the Clerk to the Governors. The Clerk’s contact details are as follows:
Clerk to the Governing Body
c/o St John Rigby College
Gathurst Road
Wigan
WN5 0LJ

Tel: 01942 214797 Email: governorservices@wigan.gov.uk (please reference SJR in any email).

Membership of the Governing Body

Nominating AuthorityFirst AppointedTerm StartTerm End
Co-opted governors
Mrs Anne White01 Oct 202101 Oct 202330 Sep 2025
Foundation governors
Pamela CatherallArchdiocese01 Jul 201201 Oct 202330 Sep 2027
Philip CollierArchdiocese01 Dec 201301 Oct 202330 Sep 2027
Peter CudlipArchdiocese01 Jan 202306 Feb 202305 Feb 2025
Mr Mark DumicanArchdiocese01 Dec 202101 Dec 202130 Nov 2025
James GrestyArchdiocese22 Feb 202422 Feb 202421 Feb 2028
Mark HigginsArchdiocese01 Dec 201201 Dec 202130 Nov 2025
Dr Catherine MorganArchdiocese01 Dec 200401 Oct 202330 Sep 2027
Pamela TateArchdiocese01 Sep 201101 Dec 202130 Nov 2025
Parent governors
Meghan Clayton11 Mar 202411 Mar 202410 Mar 2028
Principal
Peter McGhee10 Mar 201010 Mar 2010n/a
Staff governors
Chris Chandler01 Feb 202201 Feb 202231 Jan 2026
Kate Watts01 Dec 202201 Dec 202230 Nov 2026
Student Governors
Jensen Grady01 Jan 202401 Jan 202431 May 2025
Clerk to the Governing Body: Sophie Gardiner (governorservices@wigan.gov.uk)
COMMITTEE MEMBERSHIP – as at March 2024

Committee Structure Diagram

Quality & Standards Committee

Quorum 3 members (to include the Principal)

Phillip Collier (Chair)
Madison Bryan/ Jensen Grady
Chris Chandler
Peter McGhee
Pam Tate
Kate Watts
Anne White

Remuneration Committee

Quorum 3 members (to include the Principal)

Quorum 3 members

(Chair)
Pam Tate
Phillip Collier
Anne White

The Board of Governors
(Quorum 7 members)

Peter McGhee – (Principal)
Pam Tate – (Chair) Foundation Governor
Pam Catherall – Foundation Governor
Phillip Collier (Vice Chair) – Foundation Governor
Peter Cudlip – Foundation Governor
Mark Dumican – Foundation Governor
James Gresty – Foundation Governor
Mark Higgins – Foundation Governor
Allan Keating – Associate Member
Catherine Morgan – Foundation Governor
Anne White – Co-opted Governor
Chris Chandler – Staff Governor
Kate Watts – Staff Governor
Meghan Clayton – Parent Governor
Madison Bryan – Student Governor (Outgoing)
Jensen Grady – Student Governor (Incoming)
Two vacant posts – Foundation Governor

The Board of Governors has determined that its membership is 16 governors (10 Foundation Governors/ 1 Parent Governor/ 2 Staff Governors/ 1 Student Governor/ 1 Co-Opted Governor/the Principal).

Finance & Resources Committee

Quorum 3 members

Pam Tate (Chair)
Pam Catherall
Mark Dumican
James Gresty

Allan Keating – Associate Member

Audit Committee

Quorum 3 members

Anne White (Chair)
Peter Cudlip
Catherine Morgan
Mark Higgins

Search & Governance Committee

Quorum 3 members

(Chair)
Pam Tate
Phillip Collier
Anne White

Our Governors'

Madison
Madison Bryan

Madi is in Year 13 studying A levels in History, Government & Politics and Economics.  She is a former student of St John Fisher High School (where she held the position of Head Girl).

Madi plans to progress to university to study History. 

When not in College or studying, Madi has a part time job in retail and enjoys socialising with friends.

Pam Catherall
Pam Catherall

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.

Chris Chandler

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.

Meghan Clayton

Meghan Clayton is proudly Derry-born and Wigan-educated. She has recently been appointed Deputy Headteacher at St Bernard’s Primary School having spent eleven years teaching at St Cuthbert’s Primary School in Wigan. She is passionate about sports, particularly touch rugby in which she plays for Wigan and has represented England at international competitions. Meghan is committed to the education and development of children in Wigan and firmly believes that SJR provides an inspiring hub of purpose and meaning for its students.
Phil Collier
Phil Collier

Phil is 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.
Peter Cudlip

Peter is a partner with a one of the UK’s largest accountancy firms.  He has a keen interest in governance, risk and internal control matters.  His career has brought him into contact with a large variety of large and small organisations.

Peter enjoys spending time with his family and attending a wide range of events with them. As “Dad’s Taxi” he travels most weekends and sees a wide range of life!

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Mark Dumican

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. 

Jensen Grady
Jensen Grady

Jen is a Year 12 student studying BTEC L3 Business Studies.  He is a former student of Hawkley Hall High School where he was deputy Head Boy. 

He hopes to attend University and study Business Management.  When not in college he is attends two drama classes, he has a part time job as a pot washer at a restaurant/bar and socialises with friends. 

James Gresty

 

James is an ex-student of St John Rigby College and, following completion of his degree, he returned to the area and worked at SJR where he enjoyed many happy years teaching music.  James worked at the College until 2020 when he left to become Principal of another sixth form college.  Year 12 student studying BTEC L3 Business Studies. 


Mark Higgins

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.

Allan Keating

Allan is a qualified accountant and has worked in the education sector in senior finance roles for 23years, the latest of which was 9 Years as Chief Financial Officer for a Multi Academy Trust which he helped to establish having previously worked at St John Rigby College for 10 years. Allan is a keen, but not very good, folfer and enjoys running as a means of keeping kit. 
Dr Catherine Morgan
Dr Catherine Morgan

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 McGhee

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

Pam Tate

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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Kate Watts

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. 

 

Main college entrance
Anne White

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’.

Schedule of Meetings

Governing Body Meeting Schedule Click the links below for the schedule of meetings of our Governing Body.

Minutes of Full Governing Board meetings

Click the links below to view the Minutes from Full Governing Body meetings.

Minutes from committee meetings are available on request.

Audited Annual Financial Statements

Click the links below to view the Report and Financial Statements for the year ending July 31st.

Instruments and Articles of Governance 2017

How to contact the Governors'

How to Contact the Governors

Please send letters and other documents or comments to The Clerk to the Governors:
By post: St John Rigby College, Gathurst Road, Wigan, WN5 0LJ

By email: governorservices@wigan.gov.uk. Please reference St John Rigby College (SJR) in any emails to the Clerk.

St John Rigby College fully complies with the freedom of information requirements.

Requests for information about the work of the Governing Body, or for copies of documents, should be addressed to the Clerk to the Governors.

Please reference St John Rigby College (SJR) in any emails to the Clerk.

How to apply to be a Governor at SJR

Qualities Required

The College seeks diversity in terms of the background of its Governors. However, there is an expectation that all prospective Governors would share the following characteristics:
• A real interest in education and training
• Skills and experience that will benefit the College
• A commitment to act as an advocate for the College and to act in the best interests of the College at all times
• A commitment to working with integrity, openness and honesty

Training and Development

Governors, the Principal and senior managers at St John Rigby College recognise the important contribution which training and development makes to the College’s effectiveness in providing and delivering high quality education.
The principal objective of providing training and development opportunities for the governing body is to ensure the effectiveness of all governors as individuals and as members of a corporate governing body; to enable them to set the College’s Mission and strategic direction, to meet their responsibilities as laid out in Article 3 of the College’s Instrument and Articles of Government.
The College will provide training and regular development opportunities which underpin the role of being a governor at an outstanding Sixth Form College. Governors are then able to discharge their responsibilities effectively and with confidence. There is an induction programme for all newly appointed governors.

Appointment of Governors Policy

If you are interested in applying to become a Governor at St John Rigby College, please complete the form below. Sophie Gardiner, Clerk to Governors will then send you more detailed information about the College as well as a full application pack. All applications are handled by the Search Committee who will interview all short-listed applicants. Recommendations will then be made to the Governing Body who will approve the appointment, subject to having received satisfactory references and archdiocesan approval of the appointment.

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