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Committee Membership 2020-2021

SurnameNameDesignationCommittee membership
(in addition to the Full Governing Body)
CatherallPamelaFoundation GovernorFinance and Resources
CollierPhillipFoundation GovernorFinance and Resources
DaleSimonFoundation GovernorFinance and Resources (Chair);
Quality and Standards;
DaleyLisaStaff GovernorAudit
HigginsMarkFoundation GovernorAudit
LallyMartinParent GovernorQuality and Standards
LumbJohnFoundation Governor
Chair of Governing Body
Quality and Standards;
Remuneration (Chair);
Search (Chair)
McGheePeterPrincipalQuality and Standards;
McGuirePeterFoundation GovernorAudit;
Quality and Standards (Chair)
MorganCatherineFoundation GovernorAudit
PhillipsPeterFoundation Governor
Vice Chair of Governing Body
Quality and Standards;
PowellWillStudent GovernorQuality and Standards
RichardsonTeresaFoundation GovernorFinance and Resources;
Quality and Standards
RyderSarahStaff GovernorQuality and Standards
TatePamelaFoundation GovernorAudit (Chair);
Quality and Standards;

Clerk to the Governing Body: David Fletcher (

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.

Lisa Daley
Lisa Daley

Central Services Manager at the College and member of the Audit Committee.

Lisa’s career began in administration and management accounting, but quickly moved on to network management, application development and project management.  She joined St John Rigby College in 2004 and has held various positions since then.  She is now a member of the College Management Team responsible for Systems Development, Network Services, Office and Reprographics, Premises, Cleaning and Health & Safety.

When not working, Lisa is addicted to life-long learning but also enjoys camping, caravanning, yoga, walking, reading, cooking and baking, eating out and film/TV box sets of all types, excluding horror! 

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

Peter McGuire
Peter McGuire

Foundation Governor. Member of the Finance & Resources Committee.

A History teacher by profession, Peter worked for 37 years in Catholic schools around the North West. He was Headteacher at St. John Fisher for five years, followed by six years as Business Manager at St. Edmund Arrowsmith. He is currently studying for an M.A. in British History in the First World War. Peter is a Wigan Warriors season ticket holder, a volunteer for the National Trust and a keen theatre-goer.

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.

Will Powell
Will Powell

William attended St Peter’s RC High School in Orrell where he was Head Boy, was part of the public speaking team and was involved in the school production. William served as an elected Member of Youth Parliament for Wigan and Leigh from 2018 to 2020, in which time he met with members from the local council and visited the House of Commons.

He currently studies History, Law and Government & Politics and is enrolled in the Future Leaders elective and Law Society. Outside of college, he enjoys watching rugby, reading and listening to music.

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Teresa Richardson

A former Associate Lecturer with the Open University specializing in Social Sciences, Teresa also worked in Further Education for fourteen years specializing in English. Currently a Director of Richardson Engineering Associates Ltd, Teresa also works part time as an External Verifier for an Awarding Body.

Sarah Ryder
Sarah Ryder

Sarah studied at Manchester Metropolitan University before commencing her PGCE in Business Education at Edge Hill University.  She has worked at the college since 2003 as a Teacher of Business and more recently as Senior Lead Practitioner for Teaching, Learning and Assessment.

In her spare time Sarah enjoys being active, regularly running and spending time outdoors with her 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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