Trustees

Mr Cameron Robson - Chair

Mr David Johnson - Vice Chair

Mr John Devlin - Accounting Officer

Mr Paul Booth

Mrs Maureen Cairns

Ms Bernadette Cawley

Mr Keith Moreton

Mr Neil Moules

Dr Deirdrie Naylor

Mrs Lynne Royle

Mrs Margaret Stichbury

Monsignor Andrew Summersgill

 

THE TRUST BOARD

We would like to let you know more about who is on our Trust Board, which was originally set up in October 2014.

 

Mr Cameron Robson

Parish : St. Joseph’s, Keighley

Chair of the Blessed Christopher Wharton Catholic Multi Academy Trust

Cameron lives with his family in Oakworth, and is a member of St Joseph's Parish, where he normally attends the Saturday evening Mass. In the past, he has supported the weekly liturgy through reading and as a Eucharistic Minister, and spent some time as a Catechist. Cameron has a strong association with St Joseph's school, having been a governor there for over 10 years, 8 of them as Chair, and is a fearless advocate for Catholic Education in Keighley and the wider area. He has been chair of the Trust Board since the formation of the Trust.

In his professional life, Cameron is a Senior Civil Servant in the Department of Health, and is currently responsible for a number of nationwide health policies. He has degrees in theology and law from the Universities of Oxford and Liverpool, was called to the Bar by Lincoln's Inn way back in 1993, and has two accountancy qualifications (CIMA and ACCA), all of which have been very useful as the Board has worked through its first full year of operation.

Cameron loves travelling (when he gets the chance to escape from work) and exploring new places - usually from the deck (or bar) of a cruise ship. He also is a keen supporter of Opera North, and an often disappointed supporter of Leeds United!

 

Mr David Johnson

Vice Chair of the Trust Board.

Parish : Our Lady of Victories and St. Anne, Keighley

David is the 6th child of 10 from a well-known local family, who came to Keighley in 1975.

David spent almost one full year at St Anne’s RC Primary School, before moving onto Holy Family RC Comprehensive School, where he spent 7 years and excelled at sport. In his final year, his father, also an accountant and lecturer, introduced his brother and him to accountancy, successfully teaching them both ‘A’ level accounts from scratch in 9 months.

After 6th form, David spent one year studying an accounting foundation course at Leeds Met University and then proceeded to self-study for his professional exams, whilst performing a full time job.  He has over 30 years’ experience working in various industries, over 20 of which have been at a senior level.

David resides in St Anne’s parish and began reading at Mass there in his mid-teens, helping out at OLV as well. In his late teens, he began attending OLV, where he continued to read and also acted as Eucharistic Minister for a large number of years. David worshipped at OLV for over 30 years, only ceasing when the Saturday evening Mass ceased. He currently alternates mainly between St Anne’s, where he now reads and St Joseph’s.

Whilst a parishioner at OLV, David was invited onto the governing body of OLV school, a role which he has undertaken for around 11 years and still continues to do, in addition to his Trust duties.

He is quite well known in local junior football circles, having run his son’s team for almost 8 years, albeit several years ago. In respect of this he qualified as an FA Level 1 coach.

 

John Devlin

Parish : Our Lady of Victories and St. Anne, Keighley

Accounting Officer.

Committee : Finance

John has been headteacher at Our Lady of Victories for 12 years, and also Executive Headteacher at St Joseph‘s in Keighley for the past two. He is extremely passionate about giving our children the best possible start in life. Primary school should be the best years of pupils’ lives and he believes that an exciting, personalised curriculum is the key to this.

John has recently been appointed an NLE, and is looking forward to the challenge that this role will bring. He sees it as a real privilege to work with other school leaders to bring about change and better life chances for children.
John is husband to Beth and is the father of two children who attend Catholic schools in Keighley. He attended St. Anne's and Holy Family himself as a child.

 

Mr Keith Michael Moreton.

Parish: Saint Anne’s Keighley

Committees: Audit committee and Teaching, Learning and Assessment Committee

Keith was born in Warwickshire and served an apprenticeship with Humber Ltd in Coventry. He completed his apprenticeship at Rootes (Scotland) Ltd in 1963 (remember the Hillman Imp?). Three years later on 22nd October 1966 he married Joyce in St John’s Church Barrhead. He first met ‘Joycey’ in The Legion of Mary in Paisley.

Keith has had a varied career; he has held posts of ‘Production Engineer’ to ‘Manufacturing Director’ in a number of industries, e.g.: Auto Industry, Aerospace, Nuclear Engineering and Machine Tools.

In 1978 Joyce and Keith moved from Kilmarnock to Keighley. Keith was awarded an MBA from Bradford University in 1982.

From 1988 until 2009 Keith was senior lecturer at a ‘Breeze Block’ University, teaching and researching in disciplines, such as: Operations Management, Operations Strategy and Supply Chain Management. He is the co-author of a text in Business Strategy and has contributed to three other management texts.

Keith became a widower on 1st December 2007, his late wife Joycey (RIP) was the Flower Lady at St Anne’s from 1982 until Easter 2007. Keith has recently joined the newly re-established SVP conference at St Anne’s

His other interests include listening to old ‘Goon Show’ episodes and walking again since having a hip replacement. He is also Secretary of The Loch Rannoch Highland Club management committee.

 

Mr Neil Moules

Parish: Our Lady of Victories and St. Anne, Keighley

Committees: Audit Committee, Teaching, Learning and Assessment Committee

Married with a young son, Neil has worshipped at St Anne's parish all his life, attended the school and later went to the Holy Family School. He graduated from Trinty and All Saints Catholic College in Leeds with a degree in History and remained there to complete his PGCE. Neil has worked as a secondary school teacher for eleven years and teaches History, Geography and RE.  He has interests in teaching and learning, technology and leadership. 

Neil has been involved in parish life for a number of years. As a child he was an altar server, he helped to form the local Lourdes pilgrimage group, Massabielle, and until recently he was a catechist for the Confirmation group.

 Outside of work and parish life Neil has a particular interest in local cuisine and real ale, genealogy and sailing. He also enjoys spending time with his family at the coast and in the Lake District.

 

Mrs Bernadette Cawley

 Parish: St Teresa Benedicta of the Cross, Shipley

 Committees: Audit Committee (Chair)

In her professional life Bernadette is a solicitor with over 30 years’ experience. She is married with two daughters, who attended St Walburga’s RC Primary School in Shipley and St Joseph’s Catholic College in Bradford.

Bernadette is a member of the Safeguarding Commission of the Diocese of Leeds, using her human rights expertise. Prior to that she was a Board Member of the national Catholic Office for the Protection of Children and Vulnerable Adults from 2004 to 2008 under the Chairmanship of (then) Archbishop Vincent Nichols (now the National Catholic Safeguarding Commission). 

Bernadette was born and grew up in Manchester and attended the Hollies FCJ Grammar School, and graduated in law from the University of Sheffield. She is in a mixed marriage – she supports Man Utd whereas her husband supports Man City.

In the parish, Bernadette helps at the Children’s Liturgy, Mustard Seeds. Outside of work and parish life Bernadette has an interest in travelling, Rome being her favourite city. She has worked on two Jumbulance trips to Lourdes and her ambition is to arrive at Santiago de Compostela but she is still debating on how to get there.

 

Deirdre Naylor

Parish: Our Lady and St Joseph's, Aire Valley

 Committees: Finance and Teaching and Learning

Deirdre was born and raised in New Mills, a small town on the edge of the Derbyshire Peak District. Educated at St Anne's RC primary school in Buxton and Harrytown Convent High School in Romiley, Cheshire, Deirdre came to Bradford to study for a degree in Pharmacy. She went on to gain a PhD in Pharmacology and met and married a Bradfordian, Ian. Now retired, her working life was spent mainly as a hospital pharmacist with contributions to teaching on the Pharmacy course at Bradford University.

 Contributions to parish life include the Eucharistic Ministry, helping with the parishes' contribution to the Bradford Inn Churches Project, church cleaning and until recently as a leader with the parishes' Guide and Brownie units.

 Deirdre has 3 grown up children and has recently become a Grandmother, her interests include needlework, gardening, walking in the Lake District and researching her Father's history and experiences.

 

Mgr Andrew Summersgill

Parish Priest : St. Stephen’s, Skipton

Committee:     Audit Committee

Andrew was born in Bradford and attended Catholic schools: St Clare’s, St George and Cardinal Hinsley VI Form. He studied for the priesthood at the English College in Rome and was ordained priest in St Clare’s, Bradford in 1986. After returning to Rome to complete studies in Canon Law he was appointed in 1988 as one of the assistant priests in St Theresa’s Crossgates, Leeds. In September 1990 he became secretary to Bishop David Konstant. During his period as Bishop’s Secretary he also served for a time as Judicial Vicar and Chancellor of the Diocese. In March 2001 he became General Secretary of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales and as such was a member of the Management Committee of the Catholic Education Service and a Trustee of Churches Together in Britain and Ireland. From 2008 to 2015 he was a member of the Nominations Committee of the Bible Society. In November 2009 he was appointed as the National Organiser for the Visit of Pope Benedict XVI to the UK, which took place in September 2010.

 In January 2011, Bishop Arthur Roche appointed Andrew as Parish Priest of St Stephen’s Skipton. The Parish was modified to include parts of the parish of Broughton in 2012. In 2013 he became a Director of the Diocese of Leeds Trustee and sits on the Finance Committee of the Diocesan Trustee. When Bishop Marcus Stock re-constituted the Diocesan Council of Priests in October 2015, Andrew was elected as Chair.

 

 Mrs Lynne Royle
Parish: Our Lady of Victories and St. Anne, Keighley
Commitee: Audit

Lynne was born and raised in Dartford Kent. Educated at St Anselm's Primary and St Joseph's Convent Grammar School, Abbey Wood SE2. She went to college in Middlesex and qualified as a teacher in 1972. She went on to gain a degree in English and World Religions with the Open University whilst her children were tiny.

She taught at a variety of schools in the south,the most memorable being Colegio Canada Blanch (a school run by the Spanish Government for the children of Spanish workers in London) where Lynne was an English teacher. Staff meetings in Spanish rapidly improved her language skills!
Lynne's mum was born and raised in the Keighley area and in order to fulfill her mum's dream the whole family moved up here in 1988. Lynne became Chairperson of St Anne's PTA and parish secretary of the U.C.M whilst the children were small. She became a full time teacher at St Anne's in 1990 and retired in July 2015 having been English Co-ordinator and taught every year group apart from Reception.
Lynne's three children all attended St Anne's and Holy Family Schools. She was a Confirmation Catechist and a facilitator for the Diocesan programme' Rainbows for all God's Children'. Lynne is a Eucharistic Minister at St Anne's.  She is also Parish secretary for Missio and she and her husband Simon are on the Counting rota.
Since retirement Lynne is enjoying time to read, to go walking around Yorkshire Wildlife Park,meeting up with friends and indulging her love of theatre.

 

Mrs Margaret Stichbury

Parish: St Matthew’s, Bradford 

Committee : HR (chair)

Margaret is a retired Headteacher of the Diocese of Leeds. During her career, she has served as the Headteacher of 3 schools: St. Austin’s, Wakefield 1983-1989; St Joseph’s, Bradford 1989-2002; St Malachy’s, Halifax 2002-2007.

Margaret took early retirement in 2007 and this allowed her to enjoy her interests in travelling, reading, walking and cooking. However, she has been unable to lose her interest in, and passion for, education. From 2007-2012 Margaret served as the Chair of the Board of Directors at Wyke Community Children’s Centre. Since 2012 she has served on the Governing Body of St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School in Bradford and has been Chair of Governors there since 2014.

Serving on the Blessed Christopher Wharton Academy Trust Board allows Margaret to continue and further develop her commitment to Catholic education so that she may contribute to the support of the pupils in our Academy Trust schools to reach their full potential both educationally and spiritually.