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St. Anne's Catholic Voluntary Academy

St. Anne's Catholic Voluntary Academy

Our Governing Body

Interested in becoming a School Foundation Governor?

"Foundation Governors are entrusted by the bishop with the ministry of school governance and will always act in recognition of the love of Christ for all members of the school community and one another."

"The role of the governing body is to provide support, guidance and legal responsibility for the strategic direction of the school. Governors should be a 'critical friend'. The governing body makes decisions, reviews, supports and encourages the school and it's management direction. 

"Governors also have very important statutory duties to the school and the role the governing body plays in the school is a vital one."

"Governors are the strategic leaders of our schools and have a vital role to play in making sure every child gets the best possible education."

To view our CMAT Annual Reports and Accounts please follow the link below.

For further details please contact:

Neil Weightman
tel: 01332 293833 ext 233

St Anne’s Local Governing Body

St Anne’s Local Governing Body 

  • 2 elected Parent Governors
  • 4 Foundation Governors (min)
  • Associate Governors as required
  • Clerk to the Governors

Our Current Governing Body

Lorraine Gavin (Chair) - Foundation Governor,  appointed by the Diocese July 2013.

To contact our CofG  -C/o St Anne's School 


I am a mother to a lovely daughter, a wife to a patient husband and we have a dog, cat and fish. 

I work at the Health & Safety Executive (HSE), where I have delivered scientific and research projects as a professional Project Manager (APMP) qualified. I have also worked as a Business Manager for HSE and have a CMI Diploma level 5 in Management and Leadership. My current role for HSE is new Business Development, where I am responsible for commercial account management. 

I have been a Brownie Leader and volunteered on Rainbow and school outings. I have also spent time as a committee member and secretary of FOSA, planning, organising and delivering fund raising events until taking up the post of Chair of Governors. 

I have been a Foundation Governor since September 2013 and was Chair of the Premises H&S Committee until appointment to Deputy Chair in May 2014 and Chair in September 2014. 

I am also a STEM ambassador and regularly support the Buxton Rotary Club with practice interviews for secondary school pupils in Buxton. 

Lorraine has no pecuniary interests.


Clare Bearman-  Foundation Governor (Parent)  appointed by the Diocese December 2019. 


Marion McCabe - Foundation Governor (Parent),  appointed by the Diocese April 2015.


I have three children at St Anne's. Currently I work part time at Chinley Primary School in the office. I have worked as an Assistant Chaplain in a secondary school in Sheffield and also as PA to the Senior Deputy Head, during this time I was involved in the analysis of exam results.  After this I worked at Sheffield City Council in the Early Years Department as a Research and Analysis Officer before taking some time away from work to have children.

I currently maintain the website for St John Fisher and St Thomas More Church in Chapel and help out with the children's liturgy at St Anne's Church in Buxton.

Marion has no pecuniary interests.

Marion Redman - Parent Governor, elected by the parent body April 2015.

I have a son at the school and am a parent governor.

I have worked for many years in a senior role in the financial services industry before taking a career break to allow me to be more actively involved in bringing up my children. I now work as a self employed bookkeeper/business admin manager for clients including a local music charity. I am also a Beaver Scout leader.

Marion has no pecuniary interests. 


Alison Pimblett- Parent Governor, elected by the parent body February 2019. 

Alison has no pecuniary interests.


Fr Gerry Murphy - Foundation Governor, appointed by the Diocese September 2017

Fr Gerry is the parish priest at St Anne's Catholic church in Buxton, he was appointed in Spring 2017.  He has been a governor in schools in previous parishes.

Fr Gerry has no pecuniary interests

Local Governing Body Meetings 

  • Once per  half term
  • Held in school
  • Last for ~ 2 hours
  • Extra meetings arranged if necessary
  • Appointment as a governor normally lasts for four years

Link Governor Responsibilities inParent  

  • Safeguarding - Lorraine Gavin 
  • Special Needs - Lorraine Gavin 
  • Religion and Ethos -  Father Gerry 
  • Catholic Life - Father Gerry 
  • Numeracy - Marion Redman
  • Reading Writing and Literacy - Lorraine Gavin
  • ICT - Lorraine Gavin
  • Premises and Health and Safety - Vacancy
  • Early Years and Foundation Stage - Barbara Hindley
  • Anti-bullying - Barbara Hindley
  • Complaints Monitoring - Marion Redman