1. Introduction and Overview

What do governors do?

Coming soon

Key Roles and Responsibilities

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The Sub Committees

There are full Governing Body meetings each term. Much of the work however is carried out in sub committees. More details about the Sub-Committees can be found in section 3 below. 

2. Current Governing Body Information

 Governor Appointment Information    

Register of Interest


Governor Full Name Date of Appointment Term of Office (years) Appointing / Elective Body Relevant Business / Pecuniary Interests  Other Educational Establishments Governed Material Relationships (with staff or governors) 
Elizabeth Aspin (Chair)    4 Foundation Governor at St Damian’s RC Science College in Ashton-under-lyne Related to Emily Aspin
Emily Aspin   Foundation –  Related to Elizabeth Aspin 
Kevin Toms   Foundation Governor at St James RC Primary School in Hattersley 
Francesca Roberts   Foundation –  – 
Judith Kelly (Vice Chair)   LA –  – 
Denise Brahms   Foundation –  – 
Stephanie Sloan   Parent  –  –  – 
Helen Hayes   Headteacher  –  – 
Rev Fr Simon Firth   4   Governor at St Damian’s RC Science College and St Christopher’s RC Primary School, both in Ashton-under-Lyne
Margaret Ludlam   4  
Janet Bostock   4 Deputy Headteacher – Staff

3. Governing Board Sub-Committees Information 2016-2017

  • Coming soon

4. Governors who positions expired or who left during 2016-2017

Governor Appointment Information

Register of Interest

Governor Full Name

Date of Appointment

Date Ceased Office

Appointing / Elective Body

Relevant Business / Pecuniary Interests

Other Educational Establishments Governed

Material Relationships (with staff or governors)


5. Governing Board Attendance Record

 Governor Full Name     Meetings (Y if attended)



  Full Meeting Finance Finance  Full Meeting  Finance  Full Meeting Full Meeting
  12/05/15  17/06/15 01/10/15  06/10/15  13/01/16  08/02/2016  22/03/2018
Elizabeth Aspin Y  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y Y
Emily Aspin   Y
Kevin Toms     Y
Francesca Roberts       Y
Judith Kelly Y
Denise Brahms           Y
Helen Hayes Y
Rev Fr Simon Firth         Y
Margaret Ludlam          
Janet Bostock       Y

Meet The Governors

Elizabeth Aspin (Chair of Governors)

I have been a governor at Our Lady of Mount for 15 years, first as parent then as a foundation governor. My daughter, Emily, attended Our Lady’s so I know what an amazing school it is. I have worked for the local authority for the past 27 years and work with vulnerable people in the community. It is a pleasure to be able to serve Catholic education at Our Lady’s. Both children and staff are very welcoming.

Emily Aspin

I have been a foundation Governor since 2017 and regularly attend mass in the parish. I have previously attended Our Lady of Mount Carmel school as a pupil and I am passionate about helping the governing body support and encourage the school to achieve its full potential. I work at a custodian bank in Manchester and run the local youth group held at St Ann’s parish hall. I am proud to represent the school and part of its community.

Kevin Toms

I have been a foundation Governor since January 2009 following my retirement from my headteacher post at St. Paul’s Catholic Primary School, Hyde. I was born and brought up in Hyde, attending St. Paul’s and later St. Peter and St. Paul’s, Dukinfield.I have always wanted to support my local Catholic primary schools so was happy to become a governor both here and at St. James, Hattersley. I also work closely with the Shrewsbury Diocese on inspections and appointments of headteachers and deputies.

Francesca Roberts

I currently have three children attending Our Lady of Mount Carmel. They are all very happy and feel supported and encouraged to develop their own individual gifts and talents. Our Lady of Mount Carmel is a caring and welcoming school that strives to put Christ at the centre of everything it does. As a Governor, I welcome the opportunity to be part of the school community and to do my best to contribute to its continued development and success.

Judith Kelly

I have been part of Our Lady’s school community for 15 years, starting as a parent of two going through the school, a member of the PTA for 9 years (recently resigned) and as a governor. I am the LA Governor, vice chair and chair of finance. I have always found Our Lady’s to be an excellent Catholic school, with a warm welcome to everyone and a high standard of education and behaviour. I am proud to be part of the school family.

Denise Maxwell-Brahms

I have lived in Ashton for 14 years. I am married to John and we have two children. We are practising Catholics who have a long association with Our Lady’s. My son Jude attended Our Lady’s before transferring to St. Damian’s Science College and my daughter Scarlett is in Year 4. I am fully committed to the future development of the school and the development of all children regardless of background or ability. I am currently Senior Deputy at a large Catholic secondary school in Leigh, Wigan. I don’t really have any time for hobbies but I do like going to the cinema, reading, camping in Scotland and long country walks.

Fr Simon Firth

Fr. Simon, our Chaplain, is Parish Priest of the newly amalgamated Parish of Holy Cross and St Helen – this new Parish covers the whole of Ashton. He is also Chaplain and governor at St Damian’s and St Christopher’s schools.
“I’d like all the families of our community to know that I’m THEIR Chaplain and available to support them at any time – Parish office number 0161 330 1194, ”