David Nolan- Foundation Governor & Chair

Link governor role for Quality of Education & Safeguarding

David has served on the Governing Body of St Joseph’s for over ten years.  He has over twenty-five years service with the Local Authority in financial and technical roles, which has provided him with much experience in the workings of public bodies and the development of skills useful in understanding data, identifying problems and solutions, and in dealing with continuous evolution and change. Having lived and worked in Middlesbrough since 1993, David knows the town fairly well and usually joins in Mass each week at St Joseph’s Parish Church, where he is also an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion. David has a strong family connection to St Joseph’s school as his wife and three children all attended.


David says, “St Joseph’s has a wonderful ethos and atmosphere which needs to be maintained, alongside the ongoing plans for improved faith and learning opportunities.  Times have been, and will probably remain, unusually challenging in operating a school and for Governors, knowing and experiencing what goes on in it.  By listening, and learning about the deficits that need to be met, I would hope to be able to properly evaluate any risks and options in association with others on the Governing Body, to deliver the best possible outcomes, whilst ensuring pupil and staff safety is the highest priority. I would encourage all who have the potential to become a Foundation Governor to consider their own circumstances carefully and weigh these against a responsibility to help our Catholic schools continue in their tradition.”


In his spare time, David takes a keen interest in current affairs and is an avid watcher and listener to BBC news programmes on the television and Radio 4.  He also enjoys most things transport-related.


Andrew Grey – Parent Governor

Link Governor role for P.E & Sports Premium


Andy has lived in Middlesbrough all his life and now focuses his career on helping to keep the community active through his sports and fitness company which has been established in Middlesbrough for over seven years.  As a former kickboxer himself, Andy understands the importance of keeping an active body and mind, and through his Link Governor role, he is able to bring his skills and expertise to the Governing Body of St Joseph’s to ensure that the pupils of St Joseph’s school develop these habits and can help the school develop links with National Sporting Governing Bodies.  Andy has daughters that currently attend the school and he understands how important it is to be involved in their education.


Andy says, “As a new member I am looking forward to the experience.”

Jill Manders BA (Hons), QTS – Staff Governor

Jill has been Staff Governor at St Joseph’s primary since 2013. She is Head of School and firmly believes in St Joseph’s primary school’s ethos and vision. In her role as Staff Governor, Jill can bring her knowledge of not only the school and its teaching, but also the challenges and community spirit of the local area. She is also able to continuously support the Executive Headteacher in this role to ensure that the school is celebrated and continues to enrich the lives of the children.


Elizabeth King – Ex Officio Headteacher

Marie Duffield – Foundation governor

Jinu Paul- Parent governor

Terence Graham – Foundation governor

Christine Carter – Foundation governor