The Members of the Multi Academy Trust (Bishop Seamus Cunningham, Diocesan Schools Director Mrs Deborah Fox and Mr Patrick Melia) appoint the Board of Directors to ensure the MAT is run in accordance with its aims and objectives.
The Directors are responsible for:
- Ensuring the quality of educational provision
- Challenging and monitoring performance
- Managing finances and property
- Managing the Headteachers of each academy within the Trust
The Directors are:
Patrick Melia Chair of Directors
Patrick is Chief Executive of North Tyneside Council. Leading change and partnership working are key areas of expertise for him. Patrick became the Chair of Governors at St Wilfrid’s College at a time when the College was in Special Measures after an Ofsted inspection. Within two years of Patrick becoming Chair of Governors, the College moved from Special Measures to Outstanding. Patrick, a qualified accountant, has also achieved a Masters in Business Administration.
Brendan Tapping CEO of Trust
Brendan has worked for over 24 years in Catholic Education within the North East of England. He is currently the Executive Headteacher of three large secondary schools – St. Wilfrid’s RC College in South Shields, St. Bede’s Catholic Comprehensive in Peterlee and St. Joseph’s Catholic Academy in Hebburn. Prior to this Brendan was Head of School of St Wilfrid’s from November 2010, leading the transformation of the school from Special Measures to Outstanding.
Marie Graham Vice Chair
Marie is the Headteacher at St. Mary's RC VA Primary School in Jarrow. Marie is Vice Chair of Governors of St Wilfrid’s RC College. Marie sits on several committees of school and is a committed, long serving Governor.
Before retirement, Alan had a 46-year career in Health and Local Authorities, mainly commissioning learning disabilities/mental health services/drug and alcohol services. For the 10 years before his retirement at the end of 2015, Alan was a NHS Senior Manager across the three South of Tyne health authorities, commissioning health services for people with learning disabilities and their families.
Alan has been a committed Governor to St. Wilfrid's RC College since September 2012.
Patricia has been a committed Foundation Governor at St. Wilfrid's RC College since November 2007 supporting the drive for school improvement. Patricia also sits on various committees such as pupil discipline, finance and staffing.