Meet our Governors

Chair of Governors

Fr Gerard Fieldhouse-Byrne

Fr Gerard Fieldhouse-Byrne, is a priest of Salford Diocese, England. After completing undergraduate studies in England, Fr Gerard studied for the Priesthood at the Venerable English College Rome and was ordained in July 1998. He has a Masters in Spirituality from the Angelicum University in Rome, a Masters in Clinical Social Work and a Doctorate in Counselling from Boston University, USA.  After completing his doctorate in Boston he spent two years on the staff at the Saint Luke Institute in Maryland. 

He has worked in clergy support, counselling and the promotion of clergy wellbeing since 1997.  He was appointed executive director of St Luke’s Centre Manchester in 2005.  Fr Gerard has been Parish Priest of two parishes in Salford Diocese and has served on the Diocesan Safeguarding Commission and as secretary for the Bishops’ Office for the Pastoral Support of the Clergy.  In his spare time, Fr Gerard is the Senior Chaplain to Greater Manchester Army Cadet Force and a Chaplain for the Apostleship of The Sea.  He is a proud Mancunian and supports Manchester United.  He has a Westie called Monty and a Niece and Nephew. Fr Gerard was appointed Chair of Governors at St John Vianney in June 2006.

Governor type: Foundation


Vice Chair of Governors

Joyce Moreton

“I am privileged to be associated with St John Vianney School and was appointed as a Foundation Governor by Right Reverend John Arnold, Bishop of Salford in April 2015.   I was first voted as Vice Chair of the School Governors in 2016 and have just been voted again for a second year, with effect from September 2017.

Prior to my semi-retirement in 2015 I was employed as an Office Manager & PA to the Director of a large leisure complex in Manchester City Centre and prior to this for a major bank again within the City Centre.  Currently I am employed within the NHS in a clerical role on a ‘needs’ basis. 

Family are very important to me having two children and two grandchildren of whom I am very proud.   As a Governor, I also belong to the family of St John Vianney School.  It is as a Governor my duty to always work with my fellow Governors, teachers and all support staff to ensure as a school we deliver the best possible environment, support and education for our whole family”.

Governor type: Foundation   
Designated area: ICT across the curriculum.   
Committees: -Finance, Premesis & Personnel.   -Performance Management & Staff Discipline.


Bill Fisher

Bill Fisher has been a parent governor since 2006, when his son was at the Lower School, which was then in Stockport. Since 2006 Bill has been a member of the Finance, Personnel and Buildings sub-committee and is currently the secretary. He also chairs the Performance Management sub-committee. Bill is a former City Councillor on Manchester City Council. He now works part time for Rescare, a charity based in Stockport that represents the learning disabled and their families.

Governor type: Co-opted    
Designated area: Health & Safety.   
Committees: -Chair of Performance Management & Staff Discipline.    -Finance, Premesis & Personnel.


Carmel Milnes

“My name is Mrs Carmel Milnes and I am a Foundation Governor of St. John Vianney School. My role on the Governing Body is to liaise with the teaching staff in the following areas - 
Safeguarding, Child Protection, Catholicity, Numeracy and Attendance. I intend to fulfil my role to the best of my ability for the benefit of all the pupils in the school.”

Governor type: Foundation    
Designated area: -Safeguarding  -Child Protection  -Numeracy  -Attendance  -Catholicity.   
Committees: -Chair of Teaching & Learning, Pupil Welfare, Admissions & Marketing.


John Malcom Edge

“My name is John Malcolm Edge.  I am 74 years of age and a retired Chartered Accountant having practiced in partnership in Manchester since qualifying in 1967.  I married in 1968 and have two adult children and one grandson with another on the way due in March next year, currently of indeterminate gender. I have been involved with St John Vianney since its inception.  First as auditor, then as Bursar for many years and latterly as Governor since my retirement two years ago. My main interest away from working as a Governor is following Lancashire Cricket Club where I am an executive Red Rose member regularly attending matches and events. My other interests involve the local cricket club, Delph C.C., and the local golf club in Saddleworth where I act as Treasurer to both organisations.  I am also a season ticket holder at Oldham Athletic having followed them through all the ups and downs since my teenage years.”

Governor type: Co-opted    
Committees: -Chair of Finance, Premesis & Personnel

Rebecca Patterson

I am a Senior Lecturer at Manchester Metropolitan University where I have worked since 2005. I specialise in Drama in Education and I am the Subject Co ordinator for Secondary PGCE Drama. I believe is equality of opportunity for all young people and I am a strong supporter of the arts in education. I am very much looking forward making a contribution to the school as a foundation governor and to being part of the wider school community.

Governor type: Foundation    
Committees: -Teaching & Learning, Pupil Welfare, Admissions & Marketing.    -Performance Management & Staff Discipline.


Maria Edwards

“My name is Maria Edwards, I am a parent governor representative at St John Vianney School. My daughter has attended St John Vianney School since 2008.My working background was in hospitality and catering. In 2003 I returned to college to gain some A levels qualifications and went on to university to study Environmental Health. Since my daughter has been attending St John Vianney School I have used this time to do some voluntary work in advocacy and have worked for a charity called IPSEA (independent parental special educational advice). We give free legal advice on all aspects of SEN and advocate for parents who need to go to tribunal. I was also involved in building a new website for parents/carers which provided information and support on all aspects of caring, it will be run by parent/carers in Manchester. I feel very passionate about the work I do and hope that becoming a parent governor has allowed me to share my expertise and help the school maintain the excellent standards of education. For me the most important things are that children are encouraged to reach their full potential whilst learning in a safe and happy environment and supporting parents to help them reach the outcomes that they want for their children.”

Governor type: Parent.   
Committees: -Teaching & Learning, Pupil Welfare, Admissions & Marketing.

Helen Wilson

“My name is Helen Wilson and I am one of the parent governors at St John Vianney School, I have four children of which one is at the school. I have served on other governing bodies, in the past, both primary and secondary. I have a teaching certificate and taught for 27 years in primary education and latterly 14 years in secondary. I am now retired but whilst working I held many different posts of responsibility including head of year in a large catholic secondary school, where I taught RE. I have a BA in maths and a MA in theology. I am an active member of my parish being involved in both liturgical music and RCIA (teaching adults about the catholic faith).”

Governor type: Parent.   
Designated area: -14-19 Curriculum.
Committees: -Teaching & Learning, Pupil Welfare, Admissions & Marketing.


Lesia Semehen

“I have worked at St John Vianney School as a teacher for over 30 years across multiple Key Stages and have witnessed many positive changes. I have worked with a variety of highly skilled, caring, professional and dedicated teaching staff who value, respect and encourage all pupils to achieve to the best of their abilities. As a teacher governor I oversee Literacy throughout the school which is a key government target. I am strongly committed to having the opportunity to be able to contribute to key issues and considerations affecting the school and the needs of the children in our care by using the skills that I have developed in my own professional experience. In my spare time I enjoy walking with my family going to the theatre and music concerts and singing in a Ukrainian ladies’ choir. When relaxing I like spending time in my garden. Also I am an active member of the Ukrainian community in Stockport fulfilling the role of Chairperson of the local branch of the Ukrainian Women’s Organisation and I am also a member of their National Committee.”

Governor type: Staff.   
Designated area: -Literacy.
Committees: -Teaching & Learning, Pupil Welfare, Admissions & Marketing


Caroline Taylor

“I am Caroline Taylor, I am happy to have been elected to the governing body of St. John Vianney. As a working parent of two teenage daughters and working in a variety of schools I feel that I have had varied experiences with working with young people.

My career so far has seen me working in the world of finance and after a break with my daughters when they were younger, I decided to pursue my love of education and learning. I have worked within the field of education for ten years and have undertaken additional studies to increase my knowledge and qualifications, especially in the area of Autistic Spectrum Disorders and gained an award of a Certificate in Professional Studies from Manchester Metropolitan University. At the present time, I am working within the Rainbow building supporting a class. When I am not at work I enjoy spending time going out with my husband and daughters. I feel that keeping fit is important and follow a strict regime of exercise three nights a week. I have some experience of being a governor as I served on the governing body of my last school. I will endeavour to serve the school with my fellow governors to further develop the school.”

Governor type: Staff.   
Designated area: -SEN.
Committees: -Teaching & Learning, Pupil Welfare, Admissions & Marketing