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.