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 2015 and was re-appointed in April 2019. I was re-elected Vice Chair of the School Governors for a third term in September 2018.

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 and am committed to working alongside my fellow Governors, our wonderful teachers and all our magnificent support staff to ensure, as a school we deliver the best possible learning experience and environment for all of our pupils”.

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


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

“I am a Foundation Governor for St John Vianney School. I am a retired teacher having taught for 11 years in a primary school and 26 years at St John Vianney School. My role on the Governing Body is to link with relevant staff in the areas of Catholicity and Numeracy. I intend to fulfil my role on the Governing Body by attending the meetings of the Full Governing Body and serving on the Pupil Progress Committee. I feel very privileged to be able to serve the school in this role and I will work to the best of my ability for the benefit of all the pupils. I really enjoy reading the weekly newsletter. The spiritual reflection by Mr Moloney is very inspiring. I love to know where the pupils and young people have visited that week on their educational outings. I like to read about the hopes and dreams of pupils and staff. What a fantastic school to attend. I will be visiting school to attend celebration Masses, fairs, school plays and meetings. It will be a great joy to meet some of the present pupils attending this unique and wonderful school.”

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



Sean O'Hanrahan

"I am Sean O’Hanrahan. I was appointed as a Foundation Governor of St. John Vianney School in 2018. I feel very privileged to have this role, as I believe that the school has a very important mission to follow Christ in supporting the spiritual and personal growth of the children and young people in its care., whilst delivering a broad curriculum which helps them to make progress academically and develop other life skills to prepare them for adult life.

I am now retired but previously worked at Xaverian College Sixth Form College from 1981-2017, where I taught French and Spanish and was also Head of Student Services, a role which included being the Designated Safeguarding Lead."

Governor type: Foundation    
Designated areas: -Safeguarding,  Attendance.  
Committees: -Pupil Progress