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 Niece and Nephew. Fr Gerard was appointed Chair of Governors at St John Vianney in June 2006.

Governor type: Foundation

Vice Chair of Governors; Mrs Joyce Moreton

Mrs Moreton feels ‘privileged’ to be associated with St John Vianney School and was appointed as a Foundation Governor in 2015, re-appointed in April 2019 and then elected Vice Chair of the Governing Board.

Her work experience prior to semi retirement was that of Office Manager & PA to the Director of a large leisure complex in Manchester City Centre, having previously worked for a major bank, again within the City Centre.  Currently Mrs Moreton is employed within the NHS in a clerical role on a ‘needs’ basis. 

Family are very important to her, having two children and two grandchildren, of whom she is very proud.   As a Governor, she belongs to the family of St John Vianney School and is committed “to working alongside her 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   

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