Meet the Governors

Mr A Dabrowski

Chair of Governors
Committees: Resources (Chair), Quality of Education, Catholic Life of the School

I am a past pupil of Mount Carmel and now retired after a long career with Lloyds Bank. I am married to Karen and have a daughter Katharine (also a past pupil). I am an active parishioner of St. Anne’s RC Church in Accrington and an avid sports fan. I also enjoy the great outdoors.

Mr Andrew Harrington

Vice Chair/Co-opted Governor
Committees: Quality of Education (Chair), Resources

I was born in Bury and educated at St Gabriel’s RC High School. I have lived in Oswaldtwistle for 12 years, I am married with two children, my son and daughter are pupils at Mount Carmel. I have worked in the Insurance industry since I left school and have run my own Insurance Broking business for almost 20 years. I feel it is important to play an active role in the community and have been a member of the Mount Carmel PTFA since 2015 and currently hold the position of treasurer. I consider it a privilege to be a governor at Mount Carmel, my aim is to embrace the role in order to make a positive contribution to the school so that it can continue to remain successful and go from strength to strength.

Mrs R Taylor-Dearden

Foundation Governor
Committees: Every Child Matters, Catholic Life of the School (Chair)

My name is Rebecca Taylor, I am a HLTA at St. Mary’ s Primary school, a role I have been in and love, for 25 years. I have four children all who have attended or attend Mount Carmel. I love being involved in school life and have been chair and vice chair of the PTA at St Mary ‘s and Mount Carmel. I am passionate about catholic education and have loved seeing the development of the Catholic ethos in school with the building of the chapel and the involvement of the local clergy. Mount carmel is a lovely, welcoming school with a dedicated team and I enjoy my role as governor which I have held for two years.

Mr P Holden

Foundation Governor
Committees: Resources, Every Child Matters

I was born in Nelson and have lived in this locality for most of my life. I am now retired and spent the majority of my working life as a Management accountant in the NHS and Local Government with a number of authorities in different areas of the country. I have been a Governor at St Marys R.C. primary school for 20 years and Chair of their Governing body for the last two years before becoming a governor of Mount Carmel four years ago. Latterly before retiring I was a Business Manager for an independent school for a number of years covering all aspects of premises and finance Management. I am married to Sandra and I am an active parishioner at St Marys RC Church Clayton Le Moors. I enjoy all sports as well as travel gardening and walking.

Mrs L Whittaker

Foundation Governor
Committees: Every Child Matters (Chair)

Member of the Governing Body for 8 years. Employed in the Insurance Industry in administration for over 25 years. Foundation Governor at Mount Carmel and Chair of Every Child Matters Committee. Governor at St Mary’s Primary School & PTFA Chairperson. Helper at Children’s Liturgy 6.30pm Mass and active fundraiser. Recently started running and doing 10k races raising money for the British Heart Foundation in memory of my son Joshua. Married with four children, two at St Marys Osw and two which attended M.C. and are now at university at Lancaster and York.

Miss A Anderson

Foundation Governor
Committees: Catholic Life of the School

Hello, my name is Anne Anderson and I have the privilege of becoming a Foundation Governor at Mount Carmel R.C. High School. I am honoured to be asked to take on this role in a school where I believe the hardworking and dedicated staff strive to ensure all children in the school are nurtured and developed to their full potential. For many years I have been closely involved in primary education and also in my local community. Before I retired from teaching in 2016, I was, for 39 years, a teacher at my local primary school, St Anne’s and St Joseph’s Accrington, and for 15years held the position of SENCo with the responsibility for children with Special Educational Needs. I have strong links to my local Roman Catholic Church, The Parish of St Anne and St Joseph Accrington, and have worked over the years supporting the life of the parish - the church, the priests and the parishioners. My faith is strong and this strength has sustained me greatly over the years. The life of the parish is very important to me and I get daily opportunities to give back something to my local Catholic community, St Anne’s and St. Joseph’s, for the support the church and its parishioners have given to me over time. I believe that a Catholic education is one of the main ways that the Catholic Faith can be maintained and reinforced. I endeavour as a governor of Mount Carmel High School, to work to the very best of my ability in fully carrying out my duties as a Foundation Governor. I look forward to the future working alongside the other Governors of the school in ensuring that the school’s values are upheld and its aims and objectives are achieved.

Mrs V Mugan

Foundation Governor
Committees: Resources, Quality of Education

My name is Vickie Mugan. I am married to Mark and have 2 sons, one of whom was head boy in his time at Mount Carmel. I have worked for IBM UK Ltd for the last 30 plus years. I enjoy watching most sports, good food and travel. I look forward to making a positive contribution to school during my governorship.

Mr S Ellis

Local Authority Governor
Committees: Resources, Quality of Education

Upon leaving education I joined my family business in Accrington managing this for over 20 years. I have been an active member of the PTFA and I have spent many years both playing in and coaching disability football teams. This, coupled with our son receiving a diagnosis of autism, has given me strong interest in special education needs. My ambition in becoming a governor is to contribute to improving the school’s capacity to provide an inclusive and rounded education to all pupils. I feel it a privilege to be a governor and I will strive to make a positive contribution to the school.

Ms J Hurley

Parent Governor
Committees: Every Child Matters

My name is Julie Hurley, I currently have 2 children at Mount Carmel. I am originally from London but have lived in Lancashire for 25 years. I enjoy keeping fit and spending time with family and friends. I am a foundation governor at a primary school and have been for over 10 years, I hope this will be useful for my role at Mount Carmel. I am an invigilator at Mount Carmel when required but my main occupation is a property landlord.

Ms C Dunn

My name is Catherine Dunn and I was born and brought up in Great Harwood, where I returned to live 30 years ago. I attended St Wulstan’s primary school and then Paddock House Grammar. After leaving school I moved to Preston where I trained as a nurse and have just celebrated 40 years, working in a profession I love. I felt very honoured when I was asked if I would take on the role of foundation Governor at Mount Carmel and I hope that I am able to make a positive contribution. My faith has been very strong throughout my life, as I have moved around with my work, and I now attend St Mary’s RC Church in Clayton, where I am very involved in the music ministry.

Mr D Batt

Parent Governor
Committees: Resources

I have two daughters, my eldest is a current pupil at Mount Carmel RC High School, and my younger daughter attends a local Roman Catholic Primary School we would also like her to follow an educational path through Mount Carmel RC High School. Professionally, I am the owner and Operations Director of a local Electrical Contracting business. My main interest during my spare time Is Rugby Union, I am a Former International player and I am now offering my own experience and expertise coaching a local rugby team. I am also the Head coach for the Player development programme. I am looking forward to my role as governor and to contributing to the ongoing success of the school.

Mr X Bowers

Committees: Every Child Matters, Quality of Education, Resources

I am proud and regard it as a privilege to be Headteacher at Mount Carmel RC High School. Prior to this post, I worked for 10 years as a Deputy Headteacher at Our Lady’s Catholic College, Lancaster. I am proud and passionate about all that is good about Catholic Education and enjoy working with and alongside, pupils, parents, staff and governors as we constantly strive to ensure all our pupils are developed and nurtured to become well rounded young people, well prepared and formed in every way to make a positive contribution to the local and wider community. Working collaboratively with the staff, senior and middle leaders, governors, Lancashire Local Authority and Diocese of Salford we have transformed the school for the better in many ways, but although we are proud of the many improvements we have made, we are never complacent and constantly strive for further improvements. We believe that our recent Section 48 Report from the Diocese of Salford accurately captures the many aspects of school improvement, school strengths and areas for development. As a school we strive to live out our Mission and vision of our Catholic school which is captured in our strapline ‘ A Family of Faith and Learning’

Mr D Thompson

Staff Governor
Committees: Quality of Education

My name is Dale Thompson and I am honoured to hold the position of leader of Design and Technology and Art at Mount Carmel RC High School. I am in my fourth year here at school having previously worked at schools in Lancashire, Greater Manchester and Cheshire. My drive continues to be to inspire pupils to be the very best they can be, ensuring that they receive the best possible education through stimulating learning opportunities and an enriched curriculum that engages them and prepares them well for life outside of the classroom. My experience includes being an exam moderator, delivering development programmes to qualified teachers (Olevi Outstanding Teacher Programme), being an ITT and NPQML mentor and a Specialist Leader in Education, supporting North West schools in a variety of contexts. I am married and the proud father of young twins. In my spare time I enjoy being active and singing in a barbershop quartet!

Mrs I Marcinkowski

Co-opted Governor
Committees: Every Child Matters

I am privileged to hold the position as Assistant Pastoral Leader and I am very proud to be part of the Governing Body at Mount Carmel school. My position involves representing school and collaborating with agencies to ensure Pastoral care, safeguarding and all academic, spiritual, moral, social and cultural wellbeing of pupils and their families is paramount at all times. I am proud to live and work within the local community and my two children successfully attended Mount Carmel school. I have always been delighted by staff passionate teaching, my boys’ successful academic achievement and the care, guidance and Pastoral support shown from all staff at all times. As part of the Governing Body at Mount Carmel school I strive to give a staff with a parental perspective on discussions within the Governing Body and ensure every child matters and all pupils has a chance to fulfil their full potential.

Mr P Dugdale

Associate Governor – no voting rights
Committees: Quality of Education, Every Child Matters, Catholic Life of the School (SLT Convenor)

I am proud to be Deputy Headteacher at Mount Carmel Roman Catholic High School. My areas of responsibility are around the catholic life of the school, safeguarding & pastoral care and raising the aspirations & progress of disadvantaged pupils. I am in my second year here at school having previously worked in faith and non-faith schools across Lancashire. I attended St Theodore's RC High School and Sixth Form in Burnley before going on to teach there and at Blessed Trinity RC College. I look after my own physical and mental health by running and walking around this beautiful part of Lancashire. I have 2 young children and am a keen Burnley supporter, both of these regularly keep me awake at night. I was called to this mission I carry out at Mount Carmel and am dedicated to ensuring the very best for the young people and families that I serve.

Ms C Farrelly

Associate Governor - no voting rights
Committees: Quality of Education, Catholic Life of the School

My career as an English teacher started at Our Lady’s Catholic College in Lancaster before I moved to Accrington when I was appointed as the Head of English at Hollins Technology College. I then took up the post of Assistant Headteacher at St Monica’s in Prestwich before becoming Deputy Headteacher at Mount Carmel in April 2020. I joined Mount Carmel during the national lockdown, so I initially met my new colleagues, pupils and governors in a virtual environment. I am responsible for the quality of education at Mount Carmel, and I am passionate about the continued professional development of our staff. I am proud to be part of the Mount Carmel family, serving our local young people and their families. I am a parishioner of St Anne’s RC Church Accrington and in my spare time I enjoy walking my dog, spending time with my family and, of course, reading a good book!

Mr B Georgy

Associate Governor - no voting rights
Committees: Resources (SLT Convenor)

I was born in Accrington and have lived in the Oswaldtwistle area the whole of my life. I was educated at St Anthony’s RC Primary School Blackburn, Our Lady & St John RC High School Blackburn and St Mary’s College Blackburn. I have a degree in Accounting and Finance and am a Chartered Management Accountant. I have worked for the local authority for 10 years before becoming the Schools Business Manager in 2015. I am married and very much a family man with 2 young daughters.

Mr J Hill

Associate Governor - no voting rights
Committees: Every Child Matters, Quality of Education (SLT Convenor)

I have taught in Lancashire for twenty-four years having attended my own schooling in Manchester and University in Wales. I have worked at Mount Carmel for seven years, first as Director of Science, then Assistant Headteacher. My responsibilities are behaviour, attendance, and the pastoral care of pupils. When I have free time, I enjoy reading books on the natural world, experimenting in the kitchen and hill walking. I am married with three children.

Mr D Sweeney

Associate Governor - no voting rights
Committees: Every Child Matters, Quality of Education, Catholic Life of the School

I was born in Blackburn, but have lived most of my adult life in Preston. I was educated at St Clare’s RC Primary school, where my father was also my Headteacher and then moved to the local Catholic Secondary school, Our Lady’s. I then went on to Cardinal Newman sixth form and then onto Leeds to study History and Politics. I completed my teacher training at Edgehill University in RE and have been serving the community of Mount Carmel since 2006. I’ve also completed my SENCo qualification and I graduated in the summer of 2019. During my time here I’ve held many roles and I am proud to be the SENCo at Mount Carmel. I’m married with two children, my local Parish is St Oswald’s and I live in the local catchment area. I love walking with my family and have a keen interest in Religion, History and Politics.

Mr K Georgy

Associate Governor - no voting rights
Committees: Quality of Education

I was born in Accrington and have lived in the Oswaldtwistle area my whole life. I have always been educated in a Catholic setting, starting school life at St Anthony’s RC Primary School Blackburn, moving onto secondary education and college at Our Lady and St John RC High School Blackburn and St Mary’s College Blackburn respectively. I have a BSc Hons in Sports Science and gained QTS in Science through Liverpool Hope University. I have previously worked at 2 high schools in Blackburn, with the most recent school being Our Lady and St John Catholic College where I spent 10 years teaching science and holding various leadership posts including PSHE KS3 & KS4 co-ordinator, Head of Year, Head of Science and Progress 8 bucket 2 leader. I am a Specialist Leader in Education for Science and have provided varying levels of support to a number of schools with different contexts within the North West. I am currently an Assistant Headteacher at Mount Carmel RC High School, where my main area of responsibility is ARR. I am happily married and we are a young active family with 2 boys and a girl. I am a life-long member of Holy Family Parish in Blackburn and I am actively involved in the Parish as a foundation governor at St Mary and St Joseph’s Blackburn, a Eucharistic Minister and I have also helped to run a Catholic youth group.

Governing Body Committee 2021/2022

Every Child Matters Committee

Mrs L Whittaker Foundation (Chair)
Mr J Hill Associate / SLT Convenor/ Behaviour & Attitudes/ Personal Development/ Safeguarding
Mr X Bowers Headteacher
Mr P Dugdale Deputy Headteacher
Mrs R Taylor-Dearden Foundation
Mrs I Marcinkowski Co-opted
Mr P Holden Foundation
Mr D Sweeney Associate - SEND/ Personal Development

Quality of Education Committee

Mr A Harrington Co-opted / Vice Chair (Chair)
Ms C Farrelly Deputy Headteacher (SLT Convenor / Curriculum, T&L, CPD)
Mr X Bowers Headteacher
Mr P Dugdale Deputy Headteacher
Mr A Dabrowski Foundation
Mr S Ellis LA
Mrs V Mugan Foundation
Mr K Georgy Assistant Headteacher - SLT Associate Assessment, Recording and Reporting
Mr D Sweeney SLT Associate SEND
Miss A Anderson Foundation
Mr D Thompson Staff 

Resources Committee

Mr A Dabrowski Foundation (Chair)
Mr X Bowers Headteacher
Mr P Dugdale Deputy Headteacher
Mr P Holden Foundation
Mr A Harrington Co-opted
Mr S Ellis LA
Mrs V Mugan Foundation
Mr D Batt Parent 
Mr B Georgy School Business Manager (Associate/SLT Convenor)

Catholic Life of the School Committee

Mrs R Taylor-Dearden Foundation (Chair)
Mr P Dugdale Deputy Headteacher (SLT Convenor)
Miss A Anderson Foundation
Mrs C Dunn Foundation
Ms C Farrelly  Deputy Headteacher
Mr D Sweeney SENCO
Mr B Davies Curriculum Leader RE, RSE and PSHCE

Appeals Committee

All (untainted) Governors - (minimum 3)

Appointments Committee – Headteacher/Deputy Headteacher

All Governors  

Appointments Committee – Other Staff

Governor department links as much as possible / and Chairman or Vice Chairman

Grievance/Complaints Committee


Committee of Appointed Governors/Pay Appeals Committee

Mr A Dabrowski  
Mrs V Mugan  

Pupil Discipline Committee

All (untainted) Governors (3)

Pay Committee

Mr A Harrington  
Mr S Ellis  
Mr P Holden  

Link Governors 2021-2022

Governor Department/Nominated Area Curriculum Leader/Lead Teacher
Mr A Dabrowski Maths Mrs L Robinson
Mr A Dabrowski ICT/Computing Mr S Evans
Mr P Holden Science Mrs J Bancroft
Mr P Holden Safeguarding & Child Protection Mr J Hill
Mrs I Marcinkowski English Ms N Sutcliffe
Mr A Harrington Art and Design Technology Mr D Thompson
Mr A Harrington CEIAG Mr C Barrett
Mrs V Mugan MFL Mrs C Herbert
Mr D Thompson Geography Mr S Pughsley
Mr D Thompson History Miss J Mortensen
Mrs R Taylor-Dearden RE, RSE & PSHE Mr B Davies / Mr M Khan
Mr S Ellis Pupil Premium/HAP Mr P Dugdale
Mr S Ellis Health & Safety Mr B Georgy
Mr M Brzostek  PE Mr S Low
Mrs L Whittaker Performing Arts Ms J Bell
Mrs L Whittaker Link Governor LA Website/ GEL
Miss A Anderson SEND Mr D Sweeney


Link Governors

Calendar of Meetings 2021/22

September 2021 Thursday 9th 5pm Governing Body 1
  Thursday 16th  5pm Resources
  Thursday 30th 5pm Every Child Matters
October 2021 Thursday 7th  5pm Catholic Life of the School
November 2021 Thursday 4th 5pm Pay
  Thursday 18th 5pm Quality of Education
December 2021 Thursday 2nd 5pm Governing Body 2
January 2022 Thursday 20th 5pm Catholic Life of the School
  Thursday 27th 5pm Every Child Matters
February 2022 Thursday 3rd 5pm Resources
March 2022 Thursday 10th 5pm Quality of Education
  Thursday 24th 5pm Governing Body 3

April 2022

Thursday 21st 5pm Catholic Life of the School
May 2022 Thursday 5th 5pm Resources
  Thursday 19th 5pm Every Child Matters
June 2022 Thursday 23rd 5pm Quality of Education
July 2022 Thursday 7th 5pm Governing Body 4

Governor Meetings Attendance

Governors terms of office

Governor's Register of Interests 2020/21

Name of Governor/Staff member Nil Interests Nature of Business(type of work/service provided) Nature of Interest (e.g. Director/sole owner or spouse of director/owner or friend/relative or other) Date of appointment/ acquisition Date of cessation of interest
Xavier Bowers     Spouse, Jill Bowers is a teacher at Mount Carmel    
Marcin Brzostek Nil        
Paul Dugdale     Governor at Sacred Heart R.C. Primary School, Accrington    
Caroline Farrelly Nil        
Steven Ellis Nil        
Andrew Dabrowski Nil        
Brendan Georgy   Governor at St Oswald’s CE Primary School, Knuzden Brother is Assistant Headteacher at Mount Carmel    
Kieran Georgy   Governor at St Mary & St Joseph's Primary School Blackburn Brother is Business Manager at Mount Carmel    
Andrew Harrington Nil        
Peter Holden   Governor of St Mary’s RC Primary School, Clayton-le -Moors      
Izabella Marcinkowski Nil        
John Hill Nil        
Daniel Sweeney Nil        
Father Simon Stamp Nil        
Rebecca Taylor-Dearden Nil        
Lindsey Whittaker Nil        
Ann Anderson Nil        
Vicky Mugan Nil        


Diocese of Salford

Instrument of Government

The name of the school is Mount Carmel Roman Catholic High School.

The school was founded by and is part of the Catholic Church. The school is to be conducted as a Catholic School in accordance with Canon Law and the teachings of the Roman Catholic Church, and in accordance with the Trust Deed of the Diocese of Salford and in particular:

a) religious education is to be in accordance with the teachings, doctrines, discipline and general particular norms of the Catholic Church;
b) religious worship is to be in accordance with the rites, practices, discipline and liturgical norms of the Catholic Church;
c) and at all times the school is to serve as a witness to the Catholic faith in Our Lord Jesus Christ.

The school is a Voluntary Aided school.

The name of the governing body is “The governing body of Mount Carmel Roman Catholic High School”

The governing body shall consist of:
a. 2 x parent governors
b. 1 x LA governor
c. 1 x staff governor
d. 1 x headteacher
e. 9 x foundation governors
f. 2 x co-opted governors

Total number of governors 16.

Foundation governors shall be appointed and may be removed by the Bishop of Salford (or any other person exercising jurisdiction on his behalf).

This instrument of government comes into effect on 1st September 2015.

This Instrument of Government was approved by the Diocese of Salford on 16th July 2015 and made by order of Lancashire County Council.

A copy of the instrument must be supplied to every member of the governor body (and the headteacher if not a governor), any trustees and to the appropriate religious body.


2021 - 2022 / Governing Body

Foundation Governors x 9

  • Mr A Dabrowski
  • Mr P Holden
  • Mrs R Taylor-Dearden
  • Mrs L Whittaker
  • Ms A Anderson
  • Mr M Brzostek
  • Mrs V Mugan
  • Miss C Dunn

Head Teacher x 1

  • Mr X Bowers

Local Authority Governor x 1

  • Mr S Ellis

Parent Governors x 2

  • TBC

Co-opted Governors

  • Mrs I Marcinkowski
  • Mr A Harrington

Staff Governor

  • Mr D Thompson


TOTAL = 16

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