Meet the Governors
Mr David Rushton – Foundation (Chair)
Committees: Achievement & Standards (Chair)
I was born in Accrington and have lived most of my life there. I was educated at St. Annes RC Primary School Accrington and St. Marys College Blackburn. I was trained to be a teacher at Trinity and All Saints College, Horsforth, Leeds and started teaching in 1971. I taught in three primary schools before being appointed headteacher at Our Lady and St Huberts Great Harwood and after that St Peters, Mill Hill, Blackburn. In 1993 I was appointed as Assistant Director of Education at Salford Diocese and spent the last six years as Deputy Director before retiring in 2009. I was also an Ofsted Inspector, involved in the inspection of many schools across the north of England. I have a BA and a MA from Lancaster University in Primary School Management.
I am married with three sons and am a life-long member of St Joseph’s parish Accrington. My interests are English Literature, History and walking and more recently being Chair of Governors at Mount Carmel.
Mr John Hill – Associate Governor
Committees: Every Child Matters, Achievement & Standards (SLT Convenor)
I have taught in Lancashire for twenty three years having attended my own schooling in Manchester and University in Wales. I have worked at Mount Carmel for six years, first as Director of Science, then Assistant Headteacher. My responsibilities are pupil premium children, high achieving pupils 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 Dan Sweeney – Associate Governor
Committees: Every Child Matters, Achievement & Standards
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 just finished my SENCo qualification and I’m due to graduate in the summer of 2019. During my time here I’ve held many roles and have recently been appointed Acting Assistant Headteacher.
I’m married with two children and my local Parish is St Oswald’s and live in the local catchment area. I love walking with my family and have a keen interest in Religion, History and Politics.
Mr Kieran Georgy – Associate Governor
Committees: Achievements & Standards
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 area of responsibility is ARR.
I am happily married and we are a young active family with 2 boys and another on the way. I am a life-long member of Holy Family Parish in Blackburn and I am actively involved in the Parish as a vice-chair on the governing body at St Mary and St Joseph’s Blackburn, a Eucharistic Minister and I have also helped to run a Catholic youth group.
Mr Tony Thomas – Foundation Governor
Committees: Achievements & Standards
I have been living in Accrington for the past 12 years and I believe that being a governor at a pleasant school like Mount Carmel will allow me to give something back to this lovely community.
As a former pupil of Mount Carmel, I feel proud to be a part of its Governing Body. I have completed masters in Mechanical Engineering and currently work with the NHS. I regularly attend services at St Mary’s church Oswaldtwistle. I enjoy playing badminton and travelling to historic sites.
I will try my best to make constructive inputs towards the running of the school and make sure all students receive a good platform to improve their skills and realise their potential.
Mrs Izabella Marcinkowski – Staff Governor
Committees: Every Child Matters
I am privileged to hold the position as Senior 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.
Rev. Father Simon Stamp – Foundation Governor
I have been Parish Priest of St Anne’s Accrington since December, 2011. As a young man, I worked as a Residential Social Worker for the Catholic Children’s Rescue Society in children’s homes before I went to study for the Priesthood. I studied for my first degree in Philosophy in Belgium at the Catholic University of Louvain, before returning to England to study for my second degree in Catholic Theology. After Ordination, I was a curate in Longsight, Manchester, and also in Salford, as well as being Chaplain to Pendlebury Children’s Hospital, before Bishop Terence Brain appointed me as his Private Secretary, living and working with him. During my time as Bishop’s Secretary, I was also Chaplain to a Secure Educational Unit in Salford for young people. As well as being a Governor both at Mount Carmel and at St Anne’s and St Joseph’s Primary School in Accrington, I am also a trustee for a home for adults with disabilities in the local area. I love being a Catholic Priest, serving God and His People wherever I may be called.
Mr Peter Holden – Foundation Governor
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.
Mr Andrew Harrington – Parent Governor
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.
Mr S Ellis – Parent Governor
Upon leaving education I joined my family business in Accrington managing this for over 20 years. My son currently attends Mount Carmel and I have been an active member of the PTA and hold a committee role.
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 parent governor is to contribute in improving the schools capacity to provide an inclusive and rounded education to all pupils.
I feel it a privilege to be nominated as a parent governor and I will strive to make a positive contribution to the school.
Mr M Brzostek – Foundation Governor
Committees: Every Child Matters
My name is Marcin Brzostek and it is a privilege to be a member of Governing Body in Mount Carmel. I was born in Poland and attended the AWFiS in Gdańsk where I completed a masters’ degree in Physical Education. I worked as a high school teacher for 10 years. I moved into Oswaldtwistle with my wife and two sons in 2005, and have been a member of staff at Sacred Heart Primary School in Accrington for 10 years. For the past 7 years I’ve been a member of the St. Mary’s parish council. My older son successfully finished Mount Carmel and now attends Cardinal Newman College in Preston. My younger son is a pupil at Mount Carmel. I like outdoor activities especially skiing and sailing.
Mr Xavier Bowers – Headteacher
Committees: Every Child Matters/Achievement & Standards/Resources
I am proud to be appointed Headteacher at Mount Carmel RC High School, Accrington in September 2011. Prior to this I worked for 10 years as a Deputy Headteacher at Our Lady’s Catholic College, Lancaster.
It has been a privilege to serve both schools and their communities. I am proud and passionate about all that is good about Catholic Education and enjoy working with and alongside the staff and governors as we constantly strive to ensure all 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 closely with the senior team, Lancashire LA and Salford Diocese we have transformed the school ethos and culture in the last 5 years. 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 Brendan Georgy – Associate Governor
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 Kazi Siddique – Parent Governor
Committees: Achievement & Standards
I have been a teacher since September 2001. Throughout this time I has taught Science up to KS4 and both Chemistry and Physics at A-level standard for 4-years. I have a degree in Pharmaceutical and Medicinal Chemistry from Loughborough University and a SASP certificate in Physics from Edge Hill in 2010.
Prior to coming into teaching I worked in sales for the following companies; Nynex, Cable and Wireless and NTL. I was one of the top salespeople for Cable and Wireless in 1997.
I am an A-level examination marker for AQA. I have grown up and have always lived in Accrington with my family and four children.
Mr Andrew Crighton – Teaching Staff Governor
Committees: Achievement & Standards
I have been a loyal member of the Mount Carmel staff for the past eight years, and I continue to enjoy offering my full commitment to the success of our school community. I have performed a number of roles since joining the teaching staff in 2008. These include teaching science, maths, history, and nurture groups along with a previous position as second in department for science.
I enjoy the challenge of working with people from all facets of our school community. Delivering INSET sessions to staff has been a particularly enjoyable and satisfying experience for me. I am proud of the excellent relationships I build with all my pupils and their successes in the classroom. I am aware of the need to close the gaps in our results regarding pupils from all backgrounds. Never has it been more important to focus on the needs of every pupil, the importance of tailored differentiation is an aspect of my teaching that I am passionate about developing to an even higher level.
Outside school I have a number of interests. Enjoying the outdoors is important to me including trekking, cycling and recently open water swimming. I am a keen golfer, and enjoy nothing more than an early morning round on a spring morning!
Mrs Lynne Carruthers – Associate Governor
Committees: Achievement & Standards (SLT Convenor)
Teaching was a career I was determined to pursue since I was at school, principally inspired by my teachers and love of Biology so I qualified with a Lancaster University Batchelor of Education Honours Degree. I have always worked in Lancashire and my first appointment was in a rural school in Preesall, where I was promoted to head of year and second in science. During that time I took an 18 month secondment and worked as the Biology Tutor at a Fieldstudy Centre known as ‘Hothersall Lodge’ where we had mostly residential pupils from 7 years to 18 years.
I have very memorable experiences from that time and relished the outdoor life working in the countryside on a daily basis, regardless of the weather! My next post was a promotion to Head of Science at Lostock Hall High School where I remained for 5 years. I then went on to work for the Local Authority Advisory Service for ten years during my time there I supported Mount Carmel between 2011 – 2012, whilst in my advisory role for the LA. I then accepted a secondment as Assistant Head at Mount Carmel in 2012 and as they say the rest is History!
I consider myself to be very fortunate with the opportunities that I have been afforded throughout my career and have thoroughly enjoyed my time in education; and I have met some wonderful people and pupils on the way. I love the outdoors and still own a horse which I enjoy riding in my free time.
Mr Andrew Dabrowski – Foundation Governor
Committees: Resources (Chair), Achievements & Standards
I am a past pupil of Mount Carmel and now retired after a long career with Lloyds Bank. I am married to Karen and our daughter Katharine (also a past pupil) is currently a student at Huddersfield University. I am an active parishioner of St. Anne’s RC Church in Accrington and an avid sports fan. I also enjoy the great outdoors.
Mrs Rebecca Taylor – Foundation Governor
Committees: Every Child Matters
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.
Mrs Lyndsey 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.
Mr Anthony Dobson – LA Governor
As a former pupil of the school and a father to a current pupil, I am passionate that Mount Carmel continues to improve year on year, I believe my own skills having been self-employed for 30 years, A local councillor, chairman of the local enterprise trust are just a few of the skills and experience I can bring to my role as school governor.