Josie Wilson – Foundation Director

Chair of the Governing Body

Link Governor for Quality of Education, Personal Development (Including Well-being)

Josie has worked in education for twenty seven years, including thirteen as a highly successful headteacher, in two Middlesbrough schools leading St Josephs to an outstanding judgement. She retired from headship in 2013 and began working for the Carmel Multi-Academy Trust, where she led a National College for Teaching and Leadership group, resulting in the DFE publication – Closing the Gap with the New Primary National Curriculum.

Josie has spent time in several schools as the interim headteacher and been responsible for improving standards enabling them to gain good OfSTED judgements. She has also worked for several years as a Link Tutor for trainees and as a successful School Improvement Associate, for a not for profit organisation. An experienced school governor, Josie has a real internet in school inclusion.

Mary Brown – Executive Headteacher

Mary says, “At St Bede’s we want to develop independent, happy and thoughtful children.  We provide an atmosphere, which enables the children to acquire a wide range of knowledge, skills and practical abilities through a challenging and purposeful curriculum and a safe and happy environment in which to work.  Whatever your child’s ability, you can be sure we aim to meet the needs of all our pupils as we strive for excellence in all we do”.


Aimee Corcoran – Parent Governor (Appointed by the Board)

Link Governor for Behaviour and Attitudes (Including Attendance)

Aimee works in education as a successful Curriculum Team Leader for RE at Trinity Catholic College and has been a member of the Interim Advisory Board since June 2020.  Aimee grew up in Redcar, attended local schools, and was married in St Augustine’s church.  Her children now attend St Bede’s Catholic Primary School.  Aimee is an active member of the community and has been a minister of the word since being a teenager.

In respect of the link governor role for behaviour and attitudes, Aimee understands the importance of expectations and how attitudes of pupils (and staff) impact school outcomes.  She is passionate about the education of the whole child and believes that instilling in them good behaviours and positive attitudes to learning encourage a well-rounded and successful individual.

Aimee says “I believe that the school should offer all children the chance to fulfil their potential using the talents given to them by God.  Additionally, my experience working with young people as Head of RE in a secondary school within the Trust makes me feel that I understand what impacts positively on pupils learning and what is less so.  I welcome the chance to be that voice”.


Kevin Duffy – Foundation Director

Kevin spent nearly 20 years as a senior leader in the Department for Education, five years as Deputy Director in a North-East local authority, six years as Vice Principal in an all age, all ability school and is beginning his tenth year as Director of Schools for the Diocese of Middlesbrough. Kevin has knowledge and expertise in central government policy, local authority practice, school leadership and management and diocesan structures. He works on behalf of the Bishop with trust leaders, headteachers, local authorities and the regional schools commissioner to support and improve Catholic education in the region.

Rebecca Gaynon-Johnson, BSc (Hons) – Foundation Governor

Link Governor for Safeguarding, Behaviour and Attitudes (Including Attendance)

Becky has been part of the governing body at St Bede’s for the last five years. She has worked in both secondary and primary education for 15 years including four with The Bungalow partnership.  She brings her professional expertise and experience to the safeguarding role, taking part in frequent training sessions and working with other services for children.  Becky has been involved in the management of local sports clubs and in the Friends of St Bede’s.  She has lots of rescued animals to care for (cats, dogs, rabbits and guinea pigs) and she enjoys gardening.


Becky says, “I believe that early intervention and straight forward conversations are the key to ensuring the best possible future for children.  I live in the community of St Bede’s and love how supportive the school is and believe this should be built upon.  I had a Catholic education myself and my children attended the school. I was happy to take up the role of governor as I wanted to give something back as the school had offered support to me when I needed it.  My vision for the school is to see St Bede’s become the amazing school it should be, for it to gain stability after many changes and allow all pupils to flourish”.

Hugh Hegarty – Foundation Director, Trust CEO

Hugh brings extensive experience in strategic leadership and financial planning and delivery to his role. He has led a range of educational reform programmes in his previous position as Director of Academic Programming and School Operations, as well as developing and opening schools across the world. He also has a comprehensive understanding of school governance, having been both a school governor and teacher governor for many years.

Hugh has led Nicholas Postgate Catholic Academy Trust as CEO since June 2018 and has steered the Trust through its very successful first year of operation. His passion for quality schooling is inspired by a commitment to Catholic education and every child and staff member throughout NPCAT’s 26 schools and our sixth form provision. He firmly believes in the power of collaboration, combined with strong direction, to help achieve the highest aspirations for young people.

Monsignor Ricardo Morgan – Ex Officio Parish Priest (Foundation Governor)

Link Governor for Catholic Standards


Gillian Nimer – Foundation Governor

Vice-Chair of Governing Body

Link Governor for Quality of Education, SEND Provision, Pupil Premium


Gillian joined the Interim Advisory Board on its formation in September 2019.  As a retired Assistant Headteacher of Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School in Middlesbrough she brought a wide experience of areas of leadership in the sector.  She loves spending time with her family, but also enjoys reading, singing, walking and riding her bike.


Gillian says, “I was invited to join the Interim Advisory Board by a member of the Trust. I am able to bring experience of all primary related issues to the IAB and have a professional interest, as a retired trust employee, in helping the school to be the best it can be.  I want to support and assist the school as it challenges itself to improve standards and opportunities for all children.”


Mary Sproxton, BA, CTC – Foundation Governor

Link Governor for Catholic Standards

Mary has been part of the Interim Advisory Board at St Bede’s for a year.  She was a teacher of English Literature in Catholic education for 37 years.  She is a reader and special minister at Our Lady of Lourdes Church and is part of a litter picking group “KICAS” and Saltburn Coronavirus help group.  In her spare time she enjoys singing and is an active member of Cleveland Philharmonic Choir, as well as walking, cycling, reading and following the Boro.

Mary says, “I live and worship in Saltburn and was part of the Chaplaincy team at St Mary’s Sixth Form College where I took part in pilgrimages and retreats. As I have a Catholic Teachers’ Certificate, I was always involved in delivering RE as well as English. I went to school in Redcar and well remember wonderful choir sessions with Mrs McCormick and learning to play the violin. 

I became a school governor as I have met pupils and staff at Mass and felt that I had managerial skills and experience that could benefit the school.  I want St Bede’s to be the best school it can possibly be and think that I can help by being supportive of the staff and pupils.”

Mary Thomson, BEd (Hons)- Foundation Governor

Link Governor for Quality of Education, SEND Provision, Pupil Premium

Mary has been involved in the governance of St Bede’s since September 2018.  She spent over thirty years teaching, including ten as a SENCO and is experienced in Reading and Reading Recovery.  Her children and now grandchildren attend the school where she has played an active role in the PTA.  As well as teaching, Mary served as a Magistrate in Teesside for twenty two years.  In her spare time she likes travelling, reading and spending time with her grandchildren.

Mary says, “I am interested in education and feel I have knowledge and experience to share in an education setting. I now have the time and inclination to support the school through this difficult time.  As a practising Catholic and Eucharistic Minister I believe that I can support the school in its religious and spiritual life.  My vision for the school for the future is to bring St Bede’s back to being an outstanding school with strong leadership and excellent teaching.”


Canon Derek Turnham – Foundation Director/Observer

Canon Derek Turnham is a priest of the Diocese of Middlesbrough currently serving the parishes of Redcar and Marske where he offers pastoral support to two primary and one secondary school. He has served as a school governor for over forty years in the primary and secondary sectors and in both community schools and schools with a religious character.