Our Governing Body

Message from the Chair of Governors

IMG_5757-cutout.jpgAs the Chair of Governors of Bolton St Catherine's Academy, I have the wonderful opportunity to work with Mrs Lucas and her team, whose professional approach and passion for providing excellent education I have found to be inspirational. My father believed passionately in education and how important it was to future life success and it is a principle I have held dear to this day. I am a great believer in life long learning.

I have spent the last 25 years in the NHS. During the last 13 years I have had the privilege to hold a number of director roles, running busy and large medical departments and strategic roles in a mental health trust and in a number of organisations responsible for commissioning health services.
In the last decade I have specialised in leading large scale change programmes, across complex geographies and organisations, dealing with system-wide and systemic challenges to bring about practical solutions through collaboration in the public sector.

As part of the Board of Governors I understand we have an important role to play in the progress of the Academy and in working as a team, alongside the Mrs Lucas and her staff, to achieve the highest standards possible.

The Governing Board has a strategic leadership responsibility to ensure the delivery of the BSCA improvement plan. The Board will do this through offering supportive challenge, to ensure the best solutions are available, by volunteering our significant range of skills and experience and by ensuring we are role modelling the changes that we would expect to see.

To this end I have ensured that the Board has its own development plan in place, and, as governors, have committed to developing the relationships across the Academy and the MAT, and availed ourselves of the training to ensure that we can enact our responsibilities as governors and as the Governing Board to the highest possible standards.

I have made a personal commitment to Mrs Lucas and the Academy to offer mentorship and support as appropriate and to getting to develop connections across the Academy because it is important to cultivate trust and the type of relationships that allow for robust challenge and even disagreement, but which can work effectively to find a sliver of common ground on which to move forward.

I am sure that with Mrs Lucas as Head Teacher, the commitment of the staff and the pupils' dedication, success is guaranteed.


Mrs Sam Nichol