Eamonn McAuley

Chair of the Board, Chair of Finance Committee, Foundation Director
Appointed: 1st March 2015 by the Bishop of Northampton.

Term of Office: 4 years

Eamonn has been a governor at Our Lady of Walsingham Primary School, Corby for fifteen years, first as a parent governor and then as a foundation governor. He has been Chair of Governors for ten years. Eamonn has a wide range of experience in School Finance, Human Resources, Headteacher Performance Management, Achievement and Standards, and Premises Management.

Eamonn is a trained electrical engineer. He is managing director of a successful local business which he started fifteen years ago. He employs fifteen operatives, three of whom are apprentice engineers.

Rob Hill - Chair of the board

Rob Hill 

Vice Chair of the Board, Foundation Director

Appointed: 1st March 2015 by the Bishop of Northampton.

Term of Office: 4 years

Rob has been a governor at St Edwards Catholic Primary School, Kettering since 2006, first as a parent governor and then as a foundation governor. In that time he has fulfilled the roles of Vice-Chair and Chair of Governors and Chair of Finance. His experience over the past twelve years has been within all committees and he has been involved in most major decision processes, including major building works, headteacher recruitment and most recently as Chair of Academy Steering Group helping to form the St Luke Academies Trust. Rob has a degree in Civil Engineering and is Director of a Civil Engineering Consultancy working within the housing development sector. He has senior management experience dating back 25 years in both the private and public sector.



Dermot Lally

Foundation Director, Chair of Audit Committee 

Appointed: 1st March 2015 by the Bishop of Northampton.

Term of Office: 4 years

Dermot is a qualified accountant and a director of a local firm of Chartered Accountants. He is also Treasurer of the local branch of the Royal British Legion and sits as a panel member of the First Enterprise Agency which grants loans to businesses based in the East Midlands. He regularly gives talks for Kettering and Corby Enterprise Clubs and is also a trained Business Link mentor.

Dermot previously served as a Foundation Governor at St Thomas More Catholic Primary School and was Chair of Governors. He is actively involved in supporting the school where his children attend.



Clare Smith

Foundation Director , Chair of HR Committee

Appointed on 1st March 2015 by the Bishop of Northampton

Term of Office: 4 years

Clare Smith is a Foundation governor at St Brendan’s Catholic Primary School and advises on Human Resources, as a key member of the HR Committee. She is also the named governor for pupil premium pupils. Clare was appointed Chair of Governors in March 2017.
Clare is a CIPD qualified HR professional with over 8 years generalist Human Resources experience, predominately in the manufacturing sector. She achieved her Masters in Human Resource Management in January 2015.
Clare was educated in a local Catholic primary and secondary school and is part of the church community.



Anna Kilsby

Foundation Director

Appointed on 1st March 2015 by the Bishop of Northampton.

Term of Office: 4 years

Anna has worked within 7 secondary schools in the Kettering area as part of the Connexions team (Careers Service), finding work experience placements for students and long term placements for children who are not in mainstream school. Anna has been actively involved in supporting St Edward’s Catholic Primary School, Kettering for many years. She has been a foundation governor since 2008, holding the position of Chair of Governors for 8 years. She is experienced in all aspects of governance. Anna was involved in the working party of governors who set up St Luke Academies Trust and has been a director since 2015. She currently represents the directors on the Trust Catholic Life Committee, which is made up of members from across schools. As an ex-pupil of St. Edward’s herself and a mother of children who have been through the school, she is passionate about all aspects of Catholic school life.



Director for School Improvement

Appointed on 1st September 2019 by the Board of Directors

Lorraine has a background in psychology and early career experience of working with ‘looked after children’. It was these experiences that lay the pathway to recognising that success in teaching is dependent on a school’s capacity to create an inclusive environment that promotes wellness for all. She has worked with many schools in challenging circumstances to develop effective systems to support academic rigor which are underpinned by key principles for wellbeing. As a Head Teacher, her school became the highest attaining school in the country and consistently secured academic results in the top 1% of all schools; it also served as a model of practice for wellbeing for the Local Authority and, more widely, as a National Support School.

With over thirty years in education, Lorraine has wide experience of supporting and training others. She has developed strategies to support leadership teams in her role as a National Leader of Education and, previously, as the CEO, and founding member, of a Teaching School. Research is a key element of her work and she engages in a number of projects to support vulnerable learners.

Through doctoral study, Lorraine has contributed to our knowledge of leading curriculum change. She currently assists schools in developing sustainable practices based on pedagogic principles which secure high levels of engagement and progress for all pupils.

Lorraine has disseminated practice in China through the work of UNICEF and in Europe through research for anti-bullying and Including Children Affected by Migration. She has spoken at a number of conferences including Mindfulness in Schools. Lorraine remains committed to the principle that inclusion and wellbeing needs to be at the heart of a school in her current role in school improvement.


Brian Sweeney

Foundation Director

Appointed 1st September 2018 by the Bishop of Northampton

Term of office: 4 years

Brian is an ACIB qualified Banking Director with over 10 years business restructuring experience. Brian has previously served as a foundation Governor at Our Lady of Walsingham Primary School and was Chair of Governors. Brian was educated in local primary and secondary schools and is part of the church community.


Paul G Neeson

Co-opted Director

Appointed 16th July 2019 by the Board  of Directors

Term of office: 1 year

Paul became a Foundation Governor of St. Edward’s Catholic Primary School in December 2017. He has fulfilled the role of Chair of Finance and was elected to be Chair of Governors in September 2018.

Paul was born in the county and educated locally before going up to Brunel University in 1975 where he read Physics with Education. In 1979 he graduated with a B.Sc. in Physics and a Certificate in Education [with QTS]. Following graduation he embarked on a research project in partnership with Unilever. The research led to the presentation of papers in New York (1980) and Yugoslavia (1982)[with bursary support from NATO and SERC respectively] and culminated with the award of a Ph.D. in Physics in December 1982.

Paul’s teaching career started in the Autumn Term of 1982 at Shrewsbury School and he went on to hold posts in both the State and Independent sectors. Having spent twenty-five years of his career in Senior Leadership roles he retired from Headship in 2014. He has held governorships in two independent Prep. Schools and a RC Secondary School, and was President of the Berkhamsted Branch of Save the Children for ten years.


Joseph Burns

Co-opted Director

Apponted 5th September 2019 by the Board of Directors

Term of office: 4 months

Joseph is a lifelong, practicing Catholic and a Eucharistic Minister, Lay Leader and Reader at Holy Trinity, Desborough. He has also served as Chair of the Parish Forum for St Edward’s.

Joseph recently retired from teaching after 35 years in the profession, having been a senior leader and Headteacher/Principal at several secondary schools and one primary school over a number of years and across England and Wales. His experience as a school governor goes back many years: prior to joining the Governing Board of St Thomas More School and the board of Directors, he has previously chaired two school governing bodies and has been a governor in two further schools.



Lynda Doherty

Clerk to the Board of Directors
Appointed by Directors on 1st March 2015

Lynda Doherty is the Clerk to St Luke Academies Trust. Lynda was employed in the Further Education sector for 26 years before retiring in March 2016. She is a qualified Clerk for the Primary, Secondary and Further Education sectors. Lynda’s role is to support the Board of Directors and provide independent advice and guidance. Lynda is also the Clerk to the Governing Body for Our Lady of Walsingham Catholic Primary School which is part of the St Luke Academies Trust.




Maire Hayes

Headteacher of Our Lady of Walsingham Catholic Primary School

Appointed by Directors on 1st march 2015

Resignation: 1st March 2019

Antonina Fletton

Foundation Director       Appointed: 1st March 2015

Resignation:   December 2018

Sue Robinson

Appointed by Directors: 1st December 2016

Resignation: 28th June 2018

Paul Gardiner

Foundation Director       Appointed: 1st October 2017

Resignation:   May 1st 2018

Theresa Mitford – Barberton

Foundation Director  Appointed: 1st March 2015

Resignation: 19th July 2016

Pauline Cuddihy

Headteacher of St Edward’s Catholic Primary School, Kettering.
Appointed by Directors on 1st March 2015

Resigned: 28th September 2016


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