Mary was co-opted to the Governing Body in 2015 and became chair in October 2016. She serves on The Finance & General Purposes as Chair, Standards, Remuneration and Advisory Committees.
Mary retired as Director of Services at MMU in December 2014 and brings to the board experience of directing educational infrastructure services, leadership and development of professional teams, managing change, partnership working, stakeholder engagement and financial skills.
Mary has a strong commitment to the College’s Mission and Mary Ward values and to enabling optimum achievement of the College’s diverse student community.
John was co-opted onto the Governing Body in 2006. He serves on the Standards, Finance & General Purposes, Remuneration, Appeals & Appointments Committees. He was Headteacher of 11-16 RC Manchester High Schools from1990 to 2016, and Chair of the Manchester Schools’ Alliance. He is currently a Member for the Greater Manchester Learning Trust (Parrs Wood). In addition to his work as headteacher, he chaired the Manchester Catholic Education Partnership (MANCEP) for ten years until 2016. He was a National Leader of Education (NLE) appointed by the DfE from 2010 supporting a number of schools across the north west. As a School Improvement Partner (SIP), he supported and challenged headteachers to improve performance and conducted their performance management reviews with governors.
John is experienced as a governor of primary, secondary and tertiary education, he was seconded to the Local Authority for two years to develop the Manchester Schools’ Alliance (MSA), a not for profit partnership that is now an integral part of Manchester’s self-improving school system. He led on the creation of the MSA Teaching School Alliance which is now a thriving network of schools and colleges working with children and young people from 3 to 18 years. Loreto Sixth Form College is a leading member of the Alliance.
Amanda Corcoran: Parent Governor
Amanda joined the Governing Body in 2017. From her role as Director of Education at Manchester City Council, she brings expertise in Education Leadership, National and Local Education Policy, Local Government, Special Educational Needs, Inclusion, School Improvement, Budget, and Equalities. Amanda studied Psychology at Manchester University and then completed a Post Graduate Cert in Education also at Manchester. She has taught in Primary Schools in Manchester at both key stage 1 and 2 and was a Special Educational Needs Coordinator before taking on a new post to set up a specialist resourced provision for children with autism in the school. She left teaching to work for Manchester City Council in 1997 to set up a Learning Support Service for the City and then held a number of positions linked to SEN and inclusion within the Council including Strategic Lead for SEN. More recently her work has included leadership of the Virtual School for Looked after Children, School place planning and school admissions, school attendance and exclusions.
She is passionate about inclusion and equality of opportunity. She has been a governor at a local primary school and is currently a governor at Chethams School of Music.
She has also been on two Interim Executive Boards for schools in special measures.
She is also very enthusiastic about sport and still manages to play netball every week and coach cricket in the summer for a group of under 7s!
Both of her children have attended Loreto. Her son is now at UCL and her daughter is currently a in year 12. Both are extremely positive about their experience of Loreto and the opportunities it has provided them with.
Stephen Joined the governing body in November 2017. He has over 10 years’ senior leadership experience, working in a variety of different roles within secondary education. Stephen is currently headteacher at St Peter’s RC High, a 11-16 Manchester High School, which is a feeder High school to Loreto College. As part of this role, he is currently a member of the Manchester Catholic Education Partnership (MANCEP).
Stephen has previous experience being a Foundation governor at a Catholic primary school. He also has a good understanding about supplementary education, the Charity sector and community-based issues, gained through many years’ experience working within the voluntary sector.
Stephen gained Trade Union experience, as Union Representative, during the teaching workforce reforms in the early 2000s.
Stephen has 20 years’ experience playing and coaching basketball at local and national level. He is also particularly interested in social mobility and widening participation for underrepresented communities and groups.
John joined the Governing Body as a Parent Governor in 2013 and has served on the Standards Committee since then. He is a Senior Lecturer in Politics at Manchester Metropolitan University currently researching migration.
He has been a Governor at two schools and provides challenge especially in relation to attainment levels. John has an understanding of the requirements of the Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) Act, of national policy changes in education and of University transition issues.
Sister Patricia Goodstadt joined the governing body in 1984 as Principal, a post she held for over 15 years. Over the years she has served on every committee and is currently a member of the renumeration and advisory committees. She has taught and governed in the primary, secondary and tertiary sectors and been a director of three Multi Academy Trusts. She has also been headteacher for 12 years in the secondary sector.
Sister Patricia brings expertise in strategic and vision- enriched leadership . She has a wealth of experience in recruitment and appointment of staff, an up to date knowledge of employment law, and is experienced in mediation. She has helped organise many courses on preparing for leadership in faith schools with and for the National College, the Learning Together Partnership, the North West Catholic Training Partnership and the North West Church of England Dioceses.
Sister Patricia is a founder member of the Loreto English Education Network Executive and chair of Loreto Education Trust.
Sister Patricia has served on numerous local, regional and national bodies connected with the Church, Local Authorities, universities, colleges and schools, trades unions, and the voluntary sector. Until recently she was a member of the Catholic Education Service’s Standards Committee. She has worked with other Religious Orders looking at their particular ethos and mission.
Sister Patricia worked for over 10 years as Assistant Director of Schools for Shrewsbury Diocese, having specific responsibility for succession planning, post 16, secondary schools. She has served on governing bodies for schools in difficulties and been closely involved with Governor Training.
Alison joined the governing body in 2018 as Staff Governor and serves on the Standards Committee. She teaches in the Theology and Religious Education department at Loreto College and is Equality and Diversity Manager. She is committed to the mission of the college and its ethos as an inclusive and diverse Catholic college
Jill Roberts: Co-opted Governor
Jill was elected to the Governing Body in 2017. She has worked at Manchester University since 1993 and is the Financial Controller. She serves as a member of the Finance & General Purposes Committee.
Julian joined the Governing Body in 2012. From his role as Director of Social Responsibility at The University of Manchester, he brings expertise in higher education linkages and progression; external engagement; governance; communication; social responsibility; fundraising; strategic planning and performance.
After reading Political Philosophy, Economics and Social Sciences at Manchester, he spent his early career in a large urban Catholic Sixth Form College as Head of Social Sciences and later as Assistant Vice-Principal/Senior Tutor. Before taking his current role, he led on a wide range of student admissions, engagement and outreach functions at the University. His Doctorate in Education has given him the strong analytical skills needed to challenge assumptions and ask the right questions about the progress of the College.
He is passionate about equality of opportunity and the social purposeof education and has chaired and advised on a number of national policy groups and committees. He supports the leader of Manchester City Council on the Board of the Strategic Education Partnership, is a trustee on the Board of Directors for MACC (Manchester’s voluntary, community and social enterprise support organisation), and sits on Manchester’s Homeless Partnership Board.As someone who lives very locally to the College, he is also passionate about advancing access to Loreto for students from the local area.
Sister Bernadette joined the Governing Body in 2001 and is a member of the Finance & General Purposes Committee. She is the Loreto Education Trust Officer and a retired teacher.
Sister Bernadette brings to the Governing Body an expertise in Loreto Ethos and Ignatian Spirituality and has a particular interest in the spiritual development of staff and students.
Niall was co-opted onto the board of Governors in 2011 and now Chairs the Audit Committee. He is the Director of Estate Redevelopment at LTE Group, which is an integrated learning, education and skills group. He has 30 years’ experience in property and construction with particular expertise in procurement and contracts. Niall has a breadth of knowledge of Facilities Management, Health & Safety and Business Management Systems
Michael Jaffrain: Principal
Michael joined the Governing Body in April 2020 following his appointment as Principal of Loreto College. After a brief spell in the banking sector in France, Michael joined South Cheshire College in Crewe as a Modern Foreign language Assistant, where he stayed for 10 years, before gaining his first senior post at Shrewsbury Sixth Form College. During his time there he covered a range of different duties over the years including strategy, development, quality assurance, curriculum and tutorial. For a period of 3 years he was also seconded to work at Ludlow Sixth Form College to help them with teaching and learning. During his time at Shrewsbury Michael was the college’s OFSTED Nominee and was the Post-16 Safeguarding Representative on the Shropshire Children’s Board.
He joined St Brendan’s Sixth Form College in Bristol in January 2010 as Assistant Principal and gained the post of Principal six months later, a position he held for eight years. Michael is currently the Chair of the Association of Colleges Academic and Sixth Form Colleges Policy Group.
With over 24 years’ experience in Post-16 education Michael is passionate about education which he believes can truly transform lives for the better, regardless of your background. Michael is delighted to be the Principal at Loreto College.
Janet Nevin: Foundation Governor
Janet was elected to the Governing Board in March 2019 and is a member of the Standards Committee. Educated at St Edmund Arrowsmith High School and St John Rigby Sixth Form College, both in Wigan, and then at St Edmund Hall, Oxford, where she did a degree in English. After completing her PGCE at Oxford, she went on to teach in London comprehensive schools for five years before returning northwards and working as Head of English and Head of Sixth Form in a large 11-18 before realising that her interest was in the older end of the age range and moving to Holy Cross College Bury where she was an English teacher, Assistant Principal (Student Services) and Deputy Principal. During this time she did an MBA, was a part-time Ofsted inspector and did consultancy work for several colleges and the Centre for Excellence in Leadership. In April 2008 she completed a doctorate which explores the career experiences of women managers in Catholic sixth form colleges, and has spoken about her research at several education conferences. In 2012 she published a chapter in a book ‘Gendering Christian Ethics’ based on her research. Janet became Principal of Ashton Sixth Form College in April 2007 and established the A+ Trust in 2013, a group of six secondary schools and the College which worked together in Tameside. Janet was Chief Executive of the Trust. Having retired from these posts, she is now a director of two Academy Trusts and is involved in working with other educational organisations on a range of issues.
Her interests are reading and travel.
Ann Wilkinson: Foundation Governor
Ann was elected to the board in July 2019
Victoria Dolan: Foundation Governor
Victoria began her journey with Loreto in 1996, as a pupil of Loreto Grammar School and Sixth Form in Altrincham. Whilst there, she was fortunate enough to be taught and guided by truly inspirational women and still ‘lives and breathes’ the Loreto values and ethos she grew up with in her everyday life today.
Victoria went on to study Law at Oxford University (Somerville College). She then trained and qualified as a solicitor in a leading global law firm in London before moving back to Manchester to continue her career, focusing on advising clients on commercial, technology, data protection and intellectual property matters.
Victoria currently works in-house as Senior Legal Counsel for a global technology company. Here, she also enjoys training and developing other lawyers, engaging in Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives and charitable activities, and promoting inclusiveness.
Victoria is passionate about enabling access to outstanding education to children of all backgrounds, cultures and faiths and is proud to be part of the Loreto family.
Two elected Student Governors