Governor Profiles

 David Keiley (Chair of Governors)

david_keileyI have been a governor since 1989, and for most of that time I have been Chair of Governors. I sit on the school’s Personnel and Curriculum committees and am part of the committee which sits to allocate places at the school. I started as an LEA appointed governor but I am now a Foundation Governor. Both of my daughters were educated at Loreto. I am a retired Civil Servant and during my career I was involved in staff training and qualified as an internal management consultant. I have worked with Government departments both in the UK and abroad. I am now an active member of my parish community and sit as a voluntary member of school appeals panels for the Local Authority.

Jackie Fakes (Vice Chair of Governors)


I have two daughters who previously attended Loreto and a son, who did not!.

As a working mum (pharmacist), like many parents, I juggled work commitments with the needs and aspirations of my family and appreciate the demands of fulfilling both roles. Although they have now physically left the nest, the juggling continues, albeit now from a distance.

Formerly a Parent Governor (2006 -2014) I have subsequently been appointed as a Foundation Governor and was elected as Vice Chair of Governors in 2019.  During this time, I have witnessed relentless change and the resultant challenges School has faced. I feel privileged to have had the opportunity, in this role, to have contributed by supporting the Senior Leadership Team and the staff at Loreto.

Looking ahead, I have little doubt that, whilst, the pace of change may continue, the enduring ethos and philosophies of the Loreto community will respond and contribute, as it always has, to the development of our students as positive future contributors to society. I look forward to this future.

Sr Anne

sr_anneI am a member of the Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary, usually known as the Loreto Sisters. The Institute is a worldwide body of religious women whose main ministry has traditionally been in the field of education. Loreto schools are on all five continents and we encourage links between them especially with those schools in the developing world.

The Loreto Sisters are the trustees of the school. At present, as Leader of the UK province of the Institute, I am a foundation governor and also one of the five legally named trustees. As a teacher I spent ten very happy years from 1976 to 1986 teaching in both the mathematics and religious education departments of the school. During this period I was also clerk to the governors.

I have expertise in the finance and building areas having spent 25 years both as province and Institute treasurer and have been on finance and building committees, ethos and values committee and audit committee within the Loreto school group as well as within the Institute worldwide.

Sr Bernadette


As Loreto Education Officer, I am a member of the Governing Body of each of the Loreto Schools/College in England. Before retiring I taught Music and English in four of the schools, including St Albans. I am a Mancunian by birth, but I now live in Llandudno, Wales, close to the Loreto Retreat Centre.



Sr Kathryn

I am an English teacher and my first post was at Loreto College, St Albans where I taught English and Religious Education. Since then I have taught at Loreto Altrincham and am currently teaching young people with special needs at Loreto Sixth Form College, Manchester. I am the Justice and Peace Co-ordinator for the Loreto schools in England and always look forward to returning to Loreto St Albans.

Caroline Bacon

I have worked at Loreto for the last five years and have been employed as the Bursar since April 2017.    I have taken up the role as Staff Governor from 1st September 2018.

David Gregory

20170213 David Gregory PotraitI have two daughters who attend Loreto.  I was born and raised in St. Albans and have strong family and community links to the City. I am currently a director for an international consulting engineering company with offices close to the school, and have spent the last 20 years working on water and civil engineering projects both in the UK and overseas. Through my work I have good links to industry, educational establishments and government agencies both locally and nationally.  In my current role I am also actively involved with graduate, technical and apprentice recruitment and training.

Mark Healy

mark_healyBoth my daughters have attended Loreto with my youngest just about to choose her GCSEs.

Since being appointed a Foundation Governor in 2008, I have been specifically involved with the Finance Committee, during which time the school made the transition into an Academy and undertook a large building extension.

For the last 20 years have I have held several sales and marketing roles in Europe, specifically within the luxury goods industry (Richemont group) working with brands such as Montblanc and Alfred Dunhill. I believe my commercial experience brings an additional dimension to the running of the governing body.

Paul Hough



I have been Head of History at Loreto since September 2000 and have lived in St Albans for over 10 years. I have been a Teacher Governor since 2010.



Sian Ireland

I have worked at Loreto for over 20 years, initially as a Maths Teacher, and more recently as the Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator. I have a daughter in Year 13 and live in close proximity to the school, giving me a particular interest in Loreto’s place in the local community.

Patricia Lloyd

patricia_lloydI am a Foundation Governor and have been since 1997. Before I retired I taught English Language and Literature and speech training in secondary schools, both state and private. Teaching English usually involved running the school library, producing the school magazine and the school plays. When I retired I decided I would like to become a school governor as, after teaching English, I loved children and missed them and school life altogether. I had taught briefly in Loreto when an English teacher had an accident in Dublin and could not get back to England so extra help was suddenly needed. I was very impressed with Loreto, particularly the caring atmosphere, so when a vacancy occurred there as a governor I applied to Sister Kathleen. I had a two-hour interview, perhaps because of me being an Anglican Christian, not a Catholic. At the end she said “you’ll do’.

All the Loreto Governors belong to a committee. I find this the most rewarding aspect. I joined the Personnel Committee as people and their problems are my interest. The most important task of this committee is choosing the headmistress as she is ultimately responsible for everything that happens in the school. Mrs Lynch has now been Head of Loreto for 14 years and is probably the longest serving head in the district and no-one can doubt how successful she has been as the school is going from strength to strength. Appointing her as Head was the best decision the Personnel Committee ever made.

I also greatly look forward to the arrival of boys in the Sixth Form in September, which will prepare the girls for working alongside the male sex prior to their doing so when they leave school. I also look forward to the new Sixth Form building.

Natasha Phillips

I am an experienced critical care nurse of 25 years, my profession is about enabling people to function at the most optimal level they can achieve within the confines of illness. This passion for supporting and enabling others is at the heart of everything I do and I have held a number of senior nursing roles with the core purpose of enabling nurses to deliver the best possible patient care. I have trained as a coach and organisational development practitioner to provide me with additional knowledge and skills to do this effectively. Currently my role is Chief Nursing Informatics Officer at University College Hospital London NHS Foundation Trust. This is a strategic role leading the implementation of an electronic health records system to support our clinicians in delivering outstanding care and enable patients to be more active partners in their care.

I value lifelong learning and approach life in a spirit of enquiry that has led to me recently obtaining a PhD, my research interests are in clinical leadership and quality improvement.

I am the mother of two wonderful girls who both attend Loreto. Balancing work, home and studying is a challenge but I hope I usually get the balance right and I am a good role model for my girls. As I have now completed my PhD I have a little more time available and would like to use that time to support the senior leadership team at Loreto in the fantastic work they do providing a learning environment that is both nurturing and stretching. My experience working in the NHS over the past 25 years gives me a number of transferable skills that I think I could use in service of the school. The skills I have gained as a nurse leader include managing disciplinary and capability issues, workforce planning, safeguarding and working with vulnerable people. These lend themselves particularly well to the personnel committee. I am used to working at board level within a prescribed governance framework and I think this understanding will also enable me to contribute effectively in the role of school governor.

Kathlyn Wilson

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I joined the Full Governing Body in 2013 and I am the Chair of the Premises Committee.

I am an industrial and organisational psychologist with consulting experience, developing selection and appraisal processes for organisations. I currently work in higher education as Senior Lecturer in Human Resource Management within a business school.