Governor Profiles


Mark Healy – Foundation Governor

(Chair of Governors)

 Appointed: 1st May 2012

Current Term of Office: 1st March 2020 to 29th February 2024


I have lived in St Albans for almost 25 years having strong family and charity links within the City.  I have been a Foundation Governor at Loreto since 2008; appointed Chair of Finance Committee in 2015 and elected Chair of Governors in 2020.

Both of my daughters attended Loreto some years ago and have gone on to attend further education and achieve success in their workplace vocations.

For the last twenty years I have held several sales & marketing roles in Europe, specifically within the luxury goods sector with the Richemont group.  I believe my broad commercial experience brings an additional dimension to the support of the schools senior leadership team.


Jackie Fakes – Foundation Governor

(Vice Chair of Governors and Chair of Curriculum Committee)

 Appointed: 1st May 2012

Current Term of Office: 1st February 2022 to 31st January 2026


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, 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.



Maire Lynch – Ex-officio Foundation Governor




I am on the governing body primarily because I am the Headteacher of Loreto college. I have over 40 years experience in 3 different schools including over 20 years in Headship. However, I also bring to the role significant experience in governance in other schools. I served on the Finance Committee of a boys’ school for 6 years and on the Full Governing Body and Academic Committee of a mixed , boarding independent school for 12 years. I have been Chair of Governors of a pupil referral unit for 10 years, in the last 18 months I have supported the unit in its conversion from a single academy to a multi academy trust.  


David Gregory – Parent Governor

(Chair of Premises Committee)

Appointed: 23rd February 2017

Current Term of Office: 23rd February 2021 to 22nd February 2025


I 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.


Paul Hough – Staff Governor (Teacher)

 Appointed: 1st May 2012

Current Term of Office:15th March 2019 to 14th March 2023



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 – Staff Governor (Teacher)

 Appointed: 1st September 2014

Current Term of Office:1st September 2022 to 31st August 2026



I have worked at Loreto for over 25 years. Initially as a maths teacher, then as SENCO and I am now a member of the Senior Leadership team.

I was born in St. Albans and have raised two children here with my husband.  My son went to Verulam and my daughter to Loreto.  I live in close proximity to the school which gives me a particular interest in Loreto’s place in the local community


Sr Kathryn Keigher – Foundation Governor

Appointed: 1st May 2012

Current Term of Office:4th January 2021 to 3rd January 2025



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 Loreto Sixth Form College.  I am currently the Justice and Peace Co-ordinator for Loreto Schools and Colleges in England and I do some teaching for Caritas, working with refugees learning English. I always look forward to returning to Loreto St Albans.


Sharon Kerry – Co-opted Governor

 Appointed: 28th September 2020

Current Term of Office: 4th October 2021 to 3rd October 2025



I joined the teaching staff at Loreto in 1991 and was fully involved in all aspects of school life until my retirement in 2017.  Since then I have taken on the role of Data Protection Officer. I am pleased to return to the governing body and continue to be of service to the Loreto community.


Sr Anne McEvoy – Foundation Governor

Appointed: 1st May 2012

Current Term of Office: 1st January 2019 to 31st December 2022



I am a Foundation Governor and I have just joined the Finance & Audit Committee.  I am also a governor of Loreto Preparatory School and on the Strategic Finance Group and Staffing there. Very recently I worked as finance manager for another Religious Congregation. At present I am a trustee for yet another Religious Congregation.  I am a member of the Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary, usually known as the Loreto Sisters. The Loreto Sisters are the trustees of the school. 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.


Damian Osman – Staff Governor (Support)

 Appointed: 1st September 2022

Current Term of Office:1st September 2022 to 31st August 2026 




I have been employed by Loreto College St Albans since December 2020 and I am currently School Business Manager.  With a number of my friends and my family having both worked at and attended here, I have a strong connection to Loreto and enormous respect for the history, values and reputation that the school has forged.  I have extensive experience of property management and refurbishment, business ownership, health and safety and school governance.


Sr Bernadette Turtle – Foundation Governor

Appointed: 1st May 2012

Current Term of Office: 4th January 2021 to 3rd January 2025



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.


Kathlyn Wilson – Foundation Governor

Appointed: 1st February 2014

Current Term of Office: 1st February 2022 to 31st January 2026



I joined the Full Governing Body in 2014. 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.


Eoin Woods – Parent Governor (Co-opted)

(Chair of Finance & Audit Committee)

Appointed: 10th February 2020

Current Term of Office:10th February 2020 to 9th February 2024


My daughter previously attended Loreto and my other link with the school is through being the treasurer of the Loreto Parents Association. I live in Hemel Hempstead and work primarily in London in the software engineering industry.  I’ve been a professional software engineer for over 25 years and today I am Chief Technology Officer for a firm called Endava. As well as my involvement at Loreto, I have been involved in schools work for a number of years, through my activity as a Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Ambassador.  This sees me visiting schools throughout the year to run activities with children and young people to show them the excitement of STEM careers and the relevance of studying STEM subjects whatever career they eventually choose. I hope that my technical, business and schools work blend together with being a parent, to allow me to bring a useful perspective to the governing body.


Governors that have stepped down from the Governing Body during the last academic year:

Caroline Bacon – Staff Governor (Support) (until 31st August 2022)

Natasha Phillips – Co-opted Governor (until 31st August 2022)

Patricia Lloyd – Foundation Governor (until 29th November 2021)