Headteacher: Mr Matthew Symes

Chair: Mr Gus Van Cauwelaert (Contact c/o Holy Family)

Vice Chair: Mrs Margaret Evans

Clerk to Governors: Mrs Sara Bailey 

Governing Body –12 Members:

  • Foundation Governors: 7
  • Parent Governors: 2
  • Headteacher: 1
  • Staff Governor: 1
  • Staff Governor: 1
NAME Category Date appointed Appointed by: Term of office
From:  To:
Mr Gus Van Cauwelaert
[Chair of Governors]
Foundation Governor 26/09/2020 25/09/2024 Archdiocese 4 years
Mrs Margaret Evans
Vice Chair of Governors and
Chair of Standard & Curriculum Committee
Foundation Governor 06/03/2017 05/03/2021 Archdiocese 4 years
Mr Paul Stam
Chair of Learning Environment (Buildings) Committee
Foundation Governor 10/03/2020 09/03/2024 Archdiocese 4 years
Mrs Mary Doolin
Chair of Wellbeing incl./Behaviour&Safety/Safeguarding
Foundation Governor 16/02/2018 15/02/2022 Archdiocese 4 years
Mrs Linda Byrne
Chair of Finance & Innovation Committee
Foundation Governor 01/09/2020 31/08/2024 Archdiocese 4 years
Rev. Fr. Dunstan Harrington Foundation Governor 24/03/2019 23/03/2023 Archdiocese 4 years
Mr Dennis Jones Foundation Governor 01/09/2017 31/08/2021 Archdiocese 4 years
Vacancy  Parent Governor     Parent election 4 years
Vacancy Parent Governor     Parent election 4 years
Mrs Catherine McCarthy Staff Governor 01/09/2020 31/08/2024 Staff election 4 years
Mrs Frances Diamond LARepresentative Governor 03/07/2016 02/07/2020 Local Authority 4 years


Standards & Curriculum incorporating SEND Finance & Innovation Committee Personnel & Strategic Overview Committee[Chairs of all Committees} Learning Environment (Buildings) Committee Wellbeing incl./ Behaviour & Safety / Safeguarding
Margaret Evans [Chair] Linda Byrne [Chair] Gus Van Cauwelaert Paul Stam [Chair] Mary Doolin [Chair]
  Paul Stam Paul Stam   Dennis Jones
Dennis Jones Frances Diamond Mary Doolin   Fr Harrington
Frances Diamond   Linda Byrne    
    Margaret Evans    

Holy Family Catholic High School

Virgin’s Lane

L23 4UL

Tel: 0151 924 6451

Fax: 0151 932 1417

Our Governors

The school has a very supportive Governing Body with 12 members. The Chair of the Governing Body is currently Mr Gus Van Cauwelaert; he can be contacted via Sue Davies, Clerk to Governors, at the school on 0151 924 6451.

The Governors and staff work hard to produce appropriate policies for the school which are available on either our website or through the school office.

Foundation Governors

Mr Gus Van Cauwelaert (Chair)

I feel honoured to be the Chair of Governors at Holy Family. I am extremely proud of the achievements of our school in recent years, in particular the great faith placed in us by our community which has led us to be repeatedly oversubscribed.

I retired as Headteacher of the largest Catholic secondary school in the Archdiocese in July 2012 and hope I bring useful insights and experience to my role as Chair.

I live in Waterloo and am active in St Edmund's parish.

Educationally I feel very strongly that young people are entitled to great teaching and a wide variety of opportunities. I strongly believe that governors have a crucial role in ensuring that this happens through our roles in scrutiny and accountability.

Mr Paul Stam

I first became a Parent Governor at Holy Family in 2006 and then in 2008 I became a Foundation Governor. I am currently a member of the Finance Committee, Staffing Committee and I am Chair of the Learning Environment Committee.

I am a Senior Software Engineer working for Lloyds Bank in Chester. I have been married to Julie for 27 years and we have two grown up children, Michael is a Data Scientist and works for Tesco Bank in Edinburgh and Emma is studying for her MSc in Medical Physics at Aberdeen University.

Mrs Margaret Evans (Vice Chair)

I worked as a teacher at Holy Family for 14 years, both as a teacher of Science and as an Assistant Headteacher. In 2002, I left to work with the local authority managing the Aimhigher programme which involved helping young people to aspire to higher education. In this role I worked with all the schools across the borough, as well as the local and national universities. I have always been passionate about education and helping young people to reach their potential.

I recently retired from full time work so I hope to bring my experience in education to my role on the Governing body. It is a privilege to be a Governor at Holy Family and to see the school grow from strength to strength.

Mrs Mary Doolin (Safeguarding Governor)

I have been a Governor at Holy Family since 2007, I am currently a member of the Staffing Committee and I am Chair of the Wellbeing, Behaviour, Safety & Safeguarding Committee.

I am a Full Time Officer for a Trade Union - Public Commercial Services Union; I have negotiations responsibility for public & private sector employees. I am based in Liverpool.

My three sons attended Holy Family, two of whom are now in University and one is in Year 12. I am a catechist in my local church and a committed socialist.

Mrs Linda Byrne

I have lived in the parish of Thornton for 60 years and been an active member of St William of York church for nearly as long. I was a youth group leader in the parish for many years, a member of the choir, still a Eucharistic minister and help with flowers and decorations in the church.

I am married and I have a son who attended Holy Family High School, I also have nieces and a nephew who also attended the school.

My background in education is as a Bursar then School Business Manager for 20 years and a tutor for the National College of School Leadership for Bursar Development.

I have served as a governor at the school for over 11 years and I am currently the Chair of Finance and Innovation Committee.   

Fr Dunstan Harrington

Fr. Dunstan Harrington, Priest – St William of York, Thornton & St Mary's, Little Crosby.

Dennis Jones

It’s been my pleasure to be on the governing body here at Holy Family since 2017 and a great privilege to be involved in the great work that goes on behind the scenes by the staff at the school.  I have been involved in Catholic education for 17 years and have worked as a Lay Chaplain at schools in Liverpool and Preston.

I am passionate about Catholic education and the opportunities it gives to young people to achieve academically but also their formation as children of God and the potential that offers. I am involved in the local parishes, reading and as a Eucharistic Minister in my local church and I also lead the local youth group from Sefton on the Lourdes Pilgrimage each summer.

Parent Governors


Staff Governor

Mrs Cathy McCarthy


LA Representative Governor

Mrs Frances Diamond

I have been a Secondary School Teacher of Science and ICT for 12 years and for 6 of these I was a member of school senior leadership developing subject teams to improve teaching and learning and results for students.  I have significant experience of leading the development of ICT in schools for learning and management.  I bring this expertise to the Governing Body of Holy Family Catholic High School.  I am currently raising a family and training in accountancy and finance.


Mr Matthew Symes

Clerk to the Governors

Mrs Sara Bailey

Declared Business Interests

It is a requirement of the Academies Financial Handbook that the academy trusts publish, on their website, relevant business and pecuniary interests of trustees, members and senior employees.  A declaration must also be made if any of the above persons hold a position on a Governing Body of another education institution.

Below are the interests declared by individuals at the start of this academic year.

School Governor Category of Governor Declared Business Interest
Mr G Van Cauwelaert Chair of Governors Nil
Mrs M Evans Vice Chair of Governors Nil
Mr P Stam Foundation Governor Nil
Mrs M Doolin Foundation Governor Nil
Mrs L Byrne Foundation Governor Nil
Fr D Harrington Foundation Governor Nil
Mr D Jones Foundation Governor Nil
Mrs F Diamond LA Representative Nil
Senior Employee Position Declared Business Interest
Mr M Symes Headteacher Nil
Mrs S Thomas Business Manager Securit UK
Mrs S Bailey Curriculum Cover Supervisor/Finance Officer / Clerk to Governors