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Meet the Governors

Mrs M Marken, Chair of Governors .

Mrs M Marken, Chair of  Governors .  1

Welcome to our Governors’ section.
Please find below details of how our Governing body is structured, including the names, categories, responsibilities and terms of appointment for each Governor.

 

We are delighted to welcome our new Board of Governors. We thank these individuals who give so willingly of their time to help our school.

John Conaghan
My name is John Conaghan and I am the appointed school governor for the SEELB. Previously I was the parents’ representative on St. Bernard’s Board of Governors. I am married to Nona and we have four children – Niamh, Catherine, Sean and Ciara. Both Nona and I are past pupils of St. Bernard’s, as are Niamh, Catherine and Sean. Ciara is currently attending St. Bernard’s and is in P5.
I work for the Northern Ireland Association for Mental Health as Key Contracts Manager at Carecall, a social enterprise within the charity, providing psychological support to employees across all of Ireland and the UK.
As both a past pupil and a parent of children at St.Bernard’s I have a genuine interest in ensuring that the school offers the best possible environment for all the children to thrive and develop. Both Nona and I feel that all of our children have had a fantastic experience at St. Bernard’s, especially the way the children had an opportunity to develop as individuals and were cared for by the staff. I was delighted and honoured to be voted on as the parents’ representative in 2010 and had no hesitation in accepting the role as SEELB governor this year. I wanted to have the chance to give something back to the school after all the happy memories I have had both as a child and a parent.

Dr Seán O'Hare
I am married to Dympna, a former teacher, and have four children, all of whom had a happy and successful career at the school. One actor, one teacher and two doctors. I am now retired but was previously Head of Pharmaceutical Services for Belfast Health and Social Care Trust. I was responsible for 300 staff and an eight figure budget. I wanted to give something back for the excellent assistance given to my children at the school and help the principal and wonderful staff give all children at the school the same opportunities to succeed.

Mrs Fionnuala Selles
My name is Fionnuala Selles and I am the teacher representative on
St Bernard’s Board of Governors.
This is my second term of office as a Governor at St Bernard’s Primary School.
I have been teaching for twenty years, sixteen of which have been in St Bernard’s Primary School.
I studied Biology and Ecology at university and worked in industry at QUB as a research assistant before retraining as a teacher.
I have a keen interest in horticulture and gardening and in 2011 obtained an allotment and I grow a varied mix of organic fruit and vegetables.
I am the World around Us, Eco-Schools and School Garden co-ordinator for the school and recently with the help of parents and grandparents restored the school garden from wilderness to wonderful!
I am married with two children and both Natalie and Hayden are past pupils of St Bernard’s Primary School.

Maria Curran
My name is Maria Curran and I have recently joined the Board of Governors as a Trustee.  I am a past pupil of St Bernard’s and still have very fond memories of my time at the school.  I have one son Conor who left St Bernard’s in June 2014 and is now at Aquinas Grammar school.  During Conor’s time at the school I was very active on the PTA and served as Chairperson for 2 years and Vice Chair for 1 year.  Being a member of the PTA was a very enjoyable and rewarding experience and I look forward to my continued role with St Bernard’s as a member of the Board of Governors.
I have been self employed for 17 years, managing my own research and consultancy business and in my spare time I enjoy going to the gym, doing pilates and I am attempting to learn to pay golf (badly!)


Adam Fullarton-Healey – Parents’ representative
I am originally from Melbourne, Australia but have lived in Belfast for the past 22 years. I am married to Carole Anne and we have three children - Patrick, Isabella and George.
Carole Anne is a past pupil of St Bernard’s and as a result of the very positive experience she had at the school St Bernard’s was the natural choice for our children. Patrick is in P7, Isabella in P2 and George is in St Bernard’s Pre-school.
I studied Communications, Advertising and Marketing at the University of Ulster and my wife and I own two community pharmacies. I currently sit on the committee for the Belfast Drama Festival and am a director of Crossover Basketball which is a cross-community basketball charity. I’m also involved with Malone Mini Rugby club as I feel sports are a great way for children to develop friendships whilst learning important skills and discipline.
The time our children spend at primary school is over all too quickly and we should grasp every opportunity to be involved with their learning experience during these formative years. For that reason I have been actively involved with St Bernard’s PTA for the past seven years and have now joined the Board of Governors.
I am delighted to have been elected as Parents’ Representative and I look forward to working with colleagues on the Board of Governors to ensure our schools’ continued success.

Clare Foster
My name is Clare Foster and I am the appointed school governor for St. Bernadette’s Parish. I joined the Board as a trustee representative in September 2010 and am now in my second term of service. I was nominated as Vice Chair of the board and as an educationalist, I am committed to the provision of a high quality educational experience for all children in St Bernard’s Primary School.
I am married to Eamon who is a past pupil of St. Bernard’s and we have four children, all of whom benefited from an excellent education in St. Bernard’s Primary. I graduated from St. Mary’s University College as an English teacher in 1989 and then completed an MBA at Ulster University. Following this, I worked for eight years as a management consultant for organisations including Price Waterhouse Coopers and Parity PLC.  I then made the decision to make a career change into education and am now a teacher in Aquinas Diocesan Grammar School where I teach English Language and Literature at Key Stage 3, GCSE and A Level. I am also the Head of Curriculum and Careers in the school.
I am currently on secondment to the Education Authority where my job remit includes supporting schools in raising standards and attainment in the area of English and Literacy. I have responsibility for providing CPD for teachers in English and literacy in both the primary and post primary sectors and for ensuring that literacy standards are maintained as children move between the primary and post primary phases of their academic lives.
In addition to this, I work as an Associate Assessor for the Education and Training Inspectorate and participate on two post-primary inspection teams in each academic year as well as contributing to a broad range of evaluative educational  surveys.
I consider it to be a great privilege to serve on the Board of Governors of St. Bernard’s and thoroughly enjoy working closely with the excellent staff and leadership team in the interests of the spiritual, academic and personal growth of the children.

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