Carole Bennett, BA, BEd, Cert Ed – Foundation Governor

Link Governor for Catholic Standards


Carole has been a Governor for over twenty years and brings her experience of working in Further Education as a Lecturer and Curriculum Manager to the role.  She is involved in the Nicholas Postgate Parish of Redcar and Marske, volunteering on a practical level with cleaning and flower arranging and has also been involved in the parish steering group responding to Pope Francis’ vision of ‘Missionary Disciples in Missionary Parishes in a Missionary Church’.


Carole says, “I have lived in Redcar since the age of eight, worked, married and raised my children in the town.  I attended Sacred Heart, as did my siblings.  I became a Parent Governor when my children attended the school and then continued as a Foundation Governor. My expertise in Further Education is particularly useful with regard to the progression our students make at the end of year eleven. As a practising Catholic who plays an active part in Church life, I felt that I could support the school in the link governor role, as it strives to include students by displaying Catholic life in school and acts of worship.   


I firmly believe that every child in our community deserves the opportunity to attend a school that offers them a first-class education, encourages their individuality, develops their understanding of the world around them and most important of all, makes them believe in themselves.  I believe this is also the aim of the school, and I work hard alongside my fellow Governors to ensure we achieve this for the students.”


In her spare time, she enjoys being part of a local running group.


Danny Corey, BA BEd – Foundation Governor

Link Governor for Quality of Education


Danny has been a member of the Governing Body for ten years.  He brings the knowledge of a long career in teaching and understanding of the many changes in education to the role.  Danny is also a Governor at St Peter’s Catholic College and gives a lot of time to support the wider governance within the Trust on Governor Discipline Panels.  In his spare time, he enjoys a round of golf.


Danny says, “I taught at Sacred Heart for eleven years, my children attended the school and I am hopeful that my grandchildren will attend in the future.  I am passionate about the quality of teaching in the current educational environment and desire to ensure that teachers have the necessary guidance, training and practical experience to develop their professional craft.  My vision is to have schools where teachers provide an environment which allows pupils to learn and achieve.”



Hilary Pegden – Staff Governor

Hilary has been a member of the Governing Body for over ten years.  Having been a Parent Governor when her sons were at primary school, she was willing to take up the role when a Staff Governor was being sought.  Hilary has a long history with the school where she has worked for over twenty years.  Starting as a volunteer to run the library, then training as a classroom assistant, before taking on her current post as attendance officer and school librarian fifteen years ago.


Hilary says, “I lived in Normanby as a child and went to St Peter’s Catholic College.  The headteacher, Mr Conlon used to wear a cap and gown, and when he walked the corridors his gown would float behind him and was given the nickname of ‘batman’ by the students.  Both of my sons went to Sacred Heart and I have lived in Redcar for 38 years.  Being a Governor enables you, in a small way, to contribute in helping a young person set out on their own life’s journey – it is a privilege to be part of.


My vision for Sacred Heart is that it continues to be a place where students leave having reached their full potential whatever their ability, having high expectations going forward and having the confidence to achieve in the future.  I also want to see the welcoming and caring community spirit of the school continue to flourish as we continue our journey as part of the Nicholas Postgate Catholic Academy Trust.”


In her spare time, she enjoys visiting historic places, walking and researching her family tree.




Canon Derek Turnham – Foundation Director (Parish Priest)

Canon Derek Turnham is a priest of the Diocese of Middlesbrough currently serving the parishes of Redcar and Marske where he offers pastoral support to two primary and one secondary school. He has served as a Governor for over forty years in the primary and secondary sectors and in both community schools and schools with a religious character.





Brian Coulston B Sc (Hons) – Foundation Governor

Vice-Chair of the Governing Body – Link Governor for Pupil Premium, Y7 Catch Up Premium

Brian has served as a Governor for almost 28 years in both a Foundation and Parental capacity.  He has lived in Guisborough for over forty years and his own 3 daughters attended the school as children.  He initially became a Governor to get to know about the inner workings of the school, and to be involved in discussions and decisions to help the school achieve its full potential.  Brian’s impressive Governance portfolio has seen him as Chair of Finance, Premises and Admissions.  He was very proud to have been Trust Director on the original NPCAT.

In his professional career, Brian worked for British Steel in both operational (production) and technical roles and became senior Technical Manager before he retired.  He brings to his role of Governor a vast array of skills and knowledge in data interrogation, logistics and financial evaluations to challenge and support the school.

Brian was Link Governor for Quality of Teaching and Learning until recently when he changed to Pupil Premium and Y7 Catch Up Premium which fits in with his scientific background.

As well as being a Governor, Brian has an active involvement in St Paulinus parish and is Treasurer of the Guisborough branch of the u3a (University of Third Age).


Brian said “I want pupils to have the opportunity to achieve their very best academically for their abilities and to have an exciting and happy school life in a caring and catholic community. Also, to continue to promote Catholic and Christian faith imbuing pupils with a faith that carries them throughout life”.


In his spare time, he enjoys walking and is a keen gardener.  Brian also enjoys spending time with his family and especially his grandchildren.


Martin Campbell – Foundation Governor –Chair of the Governing Body

Link role for Safeguarding, Careers