Saint Mary's Catholic Voluntary Academy

Local Governing Body

The Local Governing Body is a Committee of the St Ralph Sherwin Catholic Multi Academy Trust (SRS CMAT).


Our Local Governors are a committed and hard working group of people who have enormous responsibility – even though they volunteer their services freely. They meet up to six times during the academic year following the schedule set out by the CMAT.


The Chair of the Local Governing Body is Mrs Samantha Buller.

The Vice Chair of the Local Governing Body is Mr Damian Bell.


The Local Governing Body has the following responsibilities:


  • Ensuring that the school is conducted as a Catholic school, meeting the expectations set out for his schools by the Bishop of Nottingham including on the development of the Catholic Life of the school including facilitating diocesan canonical inspection
  • Safeguarding and promoting the Catholic values of the school
  • Supporting the CMAT with the appointment of senior leaders and other reserved posts
  • Supporting the headteacher with the appointment of other staff
  • Supporting effective governance at all levels of the CMAT
  • Supporting the leadership team at the school and acting as a critical friend
  • Supporting the CMAT in the development of succession planning of leadership within the school and the CMAT
  • Maintaining a detailed understanding of the strengths and areas for development of the school
  • Regularly monitoring the school development plan and in-year performance and progress data (where appropriate)
  • Monitoring performance management in the school and supporting the performance management of the headteacher
  • Monitoring the management of pupil behaviour, attendance, exclusions and admissions
  • Monitoring the effectiveness of the deployment of resources at the school
  • Developing the engagement with the local school and parish community

Please find below details of how our Local Governing Body is structured, including the names, categories and terms of appointment for each Governor.





Mrs Sam Buller - Chair of the Local Governing Body


As an ex pupil of Saint Mary’s, I feel I am incredibly privileged to hold the position of Chair of Governors for our wonderful school. 


As with many of our families within the school community, I too, grew up on the neighbouring Whitfield estate, and it is heart-warming to see so many children and families from the same estate, continuing to choose the Saint Mary’s Catholic family, to provide a well-rounded academic and spiritual education for their little ones. 


I came from a working-class background, but always aspired to go to university, an aim that was greatly encouraged by my parents. In 1996 I qualified as a registered nurse, graduating from the University of Manchester and went on to have a successful career as a Nursing Sister in the operating theatres at Tameside Hospital. 


Unfortunately, life takes twists and turns, and in 2012, I made the difficult choice to leave this career due to health reasons and became a full-time mum to my four children. However, my new found role as governor in 2015, and a volunteer in school, saw new doors opening, with new opportunities. In June 2020, I successfully completed a BA in Education, and I am now currently back at the University of Manchester reading a Masters in Educational Leadership.  


My aim is to embrace the knowledge and experience I have gained, to work effectively alongside, and support, the dedicated staff and governors at Saint Mary’s, in ensuring this is a school we all continue to be proud of. I believe our school provides a nurturing, safe environment, where children can build resilience, aspire to achieve, and where parents feel supported to encourage their little ones, just as my parents did.  


Mr Damian Bell - Vice Chair of the Local Governing Body


My name is Damian Bell. My family and I have lived Glossop since 2013, having grown up in nearby Hayfield.


I attended St Mary’s Primary in New Mills as a child and later attended St Thomas More Secondary School in Buxton. It is lovely that both these schools are now linked with St Mary’s Glossop as part of the St Ralph Sherwin CMAT. After completing A-Levels at Aquinas College in Stockport I volunteered for a year at The Briars, the Nottingham Diocesan Catholic Youth Centre; a fantastic 12 months that contributed to my own personal development as I helped young people from around the Diocese explore their own faith.


I went on to study Environmental Science at University in Leeds before working in public and private sector roles around the UK.

I now work in IT for an asset management company and have previously managed operational contracts for the same company. This involved managing large teams of people to deliver highways, construction and environmental services contracts for public sector customers.


I married my wife Annette in 2010 and our daughters both attend our wonderful school.


My mum was a teacher, my dad was a headteacher and my sister is now a deputy head at a school in London so, whilst I have never taught myself, I hope that my background helps me to understand some of the unique pressures, challenges and joys that are part of being an educational professional in the 21st century.


I enjoy being a governor. I do my best to use my skills and experience to support the Chair of Governors and our school’s senior leaders. As a Catholic and a Foundation Governor I also try to ensure that the school’s Catholic character is evident in everything that happens at St Mary’s. My biggest hope is that all our children are educated and inspired both academically and spiritually and leave our school with happy memories having achieved their full potential.   

Mrs Róisín Reynolds - Foundation Governor


My name is Róisín Reynolds and I have lived in Glossop for 15 years. I am a foundation governor at Saint Mary's Catholic Voluntary Academy.  I am married to Joe and I have two children both of whom attend local Catholic schools - Saint Mary's and St Philip Howard Catholic Voluntary Academy.


As a Catholic, I am passionate about the importance of Catholic education and I attended Catholic schools for both my primary and secondary education in Ireland.  I have worked as a nurse for over 30 years in a variety of settings. The different roles throughout my career have given me a wealth of experience that I can utilise in my role as Governor at Saint Mary's. I am passionate about ensuring that the health and wellbeing needs of the children are being met and helping to ensure an excellent education with a Catholic caring ethos for both students and staff.


Mrs Sarah Gregg - Parent Governor


I joined the governing body in spring 2019 not long after my daughter started her educational journey at Saint Mary’s as felt this would be a good way to connect more with the school and wider community as I strongly believe that a close working relationship between home and school is so important.


I have spent a large part of my working life involved in the improvement of education and training for young people both as an apprenticeship officer and as an auditor carrying out quality and health and safety audits for an organisation that audited government funded training schemes.  Part of this role was to support organisations with their self-assessment report and to prepare them for an inspection which is very similar to the work that the school has to do to ensure we not only identify our strengths so we can build on these but also identify any areas of improvement so that we address these to help raise the standard of education our children receive.


I have worked for the NHS for the last 10 years the majority of this time supporting junior doctors working for Health Education England who are responsible for recruiting and training junior doctors, GPs and dentists.  As part of this I have worked on a variety of projects where we are constantly reviewing the best way to support and upskill our workforce in an ever-changing environment never more so than in recent times.


However out of all the jobs I have held the most important and fulfilling is that of a Mother, I am so proud of everything my daughter has achieved and how resilient she has become especially in these challenging times.  My daughter has additional needs and as well as being an advocate for her I also want to ensure that children at all levels and from all backgrounds are given the opportunity to shine and be the best they can be. 


I value my role as governor to enable me to have a small part in shaping the journey for our children and our much loved school and I hope that we will all continue to work together to provide a child focused education and that the nurturing family feel that we have at Saint Mary’s continues to grow along with our children.