Holy Saviour Roman Catholic Primary School, Nelson

Holland Place, Nelson, Lancashire BB9 8HD




Holy Saviour Governing Body

At Holy Saviour we are blessed to have a wonderful team of Governors who are dedicated to our school.  Our Governors meet three times a year as a full Governing Body and then at least another three times in addition to this for the committee they may be part of.  Most of our Governors belong to either the Finance, Staffing and Premises Committee or the Curriculum Committee.


Mr Bernard Swarbrick

Chair of Governors

Child Protection Governor

Bernard has been a Foundation Governor of Holy Saviour  since 2009.  He is a retired Secondary  Headteacher, and worked in Catholic education for 37 years.  He is  a former School Improvement Partner (advising Heads on the formulation and monitoring of targets and improvement plans). Bernard and his wife Elaine  have three grown-up children.
Bernard is a member of Independent  Admissions and Exclusions panels in Lancashire, Salford and Oldham and has a long association with local sport and drama. Bernard is also the Chair of Pendle Leisure Trust and was a magistrate until 2016.
As a committed parishioner of The Good Shepherd Parish, Bernard has a long connection with Holy Saviour School. His three children all attended Holy Saviour as well as nieces and nephews and he still has  one great-nephew in the school.
Bernard uses his experience both in Catholic education and in the wider educational context to help to contribute towards  the learning and wider development of the children  of Holy Saviour Roman Catholic Primary School.

Reverend Father Chris Gorton

Admissions Committee  

Fr Chris is the local Catholic priest who is very happy to have been part of the family of Holy Saviour school for the last eleven years. He comes into school regularly for whole school and  class Masses, to help where possible with different topics, support events, be at the school gates  and be in the playground sometimes at playtime.

The school is an important part of The Good Shepherd Parish and Fr Chris enjoys home visits with reception, year three and year six. Fr. Chris firmly believes that if  you are involved in the school then you are part of the parish!

Mr Chris Bohills

Vice Chair of Governors

Chair of Curriculum Committee

RE Governor

Chris is the former Headteacher of our Catholic High School, Ss John Fisher and Thomas More in Colne. Now retired, he is still dedicated to Catholic Education as a Governor at Holy Saviour.

Chris has  a strong belief in providing Catholic education and wanted to continue to help our young people develop as Christ wants them to. Chris feels Holy Saviour is a school which serves the community as a whole and he is very proud of our wonderful staff and pupils.


Mrs Janet Motyka

Staff Governor  

Janet has been involved with Holy Saviour School for the past 25 years, six as a volunteer and the last 19 as a member of staff. She is currently in her second term as staff governor. Within her role as governor she serves on the curriculum committee. Janet is also the link training governor which means that she organizes the training courses for all the other governors. Another role Janet has is the Eco Council governor. The role of a staff governor can be both challenging and rewarding and Janet has built strong links between the governing body and the staff of the school.  Janet  feels being a governor gives her a chance to make a positive contribution to children's education.


Mr Michael McIlroy

Chairman of Finance, Staffing & Premises Committee

Literacy Governor


Michael is a member of the Sacred Heart/Good Shepherd Parish since moving to Colne from Bolton in 1985.  He was educated at Thornleigh Salesian College, Bolton,and University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology.
Michael has spent his entire career spent working in the manufacturing sector with a number of major manufacturing companies and thirty five years as a Director/Managing Director.
Michael was appointed as a Governor of Holy Saviour School in January 2014. Currently he is Chairman of the Finance, Staffing and Premises Committee, member of the Curriculum and Admissions Committees, and English Link Governor.