Carol Walker – Foundation Governor

Chair of the Governing Body

Link Governor for Teaching & Learning, Curriculum, Compliance

Carol has been Chair of the governing body of Trinity Catholic College for one year.  Carol brings over 20 years experience in Headship, three of which have been at EHT level.

Carol says “I want Trinity Catholic College to continue to thrive and develop in order to create a highly successful learning environment which is dedicated to offering the highest standards of education and spiritual and moral development of all pupils. I want the school to remain central to the heart of the community, for pupils to be proud of their school and town and to realise how their own achievements and attitudes can contribute towards these aims.

I have good communication skills and am able to listen and take on board other people’s opinions and points of view. I look forward to being part of a group of people who have a common goal to drive forward the school’s vision and to share in its continued success.”


Louise Dwyer – Ex Officio Headteacher

Louise was appointed as Headteacher of Trinity Catholic College on 1 July 2019.

Louise says “My aim is to build on the strong Catholic ethos that already exists and ensure that all staff have a driving ambition for your child to excel.  Exam success will not be sufficient; as a school community, I will ensure that every teacher educates your child to live out Jesus’ teachings. I aim to build an environment where every child loves coming to school because the curriculum will be filled with passion, creativity, and challenge. I will establish an ethos where children and adults alike can craft extraordinary work; there will be no ceiling on the expectations of the performance of any member of the school community. We will do this through our values of, ‘An inclusive learning community living out Gospel values.’


Paul Benfield, BA, BEd – Foundation Governor

Link Governor for Quality of Education

Paul is new to the governing body of Trinity Catholic College, but not new to the role of school governor as he has served in other schools for nearly 30 years, the last ten at St Bernadette’s Catholic Primary.  He was born and bred in Middlesbrough and educated at St Mary’s College when it was the local grammar school.  He trained as a teacher at Christ’s College, Liverpool and over his forty years of teaching he worked in six different secondary schools in the Cleveland area.  Paul is a former Head of a comprehensive school where he gained nineteen years of experience as a leader and manager. He is also a retired magistrate.  In his free time he is a keen golfer, gardener, walker and caravanner.

Paul says, “I have lived in St Bernadette’s Parish for over 51 years, serving as a Eucharistic minister and Reader.  My three sons had the benefit of being educated in local Catholic schools; St Bernadette’s, Newlands and St Mary’s College – where I attended as a member of the Sixth Form intake when it first moved to Saltersgill from Linthorpe.

My vision for the future of the school is that all students benefit from a broad progressive education to become the best that they can be.  I believe that Trinity Catholic College has huge potential and is capable of offering outstanding education opportunities to the children when they leave.”


Kevin Duffy – Foundation Director

Kevin spent nearly 20 years as a senior leader in the Department for Education, five years as Deputy Director in a North-East local authority, six years as Vice Principal in an all age, all ability school and is beginning his tenth year as Director of Schools for the Diocese of Middlesbrough. Kevin has knowledge and expertise in central government policy, local authority practice, school leadership and management and diocesan structures. He works on behalf of the Bishop with trust leaders, headteachers, local authorities and the regional schools commissioner to support and improve Catholic education in the region.


Hugh Hegarty – Foundation Director, Trust CEO

Hugh brings extensive experience in strategic leadership and financial planning and delivery to his role. He has led a range of educational reform programmes in his previous position as Director of Academic Programming and School Operations, as well as developing and opening schools across the world. He also has a comprehensive understanding of school governance, having been both a school governor and teacher governor for many years.

Hugh has led Nicholas Postgate Catholic Academy Trust as CEO since June 2018 and has steered the Trust through its very successful first year of operation. His passion for quality schooling is inspired by a commitment to Catholic education and every child and staff member throughout NPCAT’s 26 schools and our sixth form provision. He firmly believes in the power of collaboration, combined with strong direction, to help achieve the highest aspirations for young people.


Wendy Kelly – Parent Governor

Link Governor for Safeguarding, Personal Development (Including Well-being)

Wendy has been a member of the local governing body at Trinity Catholic College for six years.  Having worked in public service for all her career, the majority in education and public health, she brings knowledge and skills gained from specialising in services for children and young people to the role.  She volunteers as treasurer of Arch, which offers a support service for those who have experienced sexual violence, and in her spare time enjoys reading, upcycling furniture and days out with her family.

Wendy says, “I became a school governor because I passionately believe that every child has the right to an education that will allow them to reach their full potential.  I am also a Virtual School Governor for those children who are in local authority care.  Middlesbrough’s demographic means that many pupils have barriers to learning due to their family background or certain vulnerabilities.  My current professional role is in children and adolescent mental health as transformation manager, which entails reviewing current emotional well-being support provided to young people in schools, the home, the community and digitally.  I work closely with schools and colleges across South Tees to develop and deliver support and interventions for pupils.

I live in the parish of the Holy Name of Mary within the community of St Edward’s and my children attended the primary school there and Trinity Catholic College, so I am aware of the needs of the community which the college serves.  I believe that support should be given to facilitate good emotional health and resilience to ensure all pupils achieve good outcomes to enable them to achieve in life.”


Bernadette Rizzi-Allan – Foundation Governor

Link Governor for Behaviour and Attitudes and Personal Development

Bernadette has been a member of the local governing body at Trinity Catholic College since July 2019. Bernadette brings experience from her roles as a Deputy Head Teacher, advanced skilled teacher, acting head, executive head and head of school.  Bernadette is also a children’s liturgy volunteer at her local church and lives in the catchment are of Trinity Catholic College.

Bernadette says “I became a governor as it was something that I felt I could help with and to help Trinity become the school the Catholic community deserve it to be with a set of governors with excellent relevant experience.”


Joanne Smith – Board Appointed Governor

Link Governor for Leadership and Management

Joanne has been a member of the local governing body at Trinity Catholic College since July 2019.  Joanne is a primary school headteacher with over twenty-five years experience in education and has seen many changes in education policy and practice over this time.

Joanne says “My passion is about helping to provide the best whole education for children and young people so that they fulfil their potential and enjoy learning.”


Anne Teasdale – Foundation Governor

Link Governor for Pupil Premium

Anne has been a member of the local governing body at Trinity Catholic College for four years. Anne has worked in Catholic Education for over 21 years and brings a wealth of knowledge and experience.  Anne lives in the wider community of Trinity Catholic College and is an active member of The Holy Name of Mary Parish.  She has taught many of the pupils who attend the school and brings a wider knowledge of the local community to the governing body.

Anne says “I want the school to help prepare the pupils to lead fulfilling and purposeful lives which will contribute to the common good.  I want to support the school in providing a high quality, rounded education for all pupils, so that they develop their full uniqueness and potential’.