Don't forget Newman Festival takes place on Tuesday 3rd July 2018! The day starts at 10am - 2pm. We look forward to seeing lots of new students!

Meet the Governors

Meet the Governors

Profile of Serving Governors

Richard Ainscough Edit

Richard A Ainscough (FCA) Chair

Richard is a partner in a firm of Chartered Accountants in Blackburn.  He has been active in Catholic education for a number of years having been Chair of Governors of two Catholic Primary Schools as well as currently being Chair of the Governing Body, Chair of the Finance and Premises, Remuneration and Governance and Search committees at Cardinal Newman College.


Matthew Ainge

Matthew Ainge Staff Governor

Matthew has been working professionally in ICT since 1999.  Prior to joining Cardinal Newman College, he was based in Kent and worked in the public sector in applications support.  His role involved a handful of development and integration projects, including an award-winning electronic services project on which he was the lead developer.  During those years he gained ITIL Foundation Certification in IT Service Management and ISTQB Certification in Software Testing.  He moved to Lancashire in November 2012, when he joined Cardinal Newman College as the Senior Web Developer, and has since become PRINCE2 qualified.  He much prefers to focus on services to communities than on commercial interests and hence prefers the working ethos of public sector and educational environments.  He has a range of hobbies and interests including organised LAN events, illustrative art, writing, video production, 3D animation and even supporting charity fund-raising events in costume. Matthew is a member of the Finance and Premises committee.


Charu Ainscough Edit

Charu Ainscough (DMS, CIPD) Co-opted Governor

Charu has recently retired from the post of Senior Opportunities Officer (Race) for Lancashire County Council. Born in Uganda, she was educated there, in India and in England where she qualified as a Barrister.  Charu served as a Justice of the Peace for 18 years and has also been a non-executive director of 2 Health Care Trusts.  Charu is a member of the Quality, Curriculum and Staffing committee.


John Calvert

John Calvert Foundation Governor

John qualified as a Public Sector Accountant (CPFA) with Lancashire County Council before spending two years working in Kuwait.  He then took up a career in Management Consulting with KPMG where he worked both in Manchester and London offices as Partner-in-Charge of Public Sector Consulting.  He retired from the partnership in the autumn of 2001.  John is married with two grown-up children both of whom attended Cardinal Newman College.  John is Vice-Chair of the Audit committee.


 Emily Diffin

Emily Diffin Student Governor

Emily is studying Maths, Chemistry and Biology.  Emily is a member of the Quality, Curriculum and Staffing committee.


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Penny Dineen B.A (Hons), M.A (Ed), Ed.D  Foundation Governor

With more than 15 years’ experience in Higher Education Penny has considerable experience in new course/programme design and development, assessment and accreditation of programmes. Penny was also fortunate to be part of an academic team drawn from all polytechnics and universities in New Zealand to design and develop the first new Foundation Degrees in the field of Art and design Education.

Whilst lecturing at De Montfort University she was involved primarily with PGCE students and coordinated the Education research centre. During her time at De Montfort she also worked as an MA thesis supervisor.

In 1998 she graduated with an EdD in Educational Management and Leadership from the University of Leicester. Her work has taken her around the world, working extensively in New Zealand and the Middle East.

Penny was a student of Lark Hill Convent and Newman College

Penny is a member of the Quality, Curriculum and Staffing committee.


Bob Eastwood

Bob Eastwood Foundation Governor

Bob retired from Lancashire Constabulary as Chief Superintendent with specific responsibility for the borough areas of Blackburn with Darwen, Hyndburn and the Ribble Valley.  Upon retirement he has been actively involved in a number of charities and was a school governor at two secondary schools in the Blackburn area.  He also works for the English Football League as a security and operations advisor and found time to stand in the General Election 2015 as parliamentary candidate for the Conservative Party.  Bob is a member of the Audit committee.


Peter Halpin Edit

Peter Halpin (BA, ACA) Foundation Governor

A former old boy of Preston Catholic College, Peter has served as Chief Executive of Swinton Insurance where he held a number of senior positions including Finance Director.  Prior to joining Swinton Insurance he trained as a chartered accountant with KPMG.  Peter is married and has two daughters and his interests include Preston North End, sailing, skiing and walking.  Peter is Chair of the Audit committee and is a member of the Quality, Curriculum and Staffing, Remuneration & Governance and Search committees.


Len Hampson

Len Hampson Vice-Chair

Len Hampson is an independent Education Consultant who runs his own limited company. He currently has a contract with Lancaster Diocese to provide education advice and support to Diocesan Schools and Colleges. He also has contracts to provide school improvement support to 16 schools in Blackpool, Manchester and Tameside. He trained as an Ofsted Registered Inspector and a Registered Nursery Inspector and was a Lancaster Diocesan Inspector of Religious Education and Collective Worship. He was the headteacher of a Catholic School for 18 years before becoming a Local Authority Adviser/Inspector for 11 years. He retired from local authority work in Aug 2010. He was a Governor at Cardinal Newman from 1996 until 2004.  Len is a member of the Finance and Premises, Remuneration & Governance and Search committees.


Adrian Metcalf

Adrian Metcalf (BA) Foundation Governor

Adrian was a former pupil of Preston Catholic College, on leaving qualified as a teacher working in Catholic Schools around Preston and in Blackpool. Adrian became Headteacher of three Primary Schools in Bamber Bridge, Longton and Blackpool. His final post was as  a Educational Adviser for Blackpool Council supporting schools across the authority. Adrian retired in 2010 and spends much of his spare time as a Hockey Coach and as a Governor at Cardinal Newman and Our Lady & St Edwards. Adrian is Chair of the Quality, Curriculum and Staffing and is  a member of the Remuneration & Governance and Search committees.


Bill Noblet

Bill Noblet Foundation Governor

Bill was a pupil at Preston Catholic College.  A retired civil service customer services manager he has a particular interest in the educational provision for students with special educational needs.  He was involved for a number of years with All Children Together (ACT), initially as chairman of the management committee and then as operational manager. ACT was a charity funded by the National Lottery that provided support for primary and high school children with special educational needs and their families in their involvement with schools and the Lancashire Education Authority; its aim was to ensure that they received the support appropriate for their needs in either mainstream or special schools.  All four of his children, two boys and two girls, enjoyed their time at Cardinal Newman College and have all benefitted greatly from the excellent teaching and support they received there.  His interests include voluntary charity work, allotmenteering, walking, travelling and spending time with his family.  Bill is part of the Finance and Premises committee.

Canon Luiz Ruscillo Edit

Canon Luiz Ruscillo Foundation Governor

Canon Luiz Ruscillo is a priest of the Diocese of Lancaster. He studied at the Gregorian University in Rome where he gained degrees in Philosophy and Theology. He took further studies at the Biblical Institute in Rome and the École Biblique in Jerusalem specialising in Sacred Scripture. Canon Ruscillo was ordained in 1990 and has worked in parishes in the Diocese of Lancaster, serving as a chaplain, governor and chair of governors in a number of different Catholic schools. He was guest lecturer at the Beda College in Rome for five years where he gave the course on the Synoptic Gospels. Canon Ruscillo was appointed Head of Service of the Diocese of Lancaster Education Service in 2005. In this role he leads a team of consultants and advisors which assists the parishes of the Diocese in the field of adult education and serves the 82 Catholic schools and colleges of the Diocese in the areas of governance and leadership of Catholic schools and curriculum Religious Education.  Canon Luiz Ruscillo is the Vice chair of the Quality, Curriculum and Staffing committee and is a member of the Remuneration and Governance and Search committees.


Matthew Sane

Matthew Sane

Matthew is studying Government and Politics, History, Business and Economics.


Helen Seechurn

Helen Seechurn (BSc. IPFA) Foundation Governor

Helen is a qualified public sector accountant who currently works as Director of Resources for a Lancashire district council but has previously worked in education sector. Helen is herself a former pupil of Newman College and her daughter currently attends the College.  She is also a trustee of a number of Lancashire charities.  Helen is a member of the Finance and Premises committee & Governance and Search committee.


Peter Towers

Peter Towers Parent Governor

Peter is married with four children, two of whom have attended Cardinal Newman College and two of whom are at high school. He is a Chartered Engineer and holds degrees in electronic engineering and management. He works for BAE Systems, currently as an Audit Manager having previously managed engineering teams on projects such as the Typhoon and Tornado aircraft. Peter is a practicing Catholic and enjoys walking, reading and playing the guitar. He is a member of the Audit Committee.

Andrew Wygladala

Andrew Wygladala BSc Foundation Governor

Andrew has worked for over 20 years in sales and marketing for a number of well known brands within the mail order and online sectors of the IT industry, and currently works for Europe’s largest IT buying group. As a committed Catholic, Andrew and his family play an active role in their local parish, where he serves as a member of the Parish Council. Andrew was appointed as a foundation governor in 2011, he is Vice Chair of the Finance and Premises committee and a member of the Quality, Curriculum and Staffing committee.

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