Board of Governors 2016-2017



The role of the Board of Governors is to manage the School with a view to providing the best possible education and educational opportunities for all of the pupils. They work with the Principal in setting the School’s vision and aims, establishing and maintaining the School’s ethos and ensuring that the School has the correct plans and policies in 

The Rainey Board of Governors are made up of people who know the School and the community. They are committed to ensuring the smooth running of the School. The Board of Governors meet with the Principal a number of times throughout the year in order to fulfill their duties and responsibilities.


corry Mr S Corry
Parents’ Representative
Chair of Executive Committee
As Chair of the Board I see my role as a strategic advisor and support for the principal and his leadership team.
I work and live locally and have a great knowledge of our catchment area and the local population.My passion for education stems from having both parents as educators and having two girls passing through our excellent school.I love the fact that the Rainey is a truly integrated grammar school with a fantastically deserved reputation for excellence in all fields without putting unnecessary pressure on our pupils.I regularly enthuse about the Rainey to all and sundry and feel very privileged and honoured to be part of the strategic leadership team.
barfoot Mr J Barfoot
Business Community Representative
Chair of Finance Committee
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Dr N Black

Department of Education Representative

I joined the Board in 2015, appointed by the Department and feel it a great honour to serve my school again. The academic and family ethos here have supported me well through life and my career. My grandfather taught here, my father, several aunts, uncles and three of my brothers and sisters studied here. I was head boy from 1992-1993 and moved on to study medicine at QUB, graduating in 1999 and returning to graduate MD in 2005. I have been a consultant physician in Altnagelvin Hospital since 2009 and specialise in Endocrinology& Diabetes with General Internal Medicine. I live in Derry/Londonderry with my wife and three sons but had the great pleasure to see the students and staff on show at open night recently. There is a lot to be proud of here and a lot to protect. I’m glad to be part of that again.
Conway Rev T J Conway
Presbytery of Tyrone Representative
Honorary Secretary

I have been a member of the Board for more than 10 years, and, as well as representing the Presbytery of Tyrone, have been the parent of pupils at the school during all of that time.
It has been a privilege to give something back to the school which has given so much to our family and community and to thereby help fulfill Hugh Rainey’s far-sighted wishes.
Thanks to our outstanding students and dedicated staff, for me, Rainey is an outstanding example of what a school can, and should, be.
Clayton Mr J Clayton
Business Community Representative
Chair of Education Committee
Board of Governors’ Designated Officer for Child Protection
Married with 6 grown up children I am the Chair of the Education Committee and a Governor designated with a Child Protection role in the school.

Formerly the Principal of a very large 11-18 co-educational College, since retirement I have worked as an Adviser and Consultant in the fields of education and business.
Curry Rev Dr J A Curry
Minister of First Magherafelt Presbyterian Church

I have served on the board since the start of 2004 when I became the minister of First Magherafelt and have also been a governor of three other schools during my time as a minister. I am married to Lorna and we have four children who have all studied at The Rainey (Three are still pupils). At school I enjoyed sport and in particular Table Tennis and my favorite subject would have been… mathematics! After studying engineering at QUB I worked in England for ICI plc as a control electrical engineer. As is reflected in the ethos of the Rainey I have a passion for the complete development of young people which includes; emotional, intellectual, physical, social and spiritual development.
Ferson Mrs R Ferson
Presbytery of Tyrone RepresentativeI am currently in my second term as a Presbytery of Tyrone Representative on the Board of Governors. As a past pupil I have fond memories of my time at the Rainey as have my three children who were also educated here. I currently work as a civil servant and it is good to be able to use my skills and experience to also serve on the finance and HR sub committees. I count it a privilege to be able to give something back to the school that has not only served me and my family so well but also the wider community for so many years.
Francis Mrs D Francis
Teachers’ RepresentativeI have been teaching Religious Education in the Rainey since September 1994 and during that time have held the roles of Form 1 Girls Year Head and SENCO. My husband is both a Rainey teacher and past-pupil and we live in Magherafelt with our two children. This is my second term on the Board as Teachers’ Representative.
Graham Dr F S Graham
St Swithin’s Select Vestry Representative

I am now in my third four year term as Governor at the Rainey having been Chairman for the last period. I was a pupil at the School – indeed I am part of the third generation of my family to have been at the school. My great aunt was in the first cohort of girls who joined the School in 1894. I played in the School’s first appearance in the Schools Cup final in 1963.
My career has been spent entirely in the creation of computer software. I was founder and first MD of Kainos Software Ltd and although now retired, am still on its Board of Directors.
I continue to love everything about Rainey and am only sorry that living in North Down has precluded me from sending my own children there.
I am currently on the Finance sub-committee – which is wrestling with the dramatic financial cuts being served to all schools.
henry Mr D Henry
Department of Education Representative
Chair of Property and Development CommitteeI have been Managing Director of Henry Brothers (Magherafelt) Ltd. since 2000. The company generally operates in the commercial construction market for a variety of government and private clients and forms part of the Henry Group of Companies based in Magherafelt. I have lived in Magherafelt all my life and am married to Diane, we have 3 children. I joined the family business on completing my formal education and worked initially as a site operative before progressing through supervisory and management roles to my current position as Managing Director. I firmly believe that training and development of personnel are key factors to company progression and expansion. My own commitment to development has included achieving Fellowship status of the CIOB and gaining the Institute of Directors Certificate in Company Direction. I have served as a co-opted member on the Rainey Endowed School Board of Governors since January 2014 and am the current Chairman of the Property and Development sub Committee. As Chairman I am a member of the Executive Committee reporting directly to the Board of Governors on all aspects relating to Property and Development within the school. I am keen to share the knowledge and experience I have gained through my business and management career. I am dedicated to utilise my talents for the benefit of the school, its staff and students.
hunter Mrs I Hunter
Armagh Diocesan Council Representative
Chair of Appointments CommitteeI have served on the Board of Governors for several terms of office and currently Chair the Appointments Committee as well as holding the office of Vice Chair. I am a past pupil and have three daughters all of whom have or currently attend the Rainey. The school has contributed much to me both personally and professionally and it would be my hope that in a small way I have contributed something in return by being a member of the Board of Governors. It is a delight to see the Rainey continue to thrive. As a school it derives its reputation from the hard work and dedication of its students, Principal, teachers and staff. As a member of the Board of Governors it is an honour to be part of the school.
Matterson Mrs A Matterson
Parents’ RepresentativeI have strong connection with the school through my 3 children, two are presently in the school and my oldest left in 2014 . I was brought up in the locality and currently work as a Dentist in my Practise, Spires Oral Care . Both myself and my husband,Ron, have always been heavily involved in the community through our participation in coaching a variety of sports such as hockey /football / swimming and rugby. I was elected as a parent representative in January 2014 and sit on the Education sub- committee. I am also involved in careers advice for students.
laker Mrs A Laker
Department of Education Representative
Board of Governors’ Designated Officer for Child ProtectionThis is my second term as a Department of Education representative on the BOG. I am a member of the Education Sub-Committee and a designated governor for Child Protection. Though a retiree, I work on a voluntary basis for the NSPCC/Childline School Support Service and regularly visit P6 and P7 classes in Primary Schools to deliver assemblies and workshops on keeping safe from abuse.I retired from a 35-year teaching career just 6 years ago and moved to Northern Ireland with my husband who was also a teacher. I was originally trained in a PE, and later taught Science, A level Psychology, Health & Social Care and PSHE. The last 8 years of my career saw me as Assistant Head in charge of the Lower School site of a large Comprehensive school on the south coast of England. We have a daughter and grandson here in NI but our two sons (one a teacher and the other a Fire-fighter) and small grand-daughter are still in England, so we make frequent visits.Rainey’s ethos of caring, educational excellence makes it an ongoing pleasure to serve on the BOG.
Palmer Mr J C Palmer
Teachers’ RepresentativeI have been a teacher at Rainey Endowed School for 8 years, 7 of which as Head of Technology & Design. I am married to Annette and am Dad to Katie and John. After leaving Rainey, as a pupil, I studied Electrical Engineering at the University of Edinburgh and worked in the industry for over 6 years before becoming a Teacher and returning to my old school. I am proud to work in Rainey and truly love my job. I was elected to be a Teacher Governor by my colleagues in October 2013 .
Purvis Miss S Purvis
Presbytery of Tyrone Representative
Board of Governors’ Representative on School Council
I  am employed by Belfast Central Mission in their Supported Housing Project which aims to support vulnerable young people aged 16- 21 and seeks to enable them to develop the necessary skills to live independently in the community.I also volunteer with Teen Challenge Belfast who work with young people, men and women who are homeless, many of whom are addicted to drugs and or alcohol.
Scott Canon T Scott
Rector of St Swithin’sI am the rector of the local Church of Ireland parish, St Swithin’s Magherafelt. I’ve been a member of the Board of Governors for over 25 years during which time I’ve served as Chairman, Vice Chairman and Hon. Secretary. My children all attended the school and my wife has taught there. I’m currently a member of the Finance committee. I remain firmly committed to all that Rainey stands for both within the School and in the wider community.
Smyth Mr J Smyth
Presbyterian Moderator’s RepresentativeI work for Sperrin Metal where I started 1st April 1987.
I love sport and represented Ireland in Bowls plus played in Commonwealth Games in Vancouver 94.
I am married to Joanne and have 2 boys Ryan and Cameron.
I am the Community Governor and involved in fund raising.
Screen Shot 2015-04-13 at 21.43.01 Christopher Walls
Business Community RepresentativeOriginally from Magherafelt I attended the Rainey between 1968/1972. I now live in a place called Carnalea near Bangor. I am the Senior partner in a firm of solicitors in Belfast. For many years I was closely involved with the Old Boys Rugby Club as player and administrator. I am delighted to join the Board of Governors of this iconic school and hope that I can contribute in some way to the upkeep of its excellent reputation
Oonagh Mckay Oonagh Mckay
Department of Education RepresentativeThis is my first term as governor at Rainey Endowed and I am delighted to be in a position to contribute to the school and have the opportunity to help in its continued future success. My background is in finance – I am a chartered accountant and chartered tax advisor and work for a multinational firm providing UK and international corporate tax advice. I am a firm supporter of ensuring diversity and inclusion in schools, the workplace and in society – an ethos which is echoed in Rainey’s mission statement and which has been repeatedly proven to allow teams make better decisions, achieve better outcomes and fulfil their potential – something which Rainey Endowed successfully champions for and in its pupils.
McCullough Mr D M McCullough