Chair of Governors Mr William (Bill) Egerton

It is with great sadness that we announce the sudden and untimely death of our Chair of Governors Mr William (Bill) Egerton.

Bill was a founding governor of St Peter’s and had seen the school grow, from its inception in 1999, into one of Manchester’s most successful schools. He became Chair in 2014 when he succeeded Canon Stewart Ansbro. His accomplishments have been many, but none more so than steering the school through its many successful Ofsted inspections. He worked tirelessly to ensure that the children in the local area received the excellent education they deserved and was a regular visitor to the school supporting events and the work of teachers and pupils, sharing his extensive experience and knowledge.

Bill’s commitment to his community is evidenced by his lifetime of service. Bill was leader of Manchester City Council from 1982-84. He became a Justice of the Peace in 1985 and served as Chairman of Manchester Magistrates Bench for three year. He was a city councillor for 28 years and held the position of the City’s Lord Mayor in 1992/3. He was appointed an Honorary Alderman City of Manchester in 2007 and was appointed a Deputy Lieutenant Greater Manchester in 2004. He was also Chair of Governors of St Willibrords’s Primary School and Deputy Chair of St Anne’s Ancoats Primary School.

Bill’s selfless dedication to others and devotion to his Catholic faith led to one of the highest honours bestowed by the Catholic church, the award of the Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice by His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI in March 2013.

Bill will be remembered with great affection and gratitude by his fellow governors, the pupils, parents, staff and friends of St Peter’s.

 His funeral will take place on Thursday 3rd October 2019 at 11.00 am at St Joseph’s RC Church, Mossley.

Bill Egerton