Maryvale Institute

Catholic Distance-Learning for Catechesis, Theology, Philosophy & Religious Education

Administrative Staff

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After 23 years working for a large retailer Rita sought a change of career and first brought her skills in project management and quality administration to the role of Academic Registrar for Maryvale Institute in 2004. In 2006 she achieved a postgraduate certificate in Professional Practice (Higher Education Administration and Management), through the Association of University Administrators. After working as Academic Registrar for 8 years she left the Institute for two years and gained additional valuable experience of quality assurance and enhancement processes in a mainstream University. On her return to Maryvale in April 2014 this experience helped to guide the Institute through a period of intense review. With oversight of the Institute's regulatory, quality enhancement and administrative procedures, she enjoys meeting students and finding ways to support them in their studies; helping to provide a quality student experience.


Linda joined the Maryvale team in March 2017 as an Administration Assistant in the Communications Office. Before this, she worked as an Exam Invigilator/Administration Assistant at three local secondary schools. She started her career in Lloyds Bank PLC where she worked in their International Operations Centre for eleven years before leaving to start a family.

Linda served as a foundation governor at St Marks Catholic Primary for nine years where she was also Treasurer of the PTA helping to organise and run fundraising events. She is an active member of her parish where she reads at mass and regularly volunteers helping with various events throughout the year.


Anthony is responsible for the in-house maintenance and development of Maryvale Institute’s virtual presence.

Anthony is a Chartered Librarian with extensive experience in Further Education. As a college librarian, his role included the development and management of online resources and virtual learning environments. Anthony gained his PhD from the University of Birmingham in 2011 for his research into Henry VIII’s early political relationship with Rome and his research interest continues in this area.


Sean has assisted in Maryvale Library for 20 years; initially as a volunteer, now more formally as a member of staff.

Sean has a long association with Maryvale going back to when it was an orphanage. In addition he is involved in the local parish church (Our Lady Assumption), and supporting pro-life charities.


Sr. Maris Stella is a Nigerian Nun of the Religious Order of the Daughters of Divine Love (DDL) Nigeria. She joined the institute in December 2006, at the request of her Order.

As an Examination Secretary, Sr. Maris sees to the administration of all examinations, setting up centres, and arranging for invigilation both within and outside the UK.

As an Assistant to the Academic Registrar, she helps in the running of the institute’s Registry, including the preparation of students’ ID cards and welcome packs for new students, the preparation of transcripts and diploma supplements, and the planning of the institute’s FE and HE awards Ceremonies.

Sr. Maris gained her Ordinary National Diploma (OND) in Secretarial Administration from Federal Polytechnic, Nekede, Owerri, Nigeria. Both her Foundation Degree in Business Information Technology and BA in Business Studies were gained from the Open University, UK.


Contemplation and prayer are the main elements that caused me to choose the Order Of St. Bridget in 1989. After a few years of formation, I came to the convent in Iver Heath to continue the mission God with which had entrusted me. After a few years, I was asked to come to Maryvale and, following nine years of my service in this house, Mother General asked me to take up the responsibility of Superior. I humbly accepted this as God’s will for me. I rely on your support and prayers always to continue this mission which God has entrusted to me.

For more information on the Bridgettines at Maryvale, click here.


Melissa has a background in pastoral care, having worked as a lay chaplain for 6 years in a Catholic sixth form college, during which time she read an MA in Pastoral Theology. She has also been trained in Ignatian spiritual accompaniment and volunteers as a prayer guide on Retreats in Daily Life in Birmingham.

Melissa joined the Maryvale team in July 2015; she enjoys getting to know students at residential weekends and finding ways to encourage and support them on their academic journey.


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