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Members of the Governing Body


Mr. John Wylie - Chair of the Governing Body

Mr. John Wylie is the Chair of the Governing Body, Chair of the Finance & Audit Committee, member of the HR Committee, as well as presently Safeguarding Governor at the school. John has been a member of the Board for many years and previously Chaired a primary school in Greasby, where he first experienced a special needs school environment.

John is locally born and during his career has set up and ran businesses, both locally and nationally. In addition to his role at West Kirby School and College, John also currently sits on the Board of Calday Grange Grammar School, as well as being a Trustee of two other Charities.

John further serves the school and charity as a Trustee of the West Kirby School and College's Pension Fund.  

Dr. Ann Thorne - Vice-Chair of the Governing Body

Dr. Ann Thorne is a Director and Governor at the school. Ann is the Vice-Chair of the Governing Body, Chair of the HR Committee, and is also a member of the Finance & Audit Committee.

Ann has worked in HR all her life both as a practitioner and in Higher Education, where she has taught and developed HR and business programmes including the Doctorate in Business Administration (DBA). She was appointed as University Dean of a large Business and Law Faculty and her last job was to help turn a poorly performing College into a good to outstanding college recognised by the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA). Ann has been a reviewer for the QAA (similar to the role of an inspector for OFSTED) and is a Fellow of the Corporate Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD).

As she is now semi-retired, Ann continues her work in Higher Education where she is Director of a German/UK College based in London and External Examiner for a Business programme in Sri Lanka operated in collaboration with a major London based University.

Mr. Brian Boumphrey

Mr. Brian Boumphrey has sat on the Governing Body, both as a Director and Finance Committee member for 16 years. Brian holds a linked responsibility for Health & Safety at the school, previously also serving as a Trustee of the Pension Scheme.

He has a wide range of business & management skills acquired as Chief Executive of the Bowring Group Liverpool Company (now Marsh Insurance Brokers).

His extensive Charity work includes 20 years as a Trustee of Age Concern Wirral, including 3 years as Chairman and a Treasurer; with successful Lottery bids & major fundraising.

Brian also has had a lengthy involvement with Birkenhead School; including 12 years as Chairman and 2 as President of the Old Birkonian Society. Further to this, Brian has been a Business Adviser to the school's successful presentations at local & regional Youth Opportunities Competitions.

Mr. Neville Lumb

Mr. Neville Lumb is a Director of the school’s Governing Body and is also a member of the Finance & Audit and HR Committees. As a Chartered Accountant and Company Director for many years he brings substantial knowledge on a wide range of commercial matters.

Neville has previous knowledge of the Charity sector, having served as the Head of of the Audit Committee of a branch of Crossroads, a charity which cares for carers.

Mr. Mark Dickinson

Mr. Mark Dickinson is a Director and Governor of the school's Governing Body and serves on both the Finance & Audit and HR Committees.

Mark retired from Trinity Mirror (now Reach plc) after a career as Regional Editorial Director, Business Development Director and Editor. A writer of factual books and journalism, Mark worked for the Daily Telegraph for 10 years before becoming Editor in Chief of the North West regional newspapers of Trinity Mirror, then Editor of the Journal, a daily morning newspaper in Newcastle and latterly Editor of the Liverpool Echo for five years. Mark has lectured on journalism, takes a keen interest in social media, digital platforms and technology. Mark is also Non-Executive Chairman of a marketing and media and events company Prolific North which he co-founded in 2014.

Mark brings experience of running and motivating large organisations, human resource management and managing a wide range of teams and skills.


Governors & Associate Governors

Mrs. Lynda Powner

Mrs. Lynda Powner sits on the school’s Governing Body as a Staff Governor with Residential Care responsibilities.  Her role in school is Home School Liaison Officer and Deputy Safeguarding Lead. She is also one of the National Minimum Care Standards Inspectors for the school.

Lynda has 30 years experience working in eduction; spending the first 10 years of her career in pre-school and primary settings, and has been with West Kirby School and College for 20 years. Lynda is passionate about achieving the very best outcomes for the young people who attend the school, and supports them to achieve their full potential through her role at the school.

Mr. Stephen Peacock

Mr. Stephen Peacock was appointed as a Parent Governor in 2018.  He currently has four children attending at the school and a son who has now completed his secondary education at West Kirby School and College.

Stephen has a career of 30 years within engineering working for multi-national companies and is currently employed within the expanding renewable energy sector.  Along with technical qualifications, Stephen has a keen interest in health and safety for which he has undertaken training and further professional development.

Responsible for engineering apprenticeship programmes within the workplace, and as a parent of children with SEN, Stephen has a keen interest in the development of young people to provide them with skills to succeed.

Mrs. Vicki Storey

Mrs. Vicki Storey sits on the school Governing Body as a Governor and is a member of the school Curriculum Committee.  Vicki has a wealth of education leadership experience having taught English at Calday Grange Grammar School since 1994, acting as Director of Student Services, Safeguarding Lead and SENDCo since 2008.

She has worked with West Kirby School and College for several years and brings expertise and support to the school, working with the Curriculum Team to deliver the best learning outcomes for the pupils at the school.

Mrs. Deborah Gould

Biography coming soon....

Mrs. Heather Norman

Mrs. Heather Norman joined the Governing Body at the school initially as a Governor and was appointed as Vice Chair shortly after. Since stepping down from this post after many years dedicated service, she now serves as an Associate Governor, also acting as a member of th school's Care Committee and as an independent visitor for the school's Care settings.

Heather is a qualified teacher who has worked in primary, secondary and special needs schools. During her career, Heather worked as a Peripatetic Teacher and Advisory Teacher for IT. From 1998 to 2003, she was the Principal Manager (SEN and Inclusion) for a Merseyside LA. Heather took early retirement in September 2003 and became an Independent Consultant working with Local Authorities across the North West in the development of inclusive practices. She worked with Wirral LA to develop the Behaviour Improvement Programme. Heather has also been a Governor at Prenton Primary School.


Former members of the Governing Body

The following members have left the School's Governing Body in the last 12 months:

Name Left office on
Cllr. Andrew Gardner 10 December 2020
Mrs. Val Daglish 18 December 2020
Mrs. Emma Mottram 18 March 2021

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