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The Governing Body


Mr. Michael Morris - Non-Exec Chair of the Governing Body

Mr. Michael Morris supports our Governing Body to effectively govern the school and charity. Hailing originally from South West Wales, Michael has had associations with Merseyside going back nearly 40 years. A retired Secondary School Head, he has worked in both rural and inner-city locations, including Brixton during the troubled 1980s. Prior to retirement, he was Senior Education Officer in Leicester, responsible for driving up standards of governance in 97 schools.

Michael is passionately committed to ensuring the best opportunities for all young people, particularly those with special needs, and he places high expectations on himself and colleagues in order to deliver what is required to enable young people to achieve their potential.

Since retiring to Liverpool some 5 years ago, he keeps active by undertaking a variety of voluntary work: he is company secretary and a Trustee of a small charity in Bootle, working with people affected by poverty and the stigma of mental health, the chair of Liverpool Governance Forum which speaks on behalf of school governors throughout the city, and vice chair of governors for a large Comprehensive School.

The role description can be downloaded here.

Mrs. Vicki Storey - Vice Chair of the Governing Body & Curriculum Trustee

Mrs. Vicki Storey sits on the school Governing Body as our Vice-Chair, Trustee, member of the HR Committee, and holds the link responsibility for Curriculum at the school.  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.

Vicki's role description can be downloaded here.

Mr. Stephen Peacock - Health and Safety Trustee 

Mr. Stephen Peacock was appointed as a Parent Governor in 2018, and then became a Parent Trustee in 2021. More recently (in 2022), Stephen moved from this role to become a regular Trustee of the charity. Stephen holds the link responsibility for Health & Safety at the school, and also sits on the Finance & Audit Committee.  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.

Stephen's role description can be downloaded here.

Mrs. Deborah Gould - Safeguarding Trustee & Care Trustee

Mrs. Deborah Gould is the Chair of our Care Committee with linked responsibility for Safeguarding & Care at the school.

Away from the school, Deborah is a senior criminal barrister with significant experience of leading and directing investigations, and is a Principal Crown Advocate for the Crown Prosecution Service working out of the West Midlands.

She is also Deputy Chair of Wirral Change, a BAMER charity based in Birkenhead and a restorative justice volunteer on the Wirral.

More recently still, Deborah has become interested in restorative justice and is a member of the Neighbourhood Justice Panel for the Wirral and is a Trustee of Wirral Change.

Deborah's role description (Safeguarding Trustee) can be downloaded here.

Mrs. Julie Merry - RSE Trustee

Mrs. Julie Merry sits on the Governing Body with linked responsibility for RSE, and also sits on the Finance & Audit Committee.

Julie is a highly respected education professional with extensive experience in both teaching and safeguarding. 

Julie has worked in a wide variety of roles within Education, including Safeguarding & Pastoral Support Manager in a special school. She has been the Senior Designated Person / Safeguarding Lead in a number of schools and settings. She has had lots of experience working with children with additional needs and is a fully qualified Senco – having attained the National Senco Award.

She has been a School Governor since 2005 and currently sits on two special school governing bodies, while also being Chair of Governors in a primary school – a position held since 2016.

Julie's role description can be downloaded here.

Mr. Dominic Kirkbride - Human Resources Trustee

Mr. Dominic Kirkbride is the Chair of our HR Committee, and holds the link responsibility for HR at the school.

Dominic is married with 2 children and lives in Aughton near Ormskirk, where he has resided for 35 years.

Dominic has over 30 years HR experience in the private sector, and over 14 years as an International HR Director role in the engineering services sector.

Currently, he still works on a part-time basis covering Israel helping his company in the construction of a new light rail network 

Other interests include providing guidance as an Enterprise Advisor for a school in West Lancashire, and he has recently retired as a rugby union referee, but stays active in the golf course.

Dominic's role description can be downloaded here.

Mr. Philip Deakin - Finance Trustee

Mr. Philip Deakin is the Chair of our Finance Committee, and holds the link responsibility for Finance at the school.

Philip is a successful leader of education who has demonstrated his ability to guide improvements in culture and achievement across a number of schools. He has excellent managerial and commercial skills learned from running a thriving manufacturing business, coupled with analysis skills gained at an international blue chip company.

Philip has worked on a number of executive and non executive boards in both education and wider public life advising on the areas of finance, HR and building and estates.

Philip's role description can be downloaded here.

Mrs. Annie Grady - Parent Trustee

Mrs. Annie Grady sits on the Board as the elected Parent Trustee, and also sits on the Care Committee at the school.

Annie has been a volunteer for the last 2 years with 'Positivitree'; a charity which supports and promotes the wellbeing of carers and parents with children who have medical needs, mental health needs, and SEND.

Annie has a background in law and education and is a qualified teacher. Over the last 25 years, Annie has taught in early years, primary and secondary. She has a keen interest in the academic progress of young people with SEND and has developed her expertise of children with special educational needs and associated behaviours, which she believes allows her an insight into needs of children at West Kirby School and College.

Annie's role description can be downloaded here.



Mrs. Lynda Powner - Staff Governor

Mrs. Lynda Powner is the school's Staff Governor, and also sits on the Care Committee at the school.

Lynda has strong positive relationships with external professionals and works in close partnership with agencies, parents/carers and pupils to support and achieve the best outcomes for all. She also plays a key role in the Admissions process and promoting high levels of Attendance.


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
Dr. Ann Thorne 31 August 2021
Mr. Neville Lumb 31 August 2021
Mr. John Wylie 31 December 2021
Mr. Brian Boumphrey 31 December 2021
Mr. Mark Dickinson 31 December 2021

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