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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 Trustee 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.  

Mr. Brian Boumphrey

Mr. Brian Boumphrey has sat on the Governing Body, both as a Trustee and Finance Committee member for 16 years. Brian has also previously served 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. Mark Dickinson

Mr. Mark Dickinson is a Trustee on 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.

Mr. Stephen Peacock

Mr. Stephen Peacock was appointed as a Parent Governor in 2018, and later Parent Trustee in 2021. 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.

Mrs. Vicki Storey

Mrs. Vicki Storey sits on the school Governing Body as a Trustee 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.

Mrs. Deborah Gould

Biography coming soon....

Mrs. Julie Merry

Biography coming soon....

Mr. Dominic Kirkbride

Mr. Dominic Kirkbride is the Chair of our HR Sub-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.



Mrs. Lynda Powner

Staff Governor.


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
Dr. Ann Thorne 31 August 2021
Mr. Neville Lumb 31 August 2021

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