I'm Reverend Glyn Thomson I am the Chair of Governors. I am 65 years old and I am married with a son and daughter, both of whom are grown up. We have three grandchildren aged 15, 6 and 3.
Having been involved in senior management for 28 years of my career which culminated in being a Chief Executive, I gained considerable experience in strategic leadership and management, finance, staff development and motivation, personnel issues and monitoring performance. I have needed to draw on this experience, since I became Chair of Governors in October 2013, as I have worked closely with the Head Teacher in driving forward improvement in the school and seeking to establish strong governance.
In July 2011 I retired after 44 years of work and I then trained for ordination with the Church of England. I was ordained in July 2013 and I am now part of the ministry team for St. Luke's (Princess Drive), St. Jude's, Stockbridge Village, St. George's, Huyton, and St. Mary's (Knowsley Village).
Having three grandchildren makes me passionate about children being provided with top quality education and a positive experience whilst at Mab Lane.
I’m Richard Reid. I am new the board of governors, having been elected in September 2015. I am an assistant manager at KPMG, a global accountancy firm, working in Liverpool city centre. I became a governor as part of an initiative by the governors to bring in someone from the private sector to give a different perspective on how the school is run and to further broaden the breadth of knowledge and expertise of the governors.
A bit about own background; I grew up in Fazakerley, going to school in Kirkby for both primary and secondary education. I later studied at Warwick University, obtaining a BSc honours degree in Physics, graduating in 2011. Last year I completed my training contract with KPMG and became a charted accountant with the Institute of Charted Accountants of England & Wales. Outside of work I’m actively involved in charity fundraising, having recently run a half marathon through Delamere Forest (‘Hell Up North’) to raise money for the Princes Trust. I’m also an avid Everton fan and season ticket holder. My background in education and desire to become a governor comes from my mum, who has worked as a TA in my old primary school for 15 years and until recently was on their board of governors too.
My first impressions of Mab Lane have been extremely positive. I’ve found the manners of the children exemplary and the passion and commitment of the staff to be of the highest standard. I look forward to getting more involved with school life and helping Mab Lane on its upward trajectory of improvement.
I’m Mrs Julie Barnes, I have been married for over 7 years. I have 5 children, who ages range from 16 to 6 years old. I’ve been a volunteer in the school for about 4 years now, I am also a level 2 teaching assistant and currently working towards my level 3. I’ve completed numerous courses ranging from first aid to a family numeracy. I’ve been a parent governor and member of the Parent Teacher Association for 4 years.
I’m Christopher O’Brien I joined the governing body of Mab Lane Primary School in 2005 and I have responsibility for Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) issues and also for Safeguarding and Child Protection.
I currently work as a lecturer in SEND in Liverpool John Moores University but since 1978 I have worked both in special and in mainstream education teaching primary as well as secondary aged children. I am happy to be able to use my various experiences in teaching over the years to inform my role as a governor.
I am extremely proud to be a Governor of Mab Lane School and will support the school wholeheartedly to achieve its goal of ‘Only the Best’ by creating conditions in which all members of the school community are helped and supported to be the very best that they can be.
I’m Helen Tuffs, Staff Governor. I have worked at Mab Lane Primary School since September 2012.
Since my arrival I have enjoyed teaching in Reception and as Art & DT Coordinator I am striving to promote the arts and their links to other curriculum areas.
I wanted to become a teacher governor to further my understanding of school governance, policy and form a link between the governing body and other teachers.'
My name is Karen McGuinness and I am a Parent Governor. I am in my third term as a Parent Governor, a role which I find most fascinating and rewarding. I have four boys ranging from 23 to 9. All my boys attended Mab Lane with my youngest son currently in year 5. I have had access to several educational courses offered at Mab Lane.
I am Chairperson of a very successful PTFA at Mab Lane, I find it very easy to balance the two roles. One of my roles as a governor is to liaise and engage with the parents/carers of our children which I enjoy immensely. Encouraging parents to take an active role with their child/children in activities brings the fun into it. Our vision for Mab Lane School as a governing body is to take the school forward and I feel this is possible whilst working alongside an amazing Leadership and Management team. I hope to see Mab Lane School achieve "Only the Best" It is, after all what our school deserves.
I am Jeanne Kitchen and I joined the governing body of Mab Lane in 2014. I support Year 6 and help with reading one afternoon a week.
I am a retired teacher of 43 years and have worked in various secondary schools in Liverpool and Birkenhead. My last role was as an Assistant Headteacher in a large secondary school in charge of Inclusion and KS3 behaviour and pastoral matters.
I consider it a privilege to be a governor of Mab Lane School and will always support the Headteacher, the staff and the students in achieving their goals. 'Only the Best' sums up the school and all who are involved with it and it is something of which we should all be very proud.
I'm David Barlow, Vice Chair of Governors. I'm married to Anne, a deputy head teacher, who taught at Mab Lane between 1993 and 1999, and we have three grown up sons.
I've worked for over 40 years in central government, although I'm now partially retired, in a variety of technical, managerial and accountancy roles. During my career, although I've been based in Liverpool for the longest period of time, I've also worked from offices in many different parts of the U.K. including the Shetland Isles, the Isle of Man and various locations in London and the South East. As part of my job, I've visited Switzerland, The Netherlands, France, Germany, Belgium and Italy. I was also seconded to the Dutch Ministry of Finance for a period of time as part of an EU initiative. All in all I've gained a wide knowledge of many very different organisations and people.
I enjoy quite a wide variety of interests which include, various sports, many of which I've played (badly) over the years, skiing which I took up eight years ago, fell walking, running, photography and history.
I've been a member of the Governing Body since the mid-1990s and I feel very privileged to be involved with such a marvellous school and am fully committed to help the school earn its full and well-deserved potential."