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Cllr. Iain Brodie Browne - Chair of Governors


I am the founder and CEO of Imagine Independence a mental health charity based in Liverpool which provides services in Merseyside, Lancashire, Greater Manchester, Cumbria and four London Boroughs.  I am also a Trustee of the Mental Health Providers Forum a consortium of the leading mental health charities in England and Wales, having worked previously for MIND and Age Concern.


I have been a Councillor for over 30 years. I was elected to Kew ward in 1984 for Kew ward and I have represented Birkdale since 2002. 


I am proud to have been Chair of Governors at our school for over ten years.



Jane Royds - Vice Chair of Governors


I have been a Governor at Farnborough Road Junior School for around 11 years, firstly as a Parent Governor and latterly as a Co-opted Governor.  Both of my children attended FRJS and although now 20 and 18 they still talk fondly of their time spent at the school.  
I am now Vice Chair of Governors and Chair of the Personnel Committee, which considers all matters relating to the staffing of the school.  I also sit on several other committees and try to support the work of the leadership team in any way I can. I very much see the role of a Governor as that of a critical friend.  It is a very fulfilling role and one I would recommend to anyone who has a genuine interest in their children attending a school which truly cares about providing the very best educational standards.

Cllr Simon Shaw Co-opted Governor


I have been a Governor of Farnborough Road Junior School (and also of the Infant School) for over thirty years.  My wife Lyn, was a Teaching Assistant in the school for more than fifteen years until she retired in 2014.  Our four children attended both schools through the 1990s and our eldest son, Sam, is completing his PGCE in 2015/16 to qualify as a primary teacher.

I am a Chartered Accountant, which may explain why the other governors seem happy for me to continue as Chair of the Finance Committee.  Having lived in Birkdale for most of my life, I am currently one of the elected councillors for the area.

Sharon Mackenzie - Parent Governor


I joined the Governing Body in Autumn term 2015. I am keen to support the ambitious and dedicated Head Teacher and staff team in their pursuit for excellence for every child who attends Farnborough Road Junior School and work as part of the diverse and enthusiastic Governing Body.

I am the Manager at a local children’s Day Nursery and have one child who thoroughly enjoys attending Farnborough Road Junior School. I love to keep fit by running and swimming, I enjoy walking with my family and am a life long supporter of Liverpool Football Club.

Claire Gillott - Co-opted Governor


I have been a member of the governing body since 2012, initially as a parent governor and now as a co-opted governor.

I am Chair of the Environment Committee and also chair Pupil Discipline and Complaints; in addition I am a member of the Pastoral, Personnel and Finance Committees - all roles to which I hope I bring skills from my work as a barrister.
I enjoy being part of a governing body that seeks to put the children of Farnborough Road Juniors at the heart of every decision.

Liv Meredith - Parent Governor


I have been a Parent Governor for almost 2 years now, and I sit on the Pastoral, Curriculum and Personnel committees. I have 2 children at Farnborough Road Juniors: Evie in Year 3 and Ella in Year 5.

I find being a Governor extremely rewarding and enjoy being part of a governing body that supports a superb leadership and staff team.


Trevor Condy - Co-opted Governor


I was co opted to the Governing Board in 2015. I am recently retired from most responsibilities including an architectural practice, Chairman of Internationally focussed Grace Baptist Mission and the Eldership at Grace Baptist Southport.

I am now hoping now to make a contribution towards improving the school's built environment to help maximise every child's experience of Junior school. 

Anthony Crewe - Co-opted Governor


I’ve been a Governor at Farnborough Road Junior School for almost ten years, initially as a Parent Governor and more recently as a co-opted Governor. I have a really strong attachment to the school because both of my children attended and have gone on to do extremely well, thanks to the grounding the school gave them.

I always enjoy coming into school to feel the positive atmosphere here, the children are remarkably well-behaved but also always appear to be cheerful and positive. I think that is the hallmark of a great school, the perfect environment for children to learn and thrive. As well as being a Governor, I am also a trustee of Queenscourt Hospice, I work for Grant Thornton and support Blackburn Rovers FC.

Mark Vanner - Co-opted Governor


Both my children went to FRJS and received great help and support from the staff. I become a parent governor when they were in school to help support the staff to continue the excellent work they do. I have since become a co-opted governor sitting on the finance and personnel committees. I have always found the role to be interesting and rewarding.

Ann Griffin - LA Governor


I moved to this area many years ago and both my sons commenced to attend the junior school. My neighbours assured me that the school had a good reputation. One it still has to this day, thanks to the dedication of the Headmaster and staff.

I have been a local authority governor since 2010 and serve on three committees: - curriculum, school environment and progress. I also volunteer two mornings per week to sit and listen to pupils read. The staff are very helpful and friendly. The children extremely polite. It is a privilege to take part.



Alex Tong - Staff Governor


I have been a teacher at Farnborough for 5 years now, and it has been a pleasure to be part of the community. Parents, staff and children all work brilliantly together to make this a fantastic school, and I am now privileged to be in a position where I can benefit the school through being on the Governing Board. The future is very exciting at FRJS and I can't wait to be a part of that.

John McGlincy - Associate Governor (Staff)


I am the current teacher representative of the governors.  I have a vast experience of the school life as I have taught in every year group since joining the teaching staff at Farnborough Road Juniors nearly 15 years ago. I have co-ordinated Science, PE (I have a keen interest in school sport and have led many sports clubs/teams) and I now co-ordinate Geography.

I believe strongly in the school ethos of: “Belonging Together, Learning Together and Achieving Together.”

Paula Weights - Parent Governor


I have recently become a parent governor at Farnborough Road School; I have 4 children at Farnborough schools and am looking forward to being involved in the school’s journey.

I have worked in education for 18 years, as a teacher and for an Exam Board and I hope that I will be able to bring to the role of governor the experience and skills gained from this.

Jenny Benge - Parent Governor


I have recently joined the Governing body and look forward to joining the rest of the team who are dedicated to supporting Mr. Antell the staff of Farnborough Juniors.
I went to Farnborough Rd myself and have fond memories of my time there. We now have 3 boys of our own who are immersed in school life at Farnborough.
I work for the NHS as an Occupational Therapist for children. As well as challenging academically able children, I have a passion to see every child reach their full potential, not just academically but personally, socially and emotionally too.
I’ve a heart for reaching out to those less fortunate - as far afield as Ghana and as locally as Southport.   

Debs Dobson - Parent Governor


I am honoured to be a parent governor and part of the dedicated team. I have 2 children who greatly immerse themselves into everything FRJS has to offer (and there’s lots).


I work as a Safeguarding Children’s Specialist Nurse within Sefton. This role I have done for over 12 years and enjoy – allowing me to be a voice for the child and ensuring their needs are forefront.

Lisa Burke - Parent Governor 


I was elected as a Parent Governor in December 2018 and am currently a member of the Progress and Pastoral committees.

My prior career as a Teacher will allow me to be sensitive to the challenges the school will face, whilst ensuring every effort is made to reach this goal of educational excellence. Currently Departmental Administrative Manager for the Geography Department at Edge Hill University I hope to bring a practical, financially minded approach whilst ensuring resilience and health and wellbeing stay a priority on our primary curriculum, to ensure all our children are equipped for the pressures this challenging world is creating.