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Farnborough Road Junior SchoolBelonging together, learning together, achieving together


Welcome to Farnborough Road Junior SchoolBelonging together, learning together, achieving together

About the Governors

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.

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. 

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.

Jenny Benge - Co-opted 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 - Co-opted 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.

Jennifer Pomfret – Parent Governor


I bring an honest, enthusiastic, creative and hard-working approach to my work and I will bring the same qualities and attitude to this very important role. I look to work with parents, teachers, the Head and other Governors to help drive the continued improvement needed to provide our children with the best chance of success.

Being able to work locally and flexibly, I have been able to be very involved in Farnborough Road since my son started school in reception over 3 years ago; he is now in year 3. I’ve helped at many various PTA events over the years, which I’ve continued with since my son moved over to the junior school and I’ve accompanied the children on many school trips and visits. Being able to be so involved with my son’s school has become very important to me and I gain an awful lot of personal enjoyment from being so involved. This has also meant I’ve been able to build a relationship of trust and understanding with many of the school children.

My experience as a Head of Digital for Paymentshield, a Southport based insurance administration company, would be ideal in a world in which technology, education and business are now so key and I would be delighted to be given the opportunity to make a difference in the education of not just my son, but the wider school. My current position means I am experienced in attending and even fronting board meetings and I hope my professional experience, coupled with my close interaction with the children, will be of great benefit to the school.

Being available to listen to parents and pupils, bringing different skills to the school from professional life and caring passionately about the welfare of all involved in the school are the key qualities I believe a Parent Governor must possess. I hope to be an asset to the school, dedicating my time to being a proactive and effective school governor.

Simon Coughlan - Associate Governor


This is my 7th year as a teacher with the last 5 of those being at Farnborough Road, where I have found the school to be an exceptional place to teach and for children to learn and develop. I have a passion for education and believe my experience and insight into how the school is run and how children learn will benefit the Governing Body and help develop my own skills as a teacher and leader. I am excited to be in a position where I can make a real difference and have a wider impact on children.

Namrita Chow - Parent Governor


I have been elected as a Parent Governor in May 2021 and am honoured to take on the role. Education is imperative as a solid foundation for the development of children and for them to reach their full potential. I believe a strong and committed team of governors together with an exceptional teaching faculty have made Farnborough Road Junior School an exemplary example and I look forward to working together to further enhance the potential of the school.

My career over the last couple of decades as an analyst and journalist has led me to various parts of Asia and Europe and I look forward to sharing my professional experience to further benefit the students at the school. Academically I have a MSc in Economics, a Diploma in Journalism and various other academic qualifications and speak a variety of languages. I look forward to working with the other governors, staff and students at Farnborough Road Junior School to give every child the opportunity to maximise their potential.