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Meet the Governors

Welcome to the Governors' section!

The Governors of Merefield School work closely with parents, pupils and staff to ensure that every child fulfils their potential.

Merefield Instrument of Government

Consisting of 14 Governors:

2 Parent Governors

Karen Roberts

Sophie Lavender


1 Local Authority Governor

Geraint Davies


1 Staff Governor

Helen Gillies

1 Headteacher Governor

Peter Chadwick


9 Co-opted Governors

Brenda Porter

Steve McNorton

Darren Holloran

Eric Agar

Elaine Brennan

Jim Reed

Denise Clarke

Martin Blair



Clerk to Governors

Gemma Parker


Meet Our Governors

Picture 1 Brenda Porter - Chair of Governors

Brenda Porter - Chair of Governors


I have been a Governor at Merefield for over 15 years and Chairman for last 6 years. I was also an Ainsdale Ward Councillor for 12 years prior to my resignation in 2012.
My commitment to Merefield and its young people, parents and carers remains consistent.  It is a privilege to be part of Merefield and by working together we look forward to building on what has been achieved, and also ensure our young people remain our top priority.

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Peter Chadwick - Headteacher


Information coming soon

Helen Gillies - Staff Governor


I'm Helen and I am a Class Teacher at Merefield School and have been since 2012.  I attend Governors meetings, I am part of the Standards and Curriculum Committee and work with the ICT Link Governor.  I have a passion for working in this sector and I am committed to providing a fantastic learning environment for our young people.

Picture 1 Darren Holloran - Co-opted Governor

Darren Holloran - Co-opted Governor


I am the Director of Operations for Revitalise, a national charity that provides respite holidays for disabled people and carers.

I have always enjoyed supporting the local community within my role, and being part of Merefield School enables me to continue supporting disabled people to enjoy the choice and independence we all take for granted in our own lives. 

Steve McNorton - Co-opted Governor & Vice Chair


Picture coming soon.


My background is with Merseyside Police but I retired several years ago.  Since then I have worked within IT, business continuity and a local business.  Having recently only joined the team, I hope to use the skills I have acquired to compliment those already on the team, to provide the best school experience for each and every young person who attends Merefield.

Karen Roberts - Parent Governor


Picture coming soon!!


Hi, I have been a parent governor for a few years and have a young man in the Junior part of the school who has Cerebral Palsy.  I have worked with children and young people for many years and have fostered and adopted for the last 24 years.

I feel it is important having parent governors representing all our families and enjoy being one of the governors of such a good and respected school.  I am also on the Health and Safety subcommittee.

Elaine Brennan - Co-opted Governor


Further information and picture coming soon!!



Gemma Parker - Clerk to Governors


Picture coming soon!!


As well as being Clerk to Governors I am also the School Business Manager here at Merefield.

I have been at Merefield for almost six years, prior to this I worked at Our Lady of Lourdes School for 8 years.