Governor Profiles


Mrs Nicola Cornford

Chair of Governors (Co-opted Safeguarding,SEND, MHWB, CLA & Pupil Premium Governor)

Term of Office - 26.09.2023- 26.09.25
Relevant Business and Pecuniary Interest : None

My name is Nicky Cornford. I have lived in the South Wirral area all my life. I live with my son Ben and my dog Mylo. I started my career as a manger of a residential care home for the elderly and I now run my own company which is a care agency . This is the first time I have been a school governor and am really enjoying being part of the Grove Street community.


Mr Andrew Greenhough

Co-opted Governor

(PSHE, SRE Governor) 

Term of Office - 21.9.2017 - 27.9.2024
Relevant Business and Pecuniary Interest : None

My name is Andrew Greenhough and I am the Vicar of St Mark’s Church in New Ferry and have been a member of the Governing Body since 2005.

I studied psychology and biology for my first degree, and returned to University to study theology prior to becoming a clergyman in 1994.

I am one of the “safer recruitment” Governors, involved in Staff appointments and other Personnel matters. 

I am a keen musician, and enjoy playing piano, guitar, bass, drums and trumpet (not all at the same time!)

I am married, with two grown up children.


Mrs Lisa Walsh

Headteacher Governor

Relevant Business and Pecuniary Interest: Headteacher
This is my second headship and I have previously been a Deputy Headteacher and Assistant Headteacher in a variety of schools in Wirral and Liverpool . It is my aim to build on the nurturing foundations and current achievements ensuring that our school is forward thinking and ambitious within a supportive environment. I am passionate about teaching and learning, I have very high expectations, not only for myself but for all members of our school community. I am passionate about safeguarding the intrinsic value of childhood, ensuring that all our children can enjoy a magical childhood at Grove Street, full of exciting and challenging learning experiences, nurtured well-being and friendships. 


Miss Charmaine Oates

Parent Governor



Term of Office - 11.11.2021 - 11.11.2025
Relevant business and pecuniary Interests: Parent

Statement - I have been a parent at Grove Street for the past 13 years, I have had two children in the school, one still attends.
I would like to be a parent governor to be a voice for the children and parents! As they need a voice about opinions and also the children deserve to have there voices heard in and around the school.
With new ideas for the school events and anything school related.
If I see something I don't agree with I will bring it up and fight for whatever I believe in!
Children deserve to enjoy their education, it's not ment to be a chore. The children are absolutely fantastic in helping raise money or awareness for different things and they always enjoy it.
I would just like to bring something different to the table.
Also I think the teachers deserve more credit than they actually get because their hard work in the school is never seen.
Mrs Lisa Walsh is outstanding, the children love her and she makes them happy and always has their best interests at heart .
I will also like be a voice for the disabled and children with different needs.  Everyone deserves to be treated equal no matter their disability, race, religion or just for being different! Different to me is unique and special.


Mr Lee Horne

Parent Governor

(Risk Management and School of Sanctuary Governor)

Term of Office - 11.11.2021 - 11.11.2025

Relevant business and pecuniary interests: Parent

Statement - Our family have lived in New Ferry for nearly 4 years, my daughters Yr2,Reception and Little Learners are all part of the Grove Street family.
Growing up my experience of education wasn’t the best and I have had to work hard later because of that but it has helped me understand how important education is. I am a firm believer in giving children the opportunity to have the best possible education to help develop and ready themselves for their next stage in life. 
I believe the governors have an integral role in the culture and success of a school. As a governor the school  benefits from my experience as a leader and trustee of a local church, aswell as being a Business Continuity Manager for an international organisation, helping them plan and respond to emergency events.


Miss Rachel Barke

Staff Governor

Term of Office 
Relevant Business and Pecuniary Interest: Teacher

My name is Rachel Barke. I am a member of the teaching staff at Grove Street. I have been teaching at Grove Street for 10 years and have a real strive and passion to achieve the best for all children. 

Outside of school I have a love of Music and am a member of Wirral Symphonic Wind Band where I play my flute. I also have two daughters aged 8 and 4.



Mrs Mikaela Nugent-Jones

 Vice Chair of Governors

Co-opted Governor

(EYFS & Maths Governor) 

Term of Office Sept 23 - Sept 2025
Relevant Business and Pecuniary Interest: None


Mrs Katharine O'Neill

Co-opted Governor

(English Governor)

Term of Office - 15.9.21 - 15.9.25
Pecuniary Interest: None

Head of Primary English and Professional Tutor in Teacher Education     


Katharine O'Neill is a senior professional tutor in Initial Teacher Education and also Head of Primary English. She was awarded MA in Education and also Senior Fellow of HEA status, which support these roles; she also delivers training on grammar, guided reading and reciprocal reading through Hope CPD. The English team has an institutional membership of UKLA, as well as being part of an UKLA Special Interest Group (SIG) for Phonics in ITE and contributing to a working party focusing on the CCF. Katharine is also a Pobble Champion and ambassador, representing Liverpool Hope in sharing good practice in writing and moderation. Katharine works in close partnership with expert colleagues in partnership schools in her role as professional placement tutor, but also working with lead mentors and lead English schools across five local authorities to share good practice.


Katharine has twenty years teaching experience across the primary phase, with responsibility for leading teaching and learning from Early Years to Year 6, initially as Key Stage coordinator and English subject leader, but also including eight years as Assistant Head and a term as Acting Headteacher. During twelve years as an Advanced Skills Teacher in English, she worked in various Wirral schools supporting staff with the planning and teaching of grammar, reading and writing; mentoring and coaching teachers, subject leaders and NQTs. As a KS2 writing moderator for the Local Authority, she worked closely with teachers supporting the teaching and assessment of writing. She is passionate about teaching English, with a particular interest in creative approaches to teaching grammar; children's literature and Reading for Pleasure.

Mr Damian Stormont

LA Governor

(Attendance & School of Sanctuary Governor)

Term of office - 14 November 2021- 14 November 2025

Attendance Enforcement Officer at Wirral Attendance Service.


Mrs Carolyn Totty

Clerk to Governors



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