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Our Governors


Schools are run by a board of School Governors working together with school staff to help ensure the very best education for all of the pupils. School Governors are volunteers from all walks of life, with a wide variety of knowledge and skills who offer challenge and support to help the school move continually forward.

The remit for the Governing Body is to:

  1. Ensure clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
  2. Hold the Headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and it’s pupils, and the performance management of staff; and
  3. Oversee the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.


Dr Gena Merrett, MEd, MA                                                   

Gena is a former secondary headteacher who was also a schools’ advisor for the Department for Education for 12 years and a school inspector. She has also worked as a school improvement partner in St Helens, Wigan and Stoke-on-Trent.

She lives locally in Golborne, where she is  a local councillor and is also a magistrate in the family courts of Greater Manchester. She has two grown up sons and grandchildren who attend primary school in Tyldesley.

She has been a co-opted governor of the school since 2017 and has been the Chair of the board since 2022.



Dawn Carroll

Dawn is a highly experienced museum professional, having worked for National Museums Liverpool for more than 25 years, in roles including Education, Marketing & Communications, and most recently as Head of the award-winning dementia awareness programme, House of Memories. She has a strong interest in digital innovation, having developed a ground-breaking app and immersive mobile museum for elders.

Dawn’s qualifications include an MA in Victorian Literature, a BA Honours degree in English Literature and a Chartered Institute of Public Relations postgraduate Diploma. She is a former pupil of Lowton West and her governor remit includes IT and GDPR


Brian Cunliffe B.Eng. (Electrical Engineering): B.Ed.

 (Co-opted Governor)

Brian is a retired professional engineer with over 12 years’ experience as an Electrical Engineer, covering areas in Power Generation and Transmission.                    

He is also a qualified teacher/lecturer with 33 years’ experience in Further and Secondary Education.

Brian has developed and delivered National Vocational Qualifications in Africa (Zambia) for the British Council.

He has also worked for the Education Authority in St. Helens as curriculum manager for 14–19-year-olds.

He has over 40 years’ experience as a governor in this and other authorities and has recently stepped down as chair of governors at Lowton West after holding that position for just over 11 years.

His passion is about helping to provide the best education for the whole child and giving them all the opportunity to achieve and aspire to fulfil their potential.


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