Who are the Gayton Governors?

  • Mrs Jennie McAleny

    Head Teacher

    I have been the Headteacher at Gayton since September 2019. I have taught in four different schools across four different local authorities. It is a pleasure and a privilege to be the Headteacher of Gayton. There is no doubt that Gayton is a very special place to be with dedicated teachers, governors, parents and pupils who are a true delight to be around. I am really passionate about us providing the best educational experience for our children whilst they are at the school so that they leave Gayton well equipped for the next stage of their education.

    In my spare time, I love to spend time with my family and friends and love going on walks together. I also love to read and think it is a wonderful way to switch off!

  • Mrs Ruth Such

    Staff Governor

    I am the teacher governor, having started my term in January, 2019. Although I have been a
    teacher at Gayton Primary school now for many years, this is my first time providing a
    teachers perspective for the governing body.

    I have taught in most of the year groups, though the majority of my teaching profession has been in the Foundation years, I have also during my teaching career, been on the Early Years moderation team for the LA. As a teacher Governor, I hope I can provide the Governors a staff perspective and viewpoint,
    having an understanding of the school’s ethos and culture. I find it a wonderful place to work in with an amazing team of people and I wish to support the school further.

    When away from school, I enjoy spending time with my two grown up sons, meeting up
    with family and friends, working in the garden and spending time with my horse, where I
    enjoy riding out, in the peace and quiet of the countryside.

  • Mr Will Clark


    I have acted as a co-opted governor since 2015 and am the Chair of the Finance Committee. I work for Mercia Asset Management PLC and am the Managing Director of its Regional Venture Fund activity. With three contracts in the Midlands, Yorkshire and the North-East and an office in Manchester, it’s always nice to be heading back home to the Wirral where I have lived for the last fifteen years.

    My wife Liz is a former pupil of Gayton Primary School and our two girls Charlotte and Emma have followed in their Mum’s footsteps, enjoying its very happy atmosphere and ethos. Regrettably, neither of them will wear their brown uniform as they have both now progressed to senior school – how time flies! Notwithstanding this, I’m still keen to continue in my role as governor as the school plays an important role in the community despite the challenges of ever shrinking budgets.

    Like most, downtime is spent running a franchise of the Dad’s taxi service (typically to the local swimming clubs), with cricket, photography, hill walking and motorsport providing ample variety for recharging the batteries.

  • Mrs Deborah Marchant

    LA Governor

    I am delighted to be the Local Authority governor for Gayton Primary School and am very much looking forward to getting to know everyone at Gayton and to supporting the school in any way I can.

    I recently retired from my post as headteacher of a primary school with a nursery class, 2 year old provision and two LA SEN bases for children on the Autistic Spectrum. During my professional career, I have worked in a number of different schools and had a variety of roles and responsibilities. I have had considerable experience of working with and supporting schools as an Advisory Teacher, a Local Leader of Education, a School Improvement Partner and as part of a Teaching School Alliance.

    I believe that schools should be happy, safe, inclusive environments where all children can flourish emotionally, socially and academically. I believe all children are entitled to high quality, interesting and appropriate learning experiences which promote a love of learning, perseverance and resilience and ensure high standards and excellent progress.

    Since retiring, I have embraced the opportunity to spend more time with my family and friends, to keep fit and spend more time outdoors, to travel more widely and to finally become a reasonably competent skier!

  • Mrs Catrin Rees


    I was delighted to become a co-opted governor for Gayton Primary School in September 2021. In my professional life, I work for the Charity Commission in Liverpool as a solicitor advising on charity and information law having previously worked for the Welsh Government as a commercial lawyer.

    I am looking forward to using my skills to support Gayton Primary School. The Wirral/Cheshire is still relatively new to me, I moved to Neston in 2018 from Cardiff and I am enjoying getting to know the area. In my personal life, my almost 2 year old daughter keeps me incredibly busy but when I do have some time to myself I enjoy reading, walking the Welsh hills, keeping fit, small sewing projects and trying out new recipes.

  • Mrs Lisa Mann

    Co-Chair (Co-opted)

    I joined the governing board here at Gayton in February 2015 as a parent governor. I became Co-Chair of Governors in March 2021 after serving as Vice Chair of Governors for 3 years.

    I work closely with all members of the board and currently sit on Finance, Safeguarding and Staffing committees and work with other governors on project specific working parties. In my personal life I am a University Lecturer in Business, Law and Finance. I teach across undergraduate and post graduate cohorts and I also run my own small business.

    I attended Gayton as a pupil, too many years ago to mention, and my four children have made many friends and memories during their time here. My youngest son still enjoys his Gayton school life.
    I believe in education and the importance school plays in shaping a child in so many ways outside of academic achievement. The impact school has on children is vital to ensuring they are equipped to achieve their full potential both personally and academically.

    Like most parents, my interests have become how to get each child to their next activity on time in the correct attire! When not doing that I love chilling with my family, cooking (as opposed to making tea!), eating, seeing my friends and appreciate the benefits of exercise.

  • Mrs Lindsay Cowan

    Co-Chair (Co-opted)

    I am incredibly proud to be Co-Chair of Governors at Gayton Primary School. I have been part of the governing board at Gayton since February 2017 and prior to being co-opted in 2021, I was a parent governor for four years.

    As well as co-chairing, where I work closely with the full governing board, I oversee the Curriculum and Standards strand and sit on the safeguarding, finance, and appraisal committees.

    With a background in education, having worked as a teacher for many years and through a variety of
    leadership roles, I have a passion for promoting education for all. I am a lecturer of chemistry at a
    sixth form college and my current research interests are in curriculum policy and design and the
    development of meaningful teaching, learning and assessment opportunities that promote positive
    pupil progress and improve outcomes.

    I have a wealth of governor experience, amassed from the diverse governor committees that I have sat on and from the many training opportunities that I am fortunate enough to have had in both my day job and through local and national governor networks.

    My family and I moved to Gayton in 2013 and since then, both of my children have started their
    Gayton Primary journey. It is such a fantastic school and my children love the warmth that exudes from the positive learning environment that the wonderful staff create.

    Away from work and governor duties, I enjoy taking long beach walks with my family to blow away the
    cobwebs and I can often be found checking out the nearest coffee shops on my days off! I also like to
    bake cakes, dig up weeds and enjoy portrait and landscape photography.

  • Mrs Claire Boyd

    Parent Governor

    I am Claire Boyd, a parent governor and in my professional life I am a teacher of children with Special Educational Needs. This is my first, four year term as a governor so my experience is minimal at the moment but I am hoping to use my experiences within the education sector to help support the Gayton Primary School.

    My family and I moved to Gayton relatively recently and absolutely love where we have come to live and so I jumped at the opportunity to both use and develop my existing skills in a way which supports my local primary school.

    In terms of hobbies I wish there were time for more! I love to cook and spend a lot of time reading about, shopping for, and making food. Exercise is an important part of my life and I try to get outside every day whether for a family dog walk, a jog, or to do some gardening. Beyond that, I spend a significant portion of my non-working time ferrying my children to various extra-curricular activities.

  • Mr Tomos Peters

    Parent Governor (Vice Chair)

    I am Tomos Peters, I have acted as parent governor since January 2020. In my professional life I am Director of Transformation and Project Management Office at Astra Zeneca. I spent my childhood in Heswall before moving away for education and work, returning with my wife and three children to Heswall to live in the summer of 2018 when all three of my children enrolled to attend Gayton.

    When I have the opportunity I love to spend time exercising, watching football and, where my knees comply, playing football. I enjoy food, cooking and especially eating.