The Foundation Governors of Ormskirk School, also known as the Foundation Trustees, were instituted in 1612 to provide education for young people in the town. Initially the Foundation (a registered charity with the Charity Commission) related to Ormskirk Grammar School and when that school closed and merged with Cross Hall High School in 2001 the Foundation transferred to become the Foundation Trustees of Ormskirk School.

The Foundation Trustees are appointed from several bodies. West Lancashire Borough Council and several Parish Councils appoint members as do the local justices, the Peter Lathom Charity and Edge Hill University. The link with the initial trust is maintained by having the Earl of Stanley, Lord Derby as an ex-officio Foundation Trustee along with the vicar of Ormskirk Parish Church.

The Foundation Body has the function of providing the local children with the best possible education. It was in that clear knowledge that the Body took the brave and far-sighted decision in 2000 to reconstitute itself and to promote the fine new school that is now built and occupied on the former Cross Hall High School site.

The Foundation Body meets once per term and has two highly important jobs:

  1. It appoints five of the school’s Governing Body. Often these appointees will be Foundation Governors themselves but on occasion they have not been so.
  2. It takes strategic control of the management of the assets of the Trust. These assets have significantly appreciated since the Formation of Ormskirk School with the sale of the land on the former Grammar School site. The assets provide a substantial and regular source of income for the school which allows significant improvements to be made in departments around the school and allows the young people to apply for funding for expensive educational opportunities, such as foreign visits, that would otherwise be out of their reach.

The Foundation also donates the highly prized annual Foundation Governor awards for the students at the school who distinguish themselves each year, overcoming adversity and supporting others.

The Foundation Trustees celebrated their 400th anniversary on September 28th 2012. The occasion was marked by numerous events such as a gala dinner, a Founders’ Day concert with fireworks and a church service. The events allowed the Trustees to re-emphasise their relevance to the pupils, staff and parents at the school today.

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 Governor Biographies


rose halsallMrs R Halsall


(Biography available in School Governor's section)

Term of Office: 6th June 2015 - 5th June 2019

hilary rosbothamMrs Hilary Rosbotham

Vice Chair 

Peter Lathom's Charity

(Biography available in School Governor's section)

Term of Office: 18th August 2014 - 17th August 2018


Ex-Officio Governors

lord derbyThe Earl of Derby DL
Edward Richard William Derby

Lord Derby (Edward) was born on 10th October 1962. Continuing a long family tradition, he was educated at Eton and was then commissioned into the Grenadier Guards (1981 – 1985) before attending the Royal Agricultural College, Cirencester.

In November 1994, he succeeded his uncle as the 19th Earl of Derby and, the following October, married the Hon. Caroline Neville, daughter of The Lord Braybrooke. They have three children: Henrietta, Edward and Oliver.

He joined Robert Fleming & Co Ltd in 1987 where he worked in the private client investment management business and became Head of Private Banking. He still spends some time in London, where he continues his investment banking interests on a part-time basis, having recently been appointed Chairman of Fleming Family & Partners Trustee Company Limited.

Most of his time is spent running the Knowsley Estate which is part agricultural and part commercial. It also includes Knowsley Safari Park, home to the largest herd of African elephants in Europe; and Knowsley Hall, a stately home which, following its restoration, is now an established venue for private and corporate entertainment with a very high quality catering operation. It is Liverpool’s only 5 Star accommodation and the only stately home in the country to be so graded.

Lord Derby was appointed a Deputy Lieutenant of Merseyside in 1999 and has become increasingly involved in recent years with some 100 organisations predominantly in the North West.

Lancashire County Council

nopicCllr Nikki Hennessy

Term of Office: 26th February 2016 - 25th February 2020


nopicMrs Marilyn Westley

I am a retired NHS General Manager with  a career spanning many years spent in Banking. I am chairman of my local PACT team and also a member of the Independent Advisory Group - Southern Division - for Lancashire Police. A member of The Rotary Club of Ormskirk, I also spent twelve years as a Parish Councillor and was a school Governor for a number years for a  Primary school in St Helens. I am married with one daughter and enjoy Zumba and aerobics in my spare time.

Term of Office: 26th February 2016 - 25th February 2020


nopicCllr. David O'Toole

Term of Office: 26th February 2016 - 25th February 2020

West Lancashire Borough Council

nopicCllr. Gareth Dowling

Term of Office: 24th November 2016 - 23rd November 2020


nopicCllr. Mr Adrian Owens

Adrian is a 48 year-old businessman from Newburgh.  He is married to Jocelyn with a large, young family. Born on the Wirral, Adrian is a science graduate from Trinity College, Cambridge and has pursued a career in manufacturing. He now runs his own business consultancy helping small businesses through the legal minefield of health, safety and environmental matters.  He has been a councillor  on West Lancashire Borough Council since 1999 and is currently the Deputy Leader and Portfolio Holder for Regeneration.  He has been a primary school governor for more than 10 years and a Foundation Governor of Ormskirk school since 2001.

Term of Office: 18th August 2013 - 17th August 2017


nopicCllr. Mr Ian Grant

Term of Office: 18th August 2014 - 17th August 2018

Parish Councils


Mr John Walne

Term of Office: 15th November 2016 - 14th November2020



Cllr. Mr Geoffrey Roberts MBE

In his professional life before he retired, Geoff worked as an industrial chemist and later as a Senior Lecturer in Further Education in Liverpool.

He loves the outdoor life, which he first experienced as a Scout, and was an avid rock-climber in Snowdonia and Scotland in his youth. He remains a keen fell walker, and as a family caravanner for over 50 years, and having toured extensively in the British Isles and Western Europe, he now takes every opportunity to visit the Lake District and pursue both hobbies there.

He is member of Aughton Parish Council, and has been a Council representative since 1986 as a Foundation Governor, firstly for the Ormskirk Grammar School, and, after amalgamation, for the present Ormskirk School Foundation.

He also serves as a Governor at both Aughton Town Green Community Primary and Aughton St Michael's C of E Primary Schools, as well as being a Trustee of Aughton and Ormskirk U3A and of the Aughton Women's Institute building.

He was councillor on the West Lancashire District Council representing the Aughton Park Ward and served as Leader of The Council for six years prior to becoming its first Mayor after it was granted Borough status in 2009. He retired from the Council after 27 years service, and was made an Honorary Alderman of the Council the following year.

He received his MBE for services to Aughton and West Lancashire in the New Years Honours 2012/13.

Term of Office: 18th August 2014 - 17th August 2018






Mrs Jane Marshall

Term of Office: 21st April 2013 - 20th April 2017



Cllr. Mr Raymond Brookfield

Term of Office: 30th September 2016 - 29th September 2020



Cllr Owen Connolly

Term of Office: 18th August 2014 - 17th August 2018


linda websterMrs Linda Webster
Justice of the Peace

(Biography available in School Governor's section)

Term of Office: 18th August 2015 - 17th August 2019


lh welcomeMrs L Hayes
Peter Lathom's Charity

Term of Office: 18th August 2018 - 17th August 2018

I am a member of the Foundation Governing body representing Peter Lathom’s Charity, a charity that I have been involved with for several years
After completing a Chemistry degree at the University of York I moved to Ormskirk. I have been a teacher at Ormskirk School and formerly at Ormskirk Grammar School since 1992. In that time I have been in charge of key stage 3 science, Head of House, Assistant Head of Sixth Form and I am currently an Assistant Headteacher of the school. When I am not in the sixth form you will find me teaching science which I still really enjoy.

In my free time I am involved with two other charities; The Aintree Kidney Patients Association and The Royal Liverpool Transplant Sport Team.


Edge Hill University


Co-Opted Trustees

george slawinskiMr G Slawinski

(Biography available in School Governor's section)

Term of Office: 6th June 2015 - 5th June 2019



Mr Stuart Smithstuart smith

Term of Office: 13th November 2014 - 12th November 2018



Mr Martin Kerridge

(Biography available in School Governor's section)

Term of Office: 2nd September 2016 - 1st September 2020


reay illingworthMr Reay Illingworth

(Biography available in School Governor's section)

Term of Office: 2nd September 2013 - 1st September 2017


nopicMr Barry Critchley

Term of Office: 17th November 2016 - 16th November 2020

I was born and have lived in West Lancashire all my life, liveing in the village of Halsall for the last 50 years. My professional occupation prior to retirement was a prison officer for 32 years. For my services to to the crown I received the ISM (imperial service medal) and the QJM (queens jubilee medal). I was a serving parish councillor in the village of Halsall for 32 years and involved in the local primary school in several positions. At Ormskirk grammar school along with others I became a founder member of the parents sports support group. I have been married to my wife, Barbara,  for 49 years with a daughter, Jane, who is a teacher at St Albans high school for girls. My hobbies include reading, social history, golf, gardening and spending time with our grand children.