Ian Mitchell (Chair of Governors)

Ian Mitchell is currently Group Director of Organisational Development with Sefton based The Sovini Group. Ian is currently responsible for a number of corporate services including Human Resrouces, Learning & Development, Corporate Policy & Strategic Planning, Marketing, Communication & Brand, and Stakeholder Engagement. Ian has worked in housing, regeneration and business improvement across the North West for 20 years, having started as a modern apprentice straight from secondary school. Ian has since gone on to complete a series of qualifications including a BA degree and Masters in Business Administration (MBA) at Liverpool John Moores University. Ian is passionate about ensuring that everyone has great opportunities in life underpinned by good quality education, employment, health and housing.

Rob Rogers (Principal)

My name is Rob Rogers and I am proud to say that I am the Principal of Litherland High School.

I hail from a small coal mining town in south west Wales called Ammanford at the foot of the Black Mountains and still regard it as home, even after nearly 30 years away living in England. After studying a Bio -Chemistry degree at De Montford University in Leicester I moved to London to train as a teacher of mathematics at Greenwich University.

St. Mary’s and St. Joseph’s RC school in Sidcup is where I began to cut my teeth as a teacher and the passion and love for the profession is as strong today as it was back then. I then moved schools to become Head of Mathematics at Woodcote High in Croydon.

In 2004 I moved to Manchester and took up a position at the Heath School in Runcorn and gradually worked my way through the ranks to become Vice Principal and Principal designate of our intended 16-19 free school. Unfortunately, the free school did not go ahead but to my good fortune, as in 2014 the opportunity then arose to be part of Litherland High’s next chapter. Since my arrival, I have felt nothing but a warmth and passion for educating the young people of our community

Outside of work I enjoy sport. I’ve long since hung up my rugby boots and still carry a few scars and enjoy follow my teams namely Ammanford RFC, Cardiff Blues and the National side. I’ve dabbled in triathlons and have always enjoyed running but these days I limit myself to half marathons and long, lazy bike rides through the Cheshire lanes.

Alison Bennett (Staff Governor)

I have been a PE teacher at Litherland High School for the past 9 years. I am enthusiastic about students enhancing their learning, knowledge and skills and receiving the best out of their high school life. Over the years, I have developed good relationships with staff, students, parents and the community.  I have been involved in a number of school shows, exchange visits and sporting events and know how important they are to the students at Litherland High School. Before teaching I completed a 3 year Sports Development degree at Liverpool John Moore's University and then continued for an extra year to complete a PGCE in PE. During my time at university, I travelled to the USA to work at a Summer camp where I was a lifeguard and swimming teacher. I look forward to working alongside the other members of the governing body.

Carmel Murphy (Staff Governor)

Bio coming soon.

Suzanne Pomford (Parent Governor)

My name is Mrs Suzanne Pomford and I am a parent governor at LHS. I have two children at the school, so I have a keen interest in how the school is run and my wish is to ensure all children receive the best education and experiences we can give them in a happy & safe environment. I work for an insurance company and have done since 1997, working within the admin and processing of life & pension policies. My passion is dancing and the theatre and I actually worked for a dance company touring Europe after I left College. I was educated at a dance & drama school called Elliott Clarke where I studied normal lessons in the daytime in Rodney Street and then did all my vocational lessons in studios above the now called Epstein Theatre (previously the Neptune Theatre). This is why I especially love all the opportunities our students have to study a wide and varied choice of extra curricular activities such as the choir, various music clubs, dance & drama and gymnastics. There really is something for everyone.

Karen Lynskey (Education Governor)

Bio coming soon.


Daniel Rankin (Community/Business Governor)

My name is Daniel Rankin and I'm a Peripatetic Music Teacher, Professional Musician and an International Examiner for the RSL Music Board. As a musician my work has taken me around the world performing at major festivals as both a session musician for Sony BMG and as a signed artist in my own projects. As an educator I believe strongly in the benefits of learning a musical instrument such as the evidence for increased linguistic proficiency, increased memory capacity as well as fostering self expression and enhancing sociability. My work in schools is remarkably rewarding and as a governor I will have the opportunity to be involved in decisions which are in the best interests of the young people I teach. I look forward to contributing to the growth and development of Litherland High School and will strive, alongside the senior leadership team and governing body, to achieve continued tangible improvements in the attainment and well being of our students and in turn the local community.


Tracy McKeating (Community/Business Governor)

Bio coming soon.

Frank McFarlane (Community/Business Governor)

Having qualified in London as a teacher, I taught for a short time in Kent before returning to my native city of Liverpool where I taught in St.  Vincent's School for Blind and Partially-sighted children until early retirement in 2004.  I continue to be a tutor on the Birmingham University Distance Learning Course for Teachers of the Visually-impaired. During my career I have always been involved in charity work which has included: Victim Support, The Samaritans, and two Societies for the Blind.  Of one of these I am a Trustee and of the other, Bradbury Fields (The former Liverpool Voluntary Society for the Blind) I am, at present, Chairman of the Governing Board of Archbishop Blanch C. of E. High School, Liverpool, a Governor of Litherland High School and Interim Chairman of Henshaw's College, Harrogate.  In addition to my work on these Governing bodies, I am a National Leader of Governance.  My interests include most sports particularly cricket and golf which I still play, and football.  I play the piano and organ in my Church and, having played the piano in pubs and clubs for many years, now play for occasional engagements.

Suzanne Mainwaring (Community/Business Governor)

Suzanne is a commercial lawyer who has specialised in employment law since she qualified in 2007. Since that time, Suzanne has advised clients in both the public and private sector on a broad range of contentious and non-contentious employment work.  Suzanne is a specialist on employment law in the education sector and has an extensive list of clients in the education sector including maintained schools, academies, free schools and further education colleges in respect of their employment issues. Suzanne wishes to use her knowledge and experience to assist the governing body and support the aims of the school. Suzanne strongly believes that education and a positive school environment can be key to creating opportunities in life and wishes to assist Litherland High School in ensuring all its students achieve their potential.


Joanne Butcher (Parent Governor)

My name is Joanne Butcher but most people call me Jo. I am 48 years old.  I have a happy family  life with my partner John and daughters Cassie and Rosa. I love my job at Hatton Hill Primary School, I am a Teaching Assistant. I work with a young boy with ADHD and a young girl with Downs Syndrome.  I also run a singing club in the school. I used to be a professional singer in shows and bands. I also worked as a children’s entertainer in holiday parks (a long time ago!) I love working with children and I will always speak my mind on their behalf.


Adele Browne (Parent Governor)

Hi my name is Adele Browne and I am a parent governor here at Litherland High.  I work part time and also volunteer in the local community. I have been married for 17 years and we have two lovely girls, one is currently in Year 8 here at Litherland High and one is in Year 6 at Springwell Park.

I am passionate about children receiving a good education and enjoying their time at school which is why I am a school governor.  

Ronnie Cowen (Parent Governor)

Bio coming soon

Linda Kinsella (Clerk to the Governors)

My name is Linda Kinsella and I have worked at Litherland High School since 2003. My role includes PA to  the Principal, Personnel Officer and Clerk to the Governors.  I was previously a student at Litherland High and left school in 1984, not realising I would return one day! I have held several administrative roles across various sectors including banking and at the University of Liverpool, during which time I also completed my degree in Business and Finance. I am married with one son who has just left home and is studying Music at Birmingham Conservatoire. I enjoy music, film and socialising with friends and family.