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Members of the Governing Body


Caroline Ashcroft (Chair of Governors)

Governor since 2004
Caroline was educated at Quarry Bank Comprehensive, Liverpool. She read Law at the University of Sheffield and the College of Law in Chester. She qualified as a Solicitor in 1995 and has worked in both the private and public sector, specialising in civil liberties and human rights cases.

Interests: Swimming, musical theatre and soap operas.

Stephen Gray (Headteacher)

Governor since 2020

Stephen was born and raised in a small town called Immingham, near Grimsby, in North East Lincolnshire.  After completing his A Levels at the local sixth form, he went to The University of Sheffield to study Modern History and Politics and graduated in 1995. He then spent time teaching English abroad in Russia and Greece. On his return, he completed his PGCE at The University of Sheffield, where he trained to teach History. 

Stephen has worked in three schools prior to joining Calday. His first school was Wellington School, a secondary modern school in Trafford.  He taught History and gained his first pastoral role there, as a Head of Year 10 and then Year 11. In 2002, he moved to Culcheth High School in Warrington, as Head of History. He spent nine years at Culcheth, six as an Assistant Headteacher.

In 2011, he moved into a role as Deputy Headteacher responsible for pastoral care at The Whitby High School.   

He joined Calday in April 2020.

Denis Mahony

Governor since 2012
Denis was educated at Rock Ferry High School and studied Metallurgy at the University of Surrey.  He also attained an MBA from Manchester Business School and a Diploma in Industrial Administration from Aston University. 

His business career includes managing high technology companies in the UK and USA, a Partner in Arthur Andersen and ownership of a number of businesses in the advisory sector.

His son was a student at Calday until 1996.  Denis is a keen sports enthusiast, particularly rugby football and a long time supporter of Caldy Club.

Tracy Atherton (Staff Governor)


Gillian Carswell

Governor since March 2019

Gillian was educated at Monifieth High School, Scotland and then studied Forensic and Analytical Chemistry at Strathclyde University. She stayed at Strathclyde to undertake a PhD before ‘emigrating’ to work as a researcher at the University of Nottingham. In 1999, she moved to Liverpool as a Chemistry Lecturer at Liverpool John Moores University and is now a Professor and currently Head of the Institute for Health Research.

She lives in Irby and has two sons at Calday and a third at Irby Primary School.

Interests include walking Rory the family cockapoo to and from the local pub, going to the gym, hiding in the she-shed and binge-watching Netflix.

Angela Cross (Trust Governor)

Governor since 2007
Angela was educated at West Kirby Grammar School for Girls. She trained as a Therapy Radiographer at Clatterbridge Cancer Centre qualifying in 1975 and has worked in London and Canada before returning to Clatterbridge Cancer Centre in 1983. In 1993 she moved into Higher education becoming a lecturer in Radiotherapy and Oncology  in the School of Health Sciences at the University of Liverpool.

Interests: local history, travel, walking, Cantemus at Calday choir.

Andrew Tallents (Parent Governor)

Governor since March 2019

Andrew grew up in South Manchester and was educated at a comprehensive school before graduating from Salford University in 1991 with a business degree. After a short period working in the energy sector Andrew joined the recruitment industry and spent the next twenty years advising a variety of company boards around the world. In 2017 he set up his own leadership coaching business and is now focused on helping business leaders in the northwest reach their full potential.

Interests: golf, team sports, live music, social mobility and autobiographies.

Dan Meigh  (Staff Governor)

Governor since 2010
 Dan was educated at Calday prior to completing his degree in Chinese and Russian at Durham University and The Peoples’ University of China.  Before becoming Head of Drama and, subsequently, a Curriculum Co-ordinator Dan worked as Artistic & Youth Theatre Director for Wirral based theatre company Off the Ground.  He continues to work with a range of arts organisations and has directed over 120 youth theatre and professional performances not only for Off the Ground but also the Gateway Theatre, Dramart Productions (in Spain and Greece), The Chester Mystery Plays, various schools and community groups and The Liverpool Everyman & Playhouse Theatres where he was Youth Theatre Director.  He also lectures on Shakespeare in performance at Liverpool University.

Alan Q Roberts (Trust Governor)

Governor since 1998
Alan was educated at Calday Grange Grammar School and is a qualified accountant and has worked for a number North West based businesses. He first became involved with the Governing Body to assist in the setting up of the Swimming Pool Trust and sale of the School land replaced by the Sports fields in Caldy.

He is currently Finance Director and Company Secretary of an international AIM listed business based in Manchester. 
A keen supporter of local sport he is Treasurer of The Caldy Sports Club and Vice President of Caldy Rugby Club. Interests include Golf, cycling, DIY and gardening.

Chris Penn (Parent Governor)

Governor since March 2019

Chris was educated at Calday Grange Grammar School, prior to undertaking a B.Ed. Hons in Primary Education at Nottingham Trent University.  He has worked in education for over twenty years, predominantly in the primary phase, covering a range of roles that include teacher, Local Authority advisor, deputy headteacher and ten years as headteacher at St Peter’s CE Primary, Heswall.  He is currently Director of Education for the Diocese of Chester, representing 115 schools across the North West, of which 6 are secondary schools.

Chris has two sons at Calday Grange Grammar School and a daughter at West Kirby Grammar School.  In his leisure time, as well as spending time with his family, his interests include long distant running and football.

Martin Underwood (Co-opted Governor)

 Governor since April 2015

Martin was educated at the Wakeman School, Shrewsbury and Welbeck College prior to attending the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst.  He spent nearly 25 years as an Army Officer before moving to West Kirby where he now runs his own specialist consultancy business.  He read Applied Science (BSc(Hons)) at the Royal Military College of Science, Business Administration (MBA) at the University of Strathclyde and Explosive Ordnance Engineering (MSc) at Cranfield University.

During his working life Martin has lived in Germany, Australia and the United States, as well as visiting many other countries for business and leisure.

Martin has two sons at Calday Grange Grammar School and a daughter at West Kirby Grammar School.

Interests include rugby (refereeing and spectating); hill-walking, skiing and other outdoor activities; history and international affairs.

Amanda Waterfall (Parent Governor)

Governor since 2020

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John Wylie (Co-opted Governor)

 John was educated at Calday Grange Grammar School. Worked for several local companies, became self-employed at 23 and started a family business in West Kirby. Has been Chair of Governors and Directors at a local Charity School for the past 12 years. Previously Chair of Governors at a local Primary School for 10 years. Seven of his family have been educated at Calday.

Interests: Sport, theatre and cinema, travelling, but mainly family.