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Governor Information

Our chair of governors is Mrs Machalla McDermott. If you would like to contact her or another member of our Governing Body, you can email them on the following email address:


Meet our Governors


Mrs Kirsty Selby


I have been managing the running of Birkdale Primary’s Breakfast and After school club for 5 very enjoyable years. I have been an active member of the PTA since 2007. I am mum to two sons, both of who happily attended and thrived during their time here.


Mrs Machalla McDermott


I have worked with children within Education, social care, and SEND for almost 30 years and feel very passionate about ensuring all children's individual needs are met. I have been part of the Birkdale family now for 11 years as my 3 children have attended Birkdale Primary School. I am Proud to be part of a positive, creative, and stimulating school.


The team at Birkdale are so passionate about the school and all the children, so when I was voted in as parent governor I was delighted to be able to give some of my time back. I am a very approachable and always do my best to support people so as a positive outcome can be achieved. 


Mr Brent Stephens


I am the local authority governor and have served on the governing body since 2013. Now retired, my main work experience was in higher education, in teaching and quality assurance. I serve on the Staff Disciplinary Appeals Committee and the Pay Review Panel. My interests include cycling and golf.


Mrs Kate McKenzie


My name is Kate McKenzie and I have been a Governor at Birkdale Primary School since 2015.


I first joined the Governing Body as the staff governor and then became co-opted onto the board when my term of office ran out. I worked at Birkdale Primary since 2008 and was one of the Deputy Headteachers until I left in August 2020 to become a Headteacher. Since leaving Birkdale I have remained on the board as a co-opted governor as the school and all the staff, children and parents have such special places in my heart and I am delighted to still be part of the BPS family.


Mrs Rachel Ramsden


I have been working at Birkdale Primary since 2008 after graduating and teaching abroad. Before becoming part of the Birkdale Primary family I taught in Saudi Arabia and South Africa.

Since joining Birkdale, I have had the opportunity to teach in Key Stage One and Key Stage Two. Currently, I teach in Year One and lead the Key Stage One team. Across school, I am responsible for the teaching and learning of the Curriculum. I have a strong passion for all areas of the curriculum and enjoy working with all the subject leads. I am also a Maths Specialist Teacher (Mast) after completing my training at Edge Hill University. Currently, I am working towards achieving my NPQSL. I enjoy being a Staff Governor and strive to build relationships with other Governors to support the whole school.


Mr Jason McCormack


I am a father of two boys in Years 5 and 6. I am a project manager with experience in the public and private sector. I am currently serving my second term as an elected Parent Governor. In my spare time, I am a gymnastics coach for Dan Purvis Gymnastics.


Stephen Grugel


I grew up in Southport, and attended Merchant Taylors’ School in Crosby before attending The University of Manchester. After graduating I worked in The Netherlands for 2 years before returning back to the UK.  I currently work as a Senior IT Infrastructure Engineer for KPMG.


I approached Birkdale with a view to becoming a governor as I am passionate about education and wanted to help contribute towards the education of young people in the local area.


My hobbies include golf and tennis, and I live locally with my wife & new puppy


Ez Mills

I started my working life as a primary school teacher before becoming a local authority educational psychologist. 


My 3 children all attended Birkdale Primary School and have now moved on to secondary and further education. 


It's great to still be able to have a connection with the school in my capacity as a co-opted governor 









Governing Body Information 2020-2021