Governors’ Details


Beverley BellA word from the new Chair of Governors July 2016

Dear Parents and Pupils,

As we approach the end of another outstanding year at the Schools, I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself to you as the newly appointed Chair of Governors.

After 19 years of service on the Governing Body, the last 5 years in the position of Chair of Governors, Professor Peter Batey has decided to retire. On behalf of the Governors and staff at Merchant Taylors’ Schools, I would like to express our gratitude to Professor Batey for his leadership, diligence and commitment. Throughout his time of office he has successfully overseen many major changes and developments, including the new build of the Ian Robinson Sports Centre and the multi million pound refurbishment of our Primary School, Stanfield.

Also retiring form the Board are Rick Walker, after 23 years, and Judith Hawkins, after 10 years, however I am pleased to say that they will both remain closely linked to the Schools as Ambassadors in the planning for our celebrations in preparations for the Schools’ 400th Anniversary in 2020.

Having served on the Governing body for a number of years I am also an Old Girl, attending MTGS from 1971 to 1978. My day job is the Senior Traffic Commissioner for Great Britain responsible for the licensing and regulation of transport operators and drivers. With a background in Law I previously worked as a solicitor specialising in Criminal and Transport Law, following a degree at the University of Liverpool.

During the recent inspection of the Boys’ School our Governance was rated as excellent and I am delighted to have been chosen as the new Chair to take forward and maintain this high standard.

Whilst receiving such high praise from the Independent Schools Inspectorate, I believe that the schools can be even better. I would not have taken on this role had it not been for the commitment and skills of my fellow governors and I look forward to working closely with them to guide the Schools forward in a robust strategic direction ensuring that we fulfil our key aim of providing ‘the best education for life’. I also intend to  send out updates as and when needed to keep you informed of our work and progress. I look forward to meeting some of you at school events and supporting the Heads and staff as we take our Schools forward going from strength to strength.

I particularly look forward to preparing for our 400th anniversary celebrations in 2020. It is going to be an exciting time!

To contact Mrs Bell, please email her directly at
Written correspondence can be sent directly to the Boys’ school addressed to:
Mrs B Bell,
c/o Merchant Taylors’ Schools,
186 Liverpool Road,
L23 0QP