Working together

Carleton House Preparatory School Ltd. is a company limited by guarantee governed by its Memorandum and Articles of Association. The company is a registered charity with the Charities Commission.

The Governing Body determines the general policy of the school and ensure we continue to provide academic excellence in Merseyside. The day-to-day management of the school is delegated to the headteacher.

The Governing Body meet termly. In addition, sub-committees covering such areas as curriculum/safeguarding, marketing, finance and Early Years meet on a very regular basis. The document below provides details of sub-committees and their membership.

Parents may contact Mr Peter Megann the Chair of Governors via the school office.

Carleton House Committee membership document

The members of the Governing Body are appointed by the Committee. Vacant positions are advertised within the school with the majority of members being parents of pupils, or former pupils, in the school. Governing Body members give their time extensively and on a voluntary basis receiving no payment.

The members of the Governing Body are both Directors of the Limited Company and trustees of the charity.

Who's who

Carleton House Preparatory School, LIverpool, Merseyside Staff Photo

Michelle Christian


My son joined Carleton House in September 2014 and, as a new parent to the school, I am committed to taking an active part in school life. I hope I can utilize my skills to support Carleton House to continue to deliver all round excellence.

As Operations Director for Adecco, the world’s largest recruitment services provider, I am responsible for day to day strategic delivery in the North West and Ireland. My areas of expertise cover human resources, recruitment, financial planning and project management. I am also a Trustee of the Company Pension Scheme and a graduate of The University of Manchester.

I am married to Michael Smith, a Commercial Bank Manager and we are local to South Liverpool.

Carleton House Preparatory School, LIverpool, Merseyside Staff Photo

David Fletcher

Finance & Buildings Governor

I grew up in Culcheth, Cheshire and moved to Liverpool after studying accounting and management control at university.  In my professional life I am a qualified accountant and I am employed as the Group Director of Finance at the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts (LIPA).  Before joining LIPA I spent 13 years at two different global accountancy firms, RSM and BDO respectively.  At a personal level I have two children at the school (with an older one at University) and I enjoy football, running and holidays with the family.  I chose to become involved as a Governor because I like being able to use my experience to support the Head Teacher and the rest of the team to provide the best possible education for all of our pupils.

Peter Megann

Chair of Governors

Tom Manning

Curriculum Governor

Elaine Czarnecki

Buildings and Health & Safety

Ondrea Hayes

Chair of Buildings and Health & Safety

Sarah Fletcher


I started my career with PwC in August 2000 where I trained to be a chartered accountant. Following this I moved to another top ten accountancy firm RSM (formerly known as Baker Tilly) where I worked as a manager overseeing a team delivering internal audit, technology and risk assurance services.

I joined The Reader, a Charity based in Calderstones Park, in January 2016 as Chief Operating Officer. I am responsible for implementing and strengthening the organisational processes that will allow Shared Reading to grow and fulfil its ambition across the UK. In my role, I develop and deliver The Reader’s financial strategy, overseeing Shared Reading Delivery and Development and manage the Head Office at Calderstones, Liverpool.

I have two children at the school and one at University. I love being a Governor at the school as it is a great opportunity to get more involved with their education and make sure that the school is the best it can be for all pupils and continues to have a loving and caring environment.

Carleton House Preparatory School, LIverpool, Merseyside Staff Photo

Carol Abbasi

Finance & Curriculum

I am originally from the North East and trained in Liverpool and Chester to become a Solicitor. I have now lived in South Liverpool for 30 years and I am a partner in Morecrofts LLP specialising in Private client services.  I have an expertise in charity law and the formation and running of private charities.

I am married to Raza, also a solicitor and we have two children. My son Jamil is now at The Bluecoat School having previously attended Carleton House and my daughter Olivia is in the Junior school at Carleton.

I have been part of the management committee since 2007 and have served on a number of sub committees. I am currently part of the Finance and curriculum committee , Company Secretary and I am also the Governor responsible for the Religious Education provision in school.

I enjoy working with the Head teacher closely in relation to governor matters and assisting the Chair where required.

I was previously Chairman of Kelton Nursery for 5 years and gained wide experience of the management of a parent owned nursery and child care provision in the private nursery sector. I am also able to use my skills as a lawyer working with charities and my knowledge of charity law.

I am very committed to Carleton and all it stands for and my children have benefited enormously from the education and life at the school.

I am passionate about the performing Arts and in particular Dance and Music and enjoy holidays, choral singing and reading when I have time.