Athenaeum Bulletin: WC 01/10/2018

Club Events;

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‘Liverpool Beyond The Brink’, Dinner with Professor Michael Parkinson CBE – Friday, 12th October 2018

We’re delighted to welcome Professor Michael Parkinson to the talk before Dinner next Friday, 12th October. Professor Michael Parkinson will be discussing the book he is currently writing to update his 1980s classic – ‘Liverpool on the Brink’. His new book describes the extraordinary if incomplete renaissance of Liverpool during the last 30 years. It shows how much has been achieved, who helped and what are its outstanding challenges in future. Full details can be found here


For Your Information

On Tuesday, 9th October, the Dining Room will be closed to Members, and the Newsroom will open at the later time of 1:00pm. This is to accommodate a charitable event organised by a Proprietor. Newsroom services will commence in full upon opening, the Library remains unaffected.

On Wednesday 12 December the Dining Room will be closed for a private function. The Newsroom will remain open as usual on this day.

We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.


Dates for Diaries

This year’s Annual Dinner has been scheduled for Friday, 22nd March 2019. This event, the most prestigious in the Athenaeum calendar, historically sells out very early. You can guarantee your attendance by booking now via the Members’ Area or through reception.


Might this be of interest?

Did you know there is currently a national drive by the National Governor’s Association to recruit skilled governors to our schools? If you are interested in becoming a school governor, Proprietor Jane Owens has provided some further information here:

If you have any items that may be of interest to your fellow Members, please contact Jack Birley.


Events advertised are available to Members of the Athenaeum and their guests, for further information about membership of the Club please see, or alternatively call us on 0151 709 7770. If you are in Liverpool, why not drop in for a chat?


Might This Be Of Interest? : School Governors Wanted

Did you know there is currently a national drive by the National Governor’s Association to recruit skilled governors to our schools?

School governors and trustees make a valuable contribution to children’s education, opportunities and futures.

Being a school governor or trustee is a challenging but hugely rewarding role. It will give you the chance to make a real difference to young people, give something back to your local community and use and develop your skills in a board-level environment. You will also be joining the largest volunteer force in the country: there are over a quarter of a million volunteers governing state funded schools in England.

Schools need governing boards that have a balance and diversity of knowledge, skills and experience to enable it to be effective. Ofsted (the national inspection body for schools) has repeatedly noted that the most effective schools demonstrate effective leadership and management – including by the governing board.

The National Governor’s Association ( have a simple way of registering an interest in becoming a governor or trustee.

To volunteer as a school governor or trustee sign up with Inspiring Governors ( This free online service connects volunteers with schools that need governors or trustees. Once you have created your profile including your skills, preferences and a brief personal statement, you can:

  • View governor/ trustee vacancies in your local area and contact schools that you are interested in
  • Be contacted by schools that are looking for governors/ trustees with particular skills


I have been a proprietor at The Athenaeum for the last 5 years. I am also a chair of governors on two Multi-Academy Boards, chair at a Special School, chair at a large Secondary School all based in Wirral. I have also become a governor at a secondary school in Liverpool.

I am also a National Leaders of Governance and one of 400 in the country. I am trained to review governance structures in schools and Multi-Academy Trusts either as a regular evaluation of their work or as a result of a poor Ofsted outcome. I also offer free support to chairs of governors and I work nationally.

I was delighted to have been awarded an MBE by Her Majesty the Queen for services to education in Wirral.

I would urge Proprietors, or their family members, to consider becoming a governor or a trustee.

I am happy to be contacted if anyone wishes to discuss the role further. My contact details are on my website


Jane Owens MBE FRSA

Upcoming Events This October

Upcoming Events This Month, October 2018

Wednesday 10 October – Film Group – 2:00pm

Wednesday 10 October – Music Group Concert – 5:30pm

Friday 12 October – ‘Liverpool Beyond the Brink’, Dinner with Professor Michael Parkinson -6:30 for 7:00pm

Sunday 14 October – Sunday Lunch Following the Judges’ Service – Arrivals from 12:00pm

Wednesday 17 October – Spanish Wine Tasting with Tapas

Thursday 25 October – New Members Informal Dining