Board of Directors


The current Board of Directors management structures of the school were set up in 1976, when the Incorporated Society decided to have their schools run by local administration.

Up to that date the schools had been run direct from the Dublin office.
A company, limited by guarantee, was set up with seven directors each giving of their time voluntarily. The structure of the company precludes the directors from receiving a salary or any form of payment from the company. The responsibility of the company is to oversee the running of the school. The company appoints the Head and the Head runs the school.

The Board does not get involved in the day to day running of the school, but is directly responsible for the financial management of the school and for policy decisions affecting the school.

The Head, being a employee, cannot be a member of the Board but does sit in on all meetings and takes a full part in the discussions but does not have a vote.


Below are short résumés of each member of the board.

Mrs Fania Ellison

Fania Ellison is a parent of students in the Grammar School. She is married to Julian and lives in Westport Co. Mayo. Fania has three children, Juno, Isaac and Francis and is a barrister by profession.

Bishop Ferran Glenfield

The Lord Bishop of Kilmore and Elphin,  Ferran Glenfield was formerly the rector of Hillsborough Parish in the Diocese of Down and also of Kill-O-The-Grange parish, Co. Dublin. Bishop Glenfield is married to Jean Glenfield and they have three children, Michael, Esther and Richard.

Niall Draper

Niall is a past pupil of Sligo Grammar School an maintains a keen interest in the life of the school. He is a native of Sligo and lives and works in the area. He is married to Emer. Niall is a director of Sherry Fitzgerald Draper estate agents, Sligo.

Sheila Bourke

Sheila Bourke is a past pupil of S.G.S and is a member of the Past Pupils Association. She is living in Collooney and married to Wilfred with 3 children aged 11-19. Sheila is a staff nurse at Sligo General Hospital. Her hobbies include music, photography, walking and gardening. She is also involved in many parish and community activities. Her vision is for the school to maintain its present standard of excellence and further develop in the future for the benefit of the students in the 21st century. Sheila joined the Board in 1999.

Lloyd Sweetnam

Lloyd Sweetnam has a long association with Sligo Grammar School. He attended S.G.S from 1963-69 and has served on the past pupils Association for over 20 years. He was president for three terms,1979,1980 and 2001. His two daughters also attended the school from 1989-1999. He runs his own business he is interested in playing his part in making the school a modern haven of educational excellence. Lloyd was appointed to the Board in March 2004.

David Williams

David Williams is semi-retired and married to Eileen with three daughters who all attended Sligo Grammar School and received an excellent education. He attended Ballisodare National School and Sligo technical School. He is very interested in the ethos and holistic running of school and wishes to see it go from strength to strength. He was born in Carrickmagat Ballisodare Sligo. He enjoys water skiing, sailing and walking. David joined the Board in 2005.

Liz Greer

Liz Greer, now living in Sligo, is originally from Cork and a past pupil of Bandon Grammar School. She studied accountancy in Dublin and now works with Abbott Ireland Diagnostic Division in Sligo as an Assistant Accountant. Her two children, Jessica and Mark and keep her husband John and herself very busy. Liz’s husband John is a past pupil of SGS. She enjoys walking, swimming and sailing. Liz joined the Board in April 2005. 

Trevor Hunter

Trevor Hunter, an S.G.S. past pupil is a Pharmacist working in the area of Pharmacy Practice Research. He is married to Patricia with 2 children Philip and Sarah. He has a great love of science and is a keen hill walker and marathon runner. Trevor feels that each of us have multiple potentials and appreciates the importance of a rounded education and giving each person the opportunity to develop these. He sees the area of the sciences and varied physical exercise as areas for future curriculum focus and development. Trevor joined the Board in March 2004.

Noel Regan

Serving as a non stipendary priest in the diocese of Kilmore, Elphin and Ardagh Noel is an intergral part of the community life in and around the town of Sligo. He has an intimate knowledge of the parishes and their people, particularly Riverstown and Manorhamilton where he has served for 7 years. He is married to Joan (nee Abbott) from Mohill and together they have 4 adult children who have all attended the Sligo Grammar School. Two of his daughters are currently studying in university while his son has graduated and is working in Belfast. His eldest daughter is pursuing her doctorate abroad. He is anxious that the ethos culture of the S.G.S. is maintained as it has a valuable contribution to make to society as a whole. He now lives in Gurteen Cliffony Co Sligo. He enjoys farming, work and reading. Noel joined the Board in March 2004.

Want to find out more about us?

Have a look at our online prospectus