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Welcome to our Governors’ section.

Please find below details of how our Governing body is structured, including the names, categories, responsibilities and terms of appointment for each Governor.


Please also use the link below to GIAS - Get Information About Schools, which gives you further information about Lowercroft Primary School and the Governors

Meet the Governors


NameStatus Term startTerm EndRelevant Business InterestsLinks to other Educational EstablishmentsPersonal relationships with school staff or other governorsDate interest declared
Richard AinsworthCo-Chair of Governors 04/12/201822/03/2026Bury Governors AssociationHolcombe Brook Primary School NoneJul-22
Rebecca HartCo-Chair of GovernorsChair of Finance, Premises and Personnel committee07/12/201805/07/2026NoneNoneNoneJul-22
Marcus HeadleyCo-opted Governor 07/12/201805/07/2026Director at John Hunt PhotographyNoneMother in law teaches at Lowercroft Primary SchoolDec-22
Julie ThompsonCo-opted GovernorSafeguarding and LAC governor03/07/202402/07/2028NoneNoneNoneNov-22
Viv BarlowCo-opted Governor 12/11/201822/03/2026 NoneSon in Law is a fellow governor and Grandaughter's attend schoolNov-22
Samantha KayAssociate Governor 01/04/202431/03/2028NoneNoneNoneJul-22
VacancyStaff Governor       
Cllr Charlotte MorrisLA Governor 06/10/202005/10/2024NoneNoneNoneDec-22
Vitto FerraroCo-opted Governor 24/03/202123/03/2025NoneNoneNoneAug-22
Tessa FarrCo-Headteacher 01/01/201431/08/2024NoneNoneNoneDec-22
Janine McGadieCo-Headteacher 06/09/202331/08/2024NoneNoneNoneSep-23
Darren WaldronParent Governor 04/07/202303/07/2027NoneNoneNoneJul-23
Simon SmithParent Governor 04/07/202303/07/2027NoneNoneNoneJul-23
Charlotte JacksonClerk to Governors       


The governors of Lowercroft Primary believe it is important that the governing body reflects the diversity of the school community. A diverse governing body promotes inclusive school environments and provides diverse role models for staff and pupils.

The governors do not currently collect information on the diversity of the governing body, but it is on the agenda to discuss. Due to the relatively small governing body, Governors will not be publishing any diversity data online as individual governors could be identified and we have a legal obligation to protect their personal data.

Any data collected in the future will be used to inform the recruitment and training needs to ensure there is always a diverse range of perspectives around the table to support robust decision making.

Richard Ainsworth (Co-Chair of Governors) - if you have any questions for Richard please contact him c/o Lowercroft Primary School, Ashington Drive, Bury. BL8 2TS.

Rebecca Hart (Co-Chair of Governors) - if you have any questions for Rebecca please contact her c/o Lowercroft Primary School, Ashington Drive, Bury. BL8 2TS.

Pen Portraits


Richard Ainsworth : Co-Chair of Governors

I'm a father of three, educated locally, then at the University of Liverpool.  I returned to the area in the early 1990s where I’ve been ever since. With a background in engineering, I’ve worked from shop floor to senior management, even as the manager of a large pub. I’m a technical manager for a small, long-established machinery business, dealing with all aspects of the company which keeps the job hugely enjoyable. I love classic cars and motorsport, play golf (badly) and do a bit of DIY. I became a parent-governor in 2008 to offer something back to the local community - school, pupils and parents alike. Co-opted to Lowercroft in 2018, I’m also current chair of the Bury Governor Association, so involved with the wider family of Bury governance.


Rebecca Hart : Co-Chair of Governors

I became a parent governor in 2018 and Co-chair of the governing body in 2021, before becoming a co-opted governor in 2022. I am a chartered accountant and wanted to use my skills in finance to support our school. I work part-time, which allows me time to dedicate to the governor role and to the continuing improvement of our school. My two children both love being part of the Lowercroft community and I feel privileged to now be part of its governing body


Julie Thompson : Co-opted Governor

I became the staff governor in 2013 and became a co-opted governor in 2020, but I have worked at Lowercroft primary school for the past 14 years as a teaching assistant. I feel very proud to be a part of this amazing school that provides our children with an outstanding education.

I have experience of running my own design business, along with a career as a design manager in an international leisure company. The skills I have gained throughout my professional career will help me make a difference to the school.

My aim as a governor is to support and ensure that Lowercroft primary school provides all our children and staff with a safe and happy learning environment where we can inspire and encourage our children to achieve their full potential.


Marcus Headley : Co-opted Governor

I was pleased to become Parent governor in 2018 before being co-opted in 2022. I have a daughter who started at Lowercroft in 2018 and another that joined the school in 2022, my experience from her time at the school has been fantastic, I became a governor to try and assist the school and help it to continue offering the excellent service and facilities it does, I am a Director of a Local photography company that currently works with over 500 schools in the region and employs a local work force of 30 staff based in Bury, I look forward to my time as governor and helping create a successful future for the school.


Cllr Charlotte Morris : LA Governor

I was appointed as the local authority governor for Lowercroft in September 2020. Having been born and raised in Bury, I am proud to be a local councillor for the area of Elton having been elected in 2019. I went to school in Bury – Emmanuel Holcombe, Woodhey and Holy Cross. Outside of politics, I work for the University of Salford. Politically, professionally and personally, education is an issue that is hugely important to me, so I am delighted to be able to play a small part in helping ensure that children in Bury benefit from the best education possible in my role of a governor at Lowercroft. 


Vitto Ferraro : Co-opted Governor

I am a married father of a young child and a serving Police Sergeant, I live in Bury and I have the belief that children's education plays a key part in them developing to be the future of our society. I wanted to do my part in ensuring local education prepares our children to be the best they can be and exploring their full potential. I joined the Governing body as I felt this was a great way to dedicate my spare time and help the local community, I have a lot of experience that I believe would be transferrable in helping the school succeed at every aspect.


Samantha Kay : Associate Governor

I have been Staff Governor since 2020 but have worked at our wonderful school since 2011 when I arrived as an NQT. Since then I have taught in several classes across the school and became Key Stage 1 Lead and a member of the Senior Leadership Team in 2016. I am a passionate Key Stage 1 practitioner and believe wholeheartedly in educating the whole child by developing not only their academic abilities, but also by encouraging them to become independent, creative and resilient problem solvers who are ready to take on the challenging and rapidly changing world around them.

Prior to teaching I worked for many years in business finance for a city bank which has provided me with many valuable and transferable skills useful in my senior leadership position. I feel privileged to hold the role of Associate Governor and to be able to play a part in driving our school forward to be the very best it can be for our amazing children.



Tessa Farr : Co-Headteacher

Janine McGadie: Co-Headteacher 

Viv Barlow : Co-opted Governor

Simon Smith: Parent Governor

Darren Waldron: Parent Governor



Sub Committees


Teaching and Learning
Richard Ainsworth

Rebecca Hart

Tessa Farr

Janine McGadie
Viv Barlow

Julie Thompson

Simon Smith

Finance, Premises and Personnel
Rebecca Hart (Chair)

Richard Ainsworth

Tessa Farr

Janine McGadie
Marcus Headley

Cllr Charlotte Morris

Vitto Ferraro

Sam Kay

Darren Waldron


Attendance 2021 - 2022


Richard AinsworthCo-ChairYYYYNYYYYY
Rebecca HartCo-ChairYYYYYYYYYY
Marcus HeadleyVice Chairn/aYYYYn/aNYn/aN
Tessa FarrHeadteacherYYYYYYNNNN
Sam KayStaff Governorn/aNn/aYYYYYn/aY
Charlotte MorrisLA Governorn/aNn/aYNn/aYYn/aN
Steve OllisCo-optedYn/an/aYn/aYYn/aYY
Will TallentireCo-optedn/an/an/aYn/aYYn/aNY
Julie ThompsonCo-optedNSn/an/aNn/aNYn/aNY
Viv BarlowCo-optedYn/an/aYn/aNYn/aYY
Vitto FerraroCo-optedn/an/an/aYn/aYYn/aYN
Damian LansdaleAssociate GovernorYn/an/aYn/an/an/an/an/an/a


NS = No apologies sent

Attendance 2020/21



  FGB 09.09.21FPP 06.10.20T&L 15.10.20FGB 09(14).12.20FPP 12.01.21T&L 04.02.21FGB 24.03.21FPP 27.04.21T&L 10.06.21FGB 07.07.21
Richard AinsworthJoint Chair (Parent Gov)YYYYYYYYYY
Steve DuceParent GovYYn/aYYn/aNYn/an/a
Rebecca HartJoint Chair (Parent Gov)YYYYYYYYYY
Marcus HeadleyVice-Chair (Parent Gov)YYn/aNYn/aYYn/aY
Sam KayStaff GovYYn/aYYn/aYYn/aY
Charlotte MorrisLA GovNYn/aYYn/aYYn/aN
Steve OllisCo-opted GovYn/aYNn/aYYn/aYY
Will TallentireParent GovYn/aYYn/aYYn/aYY
Julie ThompsonStaff GovYYn/aYn/aNNn/aNN
Viv BarlowCo-opted GovYn/aYYn/aYYn/aYY
Vittorio FerraroCo-opted Govn/an/an/an/an/an/aYn/aYY


Attendance 2019/2020


  T&L 16/10/19 FPP 30/10/19 FGB 7/11/19 T&L 5/2/20 FPP 13/2/20 FGB 10/3/20 Vision FGB 6/5/20 FPP 11/5/20 - cancelled FPP (EO FGB) 20/5/20 EO FGB 3/6/20 EO FGB 8/6/20 EO FGB 11/6/20
Richard Ainsworth Y Y Y Y Y   Y   Y Y Y Y
Rebecca Hart n/a Y Y n/a Y   Y   Y Y Y Y
Tessa Farr Y Y Y Y Y   Y   Y Y Y Y
Damian Lansdale n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a   -   - - - -
Julie Thompson Y n/a Y Y n/a   Y   Y Y Y Y
Marcus Headley n/a Apologies Y n/a Y   Y   Y Y Y Y
Steve Duce - Y Y Y Y   Y   - Y Y Y
Sam Kay Y n/a Y Y Y   Y   n/a Y Y Y
Steve Ollis Y n/a Y Y n/a   Y   n/a Y Apologies Apologies
Viv Barlow Y n/a Y Y n/a   Y   Y Y Y Y
Will Tallentire - n/a Y n/a n/a   Y   Y Y Y Y


Attendance 2018/2019

Governors Code of Conduct

Instrument of Government