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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 End
Richard AinsworthCo-Chair of Governors 04/12/201803/12/2022
Rebecca HartCo-Chair of GovernorsChair of Finance, Premises and Personnel committee07/12/201806/12/2022
Steve OllisCo-opted GovernorChair of Teaching & Learning committee07/12/201806/12/2022
Will TallentireParent GovernorSEND governor24/07/201723/05/2021
Marcus HeadleyParent Governor 07/12/201806/12/2022
Julie ThompsonCo-opted GovernorSafeguarding and LAC governor01/10/201509/03/2024
Viv BarlowCo-opted Governor 12/11/201811/11/2022
Samantha KayStaff Governor 10/03/202009/03/2024
Cllr Charlotte MorrisLA Governor 06/10/202005/10/2024
Vitto FerraroCo-opted Governor 24/03/202123/03/2025
Tessa FarrHeadteacher 01/01/201401/01/2024
Damian LansdaleDeputy Head TeacherAssociate member with no voting rights07/10/201307/10/2023
Ian OrryClerk to Governors   


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 & Parent Governor

I became a parent governor in 2018 and Co-chair of the governing body in 2021. 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


​Will Tallentire : Parent Governor

I am married with two children and have been a parent governor at Lowercroft since May 2017.  My motivation to join the governing body came from seeing the fantastic introduction to school life that my daughter received during her reception year. She is very much looking forward to being joined by her brother in the coming years.  In this role I would like to assist in making decisions that will contribute to the continual improvement of an already excellent school.  I have a degree in Computer Science and am a Software Architect with 20 years’ experience in software development. I have been working in the gaming sector since 2001.  I hope that my skills in this field will aid the use of technology in school and provide support to teachers in the field of computing and coding.


Steve Ollis : Co-opted Governor

I am a serving Headteacher of a Bury Primary School having worked in the authority for the last 23 years.  My Son is in Year 3 and loves coming to school! I am looking forward to supporting the school in ensuring the children leave Lowercroft with the best chances for their future.   I have been truly welcomed in the school and was pleased to see the rich curriculum on offer. I have a lot of experience in terms of Inspections, current Educational practice and have joined a Governing body that have the capacity to maintain and continue to improve standards at Lowercroft.


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 : Parent Governor

I was pleased to become Parent governor in 2018. I have a daughter who started at Lowercroft in 2018 and another that will join the school in the coming years, 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.


Viv Barlow : Co-opted Governor


Samantha Kay : Staff 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 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 : Headteacher

Damian Lansdale : Deputy Headteacher and Associate Member without full vote


Sub Committees


Teaching and Learning
Steve Ollis (Chair)
Viv Barlow
Will Tallentire
Rebecca Hart

Richard Ainsworth

Tessa Farr

Damian Lansdale (no voting rights)

Finance, Premises and Personnel
Rebecca Hart (Chair)
Marcus Headley
Richard Ainsworth

Cllr Charlotte Morris

Julie Thompson

Sam Kay

Tessa Farr

Damian Lansdale (no voting rights)

List of Pecuniary Interests

Marcus Headley - MD for John Hunt Photography/son-in-law to Viviene Barlow
Viviene Barlow - Mother-in-law to Marcus Headley/grandmother of child in Y3
Richard Ainsworth - partner works at PCEdutech/vice chair at Holcombe Brook Primary School/Chair of BGA
Steven Ollis - headteacher of St John's with St Mark's Primary School

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