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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.

We have also provided a Register of Governor Interests for your information.

 The Governing Body holds 3 Full Governing Body Meetings a year. Committees report back, policies and decisions are discussed and  

 adopted during these meetings.

 Committees are:


 Teaching, Learning and Curriculum





Board of Governors


Frances Conway - Chair of Governors

I’ve been a parent governor since September 2014 and am currently Chair of the Governing Board. I strongly identify with Ludworth's ethos and the importance of developing and nurturing character and leadership abilities as well as academic ability. I hope I can help Ludworth meet the challenge of enabling all pupils to reach their full potential. I work full time for a national regulatory body and when not working enjoy being outdoors, cinema and singing in a choir.


Lynda Johnson - Vice Chair. Community Governor - Chair of Pay and Appraisal Committee

I was born in Marple, the daughter of the village grocer, and have lived in Marple/Marple Bridge for most of my life. My children both attended Ludworth in the 1980s and I worked there as a teacher for a short time. I also taught at Mellor Primary and All Saints Primary before moving to Tameside where I enjoyed being Headteacher of Hurst Methodist Junior School, Ashton and later Godley Nursery and Primary Community School, Hyde. I became Chairperson of Tameside Primary Heads Consortium and  Secretary of the NAHT(National Association of Headteachers) working with officers from the LEA.


Now retired,I still enjoy being in schools,since  education and the love of children still runs in my veins and seeing the school move forward and playing my  part is still a joy. I am a member of Mellor Parish Centre Management Committee and play badminton at the sports club.My other interests? I love travelling the world with my husband, also a retired headteacher, and we take great pleasure in looking after our two granddaughters who also live in Marple. 


I am thrilled to be the Community Governor of Ludworth and happy to be involved in or support all our local activities whether it be Marple Carnival or some local sporting or fun event.


Karen Bass - Parent Governor - Chair of Finance, Personnel & Premises Committee


Bio to follow


Paul Chew  - Parent Governor


My wife and I have lived in Marple Bridge since 2006 where we have 2 boys who both attend Ludworth (Years 2 and 6) and I have served as parent governor since November 2013.  I feel extremely lucky to have Ludworth as our local school and during my time serving as a governor, I have had the privilege of witnessing first hand the supportive and happy environment that really encourages children to thrive.
Professionally I am a senior manager working for a company who supplies software and services to 1000's of schools across the UK.  When I am not working or spending time with the family I can often be found on my bike struggling up the hills of the Peak District.

Gaynor Davies - Development Governor


I currently teach in Year 5/6.  I am a Co-opted Member of the Governing body. I have worked at Ludworth for a very long time and currently hold the position of longest serving member of staff!  During my time at Ludworth I have really enjoyed working as part of a team and helping all children to reach their potential.  In my spare time I enjoy watching football and walking my border collie!


Martin Stamper - Safeguarding Governor


I have been a Co-opted Governor since the end of 2015. Ludworth has a great reputation for helping all children to develop their best achievements and  grow into friendly, confident and valuable members of the community.   It is a pleasure to be associated with the school.


I live in Marple Bridge with my wife, who is a teacher and our two daughters. I retired from Greater Manchester Police in early 2010, after having completed 30 years as a Detective investigating serious crime.


Soon after I retired I started to volunteer at Ludworth Primary, as at that time my daughters were in Year One and Two at the school. I gradually built experience working in a classroom setting, supporting the teachers, and engaging with the children, as well as relaunching the previously dormant Gardening Club.


When a position became available to work as a Teaching Assistant at the school, I successfully applied. I have been working in this capacity since. I still run the Gardening Club which goes from strength to strength, and also assist with the Junior’s Homework Club. I try to make myself as useful as I can around school, manage the Library, work with the Eco Group and provide ICT support. I am currently working towards becoming an accredited Forest Schools Practitioner, with a view to broadening our Forest Schools provision across the school.


I passionately believe that school should be a safe and happy place, where all children are treated equally and given a rounded education which enables them to develop all the skills and knowledge they will need in future life.


Out of school my interests include travel, music, gardening, cooking and being in the outdoors.

Nicola Hankey - Staff Governor


I have worked in primary education for the last twenty five years in a range of teaching roles including Deputy Headteacher and Headteacher.  I also  thoroughly enjoyed my role as a Primary Strategy Consultant for Oldham Local Authority  which involved delivering English, Maths and Social/Emotional  training to teachers.

The arrival of my own children (currently in Year 4 and Year 6) augmented my passion for inspiring young minds and I feel privileged to be teaching Year 5 as part of the Ludworth Team. My appointment as SENDCo in 2014 also motivated me to further my own educational studies and I recently successfully achieved the SEN National Award at Masters level at MMU.

In my spare time I enjoy reading, swimming and (like most parents) ferrying my children between various clubs and their many social events!