Our Governors


John Leigh – Member Appointment 

 Foundation Governor

Chair of Governors

  • I have served as a Governor for over 18 years
  • I am a retired Solicitor
  • Four of my children have attended the school
  • I have a keen interest in primary and secondary education (I am a Governor at St Wilfrid’s school having held the post of Chairman of Governors for six years)

Link Governor for Maths and History

Olwyn Fairless Member Appt

LA Governor

  • I am a Local Authority governor
  • I like to contribute to my community
  • I am interested in literature and language and have been a librarian in Blackburn and Australia
  • I have worked for Sure Start in Darwen and Audley before my retirement, setting up libraries in Children’s Centres
  • I am a grandmother and have 2 step grand children   Link Governor for English

Aisha Hussain – Member Appointment Vice Chair of Governors

  • I have a personal attachment to the school – it was mine and my siblings primary school
  • My 4 children all attended Wensley Fold
  • I am a Lawyer specialising in Family law, Wills and Probate work.  I also sit as a Magistrate on the Criminal Bench
  • I have qualified as a teacher with experience in secondary education
  • I am deeply passionate  about education and child development, and enthusiastic about making a difference to my community

Link Governor for RE and Charity

Ehsan Raja

  • My 3 children all attended Wensley Fold
  • I have a keen interest in education.
  • I also do charity work for voluntary organisations in Blackburn
  • As a governor I will support the school and the parents to the best of my ability.

Link Governor for Computing and E Safety

Donna Simpson – Headteacher

  • I have been Headteacher at Wensley Fold for 3 years
  • I have two children, Harry and Daisy.
  • My son Harry is in his 2nd year of sixth form and is a keen musician.
  • In my spare time I love walking with my family and dogs.
  • My husband, Paul Simpson, works as an oracy consultant in many schools in Blackburn with Darwen.

Amanda Whittingham – Assistant Headteacher

  • I am the teacher representative and have been for over 15 years
  • I particularly enjoy the role as it enables me to be involved in the governors’ decision making processes as well as the day to day running of the school
  • It is my aim to represent the balanced views of the teachers in all areas of governors’ decision making
  • My qualities are a love of children, teaching and a sense of humour!

Marrianne Morant – Teaching Assistant

  • I have worked as a Teaching Assistant for over 10 years
  • I am committed to the children at Wensley Fold
  • I have a  daughter who attended the school
  • I live within the locality of the school
  • Being a governor enables me to give something back to the school

Link Governor for Art and Health and Safety

Shuiab Khan

  • I have a son at Wensley Fold
  • I am presently the editor and manager of Asian Image – the North West’s largest and most widely read Asian newspaper
  • I have developed a good knowledge of the changing nature of social issues affecting our community
  • I hope to use my varied and unique skills to assist this already successful and much respected school to reach new heights

Link Governor for Equality, Race and Gender and PE

Safina Alam

  • I have three children – the youngest is 6 years old and attends Wensley Fold
  • I strive to see my children flourish and excel in education
  • I work as a principal highways engineer – engaging with developers and Consultants to negotiate major improvements to the highway network
  • I am a promoter of the child seat belt campaign
  • I have been a presiding officer at elections for 26 years
  • I have volunteered at East Lancashire Hospice – carrying out gardening work through a workplace scheme

Link Governor for Design Technology and Assessment

Sadia Rafiq

  • I have a son in Year 6 at Wensley Fold
  • I have a degree in ICT
  • I am currently working as a Community Learning tutor for Blackburn with Darwen – teaching ESOL, English, ICT and family learning
  • I am interested in taking part in change for the betterment of the school and local Community

Link Governor for Music and Oracy

Dr. Rehana Master

  • I have been a qualified GP for 10 years
  • I work with people from various cultures, backgrounds and ages on a daily basis
  • I am passionate about children’s health, well-being and advancement of their education
  • I am used to thinking ‘outside the box’ and have a logical and pragmatic approach to problem-solving
  • I am a volunteer at the Scouts group

Link Governor for Science

Julie McFeeley  

  • I have lived locally for nearly thirty years
  • Both of my children attended Wensley Fold Primary School, at which time I was a Parent Governor. It was during this time that I spent three years as an undergraduate myself
  • I am retired from work but can honestly say I am never bored
  • I have a great personal belief that access to good quality education and personal development is a fundamental right and feel that my appointment as a governor will allow me to contribute to the development of that belief within my community.

Link Governor for Early Years, SEND, Pupil Premium and Geography

Tanveer Hussain

  • Appointed Governor 2019
  • Wensley Fold alumnus; daughter currently attends school
  • Works for the Bank of England
  • Interested in supporting local community and regional development

Link Governor for Languages

Maggie Beck

I am a Primary School Teacher, having taught for over 35 years, I retired in 2018, having been Headteacher at Darwen St James’ CE Primary Academy, for nine very enjoyable years.

I have had the privilege of serving as a Foundation Governor at St Luke and St Philip’s CE Primary Academy since 2019, and I clerk Governor Meetings for the Local Authority, I am looking forward to joining the Governors at Wensley Fold in September 2020.

I care deeply about education for all, giving everyone opportunities to learn and to enjoy their learning.

I love being creative, spending time knitting and crafting.  I enjoy theatre visits, music and sports, especially supporting my football team.