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Governor Profiles

Councillor Dave Harling - Chair of Governors

I have worked in education most of my life at Blackburn college.  I have been a local Councillor for over 30 years, including 15 for the Wensley Fold Ward, and I have served on a number of governing bodies over the years.  I have three grown up children who all went to school in Blackburn.

Register of interests - Local Councillor for Blackburn with Darwen.
No pecuniary interests

Victoria Burnside - Headteacher

I am the Headteacher at Ashworth Nursery School. It is my responsibility to communicate on all areas of school life and performance to the governors, both in a formal manner at meetings, and in a more informal way on a weekly and sometimes daily basis.  

I joined Ashworth Nursery School in September 2019, with over 19 years' experience of working in education within Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council. I have had a variety of senior leadership and specialist roles including Deputy Headteacher, Specialist Leader of Education- SEND Improvement Lead, Assistant Headteacher, Local Authority Outreach Team Leader, Local Authority  Advisory Teacher, Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCO), Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL), Foundation Stage Leader and KS1 Literacy Co-ordinator.  

I am a specialist teacher in social, emotional and behavioural difficulties (SEBD) and hold a master's degree in education (MEd) with a focus on SEBD. I originally trained as a Primary School Teacher with a focus on the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) and completed a Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) having completed a BSc (hons) Psychology. Additionally, I have completed the National SENCO Award and the National Professional Qualification in Senior Leadership (NPQSL).  

I have several years' experience of being a parent governor at my own children’s school, and more recently I served 4 years as a local authority governor for a local primary school where I was the SEND Link Governor and Chair of Curriculum Committee.  I have also attended and took an active role in many governors' meetings over the years through my senior leadership positions.   No pecuniary or register of interests recorded.


Humaira Jalgaonkar - Staff Governor

I am the class Teacher at Ashworth Nursey School and have worked here for the past three years in different roles.  I am a Newly Qualified Teacher (NQT) and I am delighted to be staff governor so early in my career. No pecuniary or registered interests recorded.


Annika Shahid - Vice Chair - Parent Governor

I am the Vice Chair of Governors for Ashworth Nursery. I have been working with children with SEN for over 12 years.  I currently work for SEND SS as a specialist SSA. No pecuniary or registered interests recorded.


Louise Garner - Co-opted Governor

I have worked for the Local Authority for over 20 years.  My background is SEN, previously I worked at Broadlands Special School.  I acquired HLTA qualification and now work with SEND SS.  My specialism is Physical Disabilities providing schools with assessment, advice and training. No pecuniary or registered interests recorded.


Isma Sajid - Co-opted Governor

I have a Diploma in Childcare and Education. I have children with disabilities and due to their disabilities I have an understanding and passion to be a voice for the parent/carers. In my spare time I volunteer and attend meetings to help and support families who have children with disabilities. I run a carers group on a weekly basis, this helps parents/carers to talk to each other about their caring role and go out to regular day trips.

I'm part of BwD Parents in Partnership where we hold coffee mornings, forums and Disability Information Days for parent/carers to come and meet others who are in a similar situation to them.

No pecuniary or registered interests recorded


Rosemary Brunt - Co-opted Governor
In August 2018, I retired from my role as Early Years Advisory Teacher with BwD SEND SS EY (Special Educational Needs and Disability Support Service - Early Years.
Early Years Education is close to my heart. Since my retirement, I have found that my passion for early years education has not disappeared!
So I would like to continue in the supportive role of governor. I intend to support my colleagues and offer my existing skills as can be best used. I also look forward to developing additional expertise in this new governor role.
My family is important to me and I am a mother of 4 children and grandmother to 6 (at the last count!)
I look forward to working with my new colleagues and getting to know the families who access the nursery and the wider services who support them. No pecuniary or registered interests.


Joanna Duckworth - Co-opted Governor

I am the Deputy Headteacher at St Barnabas and St Paul's C of E Primary School, where I have worked since 2012. I have worked in education for 17 years and have served on a number of governing bodies over the years.

I'm an avid Blackburn Rovers supporter and I have a season ticket for the home matches. I also play football for AFC Darwen Ladies.


Karen Jack - Co-opted Governor

I have worked as a primary teacher for over twenty years and within Blackburn with Darwen for 12 years, first as a SENCo at a primary school near Ashworth Nursery and now as an Advisory Teacher. My specialism is in cognition and learning and I work across both the primary and secondary schools in Blackburn with Darwen. I still enjoy learning as an adult and have several postgraduate qualifications in SEND.

I have no pecuniary or registered interests recorded.



Recently retired  Governors 

Mrs Sarah Tattersall- Staff Governor- from 20/10/2020 until 31.08.2021. 

No pecuniary or registered interests.


Mrs Saaleha Patel - Parent Governor - from 13.12.2019 until 22.02.2021

No pecuniary or registered interests


Miss Attia Riaz - Staff Governor - from 30.11.2018 until 01.10.2020

No pecuniary or registered interests

Mrs Abdeen Akhter - Parent Governor - from 21.11.2018 until 18.06.2020

No pecuniary or registered interests