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Meet the Governors

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.

Ashworth Nursery School
Governing Body

Name Appointing Body Expiry Date Address


Mrs Gillian Tattersall


c/o Ashworth Nursery School
Addison Close


Staff - 2
Mrs Victoria Burnside - Headteacher/SEND
Ex Officio


Ex Officio

As Above

Miss Attia Riaz

Staff Election 30/11/2022 As Above
Parents - 2      
Mrs Abdeen Akhter Parent Election 30/11/2022 As Above
Co-opted - 3      
Mrs Louise Garner Co-opted 31/03/2023 As Above
Mrs Beverley O'Hara - Vice Chair Co-opted 31/03/2023 As Above
Mrs Annika Shahid Co-opted 11/07/2022 As Above
Mrs Isma Sajid Co-opted 30/11/2022 As Above



Gillian Tattersall - Chair of Governors

It has been a pleasure and a privilege to have worked for 20 years as a qualified primary teacher specialising in the education of children with special educational needs and disabilities. Seventeen of those years have been spent serving communities in Blackburn with Darwen as a teacher and as a school governor. I have recently completed a Masters degree in Children’s language impairments and now work as an advisory teacher for children with speech, language and communication difficulties in the borough’s primary and secondary schools. It is also a privilege to be part of the governing body of Ashworth Nursery School and to be able to support the work of an outstanding school. No pecuniary or registered interests recorded.




Beverley O'Hara - Vice Chair of Governors

I have been a Governor at Ashworth Nursery School for several years now.  I currently work for Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council, Social Services and my background is Operational Management and Human Resources.  No registered interests recorded.


Annika Shahid - Co-opted Governor

I am a Parent Governor 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

This is my sixth year as a Parent 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.


Attia Riaz - Staff Governor

I have worked as a Teaching and Learning Assistant at Ashworth Nursery School since 2014, I have a key role as a bi-lingual assistant and support parents and children in their home language helping children to settle into nursery.  I have a level 3 CACHE diploma in Child Care and Education.  I attend charity events and enjoy a variety of sporting activities in my spare time.  No pecuniary or registered interests recorded.



Abdeen Akhter - Parent Governor

I was educated in Pakistan and achieved a good standard of education in all core studies, including Maths, English and ICT.  I have a BA in Education and Psychology (Government College Pakistan).  I also have a certificate in Fashion and Textile designing which I achieved from 'Kinza Academy - Pakistan'.

I enjoy spending quality time with my children and undertaking activities as a family.  

No pecuniary or registered interests recorded.