Our Governors

Parent governors can be a good source of information about the school and may be able to offer parents support and advice if you have particular queries.

They are happy for you to approach them directly if you see them in school at the start or end of the school day.

Alternatively if you leave a message and your contact details at the school office then these can be passed on to a parent governor and they will get back to you. The Chair of Governors can be contacted in the same way.

If you prefer to use email then send your message to:

Our Governors: Membership/Committees/Attendance


Pecuniary Interests Register



Louise Levy

Louise Levy

Chair of Governors

My name is Louise Levy and I have been Chair of Fellside Governing Body since October 2015.  I first joined the Governing Body in June 2009 as a parent Governor, as I live in the local Whickham community and have had 2 children attend this school.  

For almost 20 years I worked as a Senior Manager at Newcastle Building Society, and for the last 9 years have been a Senior Leader at Cardinal Hume Catholic Secondary School in Gateshead.   I am also a Board Member of Whickham School and work in partnership with many schools across the North East.

I bring an extensive knowledge and understanding of the Educational sector and have the drive and vision to ensure our Governing Body, Headteacher and staff team provides outstanding education for all children in the Fellside family.

Gary Haley

Gary Haley

Local Authority Governor

A governor at Fellside since 1996 and with three children who received a fantastic start in life from this outstanding school, I remain committed to supporting our school and helping to ensure that today’s young children continue to thrive at Fellside.

I worked in the creative sector and later ran my own business supplying cartography, graphics and book designs to the publishing industry. I was elected to Gateshead Council in 2007 and currently serve as Cabinet member for children and young people.

I serve as a governor at two other Gateshead schools, as a Board member of NEFirst Credit Union and of the Whickham Hermitage Community Garden. I am a member of Tyne and Wear Fire Authority where I chair its Human Resources committee.

I am a lifelong cyclist, enjoying regular trips throughout the UK.

Karen Tann

Karen Tann

Co-opted Governor

Originally a parent governor at Fellside I and now Co-opted onto the governing body and although both of my boys have long since left school I still have a keen interest in the life of Fellside.

I am an architect with particular interest in schools and have assisted in the development of the school during my time as a governor.  My first technical involvement many years ago was with the procurement of perimeter fencing for the school and over the years I have helped with the development of external play spaces, provided sketch designs for the IT suite, entrance alterations and refurbishment off the out of school club area.

I enjoy working with staff and children in the classroom so much so that a few years ago I  added a Teaching Assistant qualification to my skill set,  I have at times assisted on a regular basis in years 1 and 2.  

I teach fitness in my spare time and have in the past planned dance and PE classes for KS1 and run a breakfast and after school Dancercise club, some of you may remember the Flashmob dance that we did in the school yard one summer morning.

Michael Lamb

Michael Lamb

Parent Governor

I became a parent governor in 2016 when my son was in reception class. I wanted to become a governor because what has always struck me about Fellside is that it is really is at the heart of the community and I wanted to be a part of that and to help and support the school. I work for Gateshead Council where I have a declared interest (I manage the School Catering Service and Building Maintenance) but hopefully from where I can contribute skills and experience in areas such as HR and Finance. Becoming a governor has been a steep learning curve and it makes you appreciate even more the very high standards that we enjoy at Fellside and the commitment and dedication of the staff who work there.

Rob Caffrey

Rob Caffrey

Vice Chair of Governors

I’ve been a Governor at Fellside Community Primary School since 2012.  When I joined the Governing body I was convinced Fellside was the best school in the area and having spent a number of years helping and supporting the school I remain resolute in its position as an outstanding school for all our children.  I feel very privileged to serve the school in my capacity as a parent governor and more recently co-opted governor.  

 Education is one of the most important gifts we can give to our children and as parents of Fellside children I’m sure like myself you will have witnessed their tremendous progress.  In many ways the school is a family and I certainly feel my two boys have benefitted from the schools ethos to inspire, care and support their maximum potential.   ALL Fellside children are amazing!!

 For the last two decades my working life has been centred in Information Technology.  I’ve held a number of positions which has given me the broad experience to support a number of key activities on the Governing Body.  I obviously have a particular interest in technology, but also the schools internal policies and procedures, as well as showing a keen interest with the challenging finances.

 It’s as important to support as it is to challenge and as a Governing Body we take the role of “critical friend” very seriously to ensure Fellside Community Primary School continues to deliver the best education possible to our wonderful children.  We always welcome contributions of others and I would be very keen to hear and work with other parents.

Helen Kelt

Helen Kelt

Co-opted Governor

I’m a new governor at Fellside, as my two children have recently started the school.  I became a school governor to help the school improve it’s already excellent standards and be supported as it tries to do more with fewer resources.  My day job is in Research & Enterprise Services at Newcastle University where I coordinate projects with companies in the medical sciences.

Leonie Ducker

Co-opted Governor

My name is Leonie Ducker. My association with Fellside began in May 1971 when I joined the teaching staff. Upon my retirement in 2008 I was asked to join the governors as a community Governor. I offer the Governing Body a wide experience of educational skills and knowledge and offer musical help whenever required. Fellside is a wonderful school and I am proud to be still involved in it.

Ruth Thornber

Ruth Thornber

Staff Governor

Hi, my name is Ruth Thornber and I am the Staff Governor for Fellside Community Primary School. I joined the school in 2015, having taught in County Durham for most of my teaching career. I am currently working as the Year Two teacher in Key Stage One where I am Key Phase leader. I am passionate about Literacy and currently enjoy my role as Literacy Subject Leader where I lead and monitor teaching and learning of this subject throughout the school. I thoroughly enjoy working with the children, staff and parents within the Fellside community and look forward to being a proactive member of the Governing Body

Kirsty Owen

Co-opted Governor

Lucy Kendall

Co-opted Governor

I became a governor at Fellside after visiting the school through my day job as CEO of a charity, COCO. The warm welcome and inquisitive minds at Fellside made my visits there incredibly enjoyable. When asked to join the governing body, I didn’t hesitate. My experience of governance in the charity sector, business networks in the region and working with schools both in the UK and Africa aid my contributions to the governing board. I am motivated by the opportunities that education brings and passionate about ensuring all children can access quality education, regardless of circumstances


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