Local Governing Board

Ayresome has recently converted to become part of the Adastra Multi Academy, the direct link for governance is HERE and the Local Governing Board membership is detailed below.


Governing Board MembershipTypeAppointed ByTerm of Office (from)Term of Office (until)Attendance 2017/18
Ms Lisa BigginHeadEx Officio01/09/14NA13/13
Rev Glyn Holland - ChairCo optedGB05/05/1504/05/1913/13
Rev Ray MorrisCo optedGB05/05/1504/05/19Nov-13
Mrs Margaret Colley - Vice ChairCo optedGB09/11/1708/11/2106-Jun
Mrs Richenda BroadCo optedGB22/03/1821/03/2206-Jul
Mrs Farzana KousarParentElected09/11/1708/11/2105-Jun
Vacancies (2)ParentGB00/00/0000/00/00-
Miss Rebecca MarineStaffElected29/02/1629/02/2008-Aug
Mrs Amy GoringObserverGB07/06/1706/06/21N/A
Mr Steve HallCo Opted Trust Governor 01/01/19 31/12/21-


Governor Biographies

Raymond Arthur Morris, born 1942 in suburban Kent but father’s family are genuine East Enders. Educated Dulwich College (scholarship boy) and Trinity College, Oxford, degrees in Classics and Theology; also an external London Law Degree. Moved to Middlesbrough 1968 and worked for Social Services with young offenders, Police and court liaison and managed Adoption and Fostering Team – seconded to government task force on permanent placement of children: retired 2002. Ordained Church of England priest 1991 and served as honorary curate of St Barnabas, Linthorpe & Ayresome 1992 – 2014, chaplain Teesside Hospice 2002 – 2009. Married 1966 Kate, formerly headteacher of The Cleveland Unit (preschool assessment Unit for children with disabilities JCUH). A son and daughter both educated at Middlesbrough state schools: Son a consultant anaesthetist, daughter a chartered town planner: four grandchildren. Governor of Ayresome School for the past 12 years and of Pennyman School for 6 years until it became an Academy: member of Middlesbrough and Hartlepool School Admission Appeals Panel. Hobbies: cryptic crosswords, member of John Buchan Society and enjoys holidays abroad and in the UK.

Lisa Biggin is Headteacher of Ayresome. This is her sixth Headship of schools spanning 20 years, all of which were in difficult circumstances. A former National Leader of Education, Lisa started her own consultancy business in 2010 specialising in academy transfer, driving schools out of special measures and teacher training. After working predominantly in Oxford but also nationally for four years she returned to her home town of Middlesbrough to take up the Headship of Ayresome in September 2014. A keen musician, dancer, theatre goer enjoying travelling in her motorhome, Lisa remains committed to making everything both outstanding and ‘awesome’ at Ayresome’.

“You’ve never really left school” This comment was made to Glyn relatively recently and contains more than a grain of the truth. With a degree in English Literature and a Post Graduate Qualification in Education Glyn taught English in a large secondary school  for 2 years, leaving in 1983 to train as a priest within the Church of England. On being ordained to a curacy in Brighouse, he was appointed as a Foundation Governor to the parish school, and has been involved in Governance and education throughout his ministry. He still does some teaching. He is engaged through the world of RE as Chair of Middlesbrough’s Standing Advisory Council for Religious Education (SACRE). He is enthusiastic about interfaith work and many children have benefited from a wide range of projects which have been sponsored by partners as diverse as SACRE, The Hindu Cultural Society, Ripon Cathedral and York Minster.

Glyn has been Chair of Governors at Ayresome since 2011 and also at Archibald since 2002. He was heavily involved in bringing the Royal Shakespeare Company to schools in the Middlesbrough area. Glyn came to Middlesbrough in 1996 to be parish priest of All Saints. Prior to that, he was, for seven years, Vicar of Saint Andrews, Ferrybridge. In 2008, he was made Citizen of the Year in recognition to his contribution to education regeneration projects which have had  a positive impact on the town. He frequently appears on local radio and is very proud to be associated with the school considering himself to be an adopted son of the Boro.

He enjoys frequent visits to the theatre, keeping the staff at Waterstones busy with frequent orders, travelling to Leeds for Concerts and opera, or watching the latest cinema releases

I am a Year 3 class teacher and cohort leader. I started working at Ayresome Primary in October 2015 following two years of teaching experience in Hartlepool. I was elected staff governor in April 2016. My main areas of interest relate to the social, moral, spiritual and cultural development of the school. My aim is for every child to understand how special and unique they are. I have recently been nominated Ayresome’s lead in our journey towards the Rights Respecting school award and School of Sanctuary accreditation. I look forward to working with other governors to support the schools transformation.

In my limited spare time, I enjoy walking along Seaton Carew beach and visiting the theatre.

Steve Hall is Independent non-executive director of North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust. He was appointed in 2007 until February 2017. He is an independent consultant with extensive commercial experience. His former positions were managing director of Compass Group and Hallmark Catering Management.

Governor Attendance

Link to attendance register


Yes = Attended meeting
C = Consented apologies
No = Did not attend meeting and did not send apologies

Chair’s Term of Office – 07/02/2019-04/05/2019

Vice Chair’s term of Office – 28/03/2019 – 27/03/2023

Quorum is 50% of the full governing body with no staff majority and not including visitors and others also in attendance

Register of Business Interests – Ayresome Primary School Local Governing Body

Link to Register of Business Interests


Election of Parent Governors

Please click here for information on the election of Parent Governors