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My name is Moira Bentley and I became a governor at Lea Primary School in 2015.

My interest in child development and teaching and learning has led to a long and varied career in primary education, as a teacher, a head teacher and, in later years, supporting schools through my role as an adviser for the local authority.

 I feel that I have the skills and experience to work in partnership with Mrs Slater and her staff, parents , governors and children  to ensure that we provide a happy, safe environment  where all children are valued, can achieve their best and enjoy their learning.

My name is Keith Leaver and I was appointed as a Co-opted governor in October 2014.

I am of the generation that benefitted immensely from introduction of free education for all from Primary through to Higher Education in the post WW2 years. My appreciation of those opportunities has manifested itself through my many years of governor service to several schools and colleges. I am both delighted and privileged that I have given the opportunity to continue that commitment at Lea Community Primary School.

My name is Colin  and I am a former pupil at Lea Community Primary with fond memories of my time at the school. I am passionate about maintaining the caring and supportive ethos that the school is known for and understand the importance of establishing a safe environment where children feel confident, valued and ready to learn.


I completed my secondary education at Kirkham Grammar School before embarking on a 30 year police career with Lancashire Constabulary. Between 1998 and 2001 I was the sector inspector at Lea Police Station with overall command of the Preston West area. It was during this time that I first served on the Governing Body of the school.  During my career I developed a keen interest in adult education and was seconded to National Police Training for a period of six years, where I became a Director of Studies with responsibilities for training and assessing police trainers and developing the police training curriculum. During my final three years with Lancashire Constabulary I worked within the Corporate Development department and was responsible for coordinating the production of divisional, departmental and force-wide business plans.  I work part-time as a freelance business improvement consultant and manage a major national policing conference.


I married Angela in 1977 and now live in Cottam. We  have two adult daughters and four grandchildren ranging from toddlers to near-teenagers.  I hold a Master of Education degree from Hull University, a post-graduate Diploma in Training and Evaluation and I am a qualified teacher for further and higher education. In addition I am a qualified assessor for the European Foundation for Quality Management and advocate of the Business Excellence Model.

I am John Swindells I have always lived in the Larches area attending Larches primary school and Ashton Secondary school. I have been a governor at Lea since the early 1990’s. I first became a parent governor when my eldest son was in year 4. My three children attended Lea and all got a great grounding at the school, before going on to obtain University Degrees.

I worked all my working life as a Fabricator at BNFL Springfields before taking early retirement. I became a Preston City councillor in 2000. I was Mayor of Preston in 2008 – 09 and I am currently Deputy Leader of Preston City Council.

Hello, my name is Andrea Hull and I became a co-opted governor for Lea Community Primary School in April 2015.  Although I am new to the role of governor I hope to learn and try hard in helping support the school in its future development.  I think that along with the other governors, the dedicated school staff and the continued support of the parents, the children of Lea Community Primary School will be able to thrive.

Hello my name is Deborah Murphy. I became a member of the governing body about two years ago as a Parent Governor,. I have a son in Year 6 and my daughter is just starting her school life in Reception.  Other than the daily school run and being 'mums taxi', I work full time as a manager for an insurance company and also try to support the school in a different capacity as a member of the PTFA.  I have always been interested in their learning and becoming a governor was an opportunity, to not only be more involved, but more importantly to help the school on its journey towards becoming outstanding.  I think I speak on behalf of the parents when I say I can see the progress already made and the potential we have to go even further.   

Hello, my name is Lesley Crook and I joined the governing body in October 2016. It is an absolute privilege to take on this new role. I am committed to using and developing the wide ranging skills and expertise I have built up over a 43 civil service career to the benefit of the school and to work effectively and enthusiastically with the governing body to ensure its continued success.

I am impressed with what I have learned about the school thus far and, in particular, how engaged and confident the children are in their learning, as well as the motivation and commitment of the teaching staff.

Everyone should have the opportunity to develop to their full potential with learning at school being an integral and interactive part of that process. I welcome the opportunity to be involved in that process and to make a real contribution to Lea Community.