Lum Head Primary School, Gatley

Governing Board

The Chair of Governors is UNA DEVLIN.  She can be contacted via the school on 0161 428 7992 or by emailing to You can read her letter of introduction below.
Our Parent Governors are MATTHEW DOLAN and JOANNA MARSHALL and our co-opted governors are DEBBIE HOLT, REV MATTHEW CARLISLE, LIZ BIRCHINALL and GRAHAM GREENHALGH. Our staff governors are Mr Ryan and Mrs Harkin. You can see our Governing Board's constitution here
Dear Parents, Carers, children and their families,


I am truly delighted to be serving as Chair of your Governing Board.  As a fully inclusive school, where each of our children and their uniqueness is valued, Lum Head Primary School represents a diverse community where strong relationships between pupils, adults and the wider community are valued and are central to the work of the Governing Board.

Teaching at Lum Head ensures that every child’s unique qualities are recognised and nurtured in order that they achieve the highest academic success, and in order that they are fully prepared to take their place in modern British society as resilient citizens with the highest of aspirations and a life-long love of learning. 

To achieve this, and to enable children to flourish at Lum Head Primary School, the Governing Board supports the school through active governance.  This means that every member of your Governing Board is committed to offering both challenge and support to the Headteacher, the Senior Leadership Team,  and the wider school; holding the school to account for the impact of its actions, including financial provision and planning, and actively promoting the health, safety and well-being of the children.

I feel proud and privileged to be involved in school life, in the widest sense possible, so when you see me in and around school, please do say hello.

So, here’s to a fantastic year ahead, with busy, active, stimulated learners and our amazing and dedicated staff and volunteering team.

Warmest wishes,

Una Devlin,

Chair of the Governing Board,

Lum Head Primary School.

Members of LUM HEAD GOVERNING BOARD are required to annually declare any pecuniary interests (business interests that could result in a conflict of interest).  None of our current governors have declared an interest, see our GOVERNOR REGISTER OF INTERESTS 2022-23..
THE ROLE OF A GOVERNOR is demanding but very rewarding and is a good way to give back to your local community.  School governing bodies are responsible for working with the school to ensure that it delivers a good quality education. Together with the headteacher, who is responsible for day-to-day management, they help set the school’s aims and policies.  For further details please see the ANNUAL STATEMENT OF GOVERNANCE.

Governors have three main roles:

  • To provide strategic direction for the school
  • To act as a critical friend to the headteacher
  • To ensure accountability


You don’t have to have children at the school to be a governor. However, you do have to be over 18, and pass a formal check for your suitability to be within a school.  No specific qualifications are required but there are certain expectations. What’s really important is that you have energy, enthusiasm, time and a real desire to help provide children with the best possible education.
Governors come from all sections of the community, and all walks of life. They can be parents, staff at the school, residents in the locality or representatives of local churches or businesses. It is important that you can work as part of a team, and can give commitment to the school.