Non-staff governors are entirely voluntary and yet carry high levels of responsibility. We are very grateful that we have such a committed and professional team at our school
Clerk to the Governors
Jeanne joined the team as Clerk to the Governors in September 2015. Jeanne has worked in private sector Financial Services for 20 years, managing Banking Operations support functions including Finance, Operational Planning and Service Management. Jeanne is excited about this new role as she is keen to be learn more about education and to contribute to raising standards in schools.
Toby is an engineering manager for a local flight simulation & airline pilot training company, where he has worked for around 30 years. He is a Member of the Institution of Engineering and Technology, and a Member of the Chartered Management Institute. Toby joined the Governing Body at Gossops Green as a Parent Governor in 2006 when his children attended the school. When (a lot) younger, Toby swam competitively for Crawley Swimming Club, won a number of local, regional and national competitions as a member of Crawley Town Life Saving Club, and played Water Polo for Crawley and Sussex.
Breda has been teaching at Gossops Green since 2001 and has taught in every year group. She leads Maths throughout the school as well as supporting the School Council children.
Originally from Croydon, James moved to Crawley into 1979 and was locally educated before moving on to the University of Essex where he attained a degree in History & Politics. James works locally as a sales manager for a company specialising in fibre optic networks and data centre solutions. A self confessed rugby fanatic, James has been a season ticket holder at Harlequins FC for many years and holds a RFU Coaching Qualification and Licence. James has two sons – one at Gossops Green, the other a future Gossops Green pupil – and is very keen to get involved and help his eldest and the school as much as he can.
Chair of Governors
Chris is retired from an extensive career in education, where she has worked in a variety of schools in London, West Sussex and Oman, where she taught in an English speaking school for expatriate children. Her experience spans teaching in Primary and Secondary schools as well as successfully leading a church primary school as Headteacher for 11 years. Chris has also worked for West Sussex, supporting teachers to teach reading in schools. Chris strongly believes that every child is a unique learner and deserves every opportunity to succeed. Chris has been a governor, for 15 years in total, at two previous schools and is currently a governor at one other local school as well as Gossops Green.
Gordon moved to Sussex in 1983 for a summer job at Gatwick Airport…….and never left! He is now the Managing Director of a Crawley based international logistics company and is also on the Board of the International Air & Shipping Association, a global network of almost 50 companies. Away from work Gordon has volunteered in a number of different community projects including working at a homeless shelter and helping set up and run a successful youth football club in Horsham. Gordon has witnessed the growth of the school over the past 30 years, being married to Catherine Humphrey, the School’s SENCO. Elected as a Governor in May, 2106 Gordon hopes his business experience will help the leadership team, teaching staff and pupils in the school’s next exciting stages of development.
Deputy Head – Advisor to the Local Governing Body
Sarah’s involvement with the school began twenty years ago when she trained as a student teacher in what was, in those days, Gossops Green Middle School. Sarah has seen many changes over these years, including the transition of the First and Middle Schools into the current Primary School and she has worked with five deputy headteachers and three headteachers! Sarah has taught and led every year group in the school and has been English Subject Leader for nine years. Sarah was appointed Deputy Headteacher herself and embarked on this new role in January 2014, the same month as being appointed a Governor. Both roles present new challenges and Sarah is enjoying the opportunity to serve the school in a different context.
Vice Chair of Governors
Annie became a governor at Gossops Green Primary in April 2014. The role of being a governor is extremely important to Annie; she very much enjoys supporting the school, and also the volunteering she does within the school. She has four children, and her youngest still attends Gossops Green. She has been a Communications and Office Manager at a Financial Advisers in Dorking since 2007, and in addition to that, at the beginning of 2017, started her own business locally.
Paul was born in Crawley when it was created as a new town and has seen many changes as it has grown and established itself. Paul was educated in Crawley before starting a career in IT Mainframe Technical Support and Project Management.
Both his children attended Gossops Green School in the late 1980s and during this time he was a parent governor and was also actively involved in fund raising. He has maintained an interest in the school and both his grandsons now attend. Paul has retired from full time employment and he has taken on the role of Trust Governor where he hopes that his experience will help the school to continue to grow and flourish.
Liz is Scottish. She has been a governor at Gossops Green Primary School for 8 years, first as a parent governor and now a staff governor. Liz has been employed at the school for 7 years as a TA/HLTA. Being able to sing and dance and have a laugh is a must for Liz!
Karen is from the New Forest and moved to Crawley in 2001 shortly after completing her degree in English Literature and Drama at Roehampton University, London. Karen works as a Medical Secretary at a local GP Practice. She has three children and her youngest two still attend Gossops Green Primary. Becoming a parent governor has allowed Karen to strengthen and develop her involvement with the school.
Gordon Smith is the Chief Executive of The Collegiate Trust, which runs Gossops Green Primary School in Crawley and Riddlesdown Collegiate in Croydon. Prior to this he was a Headteacher and Principal for 14 years and has been a senior leader in schools for 18 years. His passion and success is in delivering great academic learning alongside exciting and inspiring enrichment programmes that develop all aspects of children’s and young people’s qualities and characters. Gordon went to a comprehensive school in the north-east of England before becoming the first member of his family ever to go to University then training to teach.
Assistant Head – Advisor to the Local Governing Body
Mark became an Associate Governor when he joined the leadership team of Gossops Green in January 2014. Now the Assistant Head, Mark was previously a co-opted Governor before becoming an advisor to the Local Governing Body when the school joined The Collegiate Trust. Mark taught in Croydon and the United States before returning to England where he taught in Surrey for seven years.