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Who's Who on the Governing Body?

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

Make sure you scroll down to see more information on our governors, inlcuding the Register of Business Interest, Descriptions of Roles, Terms of Reference for the committees and much more. 

 
  • Jeanne Alexander (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 Bartholomew

      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 Brookson

      I have been teaching at Gossops Green since 2001 and have taught in every year group.  I lead PSHE throughout the school as well as supporting the School Council children.
  • James Bundock
      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 cabling 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. He also fences with Crawley Sword Club each week albeit badly! James has two sons - one in year 2 at Gossops Green and a 6 month old- and is very keen to get involved and help his eldest and the school as much as he can.
  • Christine Crunden (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 has been a governor, for 15 years in total, at two previous schools.

     

  • Gordon Humphrey
     

    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.

  • Sarah Dunne (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.
  • Annie Macfarlane (Vice Chair of Governors)
      Annie became a governor at Gossops Green Primary in April 2014.  Annie has four children, her youngest daughter still attends Gossops Green, where her two boys were also pupils. Her eldest daughter is due to start sixth form. 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 is a Communications and Office Manager at a Financial Advisers in Dorking, and in addition to that, at the beginning of 2017, started her own business locally.
  • Paul Marshman
     

    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. 

  • Dawn Martin (Headteacher)
      Dawn has now been a school governor for twenty-one years, seven as a Parent Governor at her own children’s primary school in the 1990s, just over four years as Headteacher of Rudgwick Primary School and nine and a half years as Headteacher of Gossops Green Community Primary School.  In that time, she has seen many changes.  Governors now carry much more responsibility than they used to, as support from the Local Authority and the Department for Education have been reduced.  As Headteacher, Dawn is automatically required to attend Governing Body meetings, but has also chosen to be a governor with voting rights.
  • Liz Mulvey
      Liz is Scottish.  She has been a governor at Gossops Green Community 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! 

     

  • Julie Neale
      Julie has lived in Crawley for many years and both of her children - now grown up - attended Gossops Green school. She has worked in Local Government for over 20 years. In 2011 Julie started her own successful business, from which she has recently retired. She studied locally and also at Brighton University and graduated with an MBA in 2009. She is also qualified to CACDP level 2 in British Sign Language. She loves spending time with her family and has 2 Granddaughters! Julie is very happy to be a Governor for the school and is looking forward to continuing being as involved as much as she can.
  • Leah Rush
      Leah has twins at the school and became a parent governor in September 2015.  She volunteers twice a week, reading with years 4 and 5. Previously, she was an Assistant Bank Manager for nine years.
  • Gordon Smith (CEO)
      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.
  • Mark Warwick (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 has subsequently become a co-opted Governor with voting rights. Mark taught in Croydon and the United States before returning to England where he taught in Surrey for seven years.
 
 
 
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