What do Governors Do?

The Governing Body has a range of duties and powers and a general responsibility to oversee the strategic direction of the school and maintain its ethos.

St Francis of Assisi Governor Committee Membership 2017-18

Chair of governors: Dr. Simon Piggott
Vice Chair: Mrs Sue Faulkner
Foundation Governor: Fr. Chris Dobson
Foundation Governor: Mrs Jane Arnold-Scott
Foundation Governor: Mrs Claire Bloy
Foundation Governor: Mr Kevin Harrison
Parent Governor: Mrs Emer Lesova
Parent Governor: Mr David Wills
Staff Governor: Mrs Vicki Flack

The types of governors are defined as below:

  • Parent Governor. Parents, including carers, of pupils at the school are eligible to stand for election as governors, and are elected by other parents at the school.
  • Foundation Governor. Foundation Governors are appointed by the Diocese of Arundel and Brighton and have a particular duty of care to preserve the Catholic ethos of the school.
  • Local Authority Governors. The constitution of the governing body at St. Francis requires one governor to be appointed by the Local Authority.
  • Staff Governors. Staff Governors may come from the ranks of both teaching and support staff, and are elected by the staff.

The Full Governing Body is collectively responsible for policies and decisions. They do, however, delegate specific responsibility to sub-committees to report to the Full Governing Body. Each Governor is linked to a Curriculum Subject Area.

If you would like to contact the governors please email the Clerk:  clerk@stfrancisassisi.org.uk


Each committee meets half termly.  The committee members are as follows:

Pupil Progress and Curriculum – Chaired by Dr Simon Piggott

Other members: Jane Arnold-Scott, Vicki Flack, Emer Lesova

Catholic Ethos and Spirituality – Chaired by Mrs Sue Faulkner

Other members: Clair Bloy, David Wills, Fr Simon (School Chaplain) – Observer

Finance and Premises including Health and Safety – Chaired by Kevin Harrison

Other members: Fr Chris Dobson, Simon Piggott

HR Committee – Chaired by Mrs Sue Faulkner

Other members: Kevin Harrison, Emer Lesova


Governors Background

Dr Simon Piggott (Chair)

Nine years ago I became a parent governor at St. Francis of Assisi school and then was invited to become a Foundation governor 5 years ago.  My areas of responsibility with the group are Chair of the Pupil Premium and Curriculum Committee, Assessment, Literacy and I also act as Chair of the Group.

After gaining my undergraduate degree in Applied Biology at Imperial College, London, I remained there to complete my PhD in entomopathogenic nematology, an area I spent working in for 3 more years.  I then moved into medical research and pharmaceutical development and I currently work as an International Team Leader in Medical Affairs.  Although this means I travel quite frequently, it is a role I can do based at home which is great for my family life.  I have lived in Crawley for over 40 years and met my wife, Emma whilst we were at St. Wilfrid’s School on the Lourdes Pilgrimage. We have 4 children, one at St. Wilfrid’s school, two at St. Francis school (Years 3 and 6) and our daughter is 4 years old and she attends the Friary Preschool.

As a family we attend the Friary church in Crawley and we are involved with many activities in the community but have particularly enjoyed being part of the St. Francis family since I first attended the school in 1980 when I was 5 years old. The school has been a central part of our lives for many years and I still enjoy actively participating in school life.

Mrs Sue Faulkner (Vice-Chair)

I have been a foundation governor at St Francis of Assisi since July 2014 and was a member of the Executive Working Group. My areas of responsibility as a governor are: Safeguarding, Special Educational Needs and the Early Years Foundation Stage. I am also Chair of the HR and Catholic ethos and Spirituality Committees.

Before I retired I was a primary head teacher for twenty-two years working in Catholic Schools in West Sussex and Tower Hamlets. I have also worked in further education and initial teacher training. I was an associate lecturer for the Open University teaching on professional courses for teachers and the Masters in Education programme for leadership and management.

Since retiring I have provided mentoring and coaching support for head teachers in the Diocese.

I live in East Grinstead and I am a member of Our Lady and St Peter’s Church where I am a Eucharistic Minister.

I am married and have four children and five grandchildren.

I feel immensely proud and privileged to be a governor of St Francis and to serve the school community.

Mrs Emer Lesova

I am a senior leader in a local secondary school. I have been teaching for over 15 years and specialise in science, maths and psychology. I am a qualified SENCO and am a coach for ‘Women Leading in Education’ South East.

As a parent of children in both KS1 and KS2, I feel I have a balanced view of the school, the curriculum and the learning priorities at key points throughout primary school education.

My areas of responsibility as a governor are: HR, Curriculum and Pupil Premium and Numeracy.

Mr Kevin Harrison

Married with three children and two grandchildren.   I am now retired having spent the majority of my working life in the rail industry, with a background in Information Technology and Human Resources management.  I have eight years experience of being a foundation governor in a catholic secondary school.

My areas of responsibility as a governor are: Computing and HR. I am also Chair of the Finance and Premises Committee.

Mrs Jane-Arnold Scott

I was delighted to be appointed as a foundation governor at St Francis’, as I feel that I have strong links with the school. Both my children attended here and I believe they received a good foundation education.

I have been involved with the Catholic Education system since 1996 when I became a Science teacher at St Wilfrids’ Catholic Secondary School, and I hope to use the skills and knowledge I have gained to enrich the opportunities available to pupils at St Francis.

I am passionate about children’s learning and strongly believe that every child has the right to a rounded, challenging and fun education. I look forward to being a part of the team involved with ensuring that this happy, dynamic school continues to progress.

My areas of responsibility as a governor are: Science and Curriculum and Pupil Premium Committee

Governors’ Code of Conduct