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 2018-19

Chair of governors: Dr. Simon Piggott

Vice Chair: Mrs Sue Faulkner

Foundation Governor: Mrs Clair Bloy

Foundation Governor: Mr Kevin Harrison

Parent Governor: Mrs Emer Lesova

Parent Governor: Mr Sean Herbert

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 Premium and Curriculum – Chaired by Dr Simon Piggott

Other members: Jane Arnold-Scott, Vicki Flack, Emer Lesova, Tim Hallett, Sue Faulkner, Clair Bloy

Catholic Ethos and Spirituality – Chaired by Mrs Sue Faulkner

Other members: Clair Bloy, Kevin Harrison Tim Hallett, Fr Chris Dobson

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

Other members: Fr Chris Dobson, Simon Piggott, Tim Hallett, Sean Herbert

HR Committee – Chaired by Mrs Sue Faulkner

Other members: Kevin Harrison, Emer Lesova, Tim Hallett


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; Head Teacher Performance Management 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 am currently Head of Clinical Sciences at a biopharmaceutical company in Worthing.  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, two at St. Wilfrid’s school and two at St. Francis school (Year 1 and Year 5).

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 we continue tol enjoy actively participating in school life as it is a cornerstone to much of our community life as well.

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


Mr Sean Herbert

I was elected as a Parent Governor in February 2019. All three of our children and a niece attend St Francis and all are very enthusiastic about the school, as am I. My partner, Nicki, is a member of the PFA committee and we both help out at various organised events. I have worked for a major UK bank for over 30 years, leading a national team of professionals from the London office. I have recently taken a new role based in Crawley and as a result will have more time to devote to voluntary causes, something I’m keen to do to give something back to the community.


Fr Chris Dobson

Born in 1948, I was educated by nuns in Hertfordshire for elementary and then came down to Sussex to the Benedictines at Worth Abbey.

I married Jo in 1974 and we had three children, the middle of whom was born with special needs and attended Manor Green school here in Crawley. Sadly she died when 7 years old. The elder and younger girls are both married or about to be.

I trained as an accountant, eventually settling back into Sussex and working in Crawley.

During this time I felt called to ordination as a permanent deacon and acted as such in Worth Abbey Parish. Sadly, my wife died 10 years ago and the Bishop allowed me to go forward for ordination to the priesthood and, after ordination, appointed me to Crawley Parish where I have been for the past 5 years.

I have acted as a governor at Manor Green School and subsequently at Our Lady Queen of Heaven school where I was chair of governors. I am delighted now to be a foundation governor at St Francis of Assisi school.

Mrs Clair Bloy
I have worked in Catholic Education for 17 years now, in Westminster Archdiocese and Arundel and Brighton. I qualified as a Secondary school teacher of R.E.
I am married and we live in Crawley where we attend the Friary Church and lead the Friary Church choir. My husband and I are well seasoned members of the Diocesan pilgrimage to Lourdes, where we met. We are both on the music team.
It is both a privilege and an honour to serve as a Foundation Governor at St. Francis.  I will do my very best to serve the whole school community.
Mrs Vicki Flack

I am the staff representative on the board of governors.  I have worked as a primary school teacher for six years, all of which have been at St Francis as a class teacher in Key Stage 2.  I am currently in Year 5.  I am the Computing Subject Leader and also the Online Safety Coordinator. Prior to becoming a teacher,  I worked in the Information Technology field as a Project Manager for a number of years.I have two children, one in primary school and one in Year 9, and therefore have a good understanding of primary school education from both a teacher’s and parent’s view point.

My main areas of responsibility as a governor are to represent the staff and also the Curriculum

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