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 2020-21

Chair of Governors: Mr Sean Herbert


Vice -chair:  Mr  Simon Piggott


Mrs Sue Faulkner

Parent Governor: Mr Kobina Ephraim


Staff Governor: Mrs Vicki Flack


Local Authority Governor : Mrs Ana Andrade


Parent Governor: Mrs Rhea Fernandes


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 termly.  The committee members are as follows:

Resources Committee –  incorporates HR, Finance and Heath & Safety


Committee Membership: Ana Andrade, Sue Faulkner, Simon Piggott, Rhea Fernandes, Sean Herbert, Tim Hallett & Kobby Ephraim


FGB –  incorporates Curriculum and Catholic Ethos and Spirituality

Committee Membership: Ana Andrade, Sue Faulkner, Simon Piggott, Rhea Fernandes, Sean Herbert, Tim Hallett,  Kobby Ephraim, Father Raymond Tumba & Vicki Flack

Governors’ Background

Mr 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 

I have been a Foundation Governor at St Francis of Assisi for just over 6 six years. My areas of responsibility include: Safeguarding, Special Educational Needs and Disability and the Early Years Foundation Stage. I am currently Chair of the HR Committee and the Catholic Ethos and Spirituality Committee.

Before retirement I was a primary head teacher for over twenty years working in Catholic Primary Schools in West Sussex and Tower Hamlets. I 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 am currently a member of the management committee of Friary Preschool.

I am married and live in East Grinstead with my husband Richard. I am a Eucharistic Minister and a Welcomer at Our Lady and St Peter’s Catholic Church.

I have 4 adult children and 6 grandchildren.

Being a Foundation Governor, and serving the school community, is a real  privilege and a very interesting and rewarding experience.


Mr Sean Herbert

I was first elected as a Parent Governor in February 2019 before being made a Foundation governor in February 2021 Whilst our eldest daughter has now “graduated” from St Francis we have two daughters and one niece remaining. They are all very enthusiastic about the school, as am I. We are practising Catholics attending mass at either the The Friary or St Bernadette’s.

My partner, Nicki, is Chair of the PFA committee and we both help out at various organised events. I have worked for a major UK bank for over 34 years and lead a national team of professionals from the London office. In recent years I have assumed a new role based in Crawley and as a result have more time to devote to voluntary causes and give something back to the community.

I am currently a member of the Finance & Premises and the Curriculum & Assessment committees. I am also the link governor for PE and Humanities.


Mr Kobina Ephraim

I have lived in Crawley for the past 12 years and have followed keenly the activities of the School as a stakeholder. I share the ethos of the School and the fact that “God is the centre and heart of everything that you do”.

It is my desire to contribute to the strategic direction and upward trajectory of the school and to help the School deliver cutting edge education to the children whilst maintaining the core ethos of the school. I am really pleased with the diverse nature of the school and the strides the school is achieving. I believe I have a lot to offer and can contribute positively to the growth of the school. This will also help bring a wider diversity to the board.

I am a Christian, married with 3 daughters aged 12, 8 and 3 years respectively. My eldest daughter went through St Francis and currently at St Wilfrid’s. The second is in year 4 whilst the last is in Nursery. My wife is a Social Work Student at the University of Brighton. I currently work at HSBC as an Area Capability Manager looking after the risk and Compliance function of Mortgage and Protection Managers.

I hold a first degree in Economics and an MBA from Bradford University School of Management.

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.

Mrs Ana Andrade

I have been appointed the Local Authority Governor and have lived in Crawley for the past 16 years. I am a member of the Friary Church and am originally from South Africa with Portuguese descent.

My daughter is currently in year 9 at St Wilfrid’s she started her academic journey at St Francis and whilst she was at the school, I was an active member of the PFA and towards her last years I was Co-chair of the PFA. As a family, we thoroughly enjoyed helping and organising the school events.

I have a background in Information Technology. Currently, I work as a Database and European Website’s manager for a Global corporate company.

I feel privileged and honoured to be a Governor and give back to the community and support such a fantastic school.

I was elected as parent governor in March 2021. Since moving to Crawley 15 years ago, as practicing Catholics, we have mainly attended service at The Friary, where all my children were baptised and 2 have received their sacrament of Communion. More recently, we attend service at St Bernadette’s and St Theodores.


Mrs Rhea Fernandes

I was elected as parent governor in March 2021. Since moving to Crawley 15 years ago, as practicing Catholics, we have mainly attended service at The Friary, where all my children were Baptised and 2 have received their sacrament of Communion. More recently, we attend service at St Bernadette’s and St Theodores.

My professional background has been in the food industry following my degree in Microbiology. I have worked as a Senior Microbiologist and Senior Food Safety Advisor and currently work in the capacity of a Technical and Quality Systems Manager. With the desire to work in the educational field I acquired experience as a school support staff, where I have enjoyed contributing towards the development of children and supporting their learning environment.

I have 3 children at St Francis, in Years 6, 4 and 3 who are flourishing in the educational involvements offered by the school. This opportunity to serve as parent governor lets me give a little back to the school and assist in maintaining the direction and vision of the school.

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