The Governing Body

Gossops Green Primary School is part of The Collegiate Trust. Information about the Directors and Members of The Collegiate Trust can be found at The Directors of the Trust have delegated the oversight and leadership of Gossops Green Primary School to the Local Governing Body (LGB), made up of parents, staff, LA and Trust representatives. 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.

The register of interests for Governors across The Collegiate Trust, can be found HERE and Annual Reports and Financial Statements can be found HERE.

Information about the Governors at Gossops Green Primary School can be found below.

To contact the Chair of Governors or any Governor on the Governing Body please email the Clerk, Sarah Church, at

Ms Sarah Church

Clerk to the Governors

Mrs Church was appointed as Clerk to the Governors in January 2022, having clerked for several schools from 2005 -2018 when she was appointed to a different role at Riddlesdown Collegiate. She returns to clerking after a four year break after leaving her role as team leader of the Information Management Team following a house move and relocation. Mrs Church started her working career at the Department for Education in 1980 and held various roles during her career, including Assistant Parliamentary Clerk and spent many long evenings (and nights!) supporting Ministers during debates and education bills before leaving in 2007 to look after her family. In her spare time, Mrs Church enjoys long walks with her rescue dog, crafting, especially knitting and sewing, cooking and gardening.

Mrs Annie Macfarlane

Chair of Governors / Trust Governor

Mrs Macfarlane became a governor at Gossops Green Primary in April 2014, and has been Chair of Governors since 2019. The role of being a governor is extremely important to Mrs Macfarlane; she very much enjoys supporting the school, and is fully committed to helping the team at Gossops Green to ensure all our pupils receive an enriching and inspiring curriculum and school experience. She has four children, and her youngest three all attended Gossops Green. She is the Operations Manager at a Financial Advisers in Dorking, where she has worked since 2007. She has also previously run her own business, and also volunteered as Treasurer of a local Scout Group.

Mrs Sarah Dunne


Mrs Dunne first joined Gossops Green Primary School in 1996 as a student teacher, working in Years 4 and 6.  In 2001, Mrs Dunne returned to Gossops Green as a Year 6 teacher and subsequently spent the next 20 years working in every year group in the school and loving every moment of it!  She was appointed Deputy Principal in 2013 and appointed full Principal in September 2021.  The school, the community and the children have been Mrs Dunne’s whole career and she is determined to continue to deliver an outstanding education and learning experience, with the support of a fantastic teaching team and dedicated governing body.

Mrs Noreen Aslam

Trust Governor

Mrs. Aslam is a long-term resident of Crawley. A dedicated mother of two daughters, she actively engages in school life. With a BA (Hons) in Business with Psychology, Mrs. Aslam leveraged her academic background into a successful career in the insurance sector, specialising in Fraud Intelligence Analysis for over 12 years. Additionally, she has valuable experience as a teaching assistant within the SEND department. In her role as a Governor, she utilises her expertise to positively impact her community.

Mr Toby Bartholomew

Local Authority Governor

Mr Bartholomew was born and raised in Crawley. He joined the Governing Body at Gossops Green as a Parent Governor in 2006 when his children attended the school. He graduated from the University of Brighton with a BEng (Hons) in Electronic and Computer Engineering, and is an engineering manager for a local flight simulation and airline pilot training company where he has worked for over 35 years. When (a lot) younger, he 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.

Mrs Breda Brookson

Staff Governor

Mrs Brookson first joined Gossops Green Primary School in in 2001 as a Year 6 teacher and subsequently spent the next 22 years working across every year group, with the majority of the time in Years 5 and 6.  She has been a ‘Numbers Count’ teacher and worked with children in intervention groups as well as whole class teaching. She is currently working 4 days a week.
Outside of school she has a passion for Pilates and is a regular member of the gym.

Mr Gordon Humphrey

Vice Chair / Trust Governor

Mr Humphrey 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 and Shipping Association, a global network of almost 50 companies. Away from work, Mr Humphrey 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. Elected as a Governor in May 2016, Mr Humphrey hopes his business experience will help the leadership team, teaching staff and pupils in the school’s next exciting stages of development.

Miss Katie Roberts

Trust Governor

Miss Roberts was a teaching assistant at Gossops Green for 6 years and has a deep knowledge and understanding of early years development and phonics as well as training in speech and language interventions and special educational needs. She now currently works as a science technician in a secondary school and has a keen interest in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM). She is currently studying towards a BA(Hons) in Biology.

Miss Roberts currently has a daughter at Gossops Green and hopes she can give back to the school through her work as a Trust Governor.

Mr Paul Marshman

Trust Governor

Mr Marshman was born in Crawley when it was created as a new town and has seen many changes as it has grown and established itself. He 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. Mr Marshman 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.

Mr Richard Banks

Parent Governor

Mr Banks has lived in Crawley and the surrounding area since he moved here from Scotland in 2004. His daughter started at Gossops Green 3 years ago and there are plans for his youngest to also join the school. Mr Banks works full time for South East Coast Ambulance service as a Deputy Trust Secretary. His team is responsible for the leadership in all aspects of corporate governance.  

Mr Banks particularly enjoys cooking and spends his weekends taking his daughters to their various clubs and spending time with family.