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.

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

Parent Governor

Mrs Aslam has lived in Crawley for the majority of her life, having moved here from Huddersfield. She studied at local schools and colleges and knows the area well. She is a busy mum with two daughters at the school. Mrs Aslam graduated from university with a BA (Hons) in Business with Psychology and then went on to undertake various analyst roles; presently she is employed within the insurance industry and has 12 years’ experience as a Fraud Intelligence Analyst. She enjoys putting her skills to use in her role as a Governor.

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.

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.

Mrs Helen Lake

Trust Governor

Mrs Lake moved from Poole to Crawley in 1984 when she took up the position of class teacher at St Andrew’s School in Furnace Green. She remained there until she took early retirement in 2017, teaching mainly in UKS2. During her time at the school, her responsibilities included subject leadership in maths and languages. She is a member of St Andrew’s Church where she plays guitar and sings in the worship band. She is also a member of the Lighthouse Project and helps to run the club at the school on Tuesday lunchtimes.

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. He has maintained an interest in the school and his grandson now attends. 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.

Miss Katie Roberts

Staff Governor

Miss Roberts started working at Gossops Green Primary School as a volunteer parent helper, cutting and laminating various resources for teachers and staff. After this, she then worked in the school kitchen before becoming a teaching assistant in Early Years in 2018. Working alongside some incredible teachers and TAs, Early Years received an ‘outstanding’ Ofsted report in 2019 and this has inspired Miss Roberts to study for a BSc (Hons) in Biology and to eventually become a teacher herself. 

Miss Roberts loves working with children and enjoys that no two days are ever the same! She became a governor in 2022 in the hope that her knowledge and experience can further support the school to deliver Exceptional Education for All.  

Mr Gordon Smith


Mr Smith is the Chief Executive of The Collegiate Trust, which runs four primary and two secondary schools in Crawley and 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. Mr Smith 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.

Mrs Rachel Turner

Parent Governor

Mrs Turner has two boys, both of whom attend Gossops Green Primary School. She became a Parent Governor in March 2019 as a way of giving something back to the school, with the added bonus of experiencing leadership and Governance in a different environment. She thoroughly enjoys being involved with our school, both as a parent and as a Governor and will continue to support pupils, parents/carers, staff, school and Trust in the best way she can.

Mrs Turner was born and raised in Crawley and works full time as a Clinical Services Manager for Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust, where she is responsible for 6 specialist services. She qualified from the University of Brighton with a BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy degree in 2007 and has worked in a variety of NHS and private settings. She has previously been employed as a support worker with adults with learning disabilities, volunteered with children play schemes, supported a local badminton juniors’ club  and worked in a reptile shop! In her (limited) spare time Mrs Turner enjoys spending time with friends and family, DIY, Escape rooms, pole fitness, providing professional development sessions for local football coaches and (very slowly) learning to play her bass guitar.

Mrs Danielle Williamson

Staff Governor

Mrs Williamson first joined Gossops Green Primary School in 2014, working in Year 3/4 as a fresh-faced class teacher. She stayed teaching in Lower Key Stage 2 for six years, and thoroughly enjoyed her additional roles as a Phase Leader and Leader of English. In 2020, Mrs Williamson was appointed Assistant Principal, and took on an exciting new role teaching Year 2. She also became a Staff Governor that year. Mrs Williamson is dedicated to driving the success of staff and children in collaboration with the school community, including a devoted governing body.