Governors

What does it mean to be a school Governor?

The three main roles of the governing body are: ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction; holding the Headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils; and overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.

To contact the Chair of Governors – Please email chair@hclowerschool.co.uk


Chair - Safeguarding Governor - Pupil Premium Governor - Toby Barrett

Chair of Resources Committee - Finance Governor - Iain Brown - Iain joined as a parent governor in 2019. He has two children, the eldest is already pupil and the youngest cannot wait to be old enough to start at HCLS. They live in Husborne Crawley, very close to the school, so also enjoy the world's best school run. He has 18 years experience in corporate finance, including working for 10 years at the accounting firm, Ernst & Young. Today he is a Director of a technology start-up and alongside his own consulting business.

Chair of Education Committee - Andrew Emmerson - Andrew joined the Governing Body in 2018 as a parent governor. Now that his children have left and moved on to middle school Andrew has remained on the governing body to share his knowledge and skills.

Governor for Buildings and Health and Safety - Len Wisson - Len has been a governor for over 20 years. He is the Local Authority Governor and has been involved in the journey that Husborne Crawley has been on and hopes to continue this. Len uses his variety of experiences and skills to support the school and it's place in the local community.

SEND Governor - Lucie Sadler I’m Lucie, a parent governor with children in KS2 and Foundation Stage. I am a qualified primary teacher with over 10 years’ experience teaching in larger schools. It was for this reason that I became a governor in 2020 as I feel strongly about small, village schools and wanted to take a more active role in helping to shape the future of HCLS. Occasionally, I have volunteered at school and recently I have been lucky enough to do some supply teaching, which has only confirmed to me how exceptional the school is. The majority of my experience lies in early years and KS1 in mainstream schools. However, I have also taught in special education, teaching children with profound and multiple difficulties, as well as those with behavioural and emotional needs. This led me to recently take on the role of SEND governor, where I work closely with the school SENCO and have specific oversight of the school’s arrangements and provision for meeting special educational needs.

Parent Governor - Jenny Birch - Jenny joined us as a governor in 2021 shortly after her son joined the school. She feels passionate about the importance of the role of education, having worked for education company Kaplan for more than 20 years in a variety of roles ranging from tutor to scheduler to head of college, now holding the position of Business Improvement Director. Jenny is looking forward to getting involved in supporting the school to ensure children thrive and become the best they can be.

Staff Governor - Nicola McAllister - Nicola joined Husborne Crawley in 2018 as a 1:1 SEND Support Assistant. Nic has been the staff governor since 2020.

Headteacher - Deborah Willans - Deborah joined Husborne Crawley in 2017 after working at another local school in the Fulbrook pyramid. As well as Headteacher, Deborah currently teaches in the EYFS