The Governing Body

Our Governing Body consists of 13 members and operates with 2 committees. 

Like all schools, a Board of Governors oversees life at St Margaret’s School. The Governing Body has wide-ranging responsibilities and powers and works with the Headteacher and staff to:

  • Agree the aims and values of the school
  • Make decisions on the budget and approve School Development Plans
  • Ensure that the National Curriculum is taught
  • Monitor and review the school’s progress
  • Ensure that individual pupil’s needs are met, including special needs
  • Be involved in the recruitment of staff
  • Provide information about school for parents
  • Produce action plans following Inspection
  • Establish and maintain positive links with the local community

The Governors meet twice a term as a full body and each governor also sits on one of two subcommittees, which also meet twice a term. The two subcommittees are:

  • Resources - responsible for the financial & physical resources of the school
  • Community and standards- responsible for staff selection, school policy and ensuring that the National Curriculum is taught in the school.

In addition, some governors have particular responsibilities for overseeing certain aspects of the school’s work, for example, special educational needs or health & safety. The governors subscribe to and attend the LA’s training programme designed for them. The size and composition of the Governing Body is laid down by law and Governors are appointed or elected by specific bodies or groups, but Governors are not delegates who must vote according to the wishes of those groups. The groups are: Parent governors, Staff governors, LA governors, and Foundation governors. The Chair of Governors is Mr Stephen Horsman who can be contacted via the school office.

Mr Stepehen Horsman - Chair of Governors  

Foundation Governor 

Stephen was appointed as a Foundation Governor at St Margaret’s in September 2018 and elected Chair of Governors in September 2019. He taught in Catholic comprehensive schools for almost 35 years and has been involved in school governance in both primary and secondary phases since 2003. Currently, he is also vice chair of governors for another primary school and a secondary school. Stephen is very well qualified holding both the NPQH and MACSL, and brings a wealth of experience as someone who has trained governors, advised schools, cross phase and independent, and as a cross phase Section 48 inspector under the 2005 Education Act, and inspector of independent schools under Canon 806 of the Catholic Church. He is a committed and practising communicant of the Catholic Church, while also Director of Music at St Margaret’s Church of England Parish Church in Ifield. ​

Mr Michael Emery - Vice Chair 

Local Authority Governor

Mike has been a governor at St. Margaret’s since December 2018 and he is currently vice-chair of the school's board of governors. Before retiring as Commercial Director from a multi-national company, he worked for 38 years in the textile and chemical Industries, in the UK and in Switzerland, in research and development, marketing and sales. Mike credits his successful career in industry to his state education and is keen to help others achieve their full potential.   

Mrs Kate Ayres 


Foundation Governor

Kate joined the governing body of St. Margaret’s in September 2020 as a Foundation Governor. She retired from teaching in 2017 from her role as Special Needs Co-ordinator in a Crawley school. Kate is also a listening volunteer with the Horsham and Crawley branch of the Samaritans. She hopes that the experience she has gained from her career in education and in the volunteer sector will be of value to her role as a school governor.


Mrs Jill Hine - Headteacher 

Staff Governor

Headteacher for St Margaret's CofE Primary School. 

Jo Lovell 


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Parent Governor

Jo has recently joined as a Parent Governor in November 2020. Her youngest is currently in reception and eldest now in secondary education, but having also gone through St Margaret’s. Passionate about education her background is over 20 years working within learning and development, recruitment and more recently project management within a Human Resources setting. Jo has been involved and volunteered with charities and has mentored students going through the GCSE’s.


Mrs Lynda Morgan 

Staff Governor

Special Support Assistant & Senior Medical Officer 
at St Margaret's CofE Primary School 

Mrs Sally Saunders

Foundation Governor

Sally has been a governor for 3 years and is on the Standards and Wellbeing Committees.

She taught in a variety of West Sussex and Surrey schools before retiring in 2012. Sally is still an active member of church and of the local library service as a volunteer. Sally also volunteers at Citizens Advice where she has been able to use her existing skills, while building her experience and training, to help people in a variety of situations. 

Rev. Christine Spencer 




Christine Spencer is the Rector of St Margaret’s Church in Ifield. She is a foundation governor, representing the congregation of St Margaret’s Church and has been in position since November 2020. Being passionate about enabling children to reach their full potential, and having been a children’s nurse before becoming a priest, Christine is keen to ensure that every child is enabled to do this. Singing and reading detective novels (when there is a spare moment!) are things that she enjoys as well as leading children and adults on their journey to explore what God has created them to be and do. 

Mr Jeremy Walker  

Parent Governor

Jeremy Walker is in his second 4-year term as Parent Governor. He is a pastor of Maidenbower Baptist Church in Crawley. Before being called to the ministry he worked in London for several years and has wide experience in the charitable sector. He is the author of several books and is a well-travelled preacher and lecturer at churches, conferences, and seminaries nationally and internationally. He is also Book Review Editor for an international Christian magazine and is involved in Christian publishing. He and his wife have three children of primary and secondary school age.

Rev. Jimmy Young

Ex.Officio Foundation Governor

Jimmy Young is the Associate Vicar of St John's Church in Crawley. He is a foundation governor, representing the Parish of St. John The Baptist, Crawley and has been in position since summer 2018. He also serves on the Resources Committee. Sports (especially football), music, coffee, or his home country Wales are all topics that he will happily engage with for hours on end - but he particularly loves working with young people, and before he was ordained he spent ten years as a youth worker. He is still passionate about supporting all young people ​on their journey to explore who God created them to be.

Mrs Lynn Laverty - Associate Governor 


Associate Governor

School Business Manager at St Margaret's CofE Primary School 

Mrs Sam Winton - Associate Governor 

Associate Governor

Deputy Headteacher at St Margaret's CofE Primary School 

Miss Claire Budd - Clerk to Governors  

Clerk to Governors 

Assistant Finance Officer and Clerk to the Governing Body
at St Margaret's CofE Primary School 


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