Meet Our Governors

Meet our Governors 

St Wilfrid’s has a Local Governing Body of 14 members, consisting of a mix of: 

  • The Headteacher 

  • The Rector of St Wilfrid's Church
  • 2 Parent members– elected by the parents and carers of pupils at the school. 

  • 1 Staff member– elected by the staff. 

  • 9 Co-opted members

            o   7 Foundation members recommended by the PCC’s of the local churches of                     the parish or the Diocese of Chichester.
            o   2 members from the community recommended by the LGB based on their                     skills and experience.

The members are appointed by the Hurst Education Trust Trustees.

Term of Office: Upon appointment to the governing body, a member will serve a 4-year term of office. After this period, the member can choose to stand for re-election or re-appointment.  The Headteacher and Rector of St Wilfrid's Church are not bound by a term of office and therefore are appointed until such time that they chose to resign. 

There are also invited members appointed by the governing body for their specific skills as and when needed. 

Staff Governors  

There is one LGB member from the staff, they can be from teaching or support staff. They are a conduit between the staff and the Governing Body. Staff governors are elected by staff members. The Headteacher can choose to be a governor or not; Mr Hateley has chosen to be a governor. 

Mr S Hateley


Mrs Alexa Burnham

Staff Governor - Teacher

Parent Governors  

Parents of pupils at the school elect parent governors. They are members in their own right and their interests are not just restricted to matters of concern to parents. They share the same duties and responsibilities as other members of the Local Governing Body, but their particular function is to ensure that a parental view is expressed in relation to matters under consideration by the Local Governing Body. 

Mr Adam Waller

Parent Governor

Adam has three children at the school. He is a police officer and is a qualified teacher delivering training to police officers.

Mrs Vicky Burstow

Parent Governor

Vicky has three children who have all been at St Wilfrid’s School.  She has worked in academies and educational settings both in the UK and overseas teaching English as a second language to adults and children for over 20 years.  She has also worked and volunteered in primary schools and taught in independent schools.  She moved to Haywards Heath in 2015 and attends Grace Church, where she helps run the youth group.  Currently she has her own ESL tutoring business and works for East Sussex College Group in Lewes as a teacher.

Co-opted Foundation Governors 

Foundation governors are appointed either directly by the Diocesan Board of Education (two members) or on the recommendation of the Parochial Church Councils of the Ascension Church (one member); St Richard’s Church (one member) and St Wilfrid’s Church (three members) with the purpose of preserving and developing the Christian Ethos of the school.  Otherwise, they share the same duties and responsibilities as the other members of the Local Governing Body.  The Rector of St Wilfrid’s is recommended as an ex-officio member by the Diocese (this means whoever holds the position is automatically appointed as a member). 

Mr Jon Arnold

Co-opted Foundation Governor - St Wilfrid's

Jon has two children at St Wilfrid’s and is a civil servant in central government where he specialises in governance and stakeholder engagement. He is a member of St Wilfrid’s Church.

Mrs Jill Garraway (Chair of Governors)

Co-opted Foundation Governor - St Wilfrid's

Jill worked in senior management in the public sector where she specialised in strategic planning and senior management development. She currently works in the local community college supporting students with literacy difficulties. She has three almost grown-up children and is a member of St Wilfrid’s Church.

Mr Ralph George

Co-opted Foundation Governor - St Wilfrid's

Ralph is a Registered Mental Health Nurse and qualified Social Worker with a combination of over 30 years clinical practice. He is currently a community psychiatric nurse with Sussex Partnership NHS Trust and also works part time with the Care Quality Commission. He is a member of St Wilfrid’s Church Choir.

Mrs Margaret Gooch (Vice Chair of Governors)

Co-opted Foundation Governor

Margaret has been the Headteacher of two primary schools. After retiring from headship she became Chair of Governors for her local primary school prior to moving to this area. She is now a member of St Wilfrid’s Church.

Mr Ian Michael

Co-opted Foundation Governor

Ian is a senior accountant with over forty years experience in finance, he also holds legal qualifications. He has three grown up children who attended primary school locally. Since 2002 he has been Treasurer of St Wilfrid’s Parochial Church Council. He is a member of St Wilfrid’s Church.

Rev Edward Pritchett

Ex-Officio Foundation Governor

Co-opted Governors 

The Local Governing Body recommends Co-opted members. Through these appointments, the Local Governing Body try and ensure a mixture of expertise and knowledge amongst their membership.

Ms Sarah Milton-Hunt

Co-opted Governor

Mrs Ruth de Mierre

Co-opted Governor

Ruth is the District and Town Councillor for Bentswood Ward, together with the holding the chairmanship of the Haywards Heath Town Team and an active member of the Bentswood Community Partnership.

Invited Members

These are invited to join the LGB by the Governing Body for specific skills as and when needed. 

Mr Robin Penfold

Invited Member of the Curriculum, Quality and Standards Committee

Robin is a senior solicitor with 10 years' experience and currently works for one of the top 20 law firms in the UK. Prior to this he was part of the senior management team of a bank and has previously served as a community governor for a school in London.

Clerk to the Local Governing Body

The Clerk is appointed by the Local Governing Body.  They attend the Full Governor’s and Committee Meetings and are responsible for the agenda, minutes and general administration and support for the governing body. 

Mrs Wendy Loft

Clerk to the LGB

Wendy is an Accredited Clerk. Professionally, she was an office administration manager for a large bank for 15 years before becoming a full-time mum. Both her sons attended St Wilfrid’s School. She started working for the West Sussex Clerking Agency in 2009 and has provided clerking services to a number of schools during this time; she is currently also the permanent Clerk for two other West Sussex Primary Schools.