Meet our Governors


Hi I am Sandy Tong. I am Chair of Governors, and a co-opted governor, on the governing body and have been a governor since 2008.  I retired from teaching in 2007, and became a governor at the Brook School after working for a temporary term here.  During 30 years teaching in Crawley I have also worked in three other infant/first schools across the town.

The temporary term at the Brook was the start of a very happy association with the school, which I have greatly enjoyed.  I continue to use my teaching skills as a volunteer for one morning each week – which is a time I really enjoy.

My expertise is obviously in education, and as governors we support the school in giving your children the best education possible.  


Hi I am Liz Hogan and I am Vice Chair of Governors.  I have been living in Maidenbower for ten years and have two daughters who have both been to The Brook.  It has been a truly happy and positive experience for both of my girls and in being a School Governor I would like to give back some of what the school has done for them.

I am Lead Scrum Master for the Digital department of a large UK Insurance Company and in that role my main responsibilities are managing a team of people, coaching them to perform to their highest ability and continuously improve and embedding agile Scrum and Kanban processes across the department. 


Hi my name is Dan Mitchelmore and I have been a parent governor at the Brook since February 2014. My twins attended the school between 2011 and 2014 and benefited greatly from the warm and nuturing environment that the Brook provides. As someone who is passionate about education I felt that becoming a governor would be the ideal way for me to give something back to the school and the local community.

I am a qualified accountant and work as a finance manager in London. I am therefore able to bring some financial and business expertise to the Board of Governors, and, as such am the chair of the Premises and Resources Committee.


Fiona Dowley is the School Headteacher and therefore The Brook's Head Teacher Governor.


Eileen Sanderson

Hi I am Eileen Sanderson.  I was appointed as a co-opted governor in November 2015.  I have a daughter who is in year one at The Brook.  As a governor, I want to support the school in being the best it can be and supporting our children to achieve their potential. 

I currently work for Health Education England as a Programme Manager.  My role is focused on supporting the delivery of healthcare and health improvement to the patients by ensuring that we have the right workforce with the right skills and values to meet patients’ needs, for now and in the future.  I have been working in the public sector for 15 years within the project management environment.  


Hi I am Karen Flowers and I became a Co-Opted Governor at The Brook School in 2016.  I have lived locally all my life and wanted to give something back to the community and make a difference by sharing the skills and experiences I have gained in my career.  I want to make a positive contribution and support the School in helping each child to achieve their potential.  I strongly believe in the school’s ethos and values and can see the motto “Learning with Love and Laughter” in practice whenever I visit The Brook.

My background is in Finance,  I qualified as an accountant at KPMG and gained experienced in a wide range of industries including education and travel, this has given me a good understanding of how organisations work and what is best practice.  I currently work in Commercial Finance for Virgin Holidays.


Hi I am Hannah Witham and I am a Staff Governor who joined the Governing Body in January 2017. I have been a teacher at The Brook School since qualifying in 2011. The Brook is such a wonderful school where everyday really is full of ‘love and laughter’.  Whilst changes to the curriculum in recent years have bought new challenges for teachers, I am committed to ensuring that, at The Brook, we never lose the creativity which flows through our veins.  


My name is Tracy Gidman and I was appointed as a co-opted support staff Governor in January 2017.

I have been a member of staff at The Brook for 13 years during which time I have gained HLTA status and also that of level 3 Forest School co-ordinator.

I am extremely passionate about my job and making sure that our children have every opportunity to achieve their potential in The Brook’s ‘Learning with Love and Laughter’ environment.

I have a 19 year old  son  who had a great start to his education at The Brook and I now feel that I am in a position to support the school  further in achieving its aims for our children’s education.

Prior to working at the school I spent 18 years working in various roles for a major bank.  


My name is Simone Beazley and I became a Co-opted Governor at the Brook in January 2017.  I have a son who is currently in Year 1. I became a Governor because I have a real interest in children's education and  I would like to contribute to the school's continuing improvement in any way I can. 

I qualified as a Primary School Teacher in 2007 and have since taught in 2 small village schools. My teaching experience across various year groups has provided me with a range of skills which I feel I can use to make a positive contribution to the school. 


Hi I am Emma Taylor and I am the Clerk to Governors at The Brook School.  I started here in 2008.

Before I became Clerk I used to work in London as  a PA to a large Accountancy firm.  I left this role to have my two children who are now 14 and 11. 

I love working at The Brook and being part of a great school with amazing children and staff.