Our School Governors

The role of the governing board

The role of the Governing Board is to safeguard the public interest in the school and to ensure that those who are directly responsible for day to day management (the headteacher and Senior Leaders) are accountable for decisions and actions taken.  The Governors play an important role in overseeing the maintainence and improvement of standards of acheivement in the school.   It is a strategic role and does not get involved in the day to day running of the school which is the role of the headteacher and staff team.

The five key roles of the Governors are:

  • Steering: setting budgets, agreeing development plans, agreeing policies and responding to inspection.
  • Monitoring: budgets, plans, standards of education, achievement and safeguarding.
  • Executive: recruitment, discipline, admissions and appeals.
  • Accountability: publication of minutes, surveying parents views.
  • Supporting: supporting and advising the Headteacher, providing practical help and skills.

Governing Board - Code of Practice

Click / Hover over the photographs below to view a short bio

James Collins
Chair of Governors
I am Chair of Governors and have been a Governor at The Crescent before the school actually opened. Initially I volunteered as I attended Selhurst High School For Boys (many years ago) and wanted to see the building brought back to life - I am pleased to say it looks as impressive now as when refurbished 7 years ago and makes a fine environment for a Primary School. I have lived in Croydon for 45 years and have a 15 year old daughter who has just sat the new style GCSE’s and extensive Governor experience both at other Croydon Schools (Primary & Secondary) and for 6 years sat on Croydon Councils Education Scrutiny Committee. I passionately believe all children should get the chance of the best possible education.
Crispin Williams
Foundation Governor
Crispin Williams has recently retired from running a successful small business with a turnover of approximately £1.5 million. He has experience of all aspects of running a business, including recruitment, purchasing, marketing, business planning, etc., etc. In the course of this, he has dealt with other businesses in a wide variety of fields, as well as government departments and agencies. He has particular skills in writing and publishing, and in business acquisition. Crispin’s outside interests have included being Chairman, trustee and director of a sports club (hockey and cricket) and he currently sits on a Scouts executive committee.
Michael Parker
Foundation Governor
Michael Parker – I am a recently appointed governor at The Crescent with a keen interest in supporting children to be the best they can be. I grew up in Waddon and attended both primary and secondary schools in Croydon. I am now a senior manager within Lloyds Banking Group with expertise in Human Resources, Finance & Budgeting and Stakeholder management. I have a daughter that is currently in primary school in Croydon who has just completed her key stage 1 SATs. Outside interests include playing competitive rugby union and behavioural science.
David Phillips
Foundation Governor
An experienced building manager and surveyor with a wealth of knowledge in all aspects of construction. Has worked for large construction firms in various capacities achieving the level of Construction Director. Was Managing Director of a medium sized construction company eventually selling the company to a third party. Was the top student in the United Kingdom at Higher National Diploma Level in Construction receiving awards from the Chartered Institute of Building, National Federation of Building Trades Employers and the Institute of Quantity Surveyors. A former Chartered Builder and Member of the Chartered Institute of Building, a former Chartered Manager and Member of the Chartered Institute of Management. Also formerly a Fellow of the Faculty of Building and a Licentiate Member of the Architect’s and Surveyors Institute.
Aimee Morss
Staff Governor
Aimee Morss started working at the Crescent in 2013 as a class teacher and currently leads Year 1. She was elected as staff governor in April 2016 and brings to the governing body a different view point as a member of teaching staff. Her role within the governing body allows her to create further opportunities for making a difference to the education of our children at The Crescent. She enjoys and thrive on the challenges that comes with the different aspects of school life and is passionate about all children reaching their full potential.
Janie Orr
Foundation Governor
Janie Orr is Chief Executive of EMI Music Sound Foundation, and independent music education charity set up in 1997 by EMI and now generously supported by Universal Music. Prior to this she worked in the Communications department at EMI where she gained extensive experience of running events here and abroad. The work of the Foundation is not Janie’s only job as she also heads up the charity office at Universal Music managing the CSR programme in the UK. Janie was born and brought up in the Bahamas and enjoys travelling far and wide.
Alison Livingstone
Co-opted Governor
I’m a resident of Croydon so very familiar with the area and it’s diverse community. I became a governor to help & support the school, so they could provide a safe, caring & stimulating environment for learning as well as encouraging & developing every child’s full potential. I have a finance background and worked in various industries such as Aerospace, Entertainment, manufacturing but majority of my working history has been within the charity sector during that time I was part of an award-winning Fit as a Fiddle team; Guardian Newspaper Adult Social Care Award 2011. Royal College of Medicine: Innovations Award 2012.
Richard Evans
Foundation Governor
My area of expertise is primary education. I started my teaching career in Croydon which led to two deputy headships within the borough. I then progressed to two successful headships within Surrey, one which involved building a new school. I moved to Surrey County Council to run their School Improvement Services (primary schools) for 5 years. I trained as an Ofsted Inspector as well as supported and improved many schools through leadership development work. Currently I an CEO of a small primary only Multi-Academy Trust (MAT) as well as Director of Education for a large Surrey based MAT. I am a very experienced governor having sat of many board both within Primary and Secondary Schools.
Claire Harrison
Parent Governor
Claire Harrison has been working in education since 2005. She worked in Croydon for 6 years and now works in Sutton. She has worked across different key stages and has a lot of experience with leadership and management. Claire has lead on a range of initiatives across her school and other schools in the borough for example Assessment for Learning and Mastery Maths. During her career Claire has had experience with recruitment, safeguarding, allocation of budgets and the Pupil Premium Grant, curriculum coverage, assessment, monitoring the quality of teaching and learning and contributing to the school development plan.
Simon Colam
Parent Governor
Simon Colam is currently Head of Education at the British and Irish Institute of Modern Music London based in Fulham with oversight of further and higher education provision, including 1,400 full-time students and an academic staff of 100. His professional background is in music performance and creative arts education. Prior to his current role Simon held a portfolio career as a self-employed musician, head of department and teacher at The Purcell School for Young Musicians, a residential music school for pupils aged 8-18, and a tutor at the Royal Academy of Music Junior Department. Simon lives in South Norwood and his two sons attend The Crescent Primary School.

These are the current Governors on the Full Governing Board:

Pecuniary Interest Register 2018 - 2019



Dates of meetings for academic year 2018 - 2019:
19th September 2018 
17th October 2018
21st November 2018
19th December 2018
23rd January 2019
27th February 2019
20th March 2019
22nd May 2019
19th June 2019
17th July 2019

Contact details for the Governors:


So you want to become a Governor?

Interested in becoming a School Governor? Please click on the booklet link below which gives more information about the role and time commitment required.

Governor Booklet

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