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The Governing Body

Welcome to our Governors’ section. 

Governors are responsible for working with the Headteacher and Senior Leadership Team to set priorities for the school.

As a Catholic school, most of our Governors are Foundation Governors appointed by the Bishop of our Diocese.

We also have representatives from parents, staff and the local authority.


Governor Pen Portraits 


Eva Harrison


My name is Eva Harrison, I have been a teacher for 33 years and worked in Catholic Secondary Schools for 15 of those years. I taught mainly RS to A level but have also taught Geography, History and Law. I was also heavily involved in teacher training/mentoring for over 20 years. I was appointed a Foundation Governor in June 2021. I am a long-standing member of St John’s Parish and I help with the Confirmation programme. I am married to Paul; we have one son who attended St John’s Primary school and St Wilfrid's Secondary School.

Ciaran Little


I was appointed as a parent governor in spring 2021. I have a daughter in year 5, my wife Caroline currently teaches year 2 and my two sons have now completed their time at St Roberts and moved on to Tanbridge. I have been a governor for two years and enjoy applying my 20 years of professional experience to the academic and personal development of the children of St Roberts.


James Thorndyke


My name is James Thorndyke and I was appointed as a parent governor in June 2021. My wife and I moved to Horsham in September 2020 and we have two children attending St Robert's. I am a partner at a law firm with offices in London and the US.


Marie Quinlivan


I was appointed as a Foundation Governor in March 2022. Myself and my husband, Anthony, are longstanding members of St John the Evangelist parish and help out with music ministry. We have 3 daughters all who attended St Robert Southwell and St Wilfrid’s schools. I have been a registered nurse for more than 30 years and have had a varied career including working in private schools. 


Imogen Lock


My name is Imogen Lock and I was appointed as the Local Authority Governor in summer 2022 and in November 2022, I became a Foundation Governor. I have been a Secondary School RE teacher since 2012 and have a great interest in Catholic Education within the diocese and the wider community. I attend the Diocesan pilgrimage to Lourdes each year where I met my husband. I love to sing, play piano and be out in nature.   


Lisa Cousins  


My name is Lisa Cousins and I was appointed as Staff Governor in Spring 2023. I am married and the Deputy Headteacher of the school. I have taught at St Robert Southwell since September 2014 having attended myself as a child. I am the current Year 1 teacher. I am a member of the Baptism preparation ministry within the parish. 


Andrew Hudspith


I was appointed as a Foundation Governor in January 2024 and aswell as being a parishioner at St John the Evangelist, two of my three children currently attend St Roberts. I am a Chartered Civil Engineer and work currently as a Project Director for a national construction company. The educational development and spiritual wellbeing of my children and those of the school are paramount to me and I believe that I can use my skills and experience to contribute positively and support the continued growth of the school. In my spare time, my interests lie in watching rugby, undertaking various DIY projects and taking immense pleasure out of supporting my children with their interests.