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Meet the Governors


Welcome to the Governors’ section of our website. I am pleased to introduce the Governing Body of St Francis C of E Primary School and Nursery. We have a very talented and committed group of governors serving our school. All of us are volunteers, and we represent all sections of the school community. Each governor makes a commitment of time, experience and expertise in order to support continuous improvement in school for the benefit of all the children here.  Look out for us on the playground, at school events and parents’ evenings. We look forward to meeting you.


Chair of Local Governing Body


Mr. M Tite


Mr Tite can be contacted at the school address.


Parent Governors:

Mrs Sarah Auger

Mr Daniel Beier

Parish Governors:


Staff Governors:

Mrs E Washbourne

Mr A. Pugh

Community Governors:

Mr Matthew Tite

Revd. Gail Rogers

Mrs Saimah Yasmin-Qureshi

Ms Susan Pallister

Clerk to the Governing Body:

Mike Box


Ex Officio

Mrs J. Pickup


Associate Governors 2021/22:


Mrs E. Jones (Deputy HT)





Matt Tite

Matt brings skills within the areas of safeguarding, resource leadership and management and health and safety within a public sector organisation.  He has children who attend St Francis School and in his spare time enjoys researching his family history.  He is also a chartered manager and member of the Chartered Management Institute as well as holding 3 academic degrees.


Alex Pugh

Alex is a teacher at St Francis School and has also previously worked in the events management field.  He brings a clear understanding of current educational practices alongside a keen interest in the performing arts.   In his spare time Alex helps to run a football club and also enjoys travelling and spending time with his family.

Gail Rogers

Revd Gail is the Curate at St Francis Church; she has been part of our community for just over two years now as both a mother and our Curate. Revd Gail not only contributes to the faith and spirituality of the school but has good relationships with the children, parents, staff, and the wider community.  Having been a governor for many years she brings skills in SIAMS, SEND and Pupil Premium. In her spare time, she enjoys reading and long walks.


Saimah Yasmin-Qureshi

Saimah is a Clinical Psychologist by background and has over 10 years experience working in a range of NHS settings.  Based in Birmingham, Saimah has worked within children services for over 4 years and has been actively involved in clinical research. She brings a wealth of experience and expertise in promoting positive psychological wellbeing to both staff and pupils. Saimah has sat on a number of policy steering committees and been involved in business performance reviews with a keen focus on service delivery and development. She is passionate about working collaboratively with schools, parents and young children to ensure the right learning environment is fostered to allow children to thrive. She is currently enjoying being a new mum and enjoys gardening in her spare time. 

Emma Washbourne

Emma works as our school Receptionist and Administrator, a role which provides a unique overview of day to day life in school. Emma is a qualified solicitor who worked for a commercial law firm before moving to teach law. Emma holds a PGCE in post compulsory education and has experience of teaching undergraduate, postgraduate and A-level students. Alongside her legal skills, Emma has experience of curriculum design, quality assurance and programme leadership. Emma has three teenage children who previously attended St.Francis. In her spare time she enjoys reading, running and watching her children play hockey.

                                  Sarah Auger

Sarah is on the Senior Leadership Team at Riverside Church and has previous experience teaching post grad Performing Arts Studies. She brings experience in SEND provision and creativity in all areas of the school curriculum, particularly in using the performing arts to aid literacy and writing skills. She has three children who have all attended St Francis and is currently enjoying studying theology at Westminster Theological Centre and catching up with friends.


Dan Beier

Dan was a primary school teacher for 10 years, during which time he was heavily involved in the maths and extra-curricular sports provision. He brings this experience plus an understanding of the sometimes conflicting challenges facing teachers. He has two children who currently attend St Francis and in his spare time he enjoys working on his allotment, running and spending time with his family.

Susan Pallister

Susan is an experienced senior leader with a successful career in the school education system. She is skilled in the training and coaching of staff, as well as having a particular interest in school enrichment activities.  In addition, Susan has considerable knowledge and expertise in teaching and learning. She is the host of two podcast series, enjoys writing and photography, and loves spending as much time as possible with her adorable cocker spaniel Harry, and his partner in crime, an extremely mischievous pixie bob cat called Ellie!