Meet our Governors


Hi I am Karen Flowers and  I am Chair of Governors.  I became a Co-Opted Governor at the Brook Infant 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 Infant School.

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.


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 2. 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. 

I am Chair of the Curriculum Committee and Vice Chairman of Governors.


I am Fi Dowley and I am the Headteacher governor here at The Brook.  I have worked at The Brook since 2009 and love every minute of my job.  This is such an amazing school with a fabulous community of children, parents, staff and governors.  This school lives and breathes it ethos of 'Learning with Love and Laughter'.

I was a class teacher for 16 years prior to starting my role here and have worked in four other schools including Maidenbower Infant school where I was a Reception teacher for 5 years.  I know Maidenbower very well and love working in this community.  I have been an Associate Governor in two other schools before working here.


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.  


Hi, I’m Grant Taylor, a co-opted governor appointed in September 2017.

I’ve lived in Maidenbower since 2008 with my wife and two children. Our youngest attends is just starting in Reception and our eldest went through the school too. I have been teaching Science for 20 years with 10 of those at Oriel high school and am now an Assistant Headteacher at a school in Croydon. I hope to bring my years of experience in education to help support the superb work already going on at The Brook.

In my spare time you might find me riding my bike around Tilgate forest or in the park with the family. 


Hi I’m Ollie Gurr and have recently become a parent governor at the Brook, starting November 2018. My daughter is in Reception. Having watched her go through nursery and seeing how much the school has already done for her I made the decision to become a governor and give something back. I am passionate about ensuring the school does everything they can for our children and becoming a governor will allow me to have an active involvement in their education.

Although new to the governor role and very much finding my feet I am excited for the future and the opportunities that it will bring.


Hi, I’m Shelly Thrussell and I have just joined The Brooks governing body as a parent governor in 2019. I have 2 children both at The Brook. I believe in the schools ethos ‘learning with love and laughter’ and am passionate about helping the school to ensure each and every child gets their opportunity to shine. 

I have worked in various roles within the travel industry for over 17 years and am excited to bring my experiences to try and make a difference.


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 children who are now 16 and 13. 

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