Local Board members

Pound Hill Local Board Member Andrew Gent

Andrew Gent - Co-Chair of the Local Board

A hello to all parents, pupils and supporters of Pound Hill Infants Academy. I am so pleased to have been accepted onto the Local Board and hope that I can lend my experience to the academy.

I am currently the owner of a local business specialising in workplace investigations, alternative dispute resolution, complaints management and HR services. I spend nearly 40 years in public sector industries, many of which were as a senior police officer.

I was fortunate to serve as Parent / Governor between 1997 and 2003 at the local primary attended by both of my children. I am proud that during this time the school achieved national recognition for progress in its educational standards and completed a build project for an IT wing.

I am a RFU qualified coach and referee, scuba diver, a member of the British Society of Underwater Photographers and an advanced motorcyclist.

I look forward to adding my skills to the Local Board members and Staff to assist the academy in maintaining its outstanding rating and to develop its reputation as an establishment that has the formative years education and life skills of its pupils at the very heart of its ethos and values

Local Board Member Lisa Downs

Lisa Downs - Co-Chair of the Local Board

I live in Pound Hill with my husband and son. In 2017 I set up my own business so that I could have the flexibility I needed to be able to be more around for my son when he started school. As my son has recently started at PHIA, and I wanted to become more involved in the local community, I decided to join the Local Board in 2018.

Understanding more about the education and academy environments has been an interesting and enjoyable learning curve so far – and I’m sure it will continue!! If anyone would like to know more about the Local Board, please feel free to grab me at the school gates.

Co-opted members

Andrew Gent - Co-Chair & Safeguarding Link member
Lisa Downs - Co-Chair & SEN and LAC Link member
Vikki Lewis - Community and Engagement link member
Bruce Muirhead
Sanjit Saraw

Parent representatives

Diane Garner
Sarah Morri


One staff representative elected by the staff of the Academy

Jo Chapman-Cohen


Primary Academy Executive Principal

Caroline Thayre


Clerk to the Local Board, UoBAT Trust Clerk

Caroline Spender


Board Members

Photo of Bruce Muirhead member of the local board Pound HIll

Bruce Muirhead
I have lived in Crawley since 2006 and joined Pound Hill Infant School as a Parent governor when my son started in early years. I have been a parent governor, link governor, vice chair and chair.

It has been great to have worked with and continue to work with a great team in an outstanding school.



A photo of Vikke Lewis a member of the board of Pound Hill

Vikki Lewis
I am a Pound Hill resident and have two children, one currently at PHIA and one who has passed through into Juniors. As Chair of the Friends committee I work with both the school & parents raising additional funds for the school.

I worked for the Home Office for 15 years prior to that, most recently as Immigration Manager at the UK’s family accommodation, working closely with the local authority and Barnardos Children’s Charity ensuring children were able to thrive in a safe and positive environment where safeguarding was key.

 I am passionate about providing a supportive, safe place for children to learn.


Sanjit Saraw a member of the local board for Pound Hill

Sanjit Saraw
I am a mother of three children - one soon to leave PHIA, one happily attending and another soon to start. As Treasure
for FRIENDS and a parent, my interest in joining the Local Board was to be able to remain involved in assisting
education and wellbeing.

Professionally, I am a Forensic Psychologist and my work often involves working with children and their best interests both in terms of safeguarding and treatment/rehabilitation towards happier lives.



Photo of Jo Chapman, School Business Manager of Pound HIll

 Jo Chapman-Cohen
I have been working at PHIA for 2 years and love being part of the academy and watching it grow. In my role I see various different aspects into school life and learn how things work in each area. Being part of the Local Board gives me another opportunity to help further develop the school and learn about how others view our school including our external board members and our parents.

Having worked in Corporate Finance for a number of years and now having one of my daughter’s also attending PHIA I am more passionate than ever to use my key skills within the Academy and the Local Board.


Sarah Morris






Diane Garner