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Hove Junior School

Portland Road & Holland Road

"We continue to be a good school" - Ofsted, 2016

Pen Portraits

Jeff Nixon, Chair and Local Authority Governor

I have been a governor of the school since 2004‎, when my son was in Year 3. Initially starting as a parent governor,  I became a local authority governor in 2008.  Since retiring from my post as regional officer of the NUT in 2009, I have spent more and more time on governor work and in 2010 became chair of governors.  I also serve on the governing body of Carden Primary School.

Lisa Marshall,  Vice Chair (shared with Jo Corbett)  and Co-opted Governor

Having joined the governing body as a parent governor over 4 years ago, I was delighted to be able to continue as a community governor when my daughter left.    I have learnt so much in my time as a governor and have found it very rewarding to work with the whole school community to ensure that all our children have a really positive early learning experience.


Ben Lambert, Co-opted Governor

I have been Brighton and Hove based for the best part of 20 years. I live in Poets Corner and have worked in the education sector for the last decade, previously at Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) where I was responsible for the design, development and launch of the Higher Apprenticeship in Management Accounting, and most recently for BPP – a private University and Tuition Provider, where I am a senior member of the Group Corporate Solutions team.  I have an in depth understanding of Government Funding within vocational education and am confident my skills and experience will be of benefit to the school. I am the proud father to twin boys who attend Portland Road and am a Brighton and Hove Albion Season Ticket holder. 

David Karp, Co-opted Governor

I have lived in the local area since 2013, and have two young children: one who attends West Hove Infant School at Connaught Road, and another who attends a local nursery.  Having worked in the higher-education sector since 2006, I am currently a Senior Lecturer in International Relations at the University of Sussex, where my department-level roles have also included Director of Undergraduate Studies and Admissions Tutor. I am enthusiastic about supporting the learning of children in the junior-school age bracket, and I am looking forward to apply my interest in curriculum/assessment principles to this Governor role, to which I was appointed in 2019.

Tim Pulham, Co-opted Governor

I started as a Co-opted Governor in December 2018 and I am pleased to have the opportunity to be able to contribute towards the continuing progression of the school.  I have experience of working for  Local Authorities in finance, procurement & project management and have led on the provision of service reviews and implementing change management for the delivery of children’s, education and SEND services.  I grew up locally, spending some of my years at school in Brighton  and have two children at Holland Road.  I have a keen interest in being active and getting outdoors & would like to see increased  opportunities for participation in sports and other activities being offered for all.


Jo Corbett,  Vice Chair (shared with Lisa Marshall), Parent Governor

I was delighted to have been elected as a parent governor in April 2016. I have one son at Hove Juniors Portland Road, and an older son who started secondary school in September 2016 and previously attended Hove Juniors. I work at the University of Brighton where my role involves policy and strategy development and implementation, planning, financial management and stewardship, people and change management and service delivery. I have worked in higher education for 17 years and recognise the importance of early positive school experiences and the impact those experiences have in shaping children's learning aspirations later in life.

Louise Wilkinson, Parent Governor

I’m really pleased to have been elected as a parent governor in 2017. I have a son at Holland Road and a daughter currently at nursery. I’m looking forward to getting to know the school, staff and pupils better and helping the school meet its challenges and provide a positive education experience for everyone. I have a strong interest in mental wellbeing and believe it should be high on the agenda of all the decisions taken to ensure we are giving every child the best possible chance to thrive.

Niamh O'Shea, Staff Governor

Maddie Southern,  Headteacher

Lorna Cummings, Head of School - Holland Road (Associate Member

I am really excited to have joined Hove Junior School having previously been Head of School at West Hove Infants for 7 years. Prior to that, I was a Deputy Headteacher at another large primary school in Brighton. During my teaching career, I have taught all age groups from nursery through to Year 6 and have worked as a Communication, Language and Literacy Consultant for Brighton and Hove. I am passionate about providing an inclusive education for all learners. I have a background in Special Educational Needs having previously been a SENCo in 2 schools and taught in a specialist facility for KS2 children with Speech and Language difficulties. I also have Qualified Teacher Status with the British Dyslexia Association. I am enjoying getting to know, and working with, the whole school community.

Jacquie Duquemin, Acting Head of School - Portland Road (Associate Member)

Sarah Shaw, Co-opted Governor & School Business Manager

Belle Howard, Senior Clerk to Governors

I am an experienced Senior Clerk and have a broad range of governance experience, having supported Governing bodies at other Brighton & Hove schools.  I am also Vice Chair of Governors at St Margaret's C.E Primary School.

Enquiries for the Hove Juniors Governing Body can be directed to me at