Lisa Marshall, Co-Chair & Co-opted Governor
I joined the Governing Board many moons ago in 2008, originally being elected as a parent governor. Both my children have passed through our schools; my son is currently at Blatch and my daughter is at Uni in London. Currently I work for a local charity that partners with communities to tackle inequality and create a healthier, more inclusive and resilient city. I am proud of our schools and feel privileged to work with such a passionate and committed staff team; it is hugely rewarding to work with the whole school community to ensure all our children have a positive early learning experience and are given the opportunities and support they need to achieve their full potential.
Louise Wilkinson, Co-Chair & Co-opted Governor
My background is in marketing and communications, and I have been a governor since 2016. Every year has been an exciting and interesting challenge. it is a real honour to work with such a dedicated team of teaching and support staff, and governors, to help provide a positive and inclusive education experience for all our pupils, whatever their background, special educational needs or disabilities. 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. I have two children, both attended WHIS. My son attended HJS and is now at Blatchington Mill and my daughter is at HJS at Holland Road.
Clare Moonan, Local Authority Governor & Co-Vice Chair
Denise Morton, Co-opted Governor & Co-Vice Chair
I became a Co-opted Governor in 2018 when I moved to Brighton from London having worked in mainstream and special education for 30 years. I was a Head Teacher in two special schools before training to become an accredited coach. I now work as a freelance coach with Head Teachers and Senior Leaders, and I provide wellbeing support and supervision in schools. I do not have children attending the federated schools, however, I bring to the board an extensive experience of working in a range of schools, and have knowledge and skills in the areas of educational leadership and management, school finances and HR, SEN, safeguarding, curriculum and inclusion. I decided to become a school Governor when I left full-time Headship because I wanted to continue to use my skills, knowledge, and expertise in education, and be part of a local community creating opportunities for children and young people.
Maddie Southern, Headteacher - HJS & Ex-Officio Governor
It is a real privilege to be the Headteacher of Hove Junior School. It is a fabulous school – its greatest asset being our children who are highly motivated and enthusiastic and really involved in their learning. My background is in developmental psychology and during my teaching career, I have taught all age groups working as a year leader, assistant headteacher and deputy headteacher before completing my NPQH and becoming Headteacher five years ago. I am passionate about providing an inclusive education for all learners and my staff and our school culture strives to be aspirational for all pupils. We are determined to put children at the heart of everything we do and ensure our learning opportunities are as exciting, inclusive and creative as possible.
Our children have a strong sense of belonging and share common values of respect for and appreciation of each other through our ‘LEARN’ ethos and collaborative approach to learning. We have a talented and enthusiastic team of staff, of which I am proud to be a member.
Wendy Harkness, Headteacher - WHIS & Ex-Officio Governor
I moved to WHIS in 2004 to take up my second Headship. My first Headship was in West Sussex. Prior to this I was a Deputy Headteacher of a Primary in Cambridgeshire and before this; I was Head of an infant department in a Primary school in East Sussex.
When I’m not working, I enjoy family time, keeping fit and racing my two Siberian huskies.
Abby Hedger-Jones, Co-opted Governor
I have been a governor since 2017, initially elected as a Parent Governor and with responsibilities including communications and co-chair. I have an established career in qualitative market research and specialise in working with children and families across a range of issues including education. I work with clients across public and commercial sectors including museums, children’s charities, broadcasters and government departments. I enjoy the chance to reveal the experiences and opinions of children and families to help support positive change. I have a child at West Hove Infants and one at Hove Juniors and so have the joint experience of being a parent at both schools and the insight this brings. I have lived in West Hove for almost 10 years. I became a governor to understand the 'nitty gritty' of how a school operates and to offer my experience of researching a range of social and educational issues. As the newly formed federated board evolves, I am particularly keen to understand and scrutinise the relationship each school has with its core stakeholder groups, including pupils, parents, and staff. Specifically, to understand how these different groups are engaged and how the insight is used to shape thinking and support the delivery of key priorities.
Anne-Marie Williamson, Parent Governor
I’m a new Parent Governor in the Hove Learning Federation. I have two children at Hove Junior School – one in year 5 and one in year 3. I’ve spent most of my career working in research and strategy roles in the public sector and I specialised in Equality, Diversity and Inclusion research for a number of years. Volunteering in the local community has always been important to me - I’ve previously been a school governor at a primary school in Brighton, chaired a local charity for Black and Mixed parentage families and been a mentor for young people.
I’m looking forward to using my skills as a governor in the Hove Learning Federation and contributing to the school community.
Ben Massey, Co-opted Governor & WHIS Head of School (School Road)
I grew up in London and studied Psychology at the University of Sussex, where I fell in love with Brighton & Hove. For about eight years I was a freelance writer and web-and print-designer before completing my teacher training at Brighton University.
Before coming to West Hove, I trained at Middle Street and taught at Rudyard Kipling Primary, where I was Assistant Head in my final year. I’ve worked at West Hove Infants for four years as Assistant Head Teacher on the Connaught Road site before joining the School Road team as Acting Head of School in 2019. This role was made permanent in 2020, which I’m utterly delighted about!
I have two young boys who are both at primary school. When I get a minute to myself I very much like to read a book or play the drums or guitar.
Brad Hollick, Co-opted Governor
It was a privilege to be appointed as a Co-opted Governor for the Hove Learning Federation. I currently work for a local authority developing and managing its strategic relationships with providers who offer support to children and young people with SEND. My professional background has seen me undertake a number roles in customer experience strategy, third party management and change delivery.
Having lived in Brighton & Hove for five years, I’m keen to utilise the skills and experience I have gained in my career and invest this in my local community. I’m excited to be part of the Hove Learning Federation and look forward to working alongside the Governing Body and staff to ensure our pupils get the best possible start in life.
Dr. David Karp, FHEA, Co-opted Governor
I have been a Co-opted Governor since 2019, and I joined the board of the federation when it was first created in Sept 2021. I have worked in the higher-education sector for 15 years, where I am currently a Senior Lecturer at the University of Sussex and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. At Sussex, I co-direct a human-rights focused research centre, and my previous departmental roles have included Director of Undergraduate Studies and Admissions Tutor. My main areas of interest as a school governor include curriculum, assessment, equalities and inclusion, all of which are linked to my professional/academic knowledge and skills. The reason I became a governor is that I want all the children in the community to have the best possible education and experience, and I enjoy helping to create time and space for staff to reflect strategically on their own practice. I live in the local community, with one child at Hove Junior School and one at West Hove Infant School.
Jo Corbett, Co-opted Governor
I am a Co-opted Governor. I have worked in higher education for 22 years and my professional experience involves policy and strategy development, project, change and people management, service leadership and review, governance and financial management and stewardship. I live close to the School Road/Portland Road site and became a school governor as I wanted to contribute my leadership and management skills to my local community. I have two sons, both of whom went to the infant and junior school and really their time there. My experience of governance in higher education has been really beneficial getting to grips with being a school governor.
Louise Smith, Co-opted Governor & WHIS Head of School (Connaught Road)
I was born and grew up locally but have been lucky enough to live in London where I trained. I have also lived abroad. I have taught in several schools across Sussex and have been a teacher for nearly 25 years, from YR to Y3.
I consider myself to be very privileged in helping set up the Connaught site when we expanded in 2007. I enjoy working closely with my fellow governors, parents/carers and staff to improve our wonderful school further. Outside of school, I have two grown up sons and enjoy being with my family. I love to cook and garden and I am also a very keen runner, which I came to late in life. You will see me on the Hove Prom every Saturday, either running (rather slowly!) or volunteering at parkrun.
Lorna Cummings, Staff Governor & Head of School (Holland Road)
I have been Head of School at the Holland Road site of Hove Junior School since September 2019, having previously been Head of School at West Hove Infant School. I am very proud to be the Staff Governor. My experience means I know both schools and the school communities well and I am passionate about the education of our pupils. I have previously worked as a Deputy Headteacher at another large primary school in Brighton and also served as Staff Governor whilst working there. 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 excited about the new opportunities ahead for our whole school community.
Marie Benton, Parent Governor
I am a Parent Governor and have two children; one at infants and one at juniors. I’m the Chief Executive of a charity that runs choirs for homeless and marginalised people, and also Director of a local community interest company that runs participatory music sessions in healthcare settings - with both children and older people. I have sat on several boards previously including that of the national umbrella body for the homelessness sector. I’m a keen musician, and a passionate advocate of music’s power to improve children’s wellbeing and communication. As a governor I am keen to ensure that we parents feel our views and ideas are included in the important decisions of the school, and that our children leave in Year 6 not only exceeding expectations for reading, writing and maths, but also having had the chance to try activities that will nurture their passions and strengths.
Nargis Miah, Associate Member
I am really delighted to be part of Hove Learning Federation as an Associate Member. I have three children who have all attended the schools with my youngest leaving in July 2020. I used to work in finance for a large energy firm. During a career break, I did some volunteering work within a school which piqued my interest in teaching. I decided to change course and became a primary school teacher. I have been working as a teacher for the last seven years, teaching in KS2. I am therefore very familiar within an educational setting. I am committed to working with everyone in the school community to ensure that all children have opportunities to enjoy and achieve their very best.
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 a number of other Brighton & Hove schools. I am Co-Chair of Governors at St Margaret's C.E Primary School in Rottingdean. Finally, I also work in the Governor & Clerking Service at a neighbouring Local Authority.
Chelle McCann, Senior Clerk to Governors
I am a Clerk to Governors for 6 schools across the city after moving from Children's Services. I come from a varied work background that has included social media management and moved roles in 2018 due to an interest in parent's and children's mental health and wellbeing and how that is supported in schools.
Enquiries for the Hove Learning Federation Governing Body can be directed to the Senior Clerks to Governors, Belle Howard and Chelle McCann at firstname.lastname@example.org