Hove Park Governing Body

Helen Davies – Co-opted Governor - Chair of Governors

I was very pleased to be elected chair of governors in July 2017, having been a governor at Hove Park School since 2012. Before retirement, I was a senior manager in children's services and I now work part time as a social work consultant. During my time as a governor at Hove Park School I have been the link governor for safeguarding, children in care, attendance and special education needs and disability.

I am passionate about supporting and challenging the school to provide opportunities for all students to fulfil their potential.


Mike Nicholls - Co-opted Governor

Away from education I work for a national industrial roofing contractor securing and overseeing major projects throughout the south east. I have been a governor for over 20 years, initially as a parent governor following my children and supporting the drive for school improvement at infant, junior and then secondary level. I am passionate about ensuring that the educational environment we have established and continue to build upon at Hove Park, allows all our students to take full advantage and achieve their best possible outcomes. My role as a governor and previous chair at Hove Park has proved to be a personally rewarding experience; I value the open effective working partnership the governing body has established with the headteacher and senior leadership.

I am immensely proud of the progress we have achieved at Hove Park in recent years and excited by the aspiration and drive evident throughout the school as we continue on our journey of improvement. I am supportive of the need for schools to increasingly collaborate and work in partnership for the benefit of children across the city; I meet termly with my fellow Brighton & Hove secondary and 6th form college chairs of governors. I am also the secondary governor representative on the Brighton and Hove Learning Skills and Employment Partnership board. As an experienced chair of governors I have now been designated as a National Leader of Governance; though my NLG role I’m able to share experience and offer support to the governing bodies of other schools. I have also recently joined the governing body of St Peters Community Primary school.


Shahena Bashir – Co-opted Governor

I am a co-opted governor at Hove Park School. I have many years of experience in school governance, having started when my children were in primary school in 2006 and I still serve as Vice Chair at this local Primary School. I strongly believe in all children deserving an excellent education. As a governor and ‘critical friend’ I can be instrumental in the implementation of this. I am fully committed to supporting Hove Park School with driving standards and enabling our diverse group of students to reach their full potential; preparing them for life after school. Presently I am working in EAL and my past experience is in Business, Human Resources and Literacy.


Lisa Williams – Co-opted Governor

I have been chair of the Behaviour and Support Committee and have been a governor since 2010. Both my children went to Hove Park School. I currently work as a consultant in the field of children’s mental health and resilience and also work part time with ‘YoungMinds’ a national mental health charity. I have a background in local authority and health service management. In 2013 I developed the Academic Resilience Approach with Professor Angie Hart at the University of Brighton. This is a free resource for schools which is now being used in schools around the country and features some of the excellent work developed in our School.


Elizabeth Maddison - Parent Governor

I am a parent governor and have two children in years 7 and 10. I have also been a parent governor at West Hove Infants (Deputy Chair) and then Hove Juniors. I have lived locally since 1999 and I work as company secretary and chief operating officer for an independent research organisation focussing on international development. I have had a long career in further and higher education policy and strategic leadership. My particular interests are the School’s overall strategy and resources and their alignment in order to help maximise opportunities and progress for each pupil.


Alison McManamon - Co-opted Governor

I live in Hove and have 3 children who have attended local schools. My youngest son is currently a student at Hove Park in Year 7. I have 20 years’ experience in HR management in the public sector and in supporting organisations to improve services and outcomes through effective leadership and people management. I am committed to community education that provides opportunities for all children and young people to fulfill their potential.


Marco Gallucci – Staff Governor

I am a Head of Year and Italian teacher. I have taught at Hove Park since moving to Brighton and Hove in 2005 and I am well placed to understand staff views. I think that being a governor is a privilege and I hope it will give me the opportunity to make a difference, not just to our current students but also for students who will attend in the future. I look forward to making a contribution that will support our school both to evolve and to improve.


Nina Patel – Co-opted Governor

I joined the governing body following my retirement from full time employment, after 37 years teaching mathematics in secondary schools in London, Sussex and most recently at Shoreham Academy. In addition to my governor’s role, I am also currently working as a link tutor with Brighton University, helping to train the next generation of mathematics teachers. I am committed to ensuring the highest possible standards in state schools - I believe that every child has a right to an excellent education.