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.

Lucy Pearce - Co-opted Governor

I became a co-opted governor at Hove Park in January 2019 and I am looking forward to supporting the school. As part of my role at Legal & General in Hove, I began working with Hove Park in the summer when we began to explore the idea of a community partnership. The partnership between Hove Park and L&G began in September 2018 as a consequence and I have been the main point of contact for the school throughout, helping to arrange the various activities the pupils have been getting involved in. I am currently responsible for community and colleague communications and engagement at L&G in Hove. Prior to this, I worked as a journalist for eight years with experience in both regional and national media across print, digital and broadcast and most recently holding the post as editor for The Argus newspaper. I have always been hugely passionate about education and throughout my career, either as a journalist or while working as a communications and engagement professional, I have always looked to support schools and colleges in any way I have been able to.

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.

Claire Roberts - Parent Governor

I am pleased to have been elected parent governor at Hove Park School as my daughter starts the school to represent the governing body with two other parents. I am a qualified teacher and have a number of years’ experience in school improvement. Through that role I have undertaken a number of governance roles including being a local authority representative on interim executive boards. Through these boards I have undertaken a range of roles including chair of governors as well as sitting across a range of committees and undertaking governor self- evaluation. My particular interests are using data to inform strategic planning and improving performance. The role of the governing body is key here. I am committed to supporting Hove Park through its improvement journey to ensure our community continues to access the best quality education for all.

Paul Williams - Co-opted Governor

I have extensive experience in the charitable and public sector having led and managed programmes with diverse outcomes, including: sports participation, health and wellbeing, academic achievement, youth volunteering, employability and social change. I am currently part of the Management Team at Albion in the Community, the official charity of Brighton & Hove Albion Football Club, reporting directly to the CEO and am responsible for developing our strategy and growth working with schools.

Outside of work, I am a co-founder and trustee of the Perfect Day Foundation set up after volunteering in Zambia, Africa. I am originally from London but now live locally in Hove and am married with two young children.

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.

Roland Marden – Parent Governor

I am a parent governor and have two children in years 8 and 11. I have lived in Hove since 2002 and my children attended West Hove primary school before attending Hove Park. I have worked in research in the education and health sectors for 15 years and previously was a lecturer at the University of Sussex. I was a strong supporter of the campaign against academy conversion and I continue to believe that Hove Park can best serve our community as a maintained school. In my work as a governor I aim to serve the interests of our children, working to ensure that the school encourages achievement for all while also providing a nurturing and creative learning environment.

Jackie Storey – Co-opted Governor

I became a co-opted governor at Hove Park in January 2018 and I am delighted to be able to use my skills, experience and knowledge to support this excellent school. I have worked both for the Local Authority and in primary and secondary schools across Brighton & Hove since 2016, in a pastoral role with a strong focus on improving school attendance. This is now an area in which I have a degree of expertise and I feel sure that I can contribute to Hove Park's drive to improve attendance outcomes for all students. I have also been a Designated Safeguarding Lead and have led on a range of initiatives to support children and young people through increasing access to support services across the city.