Hove Park Governing Body

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 became a co-opted governor at Hove Park School in March 2018 and was honoured to be elected co-chair in July 2019, alongside Elizabeth Maddison.

I have a professional background in the charitable and public sector with extensive experience in planning and implementing impactful programmes at a local, regional and national level that use sport as a development tool for social change. I am currently part of the Senior Management Team at Albion in the Community, the official charity of Brighton & Hove Albion Football Club.

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.


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.