Woodingdean Primary School

& Believing,

& Achieving

Governor's Biographies

Darren Arbon

Carly Astaniou

Emma Bennett

Shelagh Fallows

I came to Woodingdean as an NQT in January 2001 and have now taught here for nearly 18 years. During my time here I have taught year 4, year 1 and year 5 and have progressed to where I am now; literacy co-ordinator, Phase 3 leader (years 5 and 6), member of the senior management team, head of house (Water) and, of course, staff governor. Having spent almost my entire career here at Woodingdean Primary School, it has obviously been an extremely important place to me. I have always, and will continue to be, focused on the continual development of what I believe to be an excellent school.

Darren Gearing

Originally from Woodingdean, I attended Rudyard Kipling Primary School and Longhill High School. Following a career in international hospitality, I became an entrepreneur a few years ago with businesses across Sussex.  I am now a co-opted governor as I wanted to learn more about education, contribute to the governing board’s continued success and actively participate in the local community, believing an integral part of this is a successful school.

Raluca Jarvis

Sally Livermore

I have lived in Woodingdean since 2008 having come to Brighton and Hove from London over 30 years ago. I’ve spent most of my career working in HR in both public and private sector organisations including a period in Local Government providing HR services to Schools.  I am now an HR consultant  and am currently working with some large central Government Departments helping them implement  new HR technology.

I am very keen to contribute to the local community and I’m thankful that I am able to bring my HR, business and life experience to benefit Woodingdean Primary School.  I am strongly committed to inclusivity and ensuring that each and every child, whatever their circumstances, is encouraged and supported to be the best person they can be.

Karen Meeres

I joined the governing board of Woodingdean in 2009 when my youngest son started at the school. Both my children had a fantastic time whilst at Woodingdean and both are now thriving at secondary school and beyond. I am now a co-opted governor and have been chair for several years. My background in financial services, especially project management, has provided skills which I have been able to use in my governor role. I am passionate that school should be fun, safe, inspiring and that all children should be encouraged and given every opportunity to try their best and achieve. These are things we see every day at Woodingdean and I’m proud to be able to help the school in any way I can.

Tim Pettitt

Helen Rose

Lisa Thomas-Brooks

I have worked in the NHS over thirty years, I am a Senior nurse at the Breast unit at Preston park, but foremost my  priority are my  two  children, my youngest  Isaac  is currently in year 6. I feel very privileged to have been a parent Governor at Woodingdean Primary School for the last 5 years. I am very passionate about education and as the lead for SEND, I am able to use  many transferable skills to ensure the holistic needs of every child are met!

 Jonathan Whitfield

I have been involved in education for over 20 years; as a teacher, senior leader and in a local authority advisory capacity and am incredibly proud to have led Woodingdean Primary School since January 2013 as the Headteacher.  I work as a Brighton & Hove Local Leader of Education and sit on the city-wide education board. Working with and part of our governing body is a crucial role for me in ensuring we are as successful as possible, providing the best nurture, care, support, guidance and educational experience we can for our children.

Kate Williams

As the current Headteacher of Longhill High School, I have had extensive experience in the education sector. For the past twenty years I have been passionate about raising standards and aspiration in schools. I started my teaching career as a mathematics teacher and have had experience in a variety of roles prior to gaining my first leadership post in a secondary school in 2009. I am committed to the community that Longhill High School serves and I am proud to be able to give time to governorship of Woodingdean Primary School. 

David Wilson