Governors: Who are we?

The Governing Body has 15 Governors and the term for office for all Governors is 4 years. There are:

9 Foundation Governors (3 appointed by Diocesan Board of Education, 5 appointed by the PCC, 1 Vicar of St. Andrew’s Church), 6 Non-Foundation Governors (1 appointed by Local Authority, 2 elected by parents, 2 Staff Governors including the Headteacher and 1 staff member).

Christine Bartley - Foundation Governor and Chair  


I have been a Local Authority appointed Governor at St Andrew’s for a number of years and Chair for the past 4 years. As a parent at the school I was keen to become more involved in supporting such a positive school community. I was particularly interested in the role of governors in the strategic direction of the school having a background in policy development and research, primarily in government organisations.

Louise Everington - Foundation Governor and Vice Chair


I'm a working mum with 2 daughters who have now left the school.  I'm a qualified management accountant and project manager with experience working for Legal & General and American Express.  I became a governor because I wanted to use my skills and give something back to the school that has played such a large part in my children's lives. I am Chair of Finance in the Resources Committee.

Lesley Hurst - Foundation Governor and Vice Chair

I am a parent of a child who is currently in year 3 at St Andrews and attend St Andrews Church on a regular basis. I currently work for STEMNET who work with schools to provide opportunities for young people to explore Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths. My role involves managing a large team to coordinate 2600 volunteers across London to support in school activities at both primary and secondary level. The skills and experienced gained here allow me to be able to bring a strategic vision to the role of Governor.

Trevor Cristin - Headteacher


Governors are now a core part of a school's leadership team and as such, their work has a direct impact on our children and the provision they receive.  At St Andrew's I am really lucky to have a group of Governors who are so supportive.  They have the interests and welfare of our children very much at heart and this leads their thinking.  However, equally valuable is the variety and depth of individual skills that they bring to their roles.  It is excellent that the school can turn to such a range of experience and perspectives as we continually seek to move our school forward.  Their work and the spirit of support in which they work plays a crucial part in the direction we take.

Reverend Dan Henderson


I am married to Jo and I am outnumbered four to one in the Vicarage, having three daughters, one of whom is enjoying Year 5 at St Andrew's. We moved from a church in Hailsham in September 2014 and before ordination, my background was in youth work. 

Suzanne Cairns - Staff Governor

 I am a Reception teacher at St Andrews.



Gordana Chapman - Parent Governor


Jill Fairbrother - Foundation Governor





Katy Hiles - Parent Governor


I have been a parent-govenor since October 2014. My son is in Year 6 and I have been a parent-helper since he was in reception. Part of my role is to support St Andrew's school in adapting to the needs of our community and to the demands of governments during the next few years; all the while improving the opportunities, care and encouragement that the children and the staff experience. 

Ed Lawrence - Foundation Governor


I am a father to two remarkable boys, my eldest is in Year 3 at St Andrews and his brother will join reception at the school later this year. We attend St Andrews Old Church and have established strong friendships with many of the congregation. 

My role as a Training Captain for a commercial airline requires effective communication and task management skills. I have experience in recruitment procedures and training. I am a Union Representative and sit on a Legal Services Committee. The knowledge and  experience gained via these roles, allows me to contribute to the strategic oversight function of the Governors.

Oliver Mudge - Foundation Governor

I live in Hove with my wife and two young boys, one of which is in Reception at St Andrews.  My family and I have regularly been attending St Andrews Church (Old) for a number of years.

I have extensive experience working within specialist recruitment.  I ran my own Recruitment business for over 15 years, taking a leading role in all aspects of running the company.  I hope my commercial skills and experience coupled with my desire to see the children of St Andrew thrive will allow me to take an active role supporting the School and Community within the Foundation Governor role. 

Julie Newnham -  Co-opted Staff Governor


My children began at St Andrews in 1992 and I became a member of staff 3 years later. During this time I have mainly worked in the Foundation Stage (Reception Class) as a Teaching Assistant.  I was elected as the non-teaching staff representative on the Governing body 6 years ago.  This has given me the opportunity to increase communication between staff and governors and further contribute to the success of the school.

Coreen Sears - Foundation Governor


I have spent all my working life in international education. I taught at international schools in Brussels and London before moving into consultancy and research. My subject is the lives and education of young bilinguals who move constantly around the world with their parents. I love being around schools and when I moved to Hove in 2003 leapt at the opportunity to become a Foundation Governor at St. Andrew’s.

Dr Nnamdi Udezue - Foundation Governor

Nnamdi photo


I grew up between Nigeria, Saudi Arabia, and England and I have worked as a doctor in emergency medicine, intensive care, and anaesthesia in hospitals in Sussex since 2010. I live in Hove with my wife and two young children.
In a previous career I worked as a performance improvement management consultant for Ernst & Young in London, after a Masters degree in management, technology and public policy. Being a governor enables me to utilise my experiences to support the St Andrews school community.


Andrew Wealls: Local Authority Governor


I am a local Councillor for Central Hove ward in which the school is situated. I have been a councilor since May 2011 and Opposition Spokesman for Children & Young People. My Background is in investment management. I am very interested in educational opportunity and achievement and was keen to get involved  in supporting a local school, to which many local residents send their children. I have a Governor responsibility for pupil attainment (data analysis).   

Matt Rance: Associate member - linked to Resources Committee

Julien Rutler: Associate member - linked to Resources Committee

Jason Tingley: Associate member - linked to Ethos and Pupil Well Being Committee

Colleen White: Associate member - linked to Ethos and Pupil Well Being Committee

Clare Bennett - Clerk to Governors


As Clerk to the Governors I provide advice and support to the Governing Body.