Belfast Street, Hove, East Sussex, BN3 3YT

01273 770082

St. Andrew's CofE (aided) Primary School

Inspiring a love of learning and enjoying life in all its fullness

Governors - 

The Governing Body has 13 Governors and the term for office for all Governors is 4 years. They are:-

Fran Beckett OBE - Foundation Governor & Chair  

I'm delighted to have the opportunity to support St Andrew's Primary School as a local resident, having moved to live opposite the school just over a year ago.

My work life has seen me setting up community projects, leading charities, and being on various Government advisory and steering groups. I work as a charity consultant in leadership, governance, and strategy development so I hope I can contribute something of this in my role as a Governor. I’m involved with One Church, Brighton, and on the Boards of various Christian organisations, charities, and a national housing association.

Lesley Hurst - Foundation Governor

I am a parent of a child who is currently in Year 3 at St Andrew's and attend St Andrew's 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 2,600 volunteers across London to support in-school activities at both primary and secondary level. The skills and experience gained here allow me to be able to bring a strategic vision to the role of Governor.

Catherine Buchanan - Foundation Governor


I am the proud parent of a lively little boy who is thriving in Reception and an equally energetic little girl whom we hope will join her brother at St Andrew’s School in two years time. My family and I have attended St Andrew’s Church since 2015 and feel privileged to be part of its flourishing spiritual community.

I hope to bring an ex-teacher's perspective on education to my role as a school governor, informed by more than twelve years of experience at both secondary and university level. I am a passionate advocate of the continuing importance of the humanities to a well-rounded, broad and balanced education. I am also interested in how a caring school ethos, coupled with a culture of high expectations, both promotes pupil wellbeing and drives academic achievement for all children.

Sue Coleman - Local Authority Governor


I became an LA governor in July 2018 and as it is a particularly challenging time for schools, especially with regard to finance; I am delighted to be able to use my skills, experience and knowledge to support this excellent school.

I have worked in Local Government finance (including schools finance) for over 30 years and for the last nine years (and ongoing) with Brighton & Hove City Council as an auditor.

Jill Fairbrother - Foundation Governor


I am a parent of two children currently in Years 5 and 6 at St. Andrew's and I am a keen parent helper there. We regularly attend St Andrew's Church and I assist with both The Message and Sunday brunch.

I am a part-qualified Chartered Accountant with eleven years of experience working within various analytical roles. I also have some Project Management experience and have recently been working in property development. With my work experience and skills I hope that I can play an active supporting role on the Resource Committee

Matthew Greenall - Parent Governor

My work in supporting global AIDS, TB and malaria programmes takes me all over the world, and one of the main principles behind what I do is to make sure communities themselves have a say and play an active role in their services and institutions.

As a governor of St Andrew’s I aim to make a contribution to my own community. Both of our girls are at St Andrew’s and my wife Claudia currently works as a TA in the school.

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.

Ed Lawrence - Foundation Governor


I am a father to two remarkable boys. My eldest is in Year 6 at St Andrew's and his brother is in Year 3. We attend St Andrew's 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.

Sophie Thomas - Headteacher


I am the Headteacher at St. Andrew's.
Melissa Moore - Foundation Governor


I am a Foundation Governor at St. Andrew's.
Chelle McCann - Clerk to Governors
As Clerk to the Governors I provide support and advice to the Governing Body.
Joel Tomlinson - Parent Governor
Appointed 24th Oct 2019 until 23rd Oct 2023
Dwight Heffelfinger - Co-opted Governor
Appointed 28th Jan 2020 until 27th Jan 2024.
Neil Bull - Foundation Governor  

Appointed 21st Jan 2021 until 20th Jan 2025

I am excited to be a Foundation Governor. I have children at St Andrews, and I see first-hand their enjoyment of the school every day.

My career started as an Actuary and I then moved into fund management investing the Pension fund assets of a large multi-national.  In addition, I was Chair of the Trustee board of a large pension scheme for a number of years.  I currently work for the Pensions Regulator helping to protect Pension Plans in the UK.  I am a qualified Actuary and a CFA Charterholder.

In my spare time I love to Parkrun and to play football (both of which my body regularly tells me I am getting too old for).

I look forward to working with the other governors and the excellent senior leadership team at St Andrews to ensure the school continues to offer a wonderful experience for all children.

Chris Simmons - Foundation Governor
Appointed 21 Jul 2021 until 20th Jul 2024