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.

Candice Guy - Parent Governor

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Bryony Sandford - Staff Governor


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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 - Associate Member

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.
Paul Roberts - 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