Who’s who?

WHIS governing board is made up of thirteen governors

Our governors come to us through a variety of routes and with a range of different backgrounds, skills and experiences. They are all volunteers who work together for the benefit of our school and are the link between the school and the local community.

Abby Hedger-Jones

Acting Co-chair & Parent Governor 

I moved to Hove in 2006 after 13 years in London. I grew up in Kent and have 4 siblings. My daughter joined WHIS in September 2016 and I have pre-school son who will follow her soon. I have an established career in market research, where I specialise in working with children and families. I interview families from across the UK and the reports I write bridge the gap between the world of families and the strategic objectives of government departments, charities and companies. Soon after joining the governing board I was appointed to oversee the function of communications, which includes increasing the profile of the governing board and what we do. I enjoy the variety this role brings and working with such a committed team of staff and governors. One of the highlights of my first year as a governor has been the time spent with the children witnessing their enthusiasm for learning, their mutual support of one another and their obvious happiness at being at the school.

Date of appointment 28.06.17
Term of office 29.06.21
Date end of service
Appointed by Parents
Committees and responsibilities Diversity & Standards

Communications Governor

Declaration of interests None
Governance at other institutions None
% attendance 100%

 

Jason Smith

Acting Co-chair and Co-opted Governor

I have been a co-opted governor since 2017 and have learnt lots about the behind the scenes workings of a school and met a number of dedicated and professional staff and colleagues in that time.  I had been interested in being a governor for some time, as a way of giving something back to the local community, and once our family had settled in Hove the opportunity at WHIS arose.

I have now been living in Hove for nearly 10 years and have 2 children who attend the school.  I am a qualified accountant with more than 15 years’ experience in a number of businesses and different sectors and have been working in Shoreham for the last 7 years.

 

Date of appointment 12.01.17
Term of office 11.01.21
Date end of service
Appointed by Governors
Committees and responsibilities Learning & Teaching

Health & Safety Governor

Resources (Chair)

Declaration of interests None
Governance at other institutions None
% attendance 100%

 

Wendy Harkness

Executive Head Teacher

I moved to WHIS in 2004 to take up my second Headship. My first Headship was in West Sussex. Prior to this I was a Deputy Headteacher of a Primary in Cambridgeshire and before this; I was Head of an infant department in a Primary school in East Sussex.

When I’m not working, I enjoy family time, shopping for shoes and racing my two Siberian huskies.

 

Date of appointment  19.04.04
Term of office N/A
Date end of service
Appointed by Governors
Committees and responsibilities Learning & Teaching

Resources

Declaration of interests None
Governance at other institutions None
% attendance 100%

 

Lorna Cummings

Head of School at School Road Site

I have been at West Hove Infants since 2012 having previously been Deputy Headteacher at Carden Primary School. Prior to that I was Communication Language and Literacy Consultant for Brighton and Hove. I have a background in Special Educational Needs having previously been a SENCo in 2 schools. I have experience working in a specialist facility for children with Speech and Language difficulties and have Qualified Teacher Status with the British Dyslexia Association.

I grew up in Ireland and love to return there regularly to see family and friends but am lucky enough to now live in Brighton and Hove with my husband and two grown up children. 

Date of appointment 29.07.16
Term of office 28.07.20
Date end of service
Appointed by Staff
Committees and responsibilities Diversity & Standards

Resources

Staff Governor

Declaration of interests None
Governance at other institutions None
% attendance 83.3%

Louise Smith

Head of School at Connaught Road Site

I was born and grew up locally but have been lucky enough to live in London where I trained and I have also lived abroad. I have taught in several schools across Sussex and have been a teacher for nearly 25 years, from YR to Y3.

I consider myself to be very privileged in helping set up the Connaught site when we expanded in 2007. I enjoy working closely with my fellow governors, parents/carers and staff to improve our wonderful school further. Outside of school, I have two grown up sons and enjoy being with my family and gardening.

 

Date of appointment 19.03.15
Term of office 18.03.19
Date end of service
Appointed by Governors
Committees and responsibilities Learning & Teaching

Resources

Declaration of interests None
Governance at other institutions None
% attendance 83.3%

 

Joe Rich

Parent Governor 

Hi, I am one of your Parent Governors as I am Mum to two girls, one of whom attends Connaught Road Infants. I am really passionate about education and the future for all of our children, which is proved in the line of work that I do.

I am a National Youth engagement manager for a charity called Clarion Futures. My role involves designing and implementing programmes for young people to help them improve life skills for their future. I have been in this role over six years and have previously worked for other charities including BBC Children in Need as a Regional Grants Officer, Princes Trust supporting young people in alternative education and a development officer working with young people to set up their own social enterprises at Unltd.

I aim to be passionate and reliable in the role as Governor;  while being welcoming and approachable to parents and  honest and open with the senior staff.  But most importantly supportive to the whole school family.  I look forward to representing you.

 

Date of appointment 02.02.18
Term of office 01.02.22
Date end of service
Appointed by Parents
Committees and responsibilities Learning & Teaching

Pupil Premium & Able Pupil Governor

Declaration of interests None
Governance at other institutions None
% attendance 100%

 

Sonia Turney

Co-opted Governor

I have a long association with the school, my two grown up boys attended the school and I was Deputy Headteacher of the school leaving in the nineties.

I am a retired Primary School Headteacher and am now kept very busy with my two young grandchildren and  my many other interests which  include gardening and art.

I have been a Governor at West Hove Infant school for more than 10 years and enjoy working with a strong team of staff and governors. I am very keen to ensure that the education of young children has the high profile that it deserves.

 

Date of appointment 19.03.15
Term of office 18.03.19
Date end of service
Appointed by Governors
Committees and responsibilities Learning & Teaching(Chair)

Resources

GDPR Governor

Declaration of interests None
Governance at other institutions None
% attendance  83.3%

 

Clare Moonan

LA Governor

 

 

 

 

 

 

Date of appointment 28.06.16
Term of office 27.06.20
Date end of service
Appointed by Local Authority
Committees and responsibilities Diversity & Standards (Chair)

Resources

Safeguarding Governor

Headteachers Appraisal Governor

Declaration of interests None
Governance at other institutions None
% attendance 66.6%

Ruth Wragg-Jones

Co-opted Governor

Date of appointment 24.07.18
Term of office 31.08.22
Date end of service
Appointed by Governors
Committees and responsibilities Diversity & Standards

Headteachers Appraisal Governor

Declaration of interests None
Governance at other institutions None
% attendance 100%

 

Denise Morton

Co-opted Governor

Date of appointment 19.09.18
Term of office 20.09.22
Date end of service
Appointed by Governors
Committees and responsibilities Diversity & Standards

SEN Governor

Declaration of interests Coaching and training company providing services to schools
Governance at other institutions None
% attendance 100%

 

Clare Saul

Co-opted Governor

Date of appointment 10.10.18
Term of office 11.10.22
Date end of service
Appointed by Governors
Committees and responsibilities Learning & Teaching

 

Declaration of interests None
Governance at other institutions None
% attendance 100%