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

Co-chair of Governors & 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 30.06.17
Term of office 29.06.21
Date end of service
Appointed by Parents
Committees and responsibilities  

Stakeholder Engagement

Headteacher Appraisal

Declaration of interests Parent; Market research consultancy business.
Governance at other institutions None
% attendance 100%

Denise Morton

Co-Chair of Governors & Co-opted Governor

I moved from Kingston on Thames to Hove in June 2018 and joined the Governors of WHIS soon after I arrived. I am currently the Co-Chair of the Governing Body and SEN Governor.

I have worked in special education for 30 years and as a Head Teacher in two special schools in London. I now work as a freelance Coach and Trainer in the Brighton and Hove area and in London. I work in primary, secondary and special schools supporting Head Teachers and Senior Leaders who are aspiring to become Head Teachers. I also facilitate leadership training sessions at UCL and deliver bespoke leadership and communication skills training in schools.

I wanted to become a school Governor when I left full-time Headship because I wanted to continue to use my skills, knowledge and expertise in a supporting role, and to have a sense of belonging to an educational community. It is a privilege to work with my Co-Chair and my colleagues on the Governing Body to support the Head Teacher, staff, pupils and parents at WHIS.

Date of appointment 21.09.18
Term of office 20.09.22
Date end of service
Appointed by Governors
Committees and responsibilities Safeguarding & Child Protection Governor

Leadership Steering Group

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

 

Jason Smith

Co-opted Governor

I have been a 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 Finance and Health & Safety Committee (Chair)

Health & Safety

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

 

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  

Finance and Health & Safety Committee

Joint Safeguarding Board

Leadership Steering Group

Recovery Task & Finish Group

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

 

Ben Massey

Head of School at School Road Site

I grew up in London and studied Psychology at the University of Sussex, where I fell in love with Brighton & Hove! For about eight years I was a freelance writer and web-and print-designer before completing my teacher training at Brighton University.

Before coming to West Hove, I trained at Middle Street and taught at Rudyard Kipling Primary, where I was Assistant Head in my final year. I’ve worked at West Hove Infants for four years as Assistant Head Teacher on the Connaught Road site before joining the School Road team as Acting Head of School in 2019.

I have two young boys who are both at primary school so when I get a minute to myself I very much like to read a book or play the drums or guitar.

Date of appointment 05.09.19
Term of office One Year Secondment
Date end of service
Appointed by Staff
Committees and responsibilities  

Staff Governor

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

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 18.03.23
Date end of service
Appointed by Governors
Committees and responsibilities  

Finance and Health & Safety Committee

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

 

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 18.03.23
Date end of service
Appointed by Governors
Committees and responsibilities GDPR Governor

Finance and Health & Safety Committee

Recovery Task & Finish Group

 

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 Finance and Health & Safety Committee

Recovery Task & Finish Group

Headteachers Appraisal Governor

Declaration of interests None
Governance at other institutions None

Ruth Wragg-Jones

Parent Governor

After studying at University of Sussex, I spent 10 years developing a career in Human Resources in London, before moving back to my natural home, Brighton & Hove.  I am a working mum with two children – Thomas who is at West Hove Infants and Beth who moved up to Hove Juniors this year.  I have worked predominantly in senior management roles in HR in the public sector, most recently for the police.  I specialise in working with organisations seeking to transform the way they work and bring the best out of their people. I started a new role last year and now work for a pharmaceutical company that specialises in immunology for allergies.  My daughter has a severe nut allergy, so I am lucky to be working in a field that is close to my heart.

I have been Governor since 2018 and have really enjoyed finding out about the staff, teaching and the running of the school.  As the SEN Governor on the board, I also get the added benefit of working with the school to ensure we provide the best support we can to the children and parents/carers of children with extra needs.

Date of appointment 24.07.18
Term of office 02.10.23
Date end of service
Appointed by Governors
Committees and responsibilities  SEN Governor

Headteachers Appraisal Governor

Finance and Health & Safety Committee

Recovery Task & Finish Group

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

 

Carole Kite

Vice Chair of Governors & Co-opted Governor

I am fortunate to have lived in West Hove for almost 25 years. My adult daughters attended the Junior School and my granddaughter attended the Infants and Juniors so I feel I have a strong bond with the school. I have been involved in education throughout my working life – firstly as a teacher, but for many years as an Educational Psychologist working for Local Authorities. I am passionate about children getting the best possible start in life and am delighted to have the opportunity to be part of the team at West Hove Infants as Deputy Chair of Governors.

Date of appointment 08.02.19
Term of office 09.02.23
Date end of service
Appointed by Governors
Committees and responsibilities Finance and Health & Safety Committee

Recovery Task & Finish Group (Chair)

 

Declaration of interests Daughter an employee at the school
Governance at other institutions None
% attendance 100%

Joanne Alexander

Co-opted Governor

I have lived in Brighton for nearly 40 years, having moved here from London to study at the University of Sussex. After graduating, I worked for a year before completing my PGCE. I then worked at an East Sussex secondary school for 24 years, mainly teaching English but also delivering Media Studies and Communication Studies at A Level. I was a Head of Year for a good part of that time and really enjoyed supporting young people in pastoral as well as academic matters.

In 2011 I felt it was time for a change so moved into offender learning, working at a local prison as Deputy Education Manager, which gave me a whole new perspective on the importance of education.

Since I left just over a year ago I have been doing voluntary work in the local community. I applied to join the Governing Board of WHIS because I still feel very much attached to the world of education and hope that my skills and experience will come in useful!

Date of appointment 15.01.20
Term of office 14.01.24
Date end of service
Appointed by Governors
Committees and responsibilities Stakeholder Engagement

Curriculum Committee

 

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

Julia Wolage

Co-opted Governor

I have lived in Hove for over 25 years and have recently retired from corporate life where I worked in Total Rewards and Human Resources for over 30 years. During my career I have lived in New York, Hong Kong and Singapore and have been lucky enough to have experienced the people’s and cultures of many countries. I am interested in, and have been involved with, driving the Diversity and Inclusion agenda for organisations I have worked with namely American Express during my 23 years with the organisation.

I made the decision to retire early to try new things, experience new challenges, meet new people and lend my expertise to people and organisations. The role of school governor enables me to add back to the community, and become involved in a new area to me that I feel I can add value to. I am deeply honoured to have been selected as a governor and will do all I can along with my fellow governor to further the best interests of WHIS.  I live in Hove with my husband and our four cats and am a keen gardener and traveller.

Date of appointment 15.01.20
Term of office 14.01.24
Date end of service
Appointed by Governors
Committees and responsibilities Finance and Health & Safety Committee

Recovery Task & Finish Group

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

Eleanor Fagan

Co-opted Governor

As a new resident of Hove, I am keen to get involved in and contribute to the local community. I have ten years’ experience of teaching in central London. In my most recent post I was Assistant Headteacher of a primary school in Camden. I have a keen interest in children’s reading and writing development and undertook my Masters qualification at the Institute of Education in Literacy Learning and literacy Difficulties. I have two children, one of which joined WHIS in 2019 and in my spare time I am a keen swimmer. I am passionate about outstanding education and outcomes for all pupils and look forward to using my experience of curriculum and leadership at a strategic level to help the school realise its goals.

Date of appointment 15.01.20
Term of office 14.01.24
Date end of service
Appointed by Governors
Committees and responsibilities  Curriculum Committee (Chair)
Declaration of interests Parent
Governance at other institutions None
% attendance 100%