St Mark's CE Primary School

"LET YOUR LIGHT SHINE" Matthew 5:16

Welcome to St Mark's CE Primary School

Who We Are - Governor Profiles

Christine Bartley


I have more than 15 years’ experience as a governor of a primary school and was Chair of St Andrew’s C of E primary school in Hove for 8 years.
I am a Local Leader of Governance in Brighton and Hove. I have a background in policy development and I am currently Head of Finance in an IT company.
I am Chair of the Admissions Committee.

Bente Bjornholt

I have been a parent governor since Novermber 2018. I am parent to a girl at St Mark's, who started in Reception in 2016. We are a tri-lingual family (English, Italian and Danish) of three who have lived in the area for 11 years and are therefore well acquainted with the local community, its challenges and opportunities.My background is in academia, and I continue to work in higher education in a role of research support in the humanities and social sciences.

Sophie Brinkworth - Co-chair


I joined the St Marks governing body in February 2018 as parent governor; I have a daughter who is in year 3 and I and currently co-chair alongside Amanda Healey. I originally come from South Wales but have lived in Brighton for around 15 years now. I work as an audiologist in NHS children’s services and also provide audiology support at a local specialist school for deaf children and young people. 

Jane Fendley - Headteacher


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Amanda Healey


I have been a Foundation Governor at St Mark’s since September 2017 and am currently Co-Chair. I also have responsibility for safeguarding.
I studied French and Norwegian at university, then trained as a primary school teacher at the University of Sussex. I taught in primary schools in Sussex for over 30 years, the last 19 as a headteacher. I took early retirement, but still teach French and am a volunteer at the charity Into University where I support primary school pupils from across the city. I enjoy travelling and am involved in several local music groups. I come into St Mark’s regularly to help with trips and other activities.

Archdeacon Martin Lloyd Williams


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Nicki O'Neill


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Allistare Smedley


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Brian Ward


I am the staff governor at St Mark’s. In the summer of 2019 I retired from teaching after 25 years in the profession, the last six years of which were spent at St Mark's. Fortunately, I was able to stay on as a teaching assistant, and also organise PE in the school, a position I really enjoy.
I am currently the Pupil Premium link Governor.

Sebastian Dawson- Bowling

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Ruth Ali - Clerk to the Governors


I joined St Mark's in September 2019, but have been clerking since 2009 and currently work for three other schools in the city. My role is different from that of the governors in that I am there to assist the governors with administrative tasks, advise them on procedural matters and help ensure that they fulfil their statutory responsibilities.