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.

Sophie Brinkworth - Co-chair

I joined the St Marks governing body in February 2018 as parent governor; I have one daughter in school and I and currently co-chair alongside Amanda Healey. I originally come from South Wales but have lived in Brighton for over 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. 

Sebastian Dawson- Bowling

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Rosie Doyle

I started as a Local Authority Governor at St Mark's in May 2022. I grew up in East Sussex and  went to the University of Southampton where I studied English and French. I was previously a teaching assistant in Lewes before starting the role of primary school partnerships coordinator for Brighton at the educational charity IntoUniversity. I worked with several local schools including St Mark's to deliver a range of workshops and trips to pupils. My current role sits within the national IntoUniversity team managing one of our social mobility programmes. As a governor, I am looking forward to getting to know the school community and ensuring pupils are at the heart of the school's strategy. 

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.

Vitalina Liapko

I am completely new to the role of Parent Governor, but chose to put myself forward after my daughter joined St Mark's CE Primary School in January 2022. I am very much looking forward to learning all about the school, the Parent Governor role and the work of the Governors Board.

My professional background is in Business Administration. I am chemical engineer with an MBA from Nottingham Trent University (UK) and experience from administrative work in Europe, Southeast Asia and Norway. I am currently working as a consultant to a Norwegian pharmaceutical startup.

I feel that being a school governor is a good opportunity to give something back to society and to help children at an important time in their lives. At the same time, I have been always interested in education. I know what important role it plays, especially nowadays, when the world is changing so fast. As a parent, I want to be a part of a team whose main purpose is focus on the best outcomes for children.

Archdeacon Martin Lloyd Williams

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Kate Newman

I have been a Foundation Governor at St Mark’s since December 2020. I have been a secondary school teacher for sixteen years and have held various roles in schools during this time, including being an Assistant Head Teacher and a Head of Middle school. I am currently a part-time teacher of History. I am originally from London but have taught in Brighton and Hove for fourteen years, at Blatchington Mill and now at Roedean.

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.

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.