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Governance of City Academy Whitehawk:

Principal Sponsor:   Aurora Academies Trust 

Aurora Academies Trust Governance

Aurora Academies Trust Organisational Chart

On a local level the academy is governed by a Local Academy Board (LAB).  Please click here to view the LAB Terms of Reference.  Here is an introduction to the members of the Board:

Mark Church, Head of School

David Bailey - Parent LAB member

I'm originally from Newport, South Wales.  My family moved here in 2006. I have worked in the youth service as a youth worker and sports coach until quite recently when I had to give up work to care for my partner who became unexpectedly ill.  In my spare time I like to run and have completed the Brighton Marathon 4 times.

Christa Beesley - co-opoted LAB member

Richard Benton-Stace - co-opoted LAB member

Richard Snowden - Parent LAB member

Laurie Fry - Co-opted LAB member

Laurie Fry is a semi retired businessman. He spent much of his career working abroad, mainly in Russia and eastern Europe. He has links with Brighton going back 40 years, although originally from south Wales. He is now involved in a number of educational projects, with a particular interest in languages and music. With two young granddaughters he has a personal interest in early years education.

Maggie Mansell - Staff LAB member

Janis Taylor - Co-opted LAB member

I retired from my post as headteacher of Hove Junior School in 2015.  Since then I have continued to work as an independent consultant.  After 40 years working in the field of primary education I remain passionate about every child’s right to access a high quality and stimulating education in order to ensure they get the best possible life chances.  A vital component in this is ensuring schools work closely together, share expertise, skills and knowledge and that they view all pupils wellbeing and education as a joint responsibility.   Throughout my career I have been very fortunate to work in variety of positions in which I feel I have had opportunities to share my expertise and learn from others.  My varied career has included:

  • Ten years as a class teacher at Whitehawk Junior School
  • Two years as deputy headteacher at Somerhill Junior School (now Brunswick Primary)
  • Eight years as headteacher of Middle Street Primary School : during this time I was seconded for a year to the first school to be placed in Special Measures in East Sussex (Rodmell Primary School)
  • Two years as headteacher of Ocklynge Junior School (Eastbourne)
  • Ten years working in West Sussex with the advisory service.  I enjoyed the challenges of a range of different roles, all of which involved working closely with schools and encouraging them to work together. My main roles were:
  • Attached Adviser to a number of Primary schools(SIP/SPA work)
  • Senior Consultant Headteacher leading a team of advisers and advisory teachers who mainly worked in schools causing concern or in an identified Ofsted category
  • Primary Strategy Manager, working at a local and national level, supporting the implementation of the National Strategies and leading the “Primary Leadership Programme” 
  • Principal Adviser, Head of School Improvement(Primary). Whilst this was a strategic role, I worked closely with the Primary Team and led training re the creative curriculum, “Excellence and Enjoyment”  and Aspiring Leaders. I also organised the annual West Sussex headteachers residential conferences during this time.
  • Eight years as headteacher of Hove Junior School. Whilst I had loved the time spent in West Sussex missed being in a school community and the daily contact with children. Returning to headship was a decision I never regretted. It was a challenging but rewarding time, watching a strong team develop and see the school move from satisfactory to securely good. During this period the school supported another local school-judged by Ofsted as being in need of special measures-focusing, in particular, on building leadership capacity.

In my role as an independent consultant working in Brighton and Hove and East and West Sussex over the last two years I have:

  • Undertaken in depth leadership reviews
  • Supported schools and governors to prepare for an Ofsted inspection and reviewed their “Ofsted Readiness”
  • Undertaken reviews in schools re their journey towards outstanding
  • Led a range of inset and training (subject and phase leadership, curriculum and planning, self evaluation, school improvement planning etc)
  • Acted as a School Partnership Adviser to a range of schools
  • Undertaken headteacher performance management, data reviews, reviews of teaching and learning, work scrutinies etc
  • Coached leaders/teachers
  • Acted as a new headteacher mentor
  • Chaired the Hove Partnership of schools
  • Chaired the “Working With Others” accreditation committee
  • Worked for a charitable organisation, which is leading training and development in the Gujarat(India), writing a training programme for headteachers.

Most recently I have joined the governing body at City Academy Whitehawk and I  am very much looking forward to getting involved in the school community as a whole. 


David Williams - Co-opted LAB member



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