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Governors are like a Board of Directors who make decisions about how the school is run.

Governors work with senior leaders in the strategic development of the school and in raising standards of achievement. Duties include setting the school’s vision, aims & objectives, approving the school budget and appointing the headteacher.  School Governors have legal duties, powers and responsibilities.

Governors must both support and challenge the headteacher, so need to gain an understanding of the school’s overall performance in order to explain its decisions and actions. They do this by attending regular meetings, carrying out school visits and meeting with senior leaders. They also attend training in order to keep up to date with the requirements of their role. Governors work as a team and make collective decisions.


Brackenbury Governing Board
Shelley  Baker - ChairShelley  Baker - Chair

Lizzie Mullarky 


Chris Georgiou

Katie Ray

Peter Bode

Mark Truman

Ady Bates-Holland

Mary Hutchinson



Matt Lindner



Ben Lewis





Emily Taylor








Governing Body at Brackenbury Primary School

Name of governor Governor type Original Appointment date Appointed By Current term
Shelley Baker - Chair Co-opted 01.09.2017 Governing Body 01.09.17- 01.09.21
Adrian Bates-Holland Associate 01.11.2016 Governing Body 29.11.18-28.11.22
Chris Georgiou Parent 04.12.2013 Elected by Parents 04.12.13 - 04.12.17
Mary Hutchinson Co-opted 25.01.18 Governing Body 25.01.18-24.01.22
Ben Lewis Parent 10.12.18 Parents 10.12.18 - 09.12.22
Matt Lindner Co-opted 02.12.2014 Governing Body 12.07.18 - 12.07.22
Lizzie Mullarky Headteacher 03.04.2017 Member by virtue of their office 03.04.17 - 03.04.21
Katie Ray Co-opted 12.07.18 Governing Body 12.07.18 - 12.07.22
Emily Taylor Parent Governor 24.06.19 Parents 24.06.19 - 23.06.23
Mark Truman Staff 12.10.2017 Member by virtue of their office 12.10.17 - 12.10.21
Karina  Williamson Associate  20.09.18 Governing Body 20.09.18 - 19.09.22

In the past 12 months we also had the following members on the Brackenbury School governing body

Claire Cornthwaite Co-opted 23.11.17 Governing Body Resigned
Melanie Paulding Co-opted 18.12.2014 Governing Body Resigned
Sam Cosham Parent 12.07.18 Elected by parents Resigned

Associate members are appointed by the governing body to serve on one or more governing body committee. They may also attend full governing body meetings. They are not governors and therefore do not have a vote in governing body decisions, but may be given a vote on decisions made by committees to which they are appointed.

Governing Body at Brackenbury

Register of Interests 2018

Register of interests 2018-19

Attendance at meetings


Governing Body Meeting Dates 2018-2019

Full Governing Board Meetings 

20th September, 29th November,

17th January, 28th March, 16th May,

11th July 

Finance Committee Meetings 

8th November, 31st January,

28th March, 25th April

Data, Teaching & Learning Committee Meetings  18th October, 6th December

Minutes of the Full Governing Board and Committees can be viewed on request. Please contact the clerk to the governors at annajohnson@brackenbury.brighton-hove.sch.uk

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