Meet The Governors

There are 13 Governor spaces at Queen’s Park School who meet 6 times a year.

Stevie Atkins – Chair of Governors

Co-Opted Governor. Re-appointed 4.11.2020

Declarations of Interest: Friendship with a teacher at Queen’s Park School.

Stevie has been a governor at Queen’s Park since 2016, and chair of governors since 2018.  He brings experience from the private sector, having worked for American Express since 2004, in corporate governance since 2011, and having completed a Master’s in Business Administration in 2015.

Stevie loves getting involved with the local community.  He has been supporting children and young adults for many years through American Express mentoring programs and volunteering as a Youth Advisor at the YMCA Youth Advice Centre.

“Queen’s Park Primary has a fantastic spirit.  I’m proud to have this great responsibility, to celebrate our diversity, and to play a leading role in setting high standards for everybody.”


Ingrid Laycock

Vice Chair of Governors, Parent Governor. Appointed 20.12.2019

Declarations of Interest: Supports Save Our Schools 

Ingrid has 2 children who both went to Queen’s Park Primary School so she knows the school and its pivotal role in the community really well. She was elected to the role by other parents at the school.

Drawing on her own personal experience she understand the importance of  high expectations and having things that inspire you. She believes that a good education can take you on a path you never dreamt possible for yourself, and in her case being the first in my family to gain a university degree, emigrating, and building a career in corporate communications (and a life!) in a different country.

“I have always felt that our school worked at its best when all stakeholders worked together, and I have enjoyed participating in community activity such as the QPSA fundraising events and being part of the EAL (English as a Second Language) parent group who met regularly, cooking up a storm and supporting each other”

Ingrid joined the governing board in January 2020 and hopes is that she can contribute to developing and fulfilling the aspirations of our children.

Cheryl Hassell

Local Authority Governor with link lead for Teaching and Learning. Appointed 28.6.2020

Declarations of Interest: Nil return

Cheryl has lived in Brighton since 1997 and has been the Local Authority Governor for Queens Park since 2012. She was recommended to join  the board by the Local Authority.

Cheryl is now retired but has spent most of her working life in Education and was Headteacher of a Secondary School in Outer London for 17 Years.

“I have a real passion for learning and for enabling all children to achieve everything they can – in whatever direction that may lie.”


Sharon McNamara

Co-Opted Governor and Safeguarding Link Governor. Appointed 10.3.2020.

Declarations of Interest: Nil return

Sharon is a co-opted school governor at Queens Park Primary and has significant links to the school in her family.

“I am grateful to be able to rekindle those links again.  I am Brighton born and bred and have lived in the city most of my life except for the 3 years I trained to be a Nurse in Worthing. I want to do something valuable for our community and I believe being part of the team of Governors is where I can do this.”

Sharon has worked in Health & Social Care for over 30 years. Her background in Safeguarding, Compliance and Health & Safety which have already been put to good use when she joined the team in March 2020.

Jonathan Burnhill

Co-Opted Governor and Link Governor for Leadership and Management. Appointed 23.9.2020.

Declarations of Interest: 2 children attend Queen’s Park School. Teacher at Stanford Junior School.

Jonathan has two children at Queen’s Park and loves the unique diversity and inclusivity that the school offers. His family have lived in Hanover for the last 10 years.

He is a teacher at another primary school in Brighton and hopes to bring both a teacher and parent viewpoint to the governing board.

“I hope to use my skills to build on the strengths of the school and be a part of its successful future.”


Fiona Cunningham

Parent Governor. Appointed 2.2.2022

Declaration of Interests: 2 children attend Queen’s Park School

My two children are at QPS and we are new to Brighton, enjoying the inclusive nature of the city and of the school.

As the director of a global charitable foundation – Academy for Impact through Music (AIM) – I lead on teacher training, capacity-building and impact evidence support to help music educators enable outstanding learning to help students fulfil their potential, particularly those at risk of being left behind.

I became a qualified secondary school teacher in 2o04 and am passionate about addressing inequality and the transformational power of the arts.

I am so looking forward to learning alongside and supporting the QPS leadership in our collective efforts to achieve excellence and inclusion for all.


Tamara Hoodless

Co-Opted Governor and Link Governor for SEND. Appointed 14.12.2019.

Declarations of Interest: Nil return

Tamara has worked at Queens Park Primary as a Learning Mentor and as an Autism Champion. She was co-opted into the governing body at the end of 2019. She attends the Health & safety, safeguarding and premises sub-committee and ia also the link governor for behaviour.

Tamara has has worked in education for 15 years, predominantly as a Teaching assistant. Other roles have included the delivery of speech and language programmes, nurture groups, Phonics, maths and reading interventions.  “Prior to my role as a Learning Mentor, I spent 3 years as an Individual Needs Assistant for a child with Down’s syndrome. My area of expertise is inclusion, SEND support and restorative approaches for behaviour.”

In her spare time Tamara is often found in wellies, at my allotment, where she tries to be as self-sufficient as possible by growing her own fruit and vegetables.

Catherine Lane

Co-opted Governor and Link Governor for Pupil Premium. Appointed 10.3.2020.

Declarations of Interest: Nil return

Catherine is a former pupil of Queens Park Primary School and was appointed Governor in 2019. She has worked in and for the Pharmaceutical Industry for much of her life and completed a BSc in Biological Sciences and a Masters in Business Administration. She now owns and manages Brighton based businesses in the hospitality and technology sectors.

Peter Osbourne

Co-opted Governor and Link Governor for Health, Safety and Premise. Appointed 13.7.2019.

Declarations of Interest: Nil return

Naomi Gosling 

Co-opted Governor. Appointed 7.7.2022

Kirsty Murray – Acting Headteacher

Staff Governor.

This role was elected by other staff at the school. Appointed 9.7.2021.

Declarations of Interest: Deputy Headteacher at Queen’s Park School.


Chelle McCann

Clerk to Governors 


Chelle became the Clerk to Governors in May 2020 having previously worked as a freelance blogger and for the local adoption team. She is a mum to 3 school aged children in the city and feels passionate about working with local schools in a supportive way.




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