Meet The Governors

Chair of Governors – Stevie Atkins

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.”




Vice Chair of Governors – Ingrid Laycock

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.

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.



Headteacher – Anne Cox

Anne moved to Queen’s Park Primary School in 2007 to take up her second Headship. She was born and brought up in Brighton and left after university to teach in Essex returning to her home town after a few years.

When she doesn’t have her Headteacher hat she loves to travel and read.

As a Headteacher Governor she works with the Governing Body to ensure that the school is running as smoothly as possible both with on the ground reflection and strategically.



Chair of the Teaching and Learning Committee – Cheryl Hassell 

Cheryl has lived in Brighton since 1997 and has been the Local Authority Governor for Queens Park since 2012.

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.”



Adrian Phillips

Adrian moved to Hove in 2016 having worked overseas for a number of years. He wanted to get involved in the local community so applied to become a Governor at Queens Park. Adrian is passionate about supporting the school which he says  “is a wonderful place, very inclusive and has an extremely committed team of teachers, teaching assistants and support staff.”

Having  3 children Adrian knows the importance of a welcoming school environment that strives for the best for it’s pupils.

Adrian is a lawyer, and spends his days advising clients on litigation strategy.


Sharon McNamara

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 February 2020.



Jonathan Burnhill

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.”





Tamara Hoodless

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.


Clerk to Governors – Chelle McCann


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 primary school children in the city and feels passionate about working with local schools in a supportive way. “The board of Governors at Queens Park are a very friendly bunch and are very focussed on ensuring the school excels.”




If you are interested in becoming a Governor at Queens Park please do get in touch!