Governor profiles

Helen Emerson: Co-Chair (Local Authority Governor)  

Background and Interest in Governance:  

I am a Brightonian, having grown up in Coldean and Hollingdean. After college I completed a BA honours degree with Qualified Teacher Status and have worked in Brighton as a teacher for many years. My very first teaching job was at Bevendean Primary School. I have completed a Masters degree in Education Leadership and Management. Through my career I have taught PE and PSHE in secondary schools, becoming the LA secondary school PSHE adviser. I have a passion for developing the whole child including not only the intellectual development but the physical, social and emotional developments.  

I like the outdoors, playing netball, reading crime thrillers, and the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. 

I have been a governor for a number of years and am delighted to be serving the Bevendean community as Co-chair of Governors.  

Link Governor Role(s): Leadership and management, Disadvantaged pupils 

Declaration of Interest: None 

Training Completed: Governor induction, safeguarding, equalities, chairs development programme, Head teacher appraisal  

Term Expires: June 2023 


Lydia Majic: Co-Chair (Co-Opted School Governor) 

Background and Interest in Governance: 

The experience and attainment of children in education has always been important to me. As a foster carer I have witnessed the profound impact educational attainment and the inclusion of children within the school community has on the children in my care. Education and social inclusion is important for every child. I have a particular interest in governance at Bevendean Primary School and Nursery as I have been a local resident here for the past 10 years and there is really nowhere else in Brighton I would rather live given the diversity in our community. I am currently a student at the University of Law Guildford where I am studying towards a Masters in Law and I have a particular interest in education and child law.  

Link Governor Role(s): Attendance and Pupil Premium 

Declaration of Interest: Foster Carer for Local Authority, possible conflict of interest through the nature of role.  

Training Completed: Governor Induction, Headteacher Appraisal, Chairs Development Programme, Chairs Induction, Well-Being. 

Current Term: July 2019 - 2023 


Adrian Strange: Vice-Chair (Co-Op Governor), Chair of Finance, Personnel & Premises Committee  

Background and Interest in Governance: 

I am currently employed by one of the largest employers in the Brighton and Hove area, heading up the Commercial Operations department, and planning transport for the City and managing Contracts. I wanted to become a Governor as I wanted to give some of my professional training and experience back into the community. Being born and growing up in the area and also attending the school in my youth, I particularly wanted to enable my skill set to help and assist Bevendean Primary School to grow and strive in the future. I have qualifications in Business Management, Transport Management, Personnel Management and Health and Safety which includes setting budgets, legislation, logistics and corporate planning which all come in handy when running a school. I have previously been Chair of Governors at the school and seen it grow from strength to strength. In my spare time, I have hobbies in classic car restoration, being a musician (Piano) and a Brighton and Hove Albion football fan.  

Link Governor Role(s): Health and Safety  

Declaration of Interest: School Transport Contracts, Family relation works at School.  

Training Completed: Governor Induction, Safeguarding, Chairs Development Programme, Headteacher Appraisal    

Term Expires: July 2021 


Mark Dally: Associate Member 

Background and Interest in Governance: 

I became the Deputy Headteacher at Bevendean Primary School in January 2016 and joined the Governing Body as an Associate Governor at the same time. Whilst being an Associate Governor means that I cannot vote on the decisions that are made, I feel it is really important as a Senior Leader of the school to be on the Governing Body. I contribute to the discussions, clarify the school’s position on all sorts of matters and am always happy to answer any questions that Governors may have. 

Bevendean Primary School is an excellent school; the children who attend are engaged, inquisitive and have a love for learning. They are also very lucky to go to a school where their parents, the staff and the Governors at the school have such a passion for their education and improving their life chances. I feel very lucky to be part of Bevendean and being a member of staff and the Governing Body means I get to support our children and the community and in many different ways. 


Martyn Giddens: Headteacher 

Background and Interest in Governance: 

I have been Headteacher at Bevendean Primary School and Nursery coming up 6 years! I remember my first visit to Bevendean, prior to applying for the Headteacher position. The strong ethos and culture of the school was palpable which inspired me to apply for the job! I have worked in education for 31 years; 18 consecutive years as a classroom teacher in New Zealand, and in London. Bevendean Primary School and Nursery is the 10th school I have worked in, and is my 2nd Headship. I have many years of school leadership experience, both as a Deputy Headteacher and Headteacher. 

I am extremely proud to be leading the incredible team of staff at Bevendean! What do I love the most about Bevendean: the children and the staff! Our children love learning - they are engaged learners and walking round classrooms is an absolute joy! Bevendean staff are truly incredible – their dedication, commitment, experience and support! It is essential that the Governing Body fully appreciate the work undertaken by school staff and ensure that school leaders can continue to provide positive outcomes for our children. 



Sarah Miller: Associate Member 

Background and Interest in Governance: 

In September 2017, I joined Bevendean Primary School as a teacher and have taught in Year 6 and been Maths lead for the past 5 years. In 2019, I was made Assistant Head and recently joined the Governing Board as an Associate Governor. Even though this means I cannot vote on the decisions that are made, it is interesting for me to be part of the wider conversations that are had and be able to contribute where necessary to give context to discussions if needed. 

I love being part of Bevendean Primary School and Nursery. The impact we have on our children’s lives is incredibly important and something that I strive to achieve. Our children embrace the opportunities they are given, enjoy their learning experiences and aim to be the best version of themselves. The staff team and governing body clearly work together to ensure our children get what they deserve: the best! 


Hasan Kara: Parent Governor 

Background and Interest in Governance: 

Hello! My name is Hasan Kara and I have been a Parent Governor at Bevendean Primary School and Nursery since 2018. I am a father of three and all my three sons attend at the school. Living in the same community as Bevendean Primary School and Nursery gives me great opportunities to build relationships with parents as well as the children. 

I worked as a teacher for nine years in a large technical high school with over 2,000 students and 160 staff members; for most of that time, I was the Assistant Director and responsible for the school’s relationship with local small businesses in the area plus I was supporting the children over their internships at those businesses. 

I love our school and our Bevendean community and we have so many opportunities to make our school better to provide the best education that our children need and deserve. Through my governor role, I hope to help the school continue to provide excellence in Education and help to build relationships between the parents and the School. 

Link Governor Role(s): Teaching and Learning, Curriculum-English & Maths 

Declaration of Interest: Children attending in the School. 

Training Completed: Governor Induction, Safeguarding and Safer recruitment in Education. 


Eugene Arnold: Co-Opted GovernorChair of Curriculum Standards and Pupil Welfare Committee 

Background and Interest in Governance:  

I am a technically minded person with a thirst for learning all thinks technical and risky. I currently work for one of the world’s largest financial companies as a risk Analyst. I have a very wide remit due to working in the same department for 14 years. 

My employer, on occasions arranges for groups of Employees to attend various schools to do book readings with children. I took part in this exercise and its what first got me interested in children’s education. 

I wanted to become a governor because I heard from friends who were governors about how educational it was and how the decisions they made had a big difference. I am not from Brighton but have spent most of my Brighton residency (25 Years) living in Moulsecoomb and Bevendean. I like the area very much and I want to give something to the local community. I feel children are such an important part in the shaping of the future they should be getting the best education possible.  Good schools need good governors!. 

My hobbies and interests: 

I like learning how things work; I literally take technology apart to see the inner workings of the hardware and coding inside. I found this helps me better understand the whole picture. 

Football: I am an Arsenal fan. Enough saidJ 

Ancient History: I have a vast interest in ancient history 

Technology J I am a very big geek J 

And of course I love spending time with my family and close friends. 

Link Governor Role(s): GDPR, Growth Mindset & Launchpad 

Declaration of Interest: My son is a pupil at the school. My wife is a volunteer at the school & I am co-chair of FABS. 

Training Completed: School Development Planning, Training Link Governor Network, School Finance: The School Budget, Sound Financial Management, Budget Monitoring and Forecasting, Governor Induction, Headteacher Appraisal & Objective setting, Safeguarding & Child Protection  

Term Expires: July 2021