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Introducing the Goldstone Governors....

Governors know and support the school well.  Ofsted July 2023

Jeremy Kempton - Chair/Chair of HR, Finance & Premises


I have two boys at Goldstone (in years 3 and 5) and have been a parent governor since March 2019. I am the chair of the Finance, HR and Estates sub-committee and am the governor subject lead for the maths and the citizenship/PSHE/SRE areas.

Away from Goldstone I have worked as a civil servant in central government for nearly 20 years and am currently a Deputy Director in the Department for International Trade, having previously worked in the Home Office, Department for Work and Pensions and Department for Education.

I hope that this has given me a broad range of skills and experience that I can draw on as a school governor to help maintain Goldstone as a great place for our children to learn and grow.

Simon Morse


I became the Minister of Goldstone Church in 2015, leading a congregation that has met at Goldstone School since 1991. My grand-daughter was at Goldstone, so I wanted to be more involved in the life of the school. As a result, I was really pleased to be made a co-opted governor from September 2022.

Prior to becoming a church Minister, my professional background was as an accountant, mainly in the charity sector.

Together with my fellow governors, I look forward to ensuring that Goldstone School continues to be the great place for young people to grow and learn.

Flo Sparham


I came to Goldstone Primary school in September 2015 to teach whole class music as a subject specialism around the school. In this role I have been privileged to teach every year group from nursery to year 6, to lead the school choir and orchestra and support our whole school music and performance curriculum. Before coming to Goldstone, I taught as a class teacher in various year groups at schools in Brighton &Hove and East Sussex. I have three children and have served as a parent governor in the past, I am enthusiastic about community engagement and working with others to create and maintain opportunities for all our children. 

I am excited to be part of the governing body and represent my colleagues at our dynamic and forward-looking school. I am particularly interested in equality and diversity and strengthening engagement with all of our community stakeholders.

Teresa Murphy


I have two sons who are currently at Goldstone and have always wanted to contribute and give back to the school.

My background is in education and working with young people. I have spent twelve years as a Secondary and Sixth Form teacher and, while teaching became a Widening Participation Coordinator, working with students who were first in their family to apply to university. As someone from a similar background, I have always valued a good foundation in education and the importance of widening access to opportunities and a supportive learning environment.

While taking a career break to bring up my sons, I tutored and supported students hoping to get to university, working with students with special educational needs, which has given me a different perspective on teaching and was incredibly rewarding. I have an insight into working for the school as a breakfast club playworker, supporting Year 3 children, which was fulfilling and has showed me the importance of a good start to the day for children attending the club. In the past three years, I have been a Personal Tutor at BHASVIC, where I have taught students a range of PSHE topics, including looking after your mental health and wellbeing, which is so important for young people. As a parent governor I hope to play a positive role in shaping the development of the school and making sure it continues as a fantastic place for children to learn and grow.

Michelle Peel

I am a mother of two, 12 year old girl and 11 years old boy and our family has lived in Hove for 16 years. I feel very privileged to have been elected as co-opted governor and I hope to bring my experience and dedication to ensuring the success and well-being of our students, staff, and wider school community.


Most of my career, I have had the opportunity to be an entrepreneur, setting up businesses such as home visiting opticians to support more vulnerable in our community as well as working as management consultant. I am currently the interim COO of Age UK West Sussex Brighton and Hove. I hope my experience will be able to provide insights that contribute to strategic decision-making and the continuous improvement of our school. Above all, I'm passionate about education and believe that every student deserves access to quality learning experiences. By becoming a co-opted governor, I see an opportunity to leverage my skills and experiences to support the school in achieving its mission and ensuring that students receive the best possible education.


I'm excited about the prospect of contributing to the success of the school and the positive impact it has on the lives of its students and the community it serves.


Annie Russell - Chair of SDP Committee

I have one child at Goldstone, with another who has now left for secondary, following a very happy time at the school. I was really pleased to be elected as a parent governor in May 2021 as I have always enjoyed being part of the Goldstone community and was keen to contribute to the school’s development, helping it to thrive and face future challenges.

My professional background is in communications, much of it in the public sector, and most recently at the Department for Education, managing campaigns and channels for both adults and young people. Other previous roles have been at Acas, sharing workplace and HR advice and guidance, and overseeing digital communications at the Youth Justice Board. I am now in a marketing position at Grace Eyre - a local charity that supports people with learning disabilities.

These roles have helped increase my knowledge, awareness, skills and interest in various relevant areas, which I aim to bring to my role as a governor, alongside my perspective as a parent and keenness to learn more. 


Mita Patel

“I have one child at Goldstone and have been a parent governor since April 2021. Over the years, I’ve really enjoyed supporting the school in its work on sustainability and in making the most of our fantastic school grounds. It’s been great to see the gardens benefiting children and teachers in outdoor learning and in supporting their mental & physical health.

Born and raised in the city I have been involved in various community organisations and projects, promoting culture, diversity and inclusion, from a very young age. It’s great to see that Goldstone is made up of such a diverse community in both cultures and background.

Away from Goldstone I am the Sustainability Lead at Brighton & Hove City Council and have been working in sustainability for over 20 years. I'm passionate about protecting our environment and supporting a shift to more sustainable ways of thinking, living and working that can have a positive rather than negative impact to our lives and the planet. Amongst other things, I currently oversee the schools environmental and climate education programme which will be embedding climate & sustainability learning more firmly into the curriculum and classroom learning - supporting teachers with knowledge and resources they need to prepare our children for the future and the opportunities a more environmentally aware society will bring.

I look forward to working with the whole school community in building on the hard work that has been achieved over the years in making Goldstone such a great place to work and learn.”


Andy Peart

I have a daughter at Goldstone in Year 5 and have always been impressed by the school and the community that surrounds it so I was really happy to be elected as a parent governor in May 2021.

My background is in trade unionism. I worked for the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL) (now the National Education Union) for eighteen years where I was an Assistant General Secretary with the responsibility for managing the legal and representation department. I currently work for the Ministry of Justice as an Employment Tribunal member.

During my time working for an education union I learnt a great deal about the school system and the challenges that face teachers and support staff as well as the factors which combine to make a successful school. I hope to utilise the knowledge and experience I gained over those years to contribute to the thriving learning environment which already exists at Goldstone.


Genevieve Roberts

I have two children at Goldstone, and my youngest is looking forward to joining Little Owls when she turns three. I love being part of Goldstone’s warm-hearted community and was delighted to be elected as a parent governor in February 2024; it’s a privilege to be able to support our school. 

Away from Goldstone, I work as a newspaper journalist. I write a weekly parenting column for the i newspaper and features for nationals. I'm author of Going Solo: My choice to become a single parent using a donor (published by Little, Brown). Before children, I worked as a news editor for the i newspaper. 

I hope to draw on my skills and experience, and my perspective as a parent, to help maintain Goldstone as a wonderful, nurturing school for our children to learn and grow.


Morgan Griffiths

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I have two young daughters, the eldest of which is at the school and the youngest we hope to become a Little Owl soon, and have been a Co-opted Governor since April 2024. Having been a Governor in a brief stint when my wife and I lived in London, I was delighted to have this opportunity to contribute to the Goldstone community.

Professionally I work in the Nesta Group - Nesta is a leading innovation charity with a major focus on education (specifically Early Years and how to eliminate the educational disadvantage gap). I work predominantly with the Behavioural Insights Team; once part of the UK Government, we're a socially-impact consultancy applying behavioural science to a wide range of fields (including education, working with the likes of DfEschools around the country).

This combination of personal and professional experience makes me perfectly placed to help Goldstone continue to flourish and provide an outstanding, enriching education.


Name Role Term of Office Appointed by Original date Committee & group Business /Financial Interests 
Jeremy Kempton Chair 27.03.2023-26.03.2027 Governing Body 11.01.2019

Finance, HR & Premises

Parent of child attending Goldstone Primary 
Declared 16.10.2023
Annie Russell Vice Chair  28.05.2021-27.05.2025 Elected by parents  28.05.2021 TBC

Parent of child attending Goldstone Primary
Declared 16.10.2023

Anne Gibbs Head Teacher 01.09.2022
Member by virtue of their office 01.09.2022 ALL N/A
Flo Sparham Staff 08.12.2020-07.12.2024 Co-opted 08.12.2024 SDP

Staff member 
Declared 01.09.2024

Mita Patel LA Governor 09.02.2021-08.02.2025 LA 09.02.2021 Finance, HR & Premises Parent of child attending Goldstone Primary
Declared 16.10.2024


Parent 28.05.2021
Parents 28.05.2021 Finance, HR & Premises Parent of children attending Goldstone Primary
Employee of Brighton & Hove Council
Declared 16.10.2024
Teresa Murphy Parent 28.05.2021
Parents 28.05.2021 SDP Parent of children attending Goldstone Primary
Employee at 6th Form College
Declared 16.10.2024



Co-opted 04.07.2022 TBC Member of political party
Declared 16.10.2024
Simon Morse Co-opted 04.07.2022
Co-opted 04.07.2022 TBC Grandparent of child attending Goldstone Primary
Minister of Goldstone Church who meet at Goldstone Primary
Declared 16.10.2024
Co-opted 26.01.2024
Co-opted 26.01.2024 TBC Declared 29.04.2024
Co-opted 26.01.2024
Co-opted 26.01.2024 TBC Declared 29.04.2024
Co-opted 26.01.2024
Co-opted 26.01.2024 TBC Declared 29.04.2024
Michelle Offen 23.02.2024
Parents 23.02.2024 TBC Declared 29.04.2024
Genevieve Roberts 23.02.2024
Parents 23.02.2024 TBC Declared 29.04.2024
Emma Lynn Clerk to Governors N/A N/A N/A N/A Declared 01.09.2024
Iain Henderson Deputy Head  N/A N/A N/A N/A Associate Member-No Voting Rights. 


Our Governors do not hold governance roles in other schools. 

 Advanced issues found

Governors that have left within the last 12 months


Name Role Term of Office Appointed by
James Gomez Parent 25.02.2020-24.02.2024 Parents
John Cooper Co-opted 17.01.2023-22.01.2024 Co-opted
Nicole Monney Co-opted 02.11.2019-13.10.2023 Co-opted


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