Charitable Status

Brighton City Partnership for Education was awarded Charitable Status on 16th September 2015. Registered Charity Number: 1163596.

As a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO), our charitable object is to advance the education of children in Brighton particularly but not exclusively by providing support, facilities and equipment to schools in Brighton, and support to such children and their families.

Our 4 Trustees are:

Patrick Bond (Chair), Compliance Manager at American Express


Rose Wisdom - photo for websiteRose Wisdom, Freelance Consultant 

” I have been involved as a school governor since the late 1980’s and have continued to be involved with schools and governance ever since. I am currently a joint Vice Chair at a Free School. I have been a governor on a variety of governing bodies, enjoying the opportunities and challenges that this has presented in an ever changing and increasingly complex education system.  For over 14 years I have worked for Brighton & Hove Local Authority in a variety of roles supporting professional and strategic leaders in schools –  a key part of this has involved me in leading the team that provides support, advice, guidance and training for governors”.

” I am now an education consultant and executive coach working across the south east to support both schools and governing bodies in managing a period of intense change.  I have a strong personal and professional belief in the positive difference that effective governance can have on the children, young people, staff and communities of the schools in our Partnership. I am really looking forward to being involved in the Partnership as a Trustee as it enters this new exciting phase in its development “.

Diana Brightling - photo for websiteDiana Brightling, Deputy Head of the School of Education, University of Brighton

” I has spent my working life in education in Brighton, since originally moving here to train to teach.  After gaining qualified teacher status I enjoyed working in primary and middle schools in the local area until 1987, when I was seconded for a year from my post as deputy headteacher to lecture in primary mathematics education.  Somewhat to my surprise, I discovered that teaching teachers was as rewarding as teaching children and so consequently accepted the offer of permanent post at the University of Brighton where I enjoyed a rewarding in teacher education for the next 29 years”.

” As Assistant Head in the School of Education, I coordinated the university’s very large and diverse initial teacher education provision from 2001-2016.  During this time, I became influential at a national level and was invited to sit on several government-initiated working groups and advisory committees.  I  have been a very member of the University Council for the Education of Teachers (UCET), and served on this charity’s Executive Committee for several years”.

Beth Thomas-Hancock, Volunteering Manager and Mentoring Manager, University of Brighton