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BCPFE team

BCPFE staff

The BCPFE team is a small group of staff responsible for delivering our work.
The team is based at our office next to Middle Street Primary School.

Photo of Phillipa Fleming, Family Support Worker Phillipa Fleming, Family Support Worker
Photo of Mary Finlay, Family Support Worker Mary Finlay, Family Support Worker
Photo of Annabelle Walker, Family Support Worker Annabelle Walker, Family Support Worker
Photo of Belinda Vorster, Partnership Administrator Belinda Vorster, Partnership Administrator
Photo of Kay Cowling, PE & School Sports SpecialistKay Cowling, PE & School Sports Specialist


BCPFE Trustees

Patrick Bond, Chair of Trustees

Image of Patrick Bond - BCPFE Chair of TrusteesI have been a Trustee for The Brighton City Partnership for Education for 2 years, and am Chair of Trustees. I have worked for American Express for nine years, holding a number of different positions within the company in both leadership and project roles. I have extensive experience in people leadership, business management and more specifically an understanding of cost saving and investment methods.

Currently living in Brighton, I have a keen interest in the wellbeing of the local community and am particularly passionate about children’s education and its pivotal role in the continued improvement of the local area.


Photo of Beth Thomas-Hancock BCPFE TrusteeBeth Thomas-Hancock

I work at the University of Brighton as the Volunteering Manager and Mentoring Manager based in Student Services. I joined the Governing Body of Elm Grove Primary School in 2009 and was Chair of Governors from 2010 to 2016. I also chaired the Governors group at BCPFE from 2013 to 2016.

I currently volunteer as a mentor with the Girls Network and I also mentor within a Public Service organisation. I am a member of the Partnership in Education Strategic Committee based at the University of Brighton and I am Chair of the Volunteer Champions Group in the City.

I enjoy working with people and passionately believe that by working in partnership we can achieve so much more.

BCPFE is a great example of how much more can be delivered and how much more value can be gained for schools by working together to improve outcomes for Children.

I’m really looking forward to being a Trustee with BCPFE and being part of the future strategic development of the partnership.

Photo of Sarah FarringdonSarah Farringdon

I have a business background spanning more than 25 years. After over 12 years working in various management roles for large organisations, including Rank Hovis McDougal and British Airways, I became a Director of a management consultancy company. The consultancy specialises in HR, Change Management, Customer Service and Communications and clients range from small start-ups to blue chip companies, working in both the public and the private sector, including The National School of Government, Openskies, Pepsico ,VistaJet and Air New Zealand.

I also have a background in education. I gained an MBA from Lancaster University in 1995 and currently combine my professional role with lecturing and have spent over 12 years working with City University and The European College  of Business and Management, teaching business management and human resource management.

Photo of Diana BrightlingDiana Brightling

I have 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.  I discovered that teaching teachers was as rewarding as teaching children and so consequently accepted the offer of a permanent post at the University of Brighton where I enjoyed a rewarding career 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 active member of the University Council for the Education of Teachers (UCET), and served on this charity’s Executive Committee for several years.