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Governors Biographies

Please click on a name below to find out more about each of our Governors. 

  • Zoe Rusbridge - Anstey - Chair of Governors

    I have been a governor for nearly 4 years now. My previous employment roles have meant that I have had a long-standing connection with Hill Park School, having previously been the Operations Director for Extratime. This connection has spanned across nearly 16  years.

    My career has focused on extended day provisions across the city, in particular, inclusive out of school services. This has now led me to take on the Extended Day Services Manager role based at both Hill Park and Downs View Hubs.

  • Sally Howell - Vice Chair of Governors

    I am a parent to two young people with SEN. My daughter used to attend Hillside School and I have remained involved as a governor even though she is no longer at the school.


    I am also a governor at Downs View School, a trustee of Extratime and Amaze and a founder member and fundraiser for Brighton Pebbles.

  • Sarah Chaston

    I have been a staff governor for 18 months and have worked at Hill Park school since September 2014. I am a mother to 2 children and previously worked in the banking industry for over 25 years. During this time of expansion and change within the school I am excited to support and develop this process for both staff and pupils. 

  • Lisa Grufferty

    I am a mother of 2 girls and my eldest daughter is at Hill Park School and joined in 2015 (Year 2).


    I have worked at Gatwick Airport for over 28 years.  I am currently the Head of Strategic Planning for the airport owners (GAL).  I have held various senior positions including, project and programme management.  I have led various sizes of teams and have gained experience in strategic planning, budget and staff management.


    I joined the Governors in June 2017, I enjoy being part of the team and using my Business expertise whilst ensuring that we continue to improve all children's education, as everyone deserves to reach their full potential.

  • Amanda Stockford


  • Elizabeth Wood

    I am privileged to approach my role as a governor from a dual perspective: currently I have two daughters (aged 5 and 13) happily attending Hill Park and I was previously a teacher at the school for 18 years before leaving to adopt my second child.
    During my twenty-three years teaching, I worked mainly with students who have profound and multiple learning difficulties. I now continue this passion as a parent. I am keen to ensure an on-going, excellent educational provision for the diverse needs of all pupils attending Hill Park School.

    I am enjoying being a governor at this exciting time of expansion and development of our school and am looking forward to experiencing the wide range of opportunities provided when my eldest daughter moves to the upper site in September, whilst my youngest continues through the Lower site.

    In my 'spare time' I am a volunteer befriender for Amaze's Face2Face project and when time permits I am involved in the PTA.

  • Clare Whitworth

    I have a 9 year old son that attends Hill Park. Before having my son I worked in various roles then became a mature student attending The University of Sussex going on to become a Secondary and Sixth form teacher. I now work as an Individual Needs Assistant/Teacher in a main stream Primary School.
    In my spare time I enjoy reading and sewing. I also spend quite a bit of our time visiting cafes and trains with my son that I also enjoy. I also volunteer for the local charity Amaze as a Face2face befriender.

  • Emma Braddick
    Hello, my name is Emma and i have been a Parent Governor at Hill Park School for about a year.
    I have a BA (hons) degree in Graphic Design and worked as a designer before having my son.
    I now run my own business selling handmade jewellery and hair accessories.
    I am really enjoying my role as a governor and hope that parents feel they can talk to me with any issues or questions they may have.
  • Sarah Berliner

    Hello, I am Sarah Berliner. I am really pleased to be a governor at Hill Park and hope I can contribute to help this lovely school provide the education and nurture that is just right for your children.

    My background is in teaching and I worked as a teacher in Portslade for 6 years. I am an early years specialist and have spent many years teaching in reception and nursery classes. I am passionate about play and outdoor learning for children

     For the last 8 years, I have been a team leader of EMAS (Ethnic Minority Achievement Service) a service to support bilingual and Black Minority Ethnic children achieve in Brighton and Hove schools.

    I am a mother of two and have interests in music, reading, and dance. I am passionate about equality and creating opportunities for individuals.

    I am the Local Authority governor which means I am able to offer some feedback about current ideas and directives in terms of the council and I can share key messages between school and local authority officers.

  • Gary Gill


  • Robert Hardy

    I have worked as a SEND Manager for different councils around the country and joined the Governing Body to try to support the school to continue to do its very best to support the children who attend.

  • Samantha Simson

    My name is Sam and I have recently joined the Governing Body at Hill Park School. I have been working as a teacher at the school for the past 3 years, mainly working in the PMLD department. I have been involved in the recent transition from Hillside / Downs Park Schools into the merged Hill Park School and have enjoyed being a part of this process. I look forward to continuing to support the school to grow and develop in its new form. 

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