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Introducing Our BPS Governors

Marina Gutierrez

Marina Gutierrez has been involved in Education and Education Governance for the last 15 years, specialising in bilingualism and biculturalism. Marina has also worked as a Spanish teacher for children and adults. As one of the founders of the Bilingual Primary school her passion and drive led to the creation of the school we know today.

Marina - Governor

Raul Ortiz Perez

Hola, ¿qué tal? Soy de León, del noroeste de España. I moved to Brighton in 2011. The world of SEND and education are important passions of mine. Additionally, I love languages, travelling and learning from other cultures. I also enjoy social gatherings after lunch (sobremesa), dancing and keeping fit. I am a Deputy Head teacher in a SEN school and I am very pleased to be part of the governing body at the BPS. I studied my teaching degree in Spain and obtained my QTS in the UK. I also studied a PGCert in Autism by the University of Brighton.

Raul Ortiz Perez - Governor

Emma Creed

Hola! I have been involved with the Bilingual School since 2012 when my eldest son started in reception, he has two younger brothers still in the school and I am a regular at the school gates. I have a BA in Communications and Spanish and have just completed my MSc in Psychology having written a thesis on bilingual education. I have been teaching swimming since 2010 and have a varied background in TEFL, events, marketing and communications. I have a strong passion for languages having lived and worked in several countries around the world and am passionate about the advantages of bilingual education.

PHOTO-Emma Creed

Micky Sandall

I qualified as a chartered accountant and worked in industry and the charity sector as a Finance Director, retiring in 2020. My employer for the previous 11 years was Ark Academy Trust, including a network of some 40 schools, where I was Finance Director of the parent charity and latterly Director of Governance. I acted as a governor for 8 years and chaired 3 Ark primaries in Hastings. I have 3 grandchildren at BPS and was delighted to join as a Governor at the start of 2023. I have a passion for music and sport and look forward to supporting our school.


Ainhoa Tyrrell

Hi dear BPS Community! I am Ainhoa and I volunteer as Co-Opted Governor on our school board presently serving as Co-Chair. I joined the governing board because my child attends the BPS and I wanted to contribute to our wider school community. I am originally German and Spanish, grew up in a trilingual household and attended several bilingual schools internationally. Bilingual education is very dear to my heart, and I feel fortunate that our children have such a wonderful opportunity here in Hove. Outside of mum and governor mode, I work in Healthcare communications with a strong focus on creating solutions, programme and budget management, as well as events. When opportunity allows, I support our Diversity and Inclusion initiatives as well as youth mentoring.

Ainhoa - Governor

Jurjen Holsheimer

Jurjen Holsheimer is a Early Years and Childcare Strategy Manager for the Brighton & Hove City Council. He line-manages 3 of the 6 nurseries which are look after the wellbeing and early education of some of the most vulnerable children in the city, and has a wealth of experience in child psychology and Early Years education.

Javier - Govenor

DR Lizbeth Navas-Aleman

Dr Lizbeth Navas-Aleman is an experienced consultant in International Development issues. She works with a variety of international organisations on a wide range of social (bilingualism, xenophobia, disability rights) and economic issues (industrial upgrading, private sector development), with special emphasis on Latin America and Latin American communities abroad.

Lizbeth - Governor

Samantha Lanaway

I am a bilingual (Spanish/English) education and international development practitioner with over 20 years’ experience in education management, cultural relations, and international development. Organisational learning and improvement and people development have always been at the heart of my work, which has focused on secondary and higher education, international development and cultural relations. I hold a Master’s in Nonprofit Management and a Bachelors degree in Education. I started my career as a secondary school teacher in Canada, before moving to Peru where I lived for almost 20 years and held various roles in higher education institutions before serving as Country Director Peru for the British Council. I moved to Brighton in 2022 and I’m thrilled to form part of the Bilingual Primary School’s community. 

Sam Lanaway 2023

Christina Curtis

Christina Curtis is a communications and events management specialist with 20 years experience as a senior editor in broadcast news. Now working in the humanitarian sector she has two children at the Bilingual school and is committed to the vision of bilingual education for all.

Christina - Governor

Simon King

I joined the Bilingual Primary School in September 2020 as Headteacher after spending the previous five years as head of a maintained school in Hertfordshire. I have experience of school leadership in South America (Chile) as well as in the UK and completed an MA in education with the Institute of Education, UCL in 2015 with a focus on engagement and motivation within the context of a bilingual school. Experiences of working in Latin America (Guatemala, Honduras and Chile) and bringing up children in a bilingual, bicultural household underlie my commitment to bilingual education and the myriad of benefits that it provides.

Simon - Headteacher

Dr Janet Enever

Dr Janet Enever is a former primary teacher and retired professor of primary foreign languages education, having worked in universities in London, Poland, Hungary and Sweden and conducted research and consultancy in Latin America, Europe and Asia. In retirement she co-edits a research journal on language teaching for young learners.

Janet - Governor

Bilingual Primary School Governing Body

Please see below for the full list of Governors from September 2023:




Elected by

Term of Office

Marina Gutierrez

Governor, Member & Director

Co Vice Chair of Governors


12 Oct 2022 - 11 Oct 2026

Raul Ortiz Perez

Governor Co Vice Chair of Governors BPS GB 21 Oct 2021 – 20 Oct 2025

Emma Creed

Governor & Director Co Chair of Governors BPS GB 7 Nov 2022 – 6 Nov 2026

Micky Sandall

Governor & Director Co Chair of Governors BPS GB 7 Nov 2022 – 6 Nov 2026
Ainhoa Tyrrell Governor & Director   BPS GB 22 October 2020 – 21 October 2024
Jurjen Holsheimer Governor & Director   BPS GB 22 October 2020 – 21 October 2024

Lizbeth Navas-Aleman

Governor & Director   BPS GB 14 November 2019 - 13 November 2023

Samantha Lanaway

Governor & Director   BPS GB 7 Nov 2022 – 6 Nov 2026

Christina Curtis

Parent Governor & Director



11 Dec 2020 - 10 Dec 2024

Simon King Staff Governor & Director Headteacher Ex-offico by virtue of office as Headteacher 4 Sept 2020 - Ongoing

Dan Eaton

Governor   Members 11 Dec 2020 – 10 Dec 2024
Janet Enever Governor   BPS GB 13 January 2022 – 12 January 2026

 Former BPS Governors - September 2022 to September 2023:



Term of Office

Elected By


Allegra Benitez

Governor / Director 11 Dec 2020 to 10 Dec 2024 Parents 12 Oct 2022

To contact the clerk to the Governors please email: HelenHaskew@bilingualprimaryschool.org.uk

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