Strategic Board

The Sussex Maths Hub Strategic Board meets three times a year. It comprises a range of strategic interests in relation to maths education, school improvement, educational research and business.

Maths Hub Strategic Boards are established for two principal reasons:

to ensure the Maths Hub demonstrates transparency and is open to external scrutiny regarding its work

to enable the Maths Hub to draw upon strategic advice and support from people with relevant specialist expertise and local knowledge.

Simon Thompson (Chair)

Professor of Education, University of Sussex

Heidi Whitney

Senior Regional Lead, NCETM

Keith Perera

Senior Leadership Link, Sussex Maths Hub

Jo Stedman

Maths Hub Lead, Sussex Maths Hub

Vanessa Milne

Business Manager, St Paul’s Catholic College

Sophie Thomas

Headteacher (Primary), St Andrew’s C of E Primary School, Hove

Stuart McConnachie

Headteacher (Primary), Coldean Primary School, Brighton

Catherine Walker

Headteacher (Primary), St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School, Haywards Heath

Helen Horsley

Head of Sussex Coast Teaching School Alliance

Fionnuala Rodgers

Headteacher (Secondary), Willingdon Community School, Eastbourne

Paul Swatton

Headteacher (Secondary), Claverham Community College, Battle

Kieran Scanlon

Headteacher (Secondary), The Sir Robert Woodard Academy, Lancing

Martha Killick

Greater Brighton Metropolitan College (Further Education representative)

Lesley Hope

University of Brighton (Higher Education Institution representative)

Karen Nanson

University of Chichester (Higher Education Institution representative)

Karen Gladwin

University of Sussex (Higher Education Institution representative)

Caroline Mawdsley

L&D Advisor, Ricardo (Business representative)

Bill Roddick

Manager, East Sussex County Council

Hilary Ferries

Senior Advisor, Brighton and Hove City Council

Claire Conley-Harper

Advisor, West Sussex County Council

At all meetings, the Maths Hub leadership reports to the board on the Maths Hub’s progress against its current plans. The board provides ongoing advice and support to the leadership in implementing and adapting these plans.

At the first meeting, the board focuses on reviewing and critiquing the Maths Hub’s annual evaluation report and Work Group evaluation reports before they are submitted to the NCETM. The board also considers the effectiveness of the Maths Hub’s evaluation processes and makes recommendations for improvement. In light of the evaluation report, the board would also offer some early thinking regarding future strategic priorities.

At the second meeting, the board focuses on discussion and agreement of the local strategic priorities for the Maths Hub for the following year. This is informed by the board members’ own expertise and by consultation activities carried out by the Maths Hub in the autumn term. The board also reviews the Maths Hub’s existing leadership and management structure, and its plans for future development, including succession planning.

At the third meeting, the board focuses on scrutinising the Maths Hub’s draft action plan before it is submitted to the NCETM. In particular, it assesses whether the plans address the agreed national and local strategic priorities, and whether all of the planned work has clear rationale and intended outcomes.