The Academy is part of the University of Brighton Academies Trust, a multi academy trust which is sponsored by the University of Brighton.

The trust’s Board of Trustees is ultimately responsible for the educational and financial performance of all of the academies in the trust; the trustees are the statutory governors of each academy and the company directors & charitable trustees of the University of Brighton Academies Trust.

Further information about the University of Brighton Academies Trust’s governance arrangements, including its Board of Trustees, Scheme of Delegation, Articles of Association and Funding Agreement, are available on the trust’s website.

A series of committees, including a Local Board for each academy (or group of academies), supports the Board of Trustees in fulfilling its responsibilities.

Local Board Members

Local Board members are volunteers representing different aspects of the academy community including parents/carers, staff and local people. The members contribute to the academy’s vision and future strategy, ensuring they complement the trust’s vision and values. They are responsible for keeping the academy at the heart of the community, maintaining strong community links and effective communication with all stakeholders, including the Board of Trustees. Local Board members ensure the celebration of staff, pupils and parents and carers is a priority to the academy. They are also responsible for monitoring pupil wellbeing, admissions, complaints and concerns.

Local Board members can be contacted through email at or in writing c/o the Academy. Local Board meeting minutes are available on request.

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Brenden O'Sullivan
Co-opted member & Chair of the Local Board - Contact via academy

Brenden joined the Local Board in 2015 as a parent member primarily because his son was starting at Silverdale Academy in September of the same year.

Brenden is actively involved as a Local Board member within many aspects of the Academy, and specifically focuses on Thrive (Developing the Individual) and Enterprise (Business Management).

With a business and coaching background Brenden enjoys seeing the Academy continually develop into an educational leader within the South Coast.

Krishna Radia

Denise Testa

Denise joined the Local Board in September 2018 out of a desire to contribute her skills and experience to the local community.

A business owner with a professional background in Property Management and Workplace Health, Safety and Wellbeing, Denise is passionate about self-development and creating an environment where staff and pupils can thrive with no-one left out.

Stephanie Johnson

Steph has a child with Special needs who attends Silverdale Primary Academy. She I wanted to volunteer for the Local Board to give back to the academy, help others and learn about contributing to the academy and children’s achievement.

As a new Local Board member, Steph has attended useful training online and on the safeguarding aspect of her role, which has given her an idea of what to expect.

Steph feels privileged to have been voted onto the Local Board to represent the voice of other Silverdale parents.

Gary French

Gary joined the board in the Summer of 2018 as a Parent member, his two boys attend the school. He joined to help promote pupil and staff wellbeing and academic achievement, as well as improving communication between the School and parents.

Gary is a manager in the Third (Charitable) Sector working with Adults who experience Multiple and Complex Needs

Rob Hill

Rob joined the local board in June 2018 as parent member. He has two children at the school, one in Year 4, the other in Year 5.

Rob currently works in education within a different age group and has undertaken a variety of roles including classroom teacher and senior manager. He started his career in industry but made the move into education after just a few years, having now spent over 30 years working with children and young adults.

Rob has a keen interest in various aspects of life at Silverdale, in particular the "Thrive" programme and provision for more able children.

Jonathan Morris