Staff Team Primary

Tim Self
Head of School

I have worked in Brighton and Hove since 1997 and am proud to be Head of School at the Central Hub PRU. I work with a dedicated team of professionals who strive to improve the education and lives of our students. I was originally a mainstream music teacher before moving into specialist educational settings, and play music regularly in a variety of bands.

More recently I focused on PSHE and Food Technology as a teacher, with the occasional PE and activities session thrown in to keep my joints moving. I have a partner, a son and a dog – Coco, who comes to school every day to hear children read, support learning and be taken for walks.  

Craig Nicholson
Head of Primary
I have 25 years teaching experience, comprising 13 years in mainstream primary schools prior to taking on a teaching/advisor role at the Alternative Centre for Education and then gaining the post of Head of Primary in 2015. My hobbies include travel, film, reading, cooking, cycling and mountain biking. My passion is Liverpool football Club. I have three grown up sons and live in Brighton which is a wonderful city to live in. I moved to Brighton from a town north of Manchester because my wife, who is from the south, said it was too rainy 'up North.'
Coco
School Dog

I am Coco and have worked at the Connected PRU since I was four months old. I am a Labradoodle and my role in the school is to work with students to help them read, cuddle them when they need a friend and be taken for walks.
I also try to help the staff with their learning and keep the Head of School happy (this is the hardest job).
I am especially good at tail wagging and begging for food. Most of the students are well trained and don’t feed me however some of the staff are soft touches, especially around key stage 4.
I love being at the PRU and often refuse to leave at the end of the day.

Richard Enticknap
Teacher

I joined the Central Hub in September 2019 and have the pleasure of teaching Hawks class at the PRU. After graduating, I worked in two mainstream primary schools for a combination of eight and a half years and prior to my appointment at the Central Hub, I worked at The Cedar Centre Special school for six years. I started at the Cedar Centre as a primary specialist supporting the new intake transitioning to the secondary site. I have had many roles and responsibilities in my time including lead teacher of maths and science and safeguarding lead.

Jo Black
Teacher

I am originally from County Durham and did my teacher training in Liverpool where I also taught for 3 years. In 2001 I moved to Brighton, and have been living here ever since. I joined CHB 5 years ago and this was the first time I had worked outside of mainstream education. I feel delighted and privileged to be part of the team and I’ve never been happier working in the education sector. I love the varied curriculum that we offer the children, enriching their formal learning with forest school and other outdoor learning opportunities.

I have a love of food and I enjoy cooking and sharing skills with the children at school. I also enjoy bird watching. Again this is something that I have shared with the children and we all enjoy watching the wide range of birds that visit our feeders outside of our classroom window.

Gemma
Teaching Assistant

Before joining the primary team I worked in several secondary schools in Brighton. My roles included Head of Department and Assistant Head of Year. I then changed roles to become the Primary Sports Development Officer for East Brighton, working with a cluster of Brighton Primary Schools. I joined the Primary Team in 2013 working mainly with the year 5 and 6 pupils.

Ruth
Teaching Assistant

I have been working in schools for 17 years in both mainstream secondary and special educational settings across London and the South east. I started working in education after I had completed my degree in dance performance and post grad in Dance Movement Psychotherapy. I have worked in many different capacities working in safeguarding, as a therapist, as a coordinator for outside agencies as a school leader and as a teaching assistant. I really enjoy working at Central Hub and the challenges it brings. I hope that I can contribute to young peoples’ lives in a positive way and help them achieve in life

Shelby Wigmore
Teaching Assistant

I have worked in Primary PRU as a teaching assistant for 6 years. Before this I was in secondary PRUs in West Sussex, in a role that focused on child and adolescent mental health. I enjoy my job immensely, and getting to know the children and their families well feels like a real privilege. Seeing them learn and develop when they come to us, as well as increase in confidence and self-esteem is job satisfaction in itself. My role is varied, classroom based to support the children's education, but also to help with social skills, friendship issues and learning about life! 

Lisa Stewart
Teaching Assistant

I decided I loved working with children after a stint in a residential, therapeutic unit in the USA and on returning to the UK, worked in children’s homes before I moved into an educational setting. After working at The Alternative Centre for Education and Homewood College, I joined the primary team four years ago. I really enjoy the many aspects of the job and feel very fortunate to work with a great team. I love building relationships with the children and supporting them in their learning and development in order to send them on with more resilience and greater self-esteem.

Callum Eighteen
Teaching Assistant

I have worked in hospitality and events since I was 16 years old.  I started as a volunteer TA in a mainstream school, working in a KS2 classroom which had a number of students who required additional behaviour support, and this is where I gained an interest and passion for working with vulnerable children.  In my spare time, I DJ, emcee and produce music.  I love street art and world cuisine, pretending I can dance (!) and philosophy.  

Andi Mitchell
Teaching Assistant

I have worked as a teacher in mainstream schools across the South East for fifteen years. Recently I  worked with autistic children in an SEND school where I gained valuable experience in using a range of communication techniques such as Makaton and Picture Exchange Communication. I live in Brighton with my husband,  three young children, two house rabbits and a dog called Coco. In my spare time I coach a girls' football team, love to travel, and occasionally attempt a bit of baking.

Kathryn Wood
Art Psychotherapist

When I qualified as an Art Psychotherapist I specialised in working with children and young people straight away. I have been working in Child & Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) for nearly 10 years alongside my work in a variety of schools. I began working at CHB in the Primary PRU in May 2019 and feel very fortunate to be part of the school community. I’ve been struck by the commitment and care each member of staff brings and by how much I have enjoyed working with the young people and supporting them in their hopes for their emotional wellbeing.

Lyndsey Mahon
Administrator/HR Assistant

I have worked at the Central Hub Brighton for just over 5 years, I started working solely as front of house in reception at Lynchet Close but now also do HR work and co-ordinate the Annual Reviews. I am always happy to help with any questions or concerns you may have.
In my spare time I like walking in the countryside, cycling, going on holiday, spending time with my family and also love a good TV series.

Lauren Mutimer
Administrator

I joined Central Hub Brighton at the end of 2019 as an Administrator. I have previously worked as an Admin Manager for many years. I have two children of my own, and while on maternity leave I completed various Business and Administrative courses. I grew up in Brighton & Hove, and I love to travel and as a family go on new adventures. 

Staff Team Central Hub Brighton

Louise Cook
Executive Headteacher

I have worked at Central Hub Brighton for 8 years, first as Head of The Connected Hub, and as Executive Headteacher since April 2018. Before that, I taught at Patcham House Special School for 12 years, following 8 years in mainstream schools. I have learned so much during my teaching career, and no two days are the same. I feel very lucky to have such an amazing job with fantastic colleagues and students. I have two children, a dog and two cats. I enjoy swimming, walking, reading and spending time with friends and family.

Lucie Broadbent-Smith
Safeguarding Lead

I have held pastoral roles in schools for over 10 years, focusing on attendance, behaviour and safeguarding. I have a BA Hons in Art and Music and qualifications in Counselling and Art Therapy. I taught Art at The Connected Hub for over five years. In September 2019 I became the Safeguarding Lead, supporting the whole staff across the Central Hub Brighton. Before working in schools my roles included community event manager, youth leader and art workshop facilitator. I sing backing vocals for a covers band and love spending time gardening. I enjoy my commute over the downs, as I live outside Brighton.

Inka Mannisto
Children in Care Coordinator

I’ve been working for Central Hub Brighton since June 2019. I have the privilege to be working across all sites and I’m proud to be part of the highly skilled and passionate teams throughout the organization.

I’m from Finland, where I did my Master’s degree in Special Education. Ever since I moved to Brighton in 2018, I have been working within the education sector. I love learning and I am currently studying counselling skills outside of work. In my free time, I enjoy running, board games and long countryside walks with my partner.  

Karen Prout
Senior School Business Manager

I have worked in Special Schools since 2007 starting at Patcham House School. During my time there I undertook three qualifications to become a School Business Manager. I started working at the PRU as Business & Commissioning Manager in 2012. In 2015 I was seconded to Homewood College for two days per week for six months and then in 2016 to the CDP Federation of Special Schools two days per week. In November 2018 I became Senior School Business Manager for the merged Central Hub Brighton. I really enjoy my job and find supporting our children and young people very rewarding.
I live with my partner and two daughters, my mother also lives with us. I have two dogs, Dexter and Percy. I enjoy walks with my dogs and reading.

Shelley Dunbar
PA to Executive Headteacher

I work across all sites, providing admin support for the Executive Headteacher and the senior leadership team. I live in Brighton, have three children and a dog. I love reading, and to keep fit I swim and run regularly. My favourite place is the beach.

Gavin Thorp
IT Manager
I have been working for CHB for over 15 years and responsible for keeping the schools IT systems working to support the teaching and administration of CHB across all sites. In my spare time I enjoy running, cycling and swimming as well as watching Brighton and Hove Albion