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Nigel Addison


Nigel has over 20 years' experience as a Principal of sixth-form colleges, having held the position at leading international colleges in Cambridge and Brighton.

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Sara Foster

College Services Manager

Sara has worked in Brighton in the international boarding schools sector for over 25 years.

She recently joined Kings as the College Services Manager.

As part of this role she is responsible for the residence, student services, catering, buildings and maintenance, as well as all aspects of  student pastoral care.

Sara is our safeguarding and welfare lead and is responsible for compliance in this area.

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Stephen Pilton

Head of English

"I'm the Head of English so this means I look after any of the English classes that happen at Kings Brighton.

I've worked for Kings since 2011 but for most of that time I worked as a teacher and as the Assistant Director of Studies at Kings Oxford. A few years ago I was also lucky enough to work as the Director of Studies at Kings Malibu. This means I've really seen a lot of Kings. Before 2011 I lived and worked in Poland for 9 years.

It's fantastic to be part of a new, exciting project like Kings Brighton and I really enjoy meeting all of the students from around the world. Everybody comes with their own interests, needs and experience so every day is different."

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Marc Bénier

Head of Academic Subjects

"As Head of Academic Subjects I have a wide variety of responsibilities. I act as the Course Director for the Advanced Level, Art and International Business Foundation programmes, as well as for the A-level and GCSE programmes. It is very exciting to be part of a new school and to be a key part of setting up how it is going to be run for the future. 

I have been in teaching for around eight years, and in that time I have worked as a Lecturer in a Further Education College, as a teacher at a very traditional international private school in East Sussex and lastly I taught at another international school in Brighton. I started my working life in a major high street bank, before taking on roles in business and IT consultancy as well as business analysis with a variety of blue chip companies. It has been a varied career which has given me an insight into the world of business, which I now use to inform my teaching of Economics and Business. Outside of work, I am currently a Governor of a school within a Multi Academy Trust, and previously Chair of Governors in a primary school." 

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Sofia Huang

Student Services Officer

"As the Student Services Officer, I'm in charge of the front desk, organizing transfers and preparing activities for students.

I enjoy being the person at the front desk to welcome everyone who comes to the school. I can feel the vibrant atmosphere from our students and also Brighton. I also have a lot more opportunities to talk to our students and meet new people from different countries. I'm really curious about different cultures!"

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Annika Lewis

Accommodation Officer

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Bernadette Gueumani


Bernadette is the bursar at Kings Brighton

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Agnes Gundersen

Academic Administrator and Exams Officer

As Academic Administrator and Exams Officer, Agnes sets up the timetables and lesson schedules at Kings Brighton, and is responsible for organising term reports, exams and academic exam and progress results, liaising with universities and organising their visits to the college.

"I have been working at Kings Brighton since it opened in June 2017. Before joining Kings, I had spent 15 years in various roles within international education: counselling students about courses, admissions, sales and school administration. I am passionate about education, and the value it adds to people's lives.

I am particularly passionate about languages as they enrich our lives with so much culture. My love for languages led me to gain a B.Ed in English and apart from my native tongue, Hungarian, I also speak German and some Spanish.

As well as getting to know students from different countries and backgrounds, my favourite part of my job is seeing students graduate with great results and achieve their aim to progress onto studying at their chosen universities."

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John Murphy

Activity, Sports and Enrichment Co-ordinator