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Governor Profiles

Mr Kim Garcia, Trustee and Chair of Hampton Gardens Local Governing Body

Kim joined Hampton Academies Trust (HAT) in 2013 as a community governor and has worked across all areas of governance. He is currently Chair of Governors at Hampton Gardens, a Trustee/Director of HAT, governor for the newly opened Hampton Lakes Primary and link governor for school standards, curriculum and H&S. As a Trustee he sits on the Trust Board and Finance and Audit committees.

A school governor for over 25 years at Good and Outstanding Primary and Secondary Schools, Kim has been involved in school governance provision at local authority, regional and national levels including central government work on school governance policy, training and development of governors.

He is currently a member of the Peterborough Governance Leadership Group working with the local authority and supporting governance in schools in the area.

A graduate teacher, university research lecturer, Local Authority Chief Adviser and Assistant Director prior to central government advisor, Skills Council Executive Director (UK), Company Director, Regional and National Charity Board Member and strategic consultancy roles in education in England and Wales.

Kim’s main priority as a governor is supporting schools and services for schools in delivering first class education for young people in safe, caring and interesting settings where teaching is excellent.

Georgina Cook, Local Governor, Hampton Gardens Local Governing Body

Georgina joined Hampton Gardens Local Governing Body in 2022. Having worked as a secondary teacher in Peterborough for 20 years previously, she currently works as an Education Advisor and Literacy Consultant in the midlands. Georgina has been a Head of English and leader of English across a local Trust. In her spare time she also works with the National Literacy Trust and Whole Education to ensure that young people have opportunities to improve their life skills and experience. Georgina also has experience of tutoring and being an exam marker.

Georgina has lived in Hampton for 12 years and has three children, all of whom attend Hampton schools, Georgina is very much interested in supporting children in Education, and being a local Hampton resident, is keen to bring her educational experience to Hampton Gardens school.

Reverend Sarah Hare, Local Governor, Hampton Gardens Local Governing Body

Sarah joined Hampton Gardens Local Governing Body in 2020. She took up her role as Vicar of the Parish of St Peter's Church, Yaxley in September 2019 and after some time settling in and finding her way round, has started to become involved in the local schools in Yaxley. Hampton Gardens School takes many of the young people from Yaxley and therefore it seemed a good opportunity to say yes to the invitation to become Governor here.

Sarah was Ordained in 2013 in The Diocese of Hereford having trained for Ordination at St John's College, Nottingham from 2011-2013. Sarah served her Curacy (training post) in the Ridgeway Benefice (5 Churches along the English/Welsh border in Shropshire.) It was here that Sarah found a real love for working with children and young people and became Foundation Governor for a Federation of 2 schools. Following this post, Sarah moved to The Wenlock Team Ministry as Team Vicar, working in a team with 14 churches and 5 schools where again, she took up the post of Foundation Governor in one of the local C of E Schools and spent a lot of time in her ministry here working across these schools.

Prior to Ordination, Sarah worked as a nurse for 13 years predominantly in cancer care. Sarah trained at European Institute for Health and Medical Science and worked at Redhill Hospital, Teenage Cancer Trust Unit, Royal Marsden Hospital, Salisbury Hospital and Derby Hospitals. For the last 7 years of her nursing career she worked in cancer research running clinical trial across 3 hospitals and eventually being seconded to manage the Derby-Burton Cancer Research Network.

Sarah lives in Yaxley with her husband.

Mr Andy Thompson, Vice Chair and Local Governor, Hampton Gardens Local Governing Body

Andy joined Hampton Gardens Local Governing Body as the school opened in September 2017 and has since assumed the Safeguarding Link Governor role.

He is primarily motivated by the desire to see Hampton Gardens deliver on its promise to provide an excellent education for young people from the local community in a safe and supportive learning environment, where everybody is valued and makes positive contributions to the school, and where students go on to become responsible and independent members of society.

A former Royal Navy Officer, Andy has a proven track record of success. He is a professional aero-systems engineering manager who has held several critical positions in military equipment procurement, training, business and programme management, and defence international relations. Academically qualified to post-graduate level with the commensurate professional training, Andy is now providing specialist aviation technical expertise to the UK Defence Sector.

With no previous knowledge of governance in education, his principal aim is to apply relevant transferrable skills to his governor role.

Outside of work and Hampton Gardens, Andy is a very keen cyclist, photographer and drone pilot.

Mr Matthew Whitwell, Local Governor, Hampton Gardens Local Governing Body

Matt works locally for a global agricultural business and brings experience of planning, strategy and analytics to the board of governors. He has worked as a governor at a local primary school for the last 5 years during which the school achieved a "good" OFSTED rating and was the lead on the strategic planning committee.

He is a qualified football referee and is now mentoring young referees with the local FA county. He also enjoys golf, cycling and keeping fit in his spare time.

A governor since September 2021, Matt believes the school should be a core part of the local community and that each child should have the opportunity to learn in a happy and safe environment.

Mrs Donna Wilkins, Local Governor, Hampton Gardens Local Governing Body

Donna started her career in logistics serving with the Royal Air Force for 20 years, where she worked on number of major defence projects allowing her to travel extensively throughout the world as a serving officer. She followed her career in the RAF with 12 years in management consultancy focusing on business management and improvement. She now works for a local Aerospace Engineering company in Peterborough as their Business Manager providing a wide range of business support covering HR, office management, business administration and internal governance.

Donna has lived in Hampton since 2002 and is a parent of three children; two of whom still attend school within Hampton. She has a vested interest in the local community and is keen to work with fellow governors and school staff to help develop the potential of all children and help the schools continuous journey of development and growth. She hopes the practical skills she has gained and her enthusiasm for the local area will prove useful and can be put to good use to serve and support the school and local community in the role of governor.

In her spare time Donna enjoys running, cycling and keeping fit. She is a keen downhill skier and enjoys hill walking and travelling with her family.

Mr Al Greenwood, Head of School and Local Governor

Al Greenwood is the Head of School for Hampton Gardens School. Al joined Hampton College as one of the founding members of staff in 2005. He has been a senior leader since 2007 and in 2011 he became the Deputy Headteacher. During his time at Hampton College he made an outstanding contribution with a particular emphasis upon supporting all learners to achieve to the best of their ability.

Al's experience of growing and developing Hampton College is highly relevant to his role at Hampton Gardens School. He has a passion for education and a strong desire that every student has the capability to succeed their potential given the right support and encouragement.

Mrs Sharon Gilligan - Deputy Head of School

Sharon Gilligan took up the post of Deputy Head of School in September 2018. Sharon has worked in Peterborough for over twenty years. Previously Sharon worked as an Assistant Headteacher in a local school, supporting students to achieve the best possible outcomes. In her current role, Sharon has overall responsibility for students’ welfare and wellbeing.

Mrs Emma-Louise Larsen – Staff Governor/Director of English

Emma joined Hampton Gardens when the school opened in September 2017. As Director of English her vision for the department is to nurture a love of reading, instill high expectations and standards of literacy and oracy and ensure students have the tools they need to succeed. She has a whole school responsibility for stretch and challenge and is a great believer in holding high academic and social expectations for all students.

Emma has been teaching for 9 years and over that time has undertaken a number of different roles so far, including: Head of Media Studies, Teacher of English, trip leader, intervention leader for KS3, primary link for English and NQT mentor. Emma values the opportunity to contribute to the school both in her role and in extra-curricular ways and hopes to make a substantial contribution to the development of the school, not only as a member of staff but also as a staff governor.

Mrs Sophie Park – Staff Governor/Head of PE & EVC

Sophie joined Hampton Gardens when the school opened in September 2017. As head of PE her vision for the department is to instil high expectations and provide opportunities for all with a clear culture of; Positivity, Participation and Performance for those wishing to achieve excellence. This is her twelfth-year teaching and third school. She has undertaken several different roles so far in her career including; Head of Dance, Teacher of PE, trip leader, teaching and learning champion, intervention leader KS4, primary link for PE provision and NQT mentor. She is a great believer in providing the very highest standards for all students of all abilities whilst striving for excellence and believes working as team is paramount to a thriving school.

Sophie has been a governor since December 2017 and values the opportunity to contribute, listen and support the development of Hampton Gardens School, she wishes to make a substantial contribution not only as a member of staff but be involved in the total life of a school. Prior to deciding on her career path to become a PE teacher she worked at Santander Bank as a Customer Service Advisor and has coached a number of sports in Cyprus, America and South Africa. Outside of work she enjoys staying active playing netball in the Bedfordshire league for St Neots. She competes in 10km and half marathon events and has been a CrossFit member at Onyx for 2 years, Sophie recently competed at Battle Cancer Olympia and this year is taken on the challenge of Hyrox at the ExCel.