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.

Mrs Debbie Pope, Trustee and Vice-Chair of Hampton Gardens Local Governing Body

Debbie Pope has been with the Trust for 6 years as a trustee for Hampton Academies Trust. Debbie is experienced in Finance, Personnel and new school openings with Hampton Gardens and Hampton Lakes. Debbie has also previously served for several years as Parent Governor for Hampton College. Debbie is currently the Deputy Chair of Governors at Hampton Gardens and fulfils the role of Link Governor for Curriculum and Pastoral Care. Debbie also brings with her a wealth of commercial industry knowledge as she runs a Healthcare Tech business in the UK and Ireland

Dr Zilley Khan, Local Governor, Hampton Gardens Local Governing Body

Dr Khan graduated with a MBChB, from the University of Leicester and has worked clinically in Obstetrics & Gynaecology for over 15 years. Over the past 7 years she has been in Medical Education & has successfully completed her masters in Medical and Healthcare Education. She has recently been appointed as “Training Programme Director” for the Health Education East of England Foundation School.

As a Medical Educator, CQC specialist advisor and University of Cambridge Associate Lecturer, her main role is designing, assessing and facilitating medical education for medical students and junior doctors. She has undertaken a 2 year Quality Improvement programme and has had some exposure of being and an Associate Improvement Coach with Eastern Academic Health Science Network.

In Addition she holds a “Ministry of Justice”, First Tribunal Judge post as well as “General Medical Council” Regional liaison Associate. As an “Action Learning Set” Facilitator, she has worked with NHS Leadership Academy & King’s Fund. Dr Khan is passionate about medical education and training and strives to provide an excellent safe environment in which to develop our next generation of healthcare professionals.

Mrs Jennifer Rhodes, Local Governor, Hampton Gardens Local Governing Body

As a qualified Primary School teacher, currently taking a break due to caring commitments at home, Jenny joined the Local Governing Body at Hampton Gardens to further her previous work as a school governor, in order to pursue her interest in both education and the local community and to put the benefit of her experience in schools to good use. With a degree in Philosophy and Theology from the University of London, Jenny is interested in a holistic approach to school life where the full spectrum of social, emotional and physical needs plays an important part alongside academic achievement. In her opinion, the broader the curriculum and the more opportunities for a diverse and multi-experienced secondary school life, the better. Jenny has a passion for inspiring young people and hopes her energy and enthusiasm will be a helpful source of support to the school. She feels that the school staff and the Governing Body together make up a strong team of committed and caring people who put the best interests and well-being of those individuals in their care as a priority. Jenny enjoys spending time with her three children and her partner, walks with their border collie and relaxing with a good book.

Mr Andy Thompson, 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.

Miss Fiona Watkins, Local Governor, Hampton Gardens Local Governing Body

Fiona graduated from Sheffield Hallam University with a degree in Public Policy Management and furthered her education in the field of Human Resources becoming a Chartered Member of the CIPD. Fiona has worked in Human Resources for over 20 years across gaining valuable experience and business insight from working in public and private industries; most recently her professional career has moved to a Global Learning and Development role for a large Global Engine/Power Generation business.

Fiona grew up in Peterborough and lives in Yaxley with her family and has an invested interest in the local community. She has been a Governor for Hampton Garden since December 2017, bringing a passion for fairness, equity and a strong sense of integrity.

Mr Parminderjit Samra, Local Governor, Hampton Gardens Local Governing Body

Parminderjit SAMRA BSc(Hons), MSc. I attended Hamptons Gardens Secondary School with my family during one of the open days. My family and two children were impressed with the professionalism, and commitment of the teachers, staff and other governors which prompted me to volunteer my time as a school governor. I have a soft spot for education and understand the importance of clear direction, excellent teaching standards and the support that our young generation need to thrive. Anything that I can do to make that happen I am more than happy to do. I look to bring the experiences of the public and private sectors. To work with the other members of the governing body and the head and members of staff. I am enthusiastically committed to the school, approachable and determined to achieve the success the school deserves.

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.

Sophie Mead – 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 ninth year teaching and third school. She has undertaken a number of 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 after a 15 year break has recently returned to playing hockey and plays for the Huntingdon Ladies First team.