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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 / Vice Chair of 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.

Ian Bowskill, Local Governor, Hampton Gardens Local Governing Body

Ian has worked in IT for the last 25 years working with such companies as EDF Energy, Sony, BBC and Metropolitan Police. For the last 12 years he has been working in Project and Programme Management. He has just taken early retirement and looking forward to spending more quality time with his family and undertaking a number of volunteer roles including this one as Parent Governor. Ian has lived in Yaxley since 2005 and his son has recently started at Hampton Gardens. He is heavily involved in the local Hampton community having been volunteering at the local Hampton Foodbank for over 5 years and more recently become Club Secretary of Hampton FC which has 25 football teams including 16 junior teams and an Adult and a Junior Pan Disability team. Ian hopes that the skills developed as a Project Manager will be equally useful in his role as Governor. In his spare time Ian enjoys keeping fit through cycling and walking.

Mr Karl Swift, Local Governor, Hampton Gardens Local Governing Body

Karl has been in teaching for the last 7 year as a science teacher and curriculum team leader for STEM education at a secondary school in Peterborough. As such he has developed a deep understanding of the academic landscape and the importance of fostering a well-rounded educational experience.

Prior to his career in education, he spent 12 years in the manufacturing sector, serving as an Engineering Manager. This experience has equipped him with a comprehensive understanding of the skills and knowledge young people need to excel in the workplace. He is passionate about bridging the gap between education and industry, ensuring that students are well prepared with the right skills and experience to enter the professional world with confidence.

As a school governor, he would like to continue supporting the school in providing a full, varied, and inclusive curriculum for all students. With the belief that education should be a transformative experience, empowering students to become ambassadors for their local community.

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 Kevin Ainslie, Head of School and Local Governor

Kevin Ainslie is the Head of School for Hampton Gardens. Kevin has a background in Behaviour and Welfare from working across a number of Peterborough secondary schools. He has been a senior leader since 2010 having previously worked as a Director of Sport and a specialist leader in education.

Kevin’s experience of school leadership has provided the skills to continue the growth and development of Hampton Gardens. With a student-centred focus to removing barriers to learning and developing wide ranging experiences, Kevin is committed to working with all stakeholders to ensure that students of Hampton Gardens are fantastic young learners with exceptional opportunities for the next stage of their journey into further education and beyond.

Mrs Sharon Gilligan - Deputy Head of School / Associate Governor

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.

Mr Atul Karia - Deputy Head of School / Associate Governor

Atul Karia took up the post of Deputy Head of School in September 2021. He has worked across 5 different schools and has been in Peterborough in the last 5 years working at St John Fisher Catholic High School. Atul has more than two decades of working pastorally supporting students to attend, behave and achieve in school. He has also worked with the SSAT on Vertical Tutoring and consulted in many schools to help them make the change. Atul has enjoyed developing students roles in school and ensuring that they become young leaders of the future.

Mrs Emma-Louise Larsen – Staff Governor/Associate Assistant Head of School/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 Nancy Worrall - Staff Governor

Nancy Worrall is a Staff Governor; she has worked at Hampton Gardens for the past 2 years as the Internal Exclusions Manager. Nancy is a licensed Master Practitioner in Neuro-Linguistics Programming and successfully ran her own coaching and behaviour practice, for several years as an executive transformation coach and behavioural consultant. Nancy has experience in both secondary and further education settings, supporting students as both a behaviour specialist and learning mentor at the Grimsby Institute. Engaging with learners across the college of all levels, delivering one to one pastoral support around behaviour, attendance and raising standards, as well as preparing and delivering group tutorials on all PSHE subjects.

Nancy worked for a charity in dispersed housing, supporting homeless young people leaving care, vulnerable with behaviour / emotional issues and minor learning difficulties. Nancy also worked for the Probation Service at a bail hostel, monitoring high risk offenders, liaising with other government agencies as part of the governments MAPPA (Multi Agency Public Protection Arrangements) initiative. In the past last 7 years, Nancy owned and managed a property development company in the northeast.

Nancy has previously served on the governing bodies of Hampton College and the later of Hampton Gardens as a Parent Governor before stepping down and appointed the new Isolation manager at Hampton Gardens.

Nancy is prepared to give time, skills and knowledge to develop herself and others to create highly effective governance. Nancy is of an independent mind, able to lead and contribute to courageous conversations, to express their opinion and to play an active role on the board.