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Meet the Governors

Daniel Harvey – Co-Opted Governor, Chair

Date of Appointment - 26th November 2014

End of Term of Office - 25th November 2018

Appointed by the governing body.


Hello all.  I was co-opted onto the governing body in the autumn term of 2014, prior to the that I had been the governing body’s clerk. I believe I bring a wealth of experience to the governing body, I have been a governor on two other governing bodies and I work in the local authority Education Governance team. I expressed interest to join Henry Whipple governing body due to the unique aspect of the school. I hope I can become a tiny part of a greater entity that allows children to reach their full potential. I look forward to working with the governing body, teachers, staff, parents and pupils to believe, belong and achieve.


In 2014, I had the absolute pleasure of marrying my beautiful girlfriend and the birth of my little baby girl. I am a keen photographer and am in the process of developing my hobby into a career. In my spare time, I enjoy movies, reading and playing computer game (apparently I am a bit of a geek).


Karen Kilner - Local Authority Governor . Joint Vice-Chair

Date of Appointment - 28th September 2016

End of Term of Office - 27th September 2020

Appointed by the governing body.


Hello everyone - I am a new local authority governor and I currently work within the Inclusion and Disability service in the local authority. I have worked in the Education department since 2003.


I am very much looking forward to being part of a great team at Henry Whipple, using my skills and experience to help in working towards the best possible outcomes for all.


John Thomas - Co-Opted Governor. Joint Vice-Chair

Date of Appointment - 20th June 2017

End of Term of Office - 19th June 2021

Appointed by the governing body.

The school have co-opted me onto the governing body and I look forward to working with my colleagues to continue the drive for excellence throughout the school.
I grew up in a working class family in Nottingham and thanks to my parents commitment to my education, I have enjoyed a successful career in business until retiring 18 months ago.
Education and a love of learning changed my life and I hope that I can help others to share my passion and achieve their goals.
My main interests are Ice Hockey, Hill Walking, Reading, and, of course, my family, whose support has made everything possible.


John Kenneth Perry - Co-opted Governor

Date of Appointment - 6th October 2015

End of Term of Office - 5th October 2019

Appointed by the governing body.


I wanted to be a governor because I feel my experiences can help the school to get even better. I consider that I had a poor start in life but with hard work and a good education obtained a university degree.  It can be done.

My interests include travel, reading, rugby, walking and real ale - in no particular order!



Georgia Power -Co-opted Governor

Start date: November 2018

I’m really pleased to be a governor at Henry Whipple because the first time I came to the school I felt it was a school that really cared and it felt like a big family where everyone looks out for each other.
I grew up in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire and moved to Nottingham 7 years ago to come to university and I’ve stayed ever since. My family all work in primary schools as bursars, teachers and teaching assistants so it’s something I’m really passionate about.
I’m currently one of the councillors for the Bestwood ward, covering Bestwood Estate, Bestwood Park, Leen Valley, High Pavement and Top Valley and I’m committed to making the area an even better place to live, learn and work. I also work for an MP doing policy research which I really enjoy.
My hobbies include my cats (if that’s a hobby…) and spending too much time watching Netflix.

John O'Leary - Staff Governor

Date of Appointment - 22nd March 2015

End of Term of Office - 21st March 2019

Appointed by the Henry Whipple staff members.



My name is John O'Leary and I teach in Key Stage 1 at Henry Whipple.


I became a staff governor in May 2015 and look forward to working alongside the rest of the governing body to reflect upon our successes as a school and continue our whole-school drive for excellence and progress for all learners.