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Meet the Governors

John Thomas - Chair of Governors

Date of Appointment - 21st November 2018

End of Term of Office - 20th November, 2019

Appointed by the governing body.

I was recently elected to the position of chair after serving for eighteen months as a co-opted governor and I look forward 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.

Karen Kilner - Co-opted Governor and Vice-Chair

Date of Appointment - 21st November 2018

End of Term of Office - 20th November, 2019

Appointed by the governing body.


Hello everyone - I have served on the governing body for the past two years and was recently elected vice chair. I have lived in Nottingham all of my life - I have worked in the Education department at Nottingham City Council since 2003.


I am very proud of our City and I am also proud of being part of a great team at Henry Whipple, using my skills and experience to help in working towards the best possible outcomes for everyone at the school.



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 -Local Authority Governor

Date of appointment 21st November 2018

End of term of office 20th November, 2022

Appointed by the Governing Body

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.

Lamin Gagigo , Parent Governor

Date of appointment 21st November, 2018

End of term of office, 20th November, 2022

Appointed by the governing body.


I have recently joined the governing body as a parent governor and look forward to working with my colleagues to achieve the very best for the school and its children.


I was born in Gambia and moved to The UK in order to further my education, being successful in obtaining Masters Degrees in Law from Nottingham Trent University. I put this to use as a volunteer legal adviser to various community groups.


My three wonderful daughters all attend the school and are making great progress thanks to the teaching and support they receive, but, most importantly, they are all happy and confident in a supportive and caring environment.


Outside of education, my main interests are spending quality time with my family, cooking, helping others, current affairs, and football.



Monalisa Fombe

Date of appointment 21st November, 2018

End of term of office 20th November, 2022

Appointed by the governing body.


I am one of the governor's at Henry Whipple school because I think that my input will be helpful to the kids and the school. I am a third year student at Nottingham Trent university studying Health and social care and after l will be studying masters in Adult nursing, hopefully at the Nottingham University. I volunteer as a support worker at the Frame work. It's one of the organisation that helps people who are homeless, have mental health issues and have drug and alcohol issues.

Henry Whipple school is a good school that have fantastic staff and very helpful to the kids on their education. Children that come from this school will have achieved good grades and would have improved. I have good faith with school and would want to see it doing well.

My hobbies are playing hockey, swimming, reading and out for walks. 


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.