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Meet the Governors

Karen Kilner - Chair of Governors

Date of Appointment - 21st November 2019

Appointed by the governing body.


Hello everyone -Having served on the governing body for nearly three years, most recently as Vice-Chair, I have now taken on the role of Joint Chair with my colleague, John Thomas and look forward to continuing our work together. 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 Thomas -Governor

Date of Appointment - 21st November 2018

End of Term of Office - 20th November, 2019

Appointed by the governing body.

Having previously served as a co-opted Governor, I took the position of Chair in November 2018, and am now sharing this role with my colleague, Karen Kilner. Together we will continue to support the excellent staff team in their continuing drive for excellence.
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 and Vice Chair

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.

Lorraine Carlin - Co-opted Governor

Date of appointment 17th July, 2019,

End of term of office 16th July 2023

Appointed by The Governing Body


I am delighted to have been appointed as a Co-opted Governor and look forward to working with the governors and staff at Henry Whipple Primary, using my skills and experience to support them in their aim of providing a first class education for all its` children.


I have lived in Nottingham all my life and, having previously worked in Bestwood as part of the Sure Start/Children`s Centre scheme, I am now employed by The Nottingham City Council in their Early Help and Targeted Services section.

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.



Rebecca Sneyd; Parent Governor

Date of appointment 22nd May, 2019

End of term of office 21st May, 2023.

Appointed by The Governing Body


My Sunday name is Rebecca but I prefer to be known as Bex - if you see me, please say Hi.


I am proud to have been appointed to the governing body as my youngest daughter (I have an older one in her teens), attends the school and she and the family have always been supported in her education.


I grew up in a single parent family and understand how hard that can be, but, through hard work and determination, I was able to get to University and am now a Sister on a cardiology ward.


Education was the key to me achieving my goals in life and I believe that every child has the right to an inclusive and stimulating education to help them reach their potential.


I have a wide range of interests outside of work, including reading, socialising, theatre, concerts, yoga, amateur astronomy, and making memories with my husband and daughters.





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.