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Meet the Governors

John Kenneth Perry - Co-opted Governor and Chair

Date of Appointment - 6th October 2015

End of Term of Office - 

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 grew up in Somerset, obtained a university degree, and then worked in central government for many years in London, the North East, Singapore, and finally the East Midlands. Following retirement I now volunteer for a number of organisations, and am very proud to be the Chair of Governors.

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





I have worked in education for more than 40 years, a lot of that in the city of Nottingham where I was a head teacher and then school adviser. I have also worked in special schools and as an adviser for special educational needs. I have always believed that children deserve the very best no matter what their postcode or circumstances. As soon as I walked into Henry Whipple I knew I would like to be a governor here. Believe, Belong, Achieve is evident everywhere and I am really pleased to be able to play a part in the school as governor.

I am one of the co vice chairs and chair of the Quality of Education Committee. I have lived in the city for over 40 years and have a grandson who has just started school, and am so pleased to have the opportunity to make a contribution to the continuing excellent education for children in the city.





I grew up and lived locally in Bestwood Park attending Robin Hood and Padstow schools. My husband grew up locally too - he attended Henry Whipple 60 years ago!

I worked for the Education Department for 32 years as an administrator spending some of that time at Glade Hill Primary and Top Valley Comprehensive.

Now retired from work I welcome the opportunity to give something back to Education by supporting Henry Whipple in any way that I can. Currently my role includes being a Vice Chair and the governor with responsibility for Safeguarding and Finance.


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.





As a new governor at Henry Whipple I hope to support the good work of the staff as they promote the good education of the children at the school.

I have had links with the school for over 20 years, taking occasional assemblies as a minister of a local church.





I am Anum Saeed and very happy to be a Parent Governor.

I have 4 children - ages 4, 5, 8 and 8 - who all attend Henry Whipple. My oldest two boys have been at the school now for over 4 years, and as a family we have been very happy with how well the school is organised, and how the pupils are encouraged to be the best they can be.  We are a biracial family, and when we first came to HWP we were pleased to see how diverse the school is. I think learning and understanding about different cultures and religions is important for a child.  In my free time I like to cook, go to the gym and socialise over a nice cup of coffee!

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.