Our Governors

  • Mr Dennis Gamblin

    Chair of Governors

    Co-opted Governor

    • Term of office 12/12/16-11/12/20
    • Committees: Community Committee, Resources Committee, Standards & Wellbeing Committee, Complaints Committee
    • Panel: Appeals & Disciplinary
    • Link Governor: Literacy and RE/PSHE
    • Key Role: Literacy and Financial Matrix and Support Staff Wellbeing
    • No business or pecuniary interests declared

    Further Information

    Dennis Gamblin took early retirement in December 2016. He wanted to remain active and saw being a Governor at Swanmore College as an ideal opportunity to provide this whilst giving something back to the community in the area. Dennis has lived in the Meon Valley area all his life and in Swanmore for the last 20 years. He attended the ‘college’ when it was a Secondary School in the early 1970’s and both of his daughters were also students there.

    Dennis worked in local government for 40+ years and had a variety of jobs in that time across a wide range of services, some of which involved direct customer service (including customer complaints) and some more back office such as policy and research. His last role was a senior manager for a centralised back office administration Team of over 150 people. All of these roles provided him with experience of running services with reducing resources, while dealing with all aspects of HR and Health& Safety and financial management. He was also involved in service transformation exploring and implementing digital solutions to deliver services.

    Dennis is a qualified Company Secretary and also holds an accounting qualification – he has also been trained in a number of performance techniques e.g. a qualified EFQM Excellence Model Assessor.

     

     

  • Ms Becki Warrillow

    Vice Chair of Governors

    Co-opted Governor

    • Term of Office 2/12/19 – 1/12/2023
    • Committees: Community Committee, Resources Committee, Standards & Wellbeing Committee, Complaints Committee
    • Panel: Appeals & Disciplinary
    • Link Governor: Careers and Pupil Premium
    • Business or pecuniary interests – to be confirmed

    Further Information

    Bex relocated to Hampshire in 2014. Since moving South she has developed her career in the Education Sector working for Students’ Unions, Universities including University of Portsmouth and University of Southampton and collaborated with other educational partners across the region. Bex in particular has worked in Careers and Outreach Departments to support young people in making informed decisions about their futures, she is also experienced in Project and Event Management. This varied experience gives her the knowledge to support the Governing Board to help support and represent the students, staff and parents at Swanmore College.

    In her spare time Bex is an aerial coach specifically aerial hoop and tippy hoop! She also enjoys running, hiking travelling and cooking!

     

     

  • Mrs Laura Barker

    Co-opted Governor

    • Term of office 12/3/18-11/3/22
    • Committees: Community Committee, Standards & Wellbeing Committee
    • No business or pecuniary interests declared

    Further Information

    I am proud to be both a teacher of History and the school’s SENCO at Swanmore College. I am passionate about ensuring that our pupils have the best possible experience during their school education and are given the opportunities to reach their potential. I have now taught at Swanmore College for two years and previously worked in a large mainstream school in London. I have a keen interest in supporting all pupils, but particularly those with SEND or other barriers to their learning. This provides me with a variety of experience to support my role as a governor.

    I also have a passion for History and have a postgraduate degree in Jewish History and Culture and a BA Hons in Modern History and Politics from the University of Southampton. I also hold the Postgraduate National Award for Special Educational Needs Coordination.

  • Mrs Alison Brodigan

    Co-opted Governor

    • Term of office 26/11/18-25/11/22
    • Committees: Resources Committee, Standards & Wellbeing Committee, Complaints Committee
    • Panel: Appeals & Disciplinary
    • Link Governor: Safeguarding
    • Key Role: Safeguarding
    • No business or pecuniary interests declared

    Alison is married with two daughters who both attend Swanmore College.  She has lived in Hampshire for over 20 years after relocating with her employer.

    She is a Certified Accountant and holds the Certificate of the Institute of Risk Management.  She has held a variety of roles within the financial services sector including financial accounting, project management, governance and risk management.

    Alison has been a parent governor at Whiteley Primary School and secretary to the school PTA.  She has now joined Swanmore College as a co-opted governor and has taken on the role as Safeguarding Governor.

    Alison likes to spend her spare time with her family and friends, as well as being secretary to her daughter’s football team, and is an avid supporter of the team.  She also enjoys decorating, walking (including Nordic walking), watching movies and developing her new-found love of gin!

     

     

  • Ms Rebecca Chiverton-Burt

    Parent Governor

    • Term of Office 15/11/19 – 14/11/2023
    • Committees: Pay Committee, Standards & Wellbeing Committee, Complaints Committee
    • Panel: Appeals & Disciplinary
    • Link Governor: History
    • No business or pecuniary interests declared
  • Mr Simon Firth

    Co-opted Governor

    • Term of office 23/3/19-22/3/23
    • Committees: Resources Committee, Complaints Committee
    • Panel: Appeals & Disciplinary
    • Link Governor: Modern Foreign Languages
    • Key Role: Curriculum
    • The Principal of Salisbury Sixth Form College and a Governor of Salisbury Sixth Form College
    • No business or pecuniary interests declared

    Further Information

    Simon Firth has two sons and is a parent governor at Swanmore. He has lived in Hampshire for over 10 years now.

    Simon is the founding Principal of Salisbury 6th Form College which was set up in 2014 in Salisbury. The college achieved a ‘Good’ rating in their first Ofsted report in 2017 and the college is now part of a small multi academy trust serving the Salisbury area.

    He has over 20 years teaching experience, mostly in London secondary schools. Most recently as Deputy Headteacher at Swanlea School in Whitechapel, which was judged Outstanding for the first time while he was there. His previous experience puts him in a good position to advise and support the governing body in all areas related to education. He believes that Swanmore is in a really strong position with a great team of staff and the capacity to improve rapidly.

     

  • Mr Phil Harris-Bridge

    Co-opted Governor

    • Term of Office 2/12/19 – 1/12/2023
    • Committees: Pay Committee (Chair), Resources Committee, Complaints Commitee
    • Panel: Appeals & Disciplinary
    • Link Governor: Health & Safety
    • No business or pecuniary interests declared

    Further Information

    Phil’s career in the commercial sector spanned IT, manufacturing and distribution businesses, with 16 years spent in Director roles with a global component distribution business. Married with two daughters, he has a First Class Honours degree in Business Management and lived in the East Midlands for over 30 years, before moving to Hampshire in early 2019.

    He is a Non-Executive Director (NED) on the Boards of the Brooke Weston Trust, the Collaborative Academies Trust and a Pensions Trust and has recently completed two 3 year terms as a NED on the Board of an NHS Hospital Trust. He has been a school governor for over 25 years at a variety of the primary and secondary schools in both the Local Authority and Multi-Academy Trust sectors. He is currently Chair of the Governing Board at a secondary academy in Portsmouth and is a Schools National Leader in Governance (NLG), involving working in and leading where necessary, schools or academies needing to improve their leadership, management, governance and student progress or outcomes.

    Phil is keen to provide his knowledge and experience to Swanmore College as his “local” secondary school, to actively support the ambitions and objectives of the College for its students, staff and the local communities it serves. Spare time interests include travel, ballroom and latin dancing, charitable causes and reading economics, politics and business.

     

  • Mr David Hedicker

    Co-opted Governor

    • Term of office 23/3/19-22/3/23
    • Committees: Resources Committee, Standards & Wellbeing Committee
    • Key Role: Staff Wellbeing
    • No business or pecuniary interests declared

    Further Information

    David Hedicker has lived in Hampshire for the majority of his life. He attended Swansea University, where he gained a degree in Automotive Engineering, before going on to complete his teacher training (PGCE) in Design Technology. David has taught at Swanmore for 10 years, undertaking a variety of different roles, including both Pastoral and Curriculum middle leadership positions. This gives him the variety of experience necessary to enable him to represent the Staff and Pupils, on the board of governors at Swanmore.

    In his free time, David enjoys mountain biking on a competitive level, as well as building and flying radio-controlled aircraft.

  • Mr Kyle Jonathan

    Headteacher

    • Term of office 23/3/15-
    • Committees: Resources Committee, Standards & Wellbeing Committee
    • Governors representative Swanmore Parents Association
    • No business or pecuniary interests declared
  • Mr Will Kennedy Scott

    Parent Governor

    • Term of office 23/3/19-22/3/23
    • Committees: Pay Committee, Standards & Wellbeing Committee, Complaints Committee
    • Panel: Appeals & Disciplinary
    • Link Governor: Maths
    • No business or pecuniary interests declared

    Further Information

    Will Kennedy Scott is a Parent Governor with two children having just been through the college with a third currently attending. Will lives locally in Waltham Chase although works in Farnborough for QinetiQ as a research and development scientist.Will has developed several optical sensor systems for the UK MOD and other customers but recently has been developing autonomous navigation technologies for unmanned land vehicles. In his work Will gets involved in scientific and mathematical analysis, software development, proposition development and leading teams. Away from work Will enjoys being creative with home DIY having just remodelled his back garden and replaced the front dormer roof on his house (no more leaks!).

    Will enjoys bringing all he’s learnt from his work life into his governor role. His line management experience maps well into pay and human resources, project management into finance and his analytical skills into school progress and performance assessment.

  • Captain David Newberry RN (Rtd)

    Local Authority Governor

    • Term of office 23/5/16-22/5/20
    • Committees: Community Committee (Chair), Headteacher Performance Management Committee (Chair), Standards & Wellbeing Committee, Complaints Committee
    • Panel: Appeals & Disciplinary
    • Key Role: Able Pupils, Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND)
    • Link Governor: SEND
    • No business or pecuniary interests declared

    Further Information

    David Newberry retired from the Royal Navy, as a Captain, in 1997 after 33 years’ service as an engineer officer, which was followed by eight years responsible for running HMS Warrior 1860, the historic ship in Portsmouth Dockyard. He retired in 2006 and since then has spent six years as a Parish Councillor in Clanfield and four years as a District Councillor in East Hampshire. He served on the Planning Committee for a number of years and spent a period in the Cabinet as the Finance Portfolio Holder.

    David moved to Swanmore in August 2014, is currently a Parish Councillor and has been a Governor of Swanmore College since 2016

     

  • Mr Charles Oulton

    Co-opted Governor

    • Term of office 23/3/19-22/3/23
    • Committees: Community Committee (Vice-Chair), Headteacher Performance Management Committee, Standards & Wellbeing Committee, Complaints Committee
    • Panel: Appeals & Disciplinary
    • Link Governor: Expressive Arts
    • Key Role: Community, Site Development Plans and Sustainability
    • No business or pecuniary interests declared

    Further Information

    I have six children and they have all had different educations, so I didn’t expect to have so much experience, three attending Swanmore (Morleys). I have been impressed with how the school has evolved to meet the recent funding challenges and my view is that it is much improved and is a genuinely good local school. I feel under pressure to perform when I compare myself to the other governors.

    I run my own business in furniture and mattresses and have decent international experience, so I am aware of how competitive the marketplace is. Previously I was a Cheshire borough councillor and learnt much from the local politics, both good and bad.

  • Ms Tessa Philpott

    Co-opted Governor

    • Term of office 8/1/18 – 7/1/22
    • Committees: Resources Committee (Chair), Standards & Wellbeing Committee, Complaints Committee
    • Panel: Appeals & Disciplinary
    • Link Governor: PE
    • Key Role: Training Governor
    • No business or pecuniary interests declared

    Further Information 

    I have lived in Swanmore for over 20 years and both my children went to Swanmore College before moving on to Peter Symonds College and university. Their time at Swanmore gave them skills (both academic and non-academic) which helped them subsequently, and I would like to think my input as a Governor will help prepare present and future pupils for their futures.

    I am a Chartered Accountant and have dealt with businesses of varying sizes and industries. I was also a Taekwondo Instructor (until stopped by injury) at Powerhouse Taekwondo club which uses the Community Facilities at the College.

  • Mr Bernard Rhodes

    Parent Governor

    • Term of office 12/3/18-11/3/22
    • Committees: Resources Committee (Vice-Chair), Headteacher Performance Management Committee, Complaints Committee
    • Panel: Appeals & Disciplinary
    • Link Governor: Technology
    • No business or pecuniary interests declared

    Bernard Rhodes, a newly appointed Parent Governor, has lived in Whiteley, Hampshire with his family for the last 16 years. Bernard’s daughter currently attends Swanmore College and his youngest son will join the college in Autumn 2018. Bernard has held senior management roles within the commercial world at Kingfisher plc, along with senior roles within a global manufacturing business. Bernard is now a director and partner in a new start business.

    Bernard is also heavily involved in Rugby in Hampshire and has held several volunteer coaching roles at several clubs and is currently Director of Rugby at Petersfield RFC. Bernard is also a Club’s representative on the Hampshire RFU Management Board.

    Bernard is the Link Governor for the Design & Technology department as well as representing the Governors on the Resources Committee.

    Bernard is looking forward to his tenure as a Parent Governor at Swanmore College and his active participation in the further development of the college.

  • Mr Gareth Richards

    Staff Governor

    • Term of office 24/9/18-23/9/22
    • Committees: Resources Committee, Standards & Wellbeing Committee
    • Key Role: Policy Reviews
    • No business or pecuniary interests declared
    Gareth Richards graduated from the University of Chichester where he studied Physical Education and Teaching (with QTS). His first teaching post was at Swanmore and he has now taught at Swanmore for 9 Years. During this time, he has undertaken a number of different roles and is currently a Head of Year and part of the Extended Leadership Team. This gives him the variety of experience necessary to enable him to represent the Staff and Pupils, on the Board of Governors at Swanmore.

    In his free time, Gareth plays rugby for Portsmouth Rugby Club 1st XV. He also has four young chidren and enjoys the family time he gets with them.

  • Mr Matt Short

    Co-opted Governor

    • Term of Office 21/9/20 – 20/9/24
    • Committees: TBC
    • No business or pecuniary interests declared

    Further Information

    Matt has lived in the local area all his life and previously attended Swanmore College. He then went on to complete his BSc in Aquatic Zoology at the University of Hull and a PhD in behavioural biology at the University of Southampton. Matt now works as an educational analyst and researcher at the University of Southampton, with an focus on social justice. There he is responsible for ensuring that efforts to increase Higher Education participation from under-represented groups are effective. Outside of work Matt spends much of his spare time gardening or walking his dog, Poppy.

    Matt is excited by the role of a governor at Swanmore College and looks forward to working hard to support the college in ensuring an excellent educational experience for all its pupils.

  • Mrs Susan Sinclair

    Co-opted Governor

    • Term of office 18/5/20 – 17/5/24
    • Committees: Resources Committee, Complaints Committee
    • Panel: Appeals & Disciplinary
    • Link Governor: English

    Company Accountant/Company Secretary, semi-retired professional eager to help ensuring our young people get the best education and opportunities possible.

    Managing Director for over 10 years and a fellow member of the Association of Accounting Technicians (FMAAT) for over 25 years.

    My background includes banking, publishing and support services for 6-star cruise lines starting as Chief Accountant promoted to UK Managing Director of several associated limited companies.

    Currently part time Senior Manager for PETA, a training and consultancy charity dedicated to making learners “work-ready”, including over 300 apprentices training in Engineering, ICT, Health and Safety, and Management Training.

  • Mrs Rebecca Thompson

    Co-opted Governor

    • Term of office 20/5/19-19/5/23
    • Committees: Pay Committee, Standards & Wellbeing Committee, Complaints Committee
    • Panel: Appeals & Disciplinary
    • Subject Link Governor: to be decided
    • No business or pecuniary interests declared

    Having grown up between London and Bishop’s Waltham I moved away to study and travel, returning back to Hampshire 11 years ago to bring up my family. I now have a son at Swanmore College in Year 7.

    I have a first degree in Visual Cultures and post graduate diploma in Occupational Therapy. I am currently a specialist Occupational Therapist working at Treloar school and college in Alton and have also worked as an Occupational Therapist in the fields of mental health and adult social care, giving me extensive clinical experience in supporting children and adults with physical disabilities to achieve their full potential. I also work for the Health and Care Professions Council as a Continuing Professional Development (CPD) assessor, which gives me a unique perspective on how professionals engage in and demonstrate their commitment to CPD.

    Away from work I enjoy music, all things vintage, and exploring the world, and can usually be found dreaming of my next adventure.

  • Ms Jackie Finney

    Clerk to the Governors

Governors who have left in the last 12 months

Russell Hougham end 9.20
Malcolm John end 7.20
Gary Akehurst end 7.20
Adam Northover end 3.20
Claire Lloyd end 10.19