Our Governors

  • Mr Dennis Gamblin

    Chair of Governors

    Co-opted Governor

    • Term of office 12/12/16-11/12/20
    • Member of Resources Committee and Member of Standards & Wellbeing Committee
    • Subject Link Governor: Religious Education
    • Key Role: Literacy and Financial Matrix and Support Staff Wellbeing
    • Member of Pay Appeals and Disciplinary Panels
    • 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.

  • Professor Gary Akehurst

    Co-opted Governor

    • Term of office 23/3/19-31/7/20
    • Member of Resources Committee, Member of Pay Committee
    • Subject Link Governor: Geography and Careers
    • Key Role: Marketing and communications
    • Member of Pay Appeals and Disciplinary Panels
    • No business or pecuniary interests declared

    Further Information

    Gary Akehurst has lived in Hampshire for 24 years. Both his children attended Swanmore College. He has extensive experience in management consulting with Deloitte and Pricewaterhouse, specialising in reviving failing service businesses, and running his marketing business. First degree in economics, master’s degree in management, PhD in marketing and a FE & HE teachers’ certificate. Gary has worked as a lecturer, professor and head of department in a number of universities including Surrey, Portsmouth, Winchester, Cardiff and Aberystwyth (latterly as director of a university management and business school). Since 2007 Gary has been supervising a number of strategy, marketing, sales and change management executive MBA in-company projects for Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University in the Netherlands. Gary was a parent governor of his children’s primary school in Kent; later was a governor and then chair of corporation at Barton Peveril Sixth Form College, Eastleigh during the first intensive phase of new buildings development. He is the founder and a trustee of a charity for business researchers development. He has been a judge for the British Excellence in Sales Awards since 2006 and heavily involved in the marketing and sales professional bodies, including several years as chair of the examiners at the Institute of Sales & Marketing Management. For many years he was an advisor on service businesses to the EU Commission in Brussels.

  • Mrs Laura Barker

    Co-opted Governor

    • Term of office 12/3/18-11/3/22
    • Member of Standards & Wellbeing Committee and Member of Community 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
    • Member of Standards & Wellbeing Committee, Member of Resources Committee
    • Subject Link Governor: Music and PSHE (Personal, Social, Health and Economics Education)
    • Key Role: Safeguarding Governor
    • 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!

  • Mr Simon Firth

    Co-opted Governor

    • Term of office 23/3/19-22/3/23
    • Vice-Chair of Standards & Wellbeing Committee and Member of Resources Committee
    • Subject 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 David Hedicker

    Co-opted Governor

    • Term of office 23/3/19-22/3/23
    • Member of Resources Committee and Member of 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.

  • Commander Adam Northover RN

    Co-opted Governor

    • Term of office 25/2/16-24/2/20
    • Member of Resources Committee
    • Subject Link Governor : Physical Education
    • Key Role: Health and Safety
    • No business or pecuniary interests declared

    Adam has been a co-opted governor since 2016 and has two  sons at the College.  Originally from Cornwall, Adam has lived in Hampshire since 2000, and for the past 15 years has lived in or near Swanmore.  A Commander in the Royal Navy, he has spent much of his working life at sea, primarily in the Far East, South Atlantic, and Antarctica, as well as the Arabian Gulf.  He has been Commanding Officer of three minehunters and is one of the Royal Navy’s 30 Specialist Navigators.  His extensive management experience extends from bringing new ships into service with the RN, to managing and coordinating extensive ship deep-maintenance periods, but he classes the highlight of his career to date as having been fortunate enough to manage 50 of the finest men and women in the RN for over two  happy years in three excellent ships all over the world.  Currently working at the Naval Headquarters in Portsmouth, Adam is the Fleet Navigator, responsible for Navigation Policy and Capability across the Naval Service, but is also the Ministry of Defence Boat Manager, responsible for 2,300 boats across Defence.  A keen runner, Adam is the Link Governor for PE, as well as the link Governor for Health and Safety.

  • Mr Malcolm John

    Co-opted Governor

    • Term of office 12/12/16-11/12/20
    • Chair of Standards & Wellbeing Committee, Member of Standards & Wellbeing Committee and Member of Community Committee
    • Subject Link Governor: ICT and Business Studies
    • Key role: Pupil Premium and Link Governors Co-ordinator
    • No business or pecuniary interests declared

    Further Information

    Malcolm John moved to Hampshire from Wales in 1975 when he took up his first teaching appointment at Wildern. Subsequently he taught in Fordingbridge and Southampton Schools as Head of Geography and Head of the Faculty of Humanities respectively, before becoming Deputy Headteacher at Swanmore.

    He spent twenty years in this role before taking early retirement. Not enjoying this new status he returned to his old teaching role, firstly at Wyvern school before being asked to return to Swanmore, where he finally ended his career as Head of Geography. During his career and recognizing a gap in teacher education, he was part of a team who set up and delivered management-training courses for Hampshire Secondary School teachers. His wife was until recently also a teacher at Swanmore and their four children all attended the school. It has therefore been and continues to be somewhat of a family affair.

  • Mr Kyle Jonathan

    Headteacher

    • Term of office 23/3/15-
    • Member of Resources Committee and Member of 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
    • Chair of Pay Committee, Member of Standards & Wellbeing and Member of Pay Committee
    • Subject Link Governor: Mathematics
    • 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.

  • Ms Claire Lloyd

    Parent Governor

    • Term of office 12/3/18-11/3/22
    • Member of Standards & Wellbeing Committee and Member of Pay Committee
    • Subject Link Governor: Music
    • No business or pecuniary interests declared

    Further Information

    Claire Lloyd has lived in Hampshire for 27 years after leaving the midlands for University. She is a Chartered Accountant who trained in practice and then moved to work for IBM 19 years ago and remained there until recently in a variety of accounting and finance related positions including first line management and working in the investments team managing the property portfolio for the pensions department. Claire now works for National Air Traffic Control (NATS) in Whiteley.

    Away from work Claire has many interests including volunteering overseas with a children’s charity.

    Claire moved to Swanmore just over 2 years ago to be closer to the College which her son now attends. Claire was involved and organised many PTA events at her son’s primary school and decided to take the opportunity to become a parent governor at the College. She is looking forward to putting her years of training and finance expertise into use, specifically in the pay and standards and wellbeing committees.

  • Captain David Newberry RN (Rtd)

    Local Authority Governor

    • Term of office 23/5/16-22/5/20
    • Chair of Community Committee, Chair of the Headteacher’s Performance Management Panel, Member of Standards & Wellbeing Committee
    • Key Role: Able Pupils, Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND)
    • Subject Link Governor: Science
    • 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
    • Vice-Chair of Community Committee and Member of Resources Committee
    • Subject Link Governor: Drama
    • 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
    • Chair of Resources Committee, Member of Standards & Wellbeing Committee and Member of Pay Appeals and Disciplinary Panels
    • Subject Link Governor: Dance
    • 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
    • Vice-Chair of Resources Committee and Member of the Headteacher Performance Management Panel
    • Subject Link Governor: Design and 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
    • Member of Standards & Wellbeing Committee and Resources 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.

  • Mrs Rebecca Thompson

    Co-opted Governor

    • Term of office 20/5/19-19/5/23
    • Member of Standards & Wellbeing Committee and Member of Pay Committee
    • 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

Penny Parkinson end 7.19
Hazel Harrison end 7.19
David Hercock end 3.19
Carole Chadderton end 12.18
Mike Allen end 7.18
Alison Clark end 7.18