Our Governors

  • Mr Dennis Gamblin

    Chair of Governors

    Co-opted Governor

    • Term of office 12/12/20 – 11/12/24
    • 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:
      Community interest company owner aimed at teens and adults in Meon Valley
      Non-profit organisation run from Swanmore Village Hall

    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.

  • 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
    • Business or pecuniary interests:
      The Principal of Salisbury Sixth Form College and a Governor of Salisbury Sixth Form College

    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
    • Business or pecuniary interests:
      Chair of Governing Board for Castle View Primary
      Chair of Trust’s Finance and Resource Committee for Brooke Weston Trust. Chair of Governing Boards for Brooke Weston Academy and Compass Primary Academy
      Director of family-owned Consultancy business
      Non Executive Director of RS-Components
      Non Executive Director of the Search/Governance and Audit Committees at Eastleigh College
      Chair of School Improvement Board at Trumpington Community College

    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.

  • Ms Jane Hulme

    Co-opted Governor

    • Term of Office:  16/11/20 to 15/11/24
    • Committees: Resources
    • No pecuniary interest
    • Business or pecuniary interests:
      Trustee of Eaton UK Pension Plan

    Further Information

    Jane is an ex pupil of Swanmore and went on to study at Peter Symonds College. Following this she gained a degree in Business Administration from the University of Portsmouth. After commencing work she undertook further studies and completed her Postgraduate Diploma in Personnel Management. Jane has worked in Human Resources for over 20 years with leadership positions in Aerospace, premium Automotive and retail businesses. Jane was part of the start up team for Rolls-Royce Motor Cars and throughout her career has managed large scale recruitment programs and had responsibility for large manufacturing facilities.

    Jane has a passion for STEaM subjects and has designed and implemented strategies to provide a number of workplace training programs including apprenticeships, intern and graduate schemes for school leavers and early in career professionals.  Part of her work in HR involves workplace wellbeing with a focus on mental health and inclusion and diversity.

    Jane has experience of financial management and governance having undertaken a role as a Trustee Director of a corporate pension plan.

    Jane has a son at Swanmore College and two children in primary education who will become pupils at the school in the future.   In her spare time Jane enjoys anything outdoors with a keen family interest in historic motor racing. Her son’s participate in outdoor kart championships and team football. Her daughter enjoys gymnastics.

    Jane wishes to contribute to the successful running of the school recognising the importance of education as an enabler for further learning and development leading to successful and fulfilling careers.

  • Mr Justin Jamieson

    Parent Governor

    • Term of Office:  13/07/2021 – 12/07/2025

    Further Information

    Justin has lived in Durley & Swanmore for the last 20 years and is married with 4 children, 2 of which at Swanmore college.

    Originally studied to be an architect and for the last 25 years, Justin has led complex programs across the talent acquisition outsourcing and associated HR services space both internationally and domestically and across multiple industry sectors.

    At the core is my passion to help people connect to opportunities through positive experiences. Technology has been transformative, but the importance of the human element remains essential, especially for our next generations of talented people.

    Outside of work, Justin always has several DIY projects on the go, is a huge dog lover and motorbike enthusiast.

  • 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
  • Commander Matt Moore

    Co-opted Governor

    • Term of Office 08/03/21 – 07/03/25
    • Committees: TBC
    • No pecuniary interest

    Matt has lived in the region for several years now, with roots firmly planted. He also has children at the college and with a vested interest wanted to play a more active role in Swanmore College and give greater investment into the local community. Utilising his experience from his career in the Armed Forces allows the opportunity to help contribute to the strategic leadership provided by the Board of Governors allowing the day to day operations to be managed by the Headteacher and his staff and in sum, assisting in the delivery of the very best education for our young people.

    Matt joined the Royal Navy in 1996 as a Warfare Officer and over the last 25 years has had a mix of Ships and Staff appointments as well as specialising as a Mine Clearance Diving Officer requiring training in Bomb Disposal, he also has experience in military human resource management. He has worked in many areas of the Royal Navy and Defence, not least three Sea Command positions as well as the planning and execution of global strategic operations from MOD Main Building in London.

  • Captain David Newberry RN (Rtd)

    Local Authority Governor

    • Term of office 24/05/20 – 23/05/24
    • 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 Tina Paskins

    Parent Governor

    • Term of office 13/07/21 – 12/07/25

    Further Information

    Tina has lived in Waltham Chase for 20 years and her daughter started Swanmore college in September 2020. She is keen to put something back into the local area.

    Tina has worked for Hampshire Council for the past 20 years and is a Principal Trading Standards Officer managing a team that deals with all manner of enquiries and complaints. Tina has an intense sense of fairness having worked in compliance and enforcement roles for the past 25 years. Skills include line management skills, analysing data and comprehensive report writing. She is used to dealing with demanding situations and liaising with people at all levels.

    In her spare time, she likes to attend live music gigs and travel. Both of which have been sorely missed over the past year.

  • 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.

  • Ms Vicky Ruzewicz

    Staff Governor

    • Term of office 01/02/21 –  31/01/25
    • Committees: TBC
    • No business or pecuniary interests declared
  • Mr Matt Short

    Co-opted Governor

    • Term of Office 21/9/20 – 20/9/24
    • Committees: Standards & Wellbeing and Community
    • 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

    Further Information

    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.

  • Mr Phillip Walker

    Co-opted Governor

    • Term of office 13/07/21 – 12/07/25
    • Business or pecuniary interests:
      Employed at Hampshire County Council as County Education Manager for Skill & Participation
      Relative attends Swanmore College
      Spouse is an NHS manager responsible for children’s community mental health services in Hampshire and Sussex

    Further Information

    I was born in Pembrokeshire, Wales, before moving to the New Forest in 1983. I attended school and sixth form college in Hampshire before going to university in London to study European Politics, History, and Economics. I have a post graduate qualification in the same subject, and also one in management and leadership from the University of Essex.

    My professional background is further education and skills, working in management and leadership positions for colleges in London, Essex, and Hampshire before moving to the Department for Education and then, in 2010, Hampshire County Council. My role at the local authority includes responsibility for employment and skills programmes, careers and participation services, outdoor education, and the County Council’s direct curriculum offer including apprenticeships and adult learning.

    I am married with two daughters (one in secondary school, the other recently graduating as a Nurse) and live in Bishops Waltham having moved from Winchester in 2019.

    We also have a dog which we enjoy taking on long walks (well, my wife and I enjoy it, our 13 year old less so!). I play golf (badly) and have an interest in electric cars, music and most sports – nowadays, from the sofa or stands only.

  • Ms Jackie Finney

    Clerk to the Governors

Governors who have left in the last 12 months

Alison Brodigan end 7.21
Will Kennedy-Scott end 7.21
Bernard Rhodes
end 6.21
Gareth Richards end 1.21
Russell Hougham end 9.20

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