Governor Profiles


Bridget Holland


Chair of Governors

I have been working in schools as a governor for 18 years.  For the last 13 years I have been Chair of Governors.  During this time I have been a member of the Governors Leadership Group in Peterborough and have built a skill set that has enabled me to become a member of two IEBs locally.  I have also mentored three Chairs of Governors who were new to the role and were experiencing difficulties.

In my time as a governor, I have worked with two Principals and have successfully led a governing body through an appointment process.  I have also worked with the school Senior Leadership Team to successfully take a school from RI to Good.

Rachel Garner

I attended The Deepings School as a student and would like to 'give back' to the school by offering support to both the school and Governing Body.

I am an Independent Financial Adviser.  I have industry qualifications and 30 years experience in this sector which I feel is beneficial to this role.

I have run my own business for 14 years, so I feel I can offer numerous qualities; we employ staff, deal with all aspects of HR, management etc.  In addition, in the day to day running of the company, I have experience of problem solving, planning, setting tasks etc.


Valerie Hacker

I like and am interested in children and their whole education, not just the academic aspects.

I was an Assistant Headteacher in a secondary school in Cumbria.  My experience includes: Head of Science; teaching Science, French and History; school trips; Gifted & Talented projects; staff recruitment; assessment and recording; and Senior Leadership of SEN.

Since reirement, I continue to be interested in teaching and have tutored several students.


Rev Michael Howard

I’ve been closely involved in Education for many years as a teacher, a deputy Head and a Headteacher.  I taught at the Deepings school for many years and my children attended the school, as will, all being well, my grandchildren.  I’m currently in ministry locally as a priest in the Church of England following my retirement from paid work.

My academic background is in Economics and Information Technology (and latterly theology).  I also have professional post graduate qualifications in both education and education management.

I am keenly interested that all children are equipped and encouraged to achieve to the highest standard.  I’d like to see more of our brighter students targeted at Oxbridge entrance and every child achieving good GCSE passes.  I’m also keen to ensure that our children’s experience of education is positive and promotes ambition as well as developing good citizenship.


Tim Hutton

Vice-Chair of Governors

My experience both through my career and as a volunteer have given me the skills required to be successful in this role.  I was a Teacher Governor of a secondary school for 10 years and have been a parent Governor for the last 7 years (5 as Chair of Governors).  These roles have given me an understanding of all aspects of governance including finance and curriculum.  My career as a teacher and senior leader in secondary and further education gave me vast experience of school improvement process and of the Ofsted inspection regime.  It further allowed me to exercise my ability to self-evaluate and strategically plan.

Helen Morgan

I have an interest in education and have two children who attend the school. I have a desire to support the school and to benefit the wider community.

I was branch secretary and events coordinator at a local CIPS branch and have lectured in CIPS at Peterborough Technical College.  I have helped with literacy support at William Hildyard school for 5 years.  I am an active campaigner for the community library and organised the first Deepings Literary festival.

Fiona Litman

I have the unique perspective of being a parent of the school and also a staff member. It is important that support staff are represented within the Governing Body. I am interested in seeing how the school will improve.

I am a good communicator, able to speak to people on all levels.I have a knowledge of the school procedures and policies, but also a good knowledge of children legislation.  I am involved in the school community.  This year I am the Musical Director for the school musical.

Kate Shinkins-Hoppe

I am interested in education; having worked at both Primary and Early Years Levels.  I recently left full-time employment and would enjoy having an opportunity to learn about KS3 and beyond.

I am used to working in committees and so am able to make decisions on the information available.  I enjoy the challenge of dealing with problems, finding solutions and resolutions.  I am usually very well organised and can managed a full diary well.


Jamie Smith

I have been a teacher at the schol for five years. I am passionate about teaching and have a real desire to see the school progress. 

I am really excited about the potential that the school has and feel that I would like to further imbed myself as a stakeholder to ensure that the passion for learning and progress is sustained.

I am a member of two other committees outside school that explore and aim to ensure sports provision is strong in the local area.


Rachael Smith

I am organised, confident and always happy to help. I like to think that I am a kind and caring person and pride myself on being supportive to others around me and enjoy sharing my knowledge.  I am senstive and diplomatic in my approach to solving problems and dealing with issues.

I am the Office Manager for a local specialist Construction Company. I am responsible for all finance and accounts, including management accounts and reporting to the MD.  I deal with HR issues, staff recruitment, disciplinary matters, procurement and day to day running of the Company.

Mike Ward

I have a desire to try and support the local community as far as I can, and believe I have the skills and time to support the school.

I am used to working in teams and also leading teams of people of all ages and cultures.  I am organised, have common sense and believe I can build relationships.

I have a science background and have worked multinationally; including employing graduates, post graduates and sponsoring PhD students.  I am familiar with the application of academic and personal skills to gain employment.



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