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Governors' Resumes

Governors' Resumes



Margaret Cooke- Chair


Philip Gray

Philip joined the Governing Body in 2016. He is a retired Chartered Surveyor/Company DIrector with 33 years experience in the City, Europe and the Middle East. He also has a wealth of experience in Client Management, Human Resources, Quality Management and Marketing. Philip qualified as a Yacht Master in 2010 and has been actively looking for new challenges where he feels he can make a difference. He enjoys offshore yachting, walking, golf, cycling and gardening (including his prize winning tomatoes!)


Penny Harris - Vice Chair

Penny joined the Governing Body in 2015 and was appointed SEND Governor. She recently retired from the teaching profession after 44 years working in a variety of schools in East Kent but latterly as SEND Coordinator in two local schools. She is involved with a number of charities and in 2015 spent three months in Tanzania, working for a UK based charity providing Maths and English seminars for African teachers. She is an active member of the Chiddingstone community where she has been a member of the Parish Council and Chair of the Village Hall Committee. She  is now a committee member of CHAPS, the local Amateur Dramatic Society. She is very pleased to be involved with Hever Primary School.


Tim Hipperson

Tim was successfully voted onto the Governing Body as a Parent Governor in September 2015.  He lives in Edenbridge with his wife and daughter, who is currently in Elm Class. As a Director of Utilitywise, his core responsibility is to shape the strategy and future development of the business. His career has given him experience in a wide range of commercial situations; assessing business decisions, providing impact assessments, providing recommendations for improvement and helping companies buying strategies in the UK and continental Europe. He also advises the Department of Energy and Climate Change and OFGEM on legislative and regulatory development.


Frederic Perdrix

Born in a small French town half way between Lyon and Geneva, Frederic has been living in the UK for the last 20 years, mainly in London, and in Hever since 2009. Soon after his daughter was accepted into Hever School, Frederic was elected as a Parent Governor with the particular remit to look after the financial and budgetary aspects of the school. He works in London as an executive director for Houlder Ltd, where he brings naval architecture and engineering knowledge and expertise to all of the company’s projects. He is a designer and engineer with over twenty years of experience, being accountable for managing multi-disciplinary teams on a wide range of vessel projects for the oil and gas, renewable and shipping industries as well as for the Royal Navy. 


Joanna Wade MBE

Joanna Wade is a solicitor and Employment Judge. Her special interest is diversity and she is also a Diversity and Community Relations Judge and a board member of the London based homelessness charity, Thames Reach. She is a member of Hever Parish Council and works to promote good relationships between the school and the local community. Joanna is an Associate Governor.


Wendy Izod


Jo Stratton-Head Teacher


Alex Beard


Hayley Cooke- Staff


Emily Thorton


Jeremy King


Helen Barber - Clerk to the Governors