Governor Pen Portraits

Dawn Bentley (Co-opted Governor)

I have been part of the governing body at Hilton Primary School since 2004. For eight years I was a parent governor until my children left the school. Since then I have been fortunate enough to be able to continue as a governor in a different capacity.

During this time I have actively helped and supported the school with the many challenges faced always considering the best outcome for the children at the front of everything I do. It is important to me that every child realises their full potential in a safe and happy environment.

Until this year when the governing body reorganised I spent my time on what is now the Standards & Teaching Committee (formerly Attainment & Progress).  I am also the Nominated Safeguarding Governor.


Jaydine Breadon (Parent Governor)

With two wonderful children who attend Hilton Primary School, I have had an active hand in many areas within the school. I have served two years on the PTFA committee; attended disco’s, duck races, quiz and chip nights etc, and now recently undertaken a more strategic role within the school as a Governor. I am currently working within the children’s mental health service, however I also have a successful career working within schools supporting children with SEND. I am passionate about ensuring that every child receives a fair and equal opportunity to the outstanding education on offer here at Hilton Primary School. In my term as Governor, I look forward to being able to contribute my wealth of knowledge, skills and experience to enhance the learning of all children who attend Hilton Primary School, ensuring that not only do they develop academically, but holistically too.


Nick Campion (Co-opted Governor)

I believe that pupils’ time at HPS should not only be about aspiring to excellence in the classroom but also exploring as many avenues of learning as possible. I enjoy working with the senior leadership team to find ways for the school to educate and nurture the whole child – intellectually, socially, emotionally, creatively and physically.

I am rigorous in holding the school to account in every facet of education but also commit to be constructive and supportive at all times.

I am in my ninth year as a governor. I have served on a number of committees and I currently chair the Quality and Standards committee. I am also the link governor for the subject of English. I have been part of several interview panels including the one to select our current Headteacher. I enjoy coming into school to speak to teachers, pupils and leaders so I can understand more about our school and how Governors can help it to continue improving.

I make my living as a freelance writer and am always happy to assist the school in this capacity. I have a daughter in Year 6 at the school and another who spent seven happy years at HPS and is now in Year 10.


Bob Gallear (Co-opted and Chair of Governors)

I have been a governor at Hilton Primary School for 16 years, and chair for the past 12 years. During this time I have worked closely with senior leaders in school to improve the provision the school makes for its pupils and raise standards. Throughout my time in office I have supported the school in any way that I can to ensure that all pupils have the opportunity reach their full potential and enjoy their time at primary school. I meet with the headteacher every week to ensure that I have am aware of emerging issues at an early stage and to review with him the impact of any changes that are made.

I have spent most of my working life in education as a teacher, an advisory teacher in Derbyshire and in initial teacher training. I have a wide experience of a number of schools and current educational practice. My main interests are in the curriculum and assessment but as chair of governors I attend all the main committee meetings.


Julia Hart (Principal, The Mease)

I have been involved in governing boards of 4 schools over the last 20 years, initially because I wanted to gain an understanding of the strategic development of my school.  This broad experience, as a staff representative and as an associate governor, has given me the opportunity to see how different governing boards – what works well and what we can do even better!  As the Principal of The Mease, I am automatically a Governor of our school.

I am delighted to be working jointly with the Hilton Primary governors so we can ensure that our new school reflects and serves the our community that we share.


Sujinder Lehal (Parent Governor)

I have been a parent governor at Hilton Primary School since November 2016. I am currently working within the Standards and Teaching Committee of the governing body. I am a mother of 3 children, 2 of which attend Hilton Primary School. I moved into Hilton 5 years ago, and I am originally from Kent. I have worked, and continue to work (Part – Time) for Costco’s Optical Department.

I assumed my current post to gain more of an awareness of how the school makes decisions related to improving educational standards, and making positive contributions to the decision making process myself. Although not involved in education in a professional capacity, I have good inter-personal skills and experience of working in partnership with work colleagues, professionals, and management staff to improving working conditions and raising standards of service provided. I share the school’s commitment to improving educational attainment levels and it’s aim to achieve ‘outstanding’ status.

My parent governor role also enables me to make positive contributions to ensuring that pupils continue to thrive and maximise their potential in a fun, stimulating and happy educational environment.


Kevan Lomas (Headteacher)

I qualified as a middle school teacher at Southampton University in 1988 specialising in primary maths and science. I have worked in a wide range of schools, serving a variety of communities since then. My early career was spent working as a Key Stage 2 teacher in Coventry and later Staffordshire schools. As a middle leader in Tamworth I took on a variety of leadership roles whilst also teaching Year 6 pupils. I became a headteacher in 2000 and went on to join Derbyshire Education Improvement Service as an adviser in 2004. In this role I worked with senior leadership teams in the north east and later the south of Derbyshire to improve the quality of provision and raise standards. I went on to become a senior adviser for school improvement in South Derbyshire before becoming the headteacher of Hilton Primary School in February 2014. I thoroughly enjoy the privileged role I now have providing, as it does, the opportunity to respond and contribute to such a positive and vibrant community.


Joe Handy (Staff Governor)

I have been a proud member of staff at Hilton Primary School since 2015 and currently teach in Year 3. For the past 3 years I’ve also been a year group leader and helped lead an amazing group of colleagues in both Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2. I was keen to be a part of the governing body as it’s an important part of the school structure that I wanted to know more about and be more involved with. As well as this, I have been lucky enough to form lots of close relationships with many of my colleagues and think this will help me represent staff views and ideas well at meetings. Every part of my job revolves around delivering the very best opportunities and outcomes for the children in our school and I look forward to working alongside our governing body to ensure we continue to provide these.


Amy Plenderleith (Co-opted Governor)

I have been a governor since 2006 and currently sit on the Standards & Teaching committee. I am also one of the governors responsible for safeguarding.

As a parent of three children, all of whom have attended HPS, I am keen to see the school succeed and continue to provide a high standard of education and care for its pupils.

My role as a community governor enables me to draw on my knowledge and work within local government in Derbyshire. I have been a District Councillor for Hilton since 2007, and have experience of planning issues and local government finance, as well as being an active member of several other governing bodies in the last 10 years, including Derbyshire’s Police & Crime Panel, Etwall Sure Start Children’s Centre and the Council of Governors at Burton Hospitals FT. These roles and other community connections enable me to bring useful local strategic perspective and knowledge to governor’s meetings.


Anna Selby (Parent Governor)

I have been a governor since October 2016. I have lived in Hilton for 4 years and am married with 2 children, both of whom are at HPS. I currently work at the Royal Derby Hospital, having previously spent 11 years working for the University of Nottingham.

I chose to become a governor because I believe I possess useful project management skills acquired through my employment and wanted to use these to support and improve HPS. I have been very impressed with HPS, in particular the standard of teaching and care. My desire is for the school to become outstanding and remain a happy, supportive environment for each pupil.


Julie Somers (Parent Governor)

I have been a governor at Hilton Primary School for 3 years. I am assigned to Year 3 and am looking forward to working more closely with them. I am also the governor linked to Enterprise, I am excited by the opportunity to become more closely involved with projects being explored in school with the children.

Professionally, I am a qualified primary school teacher and worked for 15 years in a South Derbyshire Junior School, taking responsibility for History, English and Relationship and Sex Education. I left the classroom in 2014 and moved to Derby University where I lecture on the Initial Teacher Education programmes and work closely with schools to provide placements for our trainees and moderate their teaching as they progress towards gaining their Qualified Teaching Status.

Personally, I am the mum of two energetic boys, both of whom have attended Hilton Primary School since Nursery.


Emma Watson (Co-opted Governor)

I was invited to join the governing team at Hilton Primary School in May 2017, after my active involvement in fighting for extra funding for the school. Schools are sadly having to become increasingly business and financially aware to face the challenges from funding constraints and government metrics, whilst remembering these children are people and not just targets.

As a qualified CIMA accountant with a business studies honours degree and 19 years experience at Rolls-Royce in Finance. I believe I can help the school by bringing both business and financial expertise at this difficult time. However, as a parent of one child in the school, I am conscious that despite financial burdens at the school, the primary focus in all decisions should be the welfare of the children. The quality of teaching and support to the individual child should not be forgotten in these difficult times.


Peter Williams (Co-opted Governor)

My involvement in the school started 7 years ago as part of the PTFA for 4 years as vice chair. During the recent battle for funding I got much more actively involved in the financial and emotional battle that ensued. I decided it was an appropriate time to give focus to another area of school life.

I have an honours degree in Information Technology and have worked in IT in various different companies for 18 years. 6 years ago I started a company with two colleagues specifically in the insurance debt recovery sector. Being a company director has given me insights into finance, HR, operations, sales, marketing as well as my familiar home of IT. I believe I can apply this to our school and its governance. My enthusiasm to do a good job is driven by my children who love this school.