Governor Biographies

  • Mrs Walker


    I came to Hook Infant school in 1993 to join the Senior Leadership Team. I became Deputy Headteacher of Hook Infant School in 2006 and was subsequently seconded to a primary school in Farnborough. I was appointed to my current role as Headteacher in September 2009. Before I came to Hook, I taught in Woking at the Hermitage First School and I also worked with the Surrey Maths Advisory Team assisting the delivery of INSET across the County. I have worked for many years as an End of Key Stage One Moderator for Hampshire, visiting schools offering advice and guidance on assessment to Year 2 teaching staff. In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my family, gardening and going out for meals. I am very passionate about Hook Infant School and the community which it serves, education is the gateway to life and every child deserves the best possible opportunities to fulfil their potential.

  • Mrs Alison Collier

    Chair of Governors, Chair of Resources Committee, Headteachers Performance Committee

    I have lived in Hook with my husband since 1995 and joined Hook Infant school as a Parent Governor in 2002 when my daughter was in Yr 2. I stood for the Parent Governor position having had previous experience as Secretary at Hook Village Nursery and have always had a deep interest in my child’s education and activities.

    I have worked, for the past 23 years, for a local IT company in a finance and more recently an Operations Manager capacity. Over this time, I have gained vast industry experience and wish to contribute these business skills, with my thirst for knowledge, to helping Hook Infant school achieve its goals and vision.

    I enjoy reading and cooking, together with a new found interest for growing fruit and vegetables.

  • Mrs Corrinne Kinge

    Vice Chair and Local Education Authority Governor

    I have lived in Hook since 1982 when my parents moved here and have since married and raised my family in the village. I loved coming into school regularly as a parent helper and joined Hook Infant school as a parent governor in 1996 when my oldest daughter was in year 2 and my youngest daughter was in year R.
    I spent 7 years as a PTA member of my daughter’s secondary school and have been previously seconded to two different schools by the Local Authority to help restore governance to them.
    My children are now grown-up and I am proud that my grandchildren have attended Hook Infant School.
    I have worked in Training & Development and HR for most of my career, and love finding new and exciting ways for everyone to learn. I work as a HR Manager locally.
    I currently hold the position of Vice Chair of Governors, Chair of Performance Management and Vice Chair of Resources.

  • Mr Chris Mulholland

    Chair of Curriculum Committee

    I became a Parent Governor in March 2012. I hope to bring the experience that I have gained from working in Learning and Development for a well known international firm. I am married to Louise, and father of Olivia. When not at work I enjoy days out with my family, supporting a local football team and getting out on my bike.

  • Mrs Anne Simpson

    Curriculum Committee, Charitable Trust

    I have lived in Hook since 1994, and my parents moved here in 1975, and one of my daughters in carrying on the tradition living in the village with her young family. I had a career in general business management and international marketing in the IT industry and retired in 2018. In 2020 I became a School Governor and joined the curriculum Committee with focus on English. I wanted to use my lengthy business and people experience, for the benefit of others, especially children. I did a Psychology GCSE in 2000 with a focus on children and the impact of early years experiences – being put to good use now. My grandson attends the Infant School, and a granddaughter will follow him soon.

    Since retiring I have been doing a Creative Writing course, U3A groups Furniture Restoration and Virtual Investment. I have recently developed an interest in growing flowers and swim several times a week.

  • Mrs Kathryn Sloane

    Safeguarding Governor, GDPR, Chair of Charitable Trust, Curriculum Committee

    I joined the board of Governors in September 2020, as a Parent Governor., when my oldest child was in Year 2. Having attended Hook Infant School myself, we decided as a family to return to Hook when it was time for our own children to start school.  As a parent of three, I have seen how hard the school works to educate our children and I was keen to bring my professional experience in forecasting and strategic planning to help the school in achieving its aims.  

  • Mrs Mandy Gibbons

    Curriculum Committee

    I became a co-opted governor in September 2020. My husband and I moved to Hook in 1997 with our two sons. My granddaughter now attends Hook Infant School. I’ve spent my life working in the early years sector, both in local pre-schools and full day care nurseries. I hope to now use this experience as a governor. I love spending time with my family, and can be found walking in our beautiful countryside or curled up with a good book.

  • Mrs Victoria Gazzard

    Forum Representative, PR Governor

    I joined the Governing body of Hook Infants in September 2020 and relish the challenge of helping our school grow and develop; looking out for the interests of our children, the staff, parents, local community & the governing body too. My husband and I live in Hook with our two children, and protecting the wonderful teaching and learning environment of Hook Infants is very important to me. In my spare time I enjoy walking with friends and family in the beautiful countryside we are lucky to have on our doorstep here in Hampshire.

  • Mr Chris Harper

    Health and Safety Governor, Charitable Trust

    I moved to Hook with my young family in 2021 and joined the Board of Governors in September 2022, the same month that my son joined Year R. I see this role as a fantastic opportunity to use my professional experience in project management and marketing to give something back to the community, with the intention of making the school even better than it already is. Outside of work, you'll find me out and about with the family in the countryside, cooking, gardening and watching sports.

  • Mrs Rachael Harding

    Curriculum Committee

    I am an Advanced Skills Teacher for English, Literacy and SEND, and former school leader, who most recently established and led a SCITT in central London training new teachers, NQTs and providing CPD across a large network of schools. I hold an MA in the History of Education.
    I have recently moved back to Hook with my family and I am delighted to be joining the Board of Governors at Hook Infant School, which I attended myself many years ago.

  • Mrs Amy Whittle

    Parent Governor

    I joined the board of governors in 2021 when my oldest son joined year R (my daughter followed the year after). I wanted to play a small part in helping Hook Infant School succeed, recognizing the important role it plays in the raising of our children and at the heart of the Hook community. I am a finance transformation advisor and I bring the experience I have of helping businesses and processes improve to the running of the school. I am the Student Governing Body Governor and love hearing 1st hand what is going on at the school. I also sit on the Charities committee.

  • Mr Matthew Spooner

    Co-opted Governor

    I relocated to Hook in 2020 with my family from New Zealand. We are all dual citizens and 2 of my 3 children already attend Hook infants with the 3rd soon to follow. I became a Govenor at Hook Infants in September 2023. My Father and Cousin have both been Governors at stages so it runs in the blood. I work in London as a Director of a Construction Company and hope to use my skill and experience to benefit the school as best as i can. Hook infants is an amazing school with amazing staff and i look forward to assisting to the best of my abilities. In my spare time you will find me ferrying me children around to all activities and watching sports.

  • Mrs Samantha Gaskell

    Associate Member

    I moved to Hook in 2021 with my husband and our two boys, with our eldest just joining Hook Infant School. I have joined the Governing Board for multiple reasons but ultimately because I want to be able to make a meaningful contribution to the local community and families.
    I’ve worked as a Data Professional for over 12 years, working in data management, data governance and data quality. I now run my own data consultancy and I am incredibly excited to be able to offer my skills and experience to the school.
    I thoroughly enjoy meeting new people and look forward to putting my Governor role and responsibilities into action when at the school and out in the community.

  • Mr Daniel McMillan

    Associate Member

    I moved to Hook in 2020 with my wife and two daughters. My eldest daughter attends Hook Infants year R and we are hoping the youngest will join her next year.
    I have worked in governmental roles for most of my career having varied experience from Performance Management, managing Social Work and Health Teams for those with a learning disability, Project Management and most recently exploring ethical efficiencies to improve service delivery for residents.
    I volunteered as a Governor so I could use my experience to support not only the children who attend Hook Infants, but the staff, parents and the local community who have been so kind and welcoming to my family since we moved here.

  • Miss Danielle Farr

    Staff Governor

    I have taught at Hook Infant School since 2019 and I have experience in both Key Stage One and the Early Years Foundation Stage. I joined the governing body as a Staff Governor in 2021. I trained and completed my Primary Education degree with QTS in Southwest London and I was able to teach in a range of schools in this area. Education has a great impact on children’s lives and being a teacher is something I’ve always set out to do and I thoroughly enjoy it. In my free time I love to spend time with my family and friends, eating out and I enjoy travelling too.”