Hillview is fortunate in having a very supportive governing body, which works with the school on its vision for the future, improvement planning and self-evaluation process, as detailed in the School Transformation Plan. (STP)
Mrs Hilary Burkett, Headteacher
Hilary was appointed as Headteacher at Hillview in January 2016, following a wide variety of leadership positions and the Associate Headteacher role within a highly successful all-girls school in Medway. She completed the National Headteacher qualification with the National College of School Leadership in 2015.
Mrs Sue Bishop, Chair of Governors
Sue retired three years ago after a twenty year career as a commercial lawyer turned business negotiator with a City-based management consultancy specialising in outsourcing.
Sue became a Governor of Hillview in January 2013. Since then she has Chaired the Finance Committee, held the position of SEN Governor for two years and became Chair of Governors in September 2014.
Ms Joanne Hardy
Joanne is a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants and holds an MBA from Warwick University. For over 20 years, she was the Group Financial Controller for an international FTSE 100 company and prior to that worked at Deloitte as an Audit Manager. She is also a member of the PPW and SBF Committees and is the Core Ambassador for Maths.
Mr John Clark
A retired Mathematics teacher, John has worked in schools in London, Canada and Jersey. He has held a Head of Department post twice and has worked within senior positions in these schools. During this time he was also a Venture Scout Leader. Prior to his teaching career, John worked in industry for two years.
Mr Nick Hobden
Nick joined the governing body in January 2015. He has been a qualified solicitor since 1989 and is a partner and member of Thomson Snell and Passmore, a leading South East law firm based in Tunbridge Wells and Greenhithe. His specialism is employment law and he leads the four-strong team of employment lawyers. He acts for many education businesses, from academies to private schools and also acts for charities in the health and social care sector. He is a recognised leader in his field.
Mrs Margaret Barnes, Data Manager
Margaret has been at Hillview School since 2006 in the post of Data and Office Manager which involves co-ordinating the data analysis requirements for the school as well as overseeing the running of the school office. She has extensive administrative experience in many different companies and started her working life as a medical secretary.
Ms Aurélie Lethuilier, Curriculum Leader for Modern Languages
Aurélie first moved to the UK in 1997 and since then she has worked in many secondary schools across the country, as a language assistant and, having attained her PGCE qualification, as a French and Spanish teacher. She joined Hillview School for Girls in September 2002, was Head of Year for three years and became Curriculum Leader for MFL in September 2006. She is also responsible for the school trips as one of the Educational Visit Coordinator.
Mr Meryn Holt
Mervyn works both locally and in France and Switzerland as a home improvement contractor. He is also a Magistrate on North Kent Bench where he Chaired the Bench Training and Development Committee until this year. Mervyn’s three daughters were students at Hillview and he has a keen interest in school improvement. He was also Chair of Hillview School Parent Teacher Association for six years.
Mrs Sara Cleaver
Sara has been a governor at Hillview School for Girls for more than 10 years, initially as a Parent Governor. Before moving to Kent, Sara ran a hotel business in Devon. A great supporter of the school, Sara’s expertise of Post-16 pathways is a good knowledge-base for her colleagues on the Governing Body, having been in further education for over 20 years.
Mrs Fiona Holden
Joining the Governing Body in September 2016, Fiona has held a variety of roles across the education sector. She currently works in marketing and recruitment at the University of Kent and also has experience in the further education sector, as chair of a pre-school and clerk to the governors of a secondary school. Her particular interest is how to extend education to all parts of the community, whatever their age and circumstances.
Mr Simon Heller
Simon Heller has recently joined our Governing Body as a Parent Governor (September 2016). Simon has a BA (Hons) in Business Studies and has spent his 25-year career in senior marketing and general management roles, primarily in the film entertainment and media sectors, as well as recently as Marketing and Communications Director at the British Video Association. He has sat on many panels and committees within his commercial roles and has a practical business approach which will benefit the school with their activities and future projects.
Mr Gavin Bruce
Mr Bruce joined the Governing Body in early October as a Parent Governor. He is a qualified English and Drama teacher who has worked in theatre and education for the last 23 years. He has a Masters Degree from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts and King’s College London in Text and Performance and still works as a freelance director when time permits. Mr Bruce’s experience extends to events management, budgeting, strategic planning, fundraising and leadership.
Ms Josie Green
Josie has 10 years experience in the events management and conference production sector, most recently as the Global Conference Director for Marcus Evans, managing the Capital Markets and Energy teams. Prior to this she graduated from St Peter’s College, Oxford University with a BA in Geography. Josie is now putting her Geography knowledge to good use as a teacher at Tonbridge School.