Trustees

Andrew Parr
Chair

Andrew Parr

I have lived in Hampshire for over 25 years and have 2 teenage children. I have worked in a number of large and smaller businesses, primarily designing solutions to business problems, leading teams and managing projects. I have been a freelance consultant since 2010 and specialise in leading and delivering business transformation initiatives across people, process and technology aspects. I first became a governor as a parent in 2018 and bring my professional experience into education to ensure that we, as governors and trustees, create the best environment to unlock the full potential of all our students.  Outside of work, I enjoy gardening, good food and drink, and travelling. I am a keen skier but also enjoy walking and cycling closer to home.

Amanda Hunter
Deputy Chair

Amanda Hunter

I am Corporate Banking Manager with Handelsbanken, with more than 20 years’ experience in corporate finance. Originally from Ireland, I spent several years living in Asia and the US before settling in the UK.

I joined the governing body at Thornden School as a parent governor in 2017. I became a trustee of the multi academy trust at the beginning of 2020, and am currently Vice Chair of Trustees and a member of the Audit Committee.

Monica Collings
Trustee

Monica Collings

As an energetic, customer centric business leader, I have experience of leading change, innovation and sustainability in a range of customer markets. I decided to become a trustee as I am incredibly passionate about what a strong foundation in education can bring to enriching the lives of young people.  I’m also incredibly excited about developing visions that support future growth and see an opportunity to bring those two things together here at the HISP MAT. With a career rooted in strategic development, communications and value creation, I intend to use my skills to enhance the Trust’s offering to its students and to academy communities, with effective steering and strong governance.

I am married, and a mother of two children, living in the heart of the glorious New Forest, which we all enjoy exploring by foot and bike. I am a keen gardener and enjoy painting in my spare time.

Phil Sampson
Trustee

Phil Sampson

I am a qualified Chartered Management Accountant with considerable experience in Engineering, Construction, Business Services, Pharmaceutical, Publishing, Manufacturing and FMCG sectors.   Having worked mainly in large FTSE100 companies early in my career, I moved 12 years ago to Finance Director roles in SMEs across a variety of industries.  In addition to my financial management expertise, I bring a wide range of other skills and experience, including regulatory compliance and strategic planning.  

I have lived in Hampshire for 15 years and have 2 late teenage children, both of whom attended Thornden.  I was first elected a parent governor at Thornden in 2013 and then community governor in 2016, serving on the Finance and Curriculum committee during this time, before recently moving into the Trustee role on the MAT Board.  I am also a Trustee and ex-Treasurer of the Age UK Southampton charity.

Su Whelan
Trustee

Su Whelan

As CEO of the Trust and a Trustee, I am driven by the importance of providing the best educational opportunities for all children and young people.

 I have 30 years of experience working in schools from teacher through to Headteacher.  At this point in time our MAT is in its infancy and we have started on an exciting journey.

 It is important that our governance structure is strong, and I appreciate the support, challenge and commitment that our Members, Trustees and Local Governing Bodies offer in this respect.

 I have previously been a Local Governing Body Governor for a school in Gosport and am currently a Trustee in a Surrey Multi Academy Trust and a Member in a Hampshire Multi Academy Trust. 

Ann Langran
Trustee

Ann Langran

As a retired headteacher, I have been involved, and passionate about, education throughout my professional life.  I believe that all children are entitled to the same high-quality educational experiences to enable them to attain the best possible outcomes.

As a teacher in London, Portsmouth and Southampton, I was involved in many initiatives relating to the teaching of literacy, and I wrote a number of non-fiction titles, for children and teachers.

Since my retirement, I have been a governor in the Thornhill and Weston communities and was instrumental in the development of the Hinkler Academy Trust.  I am currently Chair of Governors of an outstanding primary special school.  I am also a Trustee of the Charity ‘Simon Says’ that works with bereaved children, and I volunteer at CAB.

Brendan Clark
Trustee

Brendan Clark

I joined the Trust Board in November 2020, and I am chair of the Audit & Risk Committee. I am a Chartered Accountant with over 20 years’ experience leading Finance and Risk Management teams across the Banking and Energy sectors. I am passionate about leveraging this experience to support the Trust in achieving its objectives, to the benefit of current and future pupils. 

Jojar Singh
Trustee

Jojar Singh

Jojar Singh is a partner in RM Legal Solicitors’ Property practice group. He specialises in all aspects of residential and commercial property.

 

Relevant experience

Jojar qualified as a Solicitor in 2009, and having worked at a number of local firms, has accumulated many years of experience in dealing with all types of property conveyancing, option contracts, land development, leases, enfranchisement, shared-ownership, staircasing transactions, re-mortgages, transfer of equity, help to buy, right to buy, auctions, SIPP purchases and refinancing work. Jojar has a substantial following of clients that include local land developers, investors and property portfolio owners.

Jojar has particular expertise in residential property transactions; but his work covers the full breadth of property acquisition, leases and sales.

 

Residential & Commercial Property:

Jojar runs a very active residential property caseload in the practice. He has acted for the sellers or the buyers of some of the highest value properties that have come up for sale in Chilworth, Basset, Romsey, New Forest and Chandlers Ford and across Hampshire.

 

Business and Community work:

Jojar is very active in the local business community. He was the Chairman of the Hampshire Chamber Asian Network; Chairman and Co-Founder of the Chilworth Business Network and a Non-Executive Director to a number of property investment and construction companies.

In 2013, Jojar was awarded an Honorary Masters of Law Degree (LLM) from Southampton Solent University for his work in legal practice, the local business community and with the University.

In 2015, Jojar was Keynote Speaker at Southampton Solent University's Solent eXchange event which was held for over 200 staff members. He opened the event, and shared his experiences of life in education and private practice, and explained how the two are interlinked.

 

Qualifications

LLB(Hons), LLM

Admitted as Solicitor in England & Wales in 2009

Joined RM Legal Solicitors as a Partner in 2021

 

Chair of Trustees

Name

Appointed by

From

To

Andrew Parr

Academy members

01/01/2020

01/01/2024

 

Trustees

Name

Appointed by

From

To

Responsibility

Amanda Catherine Hunter

Elected by parents

02/01/2020

19/10/2021

Deputy Chair

Audit and Risk

Ann Langran

Academy members

26/02/2021

25/02/2025

 

Brendan Geoffrey Clark

Academy members

27/11/2020

26/11/2024

Audit and Risk

Jojar Heera Singh Taak

Academy members

09/03/2021

08/03/2025

Audit & Risk

Monica Collings

Academy members

21/05/2020

21/05/2024

 

Philip Sampson

Academy members

02/01/2020

29/03/2024

Audit & Risk

Suzanne Whelan

Academy members

01/01/2020

01/01/2024

CEO

 

Accounting Officer

Name

From

To

Suzanne Whelan

02/01/2020

 

 

Chief Financial Officer

Name

From

To

Clifford Paul Goodwin

16/10/2020

 

 

Members

Name

Appointed by

From

Richard Boden

Original (signatory) members

02/01/2020

Sue Allen

Academy members

29/01/2020

Timothy Ricketts

Original (signatory) members

02/01/2020

Veronica Radford

Original (signatory) members

02/01/2020

Academy Committees

Academy Committee is the term used within the HISP Multi Academy Trust for a Local Governing Body.

 

Portswood Primary School

Chair: Signe Biddle

Further details are available here.

 

Tanners Brook Primary School

Chair: Ian Linderman

Further details are available here.

 

Thornden Secondary School

Chair: David Robinson

Further details are available here.

 

Financial Documents

Historic (left within last 12 months)

Name

Role

Appointed by

From

To

Jonathan Johnson

Member

Academy members

29/01/2020

11/12/2020

Keith William Graham

Trustee

Academy members

24/06/2020

01/11/2020

Kelly Robinson

Chief Financial Officer

N/A

02/01/2020

15/10/2020