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Church Of England Combined School

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Our Governors

Meet the Great Missenden Governors

The Local Governing Board is responsible for the continued success of

Great Missenden CE Combined School



Nick Hardy - Chair of Governors, Assessment, DT

Nick became a Parent Governor in June 2014.


He is married to Clare (a local girl originally, now a teacher) and has twin girls at the school. They have lived in the village since 2011. With a background in electronic engineering and consultancy, Nick co-owns a small business and works from home when not at client sites. Outside of work, he plays tennis (not particularly well!) at the local club and enjoys walking the dog and children to and from school.




Rob Withers – Co-Vice Chair of Governors, Maths

Rob Withers has been a Community Governor since 2013.

Rob has a background in engineering and IT. Having graduated in engineering, he worked for Anderson Consulting, Coca-Cola Schweppes and Amerada Hess before starting his own internet business in 1998. He has lived in the area for 20 years and is married with 2 teenage children. He enjoys sailing and cycling and is planning a circumnavigation for 2020. He is development governor and sits on the Finance and Curriculum Committees.


Rev’d Canon Rosie Harper – Collective Worship, RE

Rev’d Canon Rosie Harper had a career as a professional singer before ordination. She has degrees in Music, English and Philosophy. Rosie is now the Vicar of the Parish of Great Missenden and also Chaplain to the Bishop of Buckingham. This work gives her a good understanding of the local area. She writes for the Guardian and broadcasts regularly. Rosie is an elected member of the General Synod of the Church of England. Though commitment to education she co-founded and now chairs an education charity in India. Rosie’s passion is issues of justice and equality.



Wyn Griffiths – Curriculum, Modern Foreign Languages, Educational Visits

Wyn Griffiths has been a Foundation Governor at the school for several years. He chairs the Learning & Teaching Committee, is on the Finance Committee and also has an interest in literacy at the school. He lives in Little Kingshill and his daughters attend the school. He is a chartered accountant and works for UK Government Investments, a subsidiary of HM Treasury.




Liz Defries - History, Equalities and Diversity Governor

Liz retired 2 years ago after a long career in local government in Harrow where she held senior positions in education, then performance management. Originally a scientist with a PhD in cancer research, she taught science for the Open University for many years. Liz has 3 grandsons, two of whom are at Great Missenden school.

Life seems even fuller in retirement with a diary occupied by singing in a choir, creating and maintaining the choir website, gardening, reading historical novels, going to the gym and being a governor at Great Missenden school!




Caroline Taylor – (Ex Officio) Head Teacher

Caroline Taylor became head teacher of Great Missenden School in January 2017. She was appointed Deputy Head in 2014, had been SENDCO since 2009, and previously taught in London for 12 years where she was a leading Maths teacher for Barnet Education Authority. Caroline has lead the school's Inclusion initiative "Challenge For All" and introduced the whole-school Growth Mindsets programme.





Kate Jarvis – Co-Vice Chair of Governors, SEND and Inclusion, Child Protection, PSHE, School Council, Chair of Pay and Personnel Committee

Kate has been a Governor of Great Missenden School since 2013 and become Co-Vice Chair in 2016. Kate has a special interest in education for children with special needs and is the governor responsible for SEND, Safeguarding, PSHE and the School Council. Kate chairs the Pay & Personnel committee and sits on the Extended Schools committee. She qualified as a solicitor with Freshfields and then spent a number of years working in the music and film industry before heading up the legal and regulatory teams at O2. She subsequently became a board director of Telefonica Europe and more recently as Director of Business Affairs for Telefonica Digital she managed a global team responsible for supporting all aspects of corporate, commercial and HR activities. She is currently Chair of the Telefonica UK Pension Trustee Board and sits as an independent trustee on the pension trustee board of Sir Robert McAlpine Limited. Kate lives in Little Kingshill with her husband and two boys.


Michael Battye - Staff Governor responsible for Support Staff


Staff Governor responsible for Support Staff Michael has been a a teacher for 8 years. Before starting at Great Missenden in 2014 I was teaching at Thomas Harding School in Chesham. I've been fortunate to teach in years 3, 5 and 6 throughtou my career and have been a subject lead for P.E., Science and Maths.


Before teaching I worked to encourage people to be more active, working with Badminton England and Sustrans.






Charles Showan - Staff Governor responsible for Teaching Staff


Charles has been a teacher for 4 years, before starting at Great Missenden in 2016 I taught at Marsh Gibbon Church of England Primary School.  I have taught in years 4, 5 and 6, as part of that teaching a mixed year group class, and have been subject lead for Computing, Assessment and English.


Before teaching, I worked in Travel Sales for TUI, and was Overseas Volunteer Leader for a volunteering company, based in South East Asia.





David Battman - Early Years, Extended Schools, Music, Performing Arts

David has been a Parent Governor since 2010. He chairs the Extended Schools Committee and has a particular focus on the Early Years stage of school, as well as music and performing arts for all year groups. David also sits on the Finance and Teaching and Learning Committees, working to ensure that parents’ views are fully represented. He is married to Carys Martin, the school’s Food For Life Coordinator, and all his children have attended Great Missenden School. David works as international development director for a City firm; before that, he opened Lloyd’s of London’s operations in in Singapore and Spain, worked for a communications consultancy in Brussels and began his career as a political risk consultant in London. He was born in Paraguay and, with two of his children also born abroad, has always welcomed Great Missenden’s promotion of diversity.



Agnes Fletcher – Eco Schools, Food for Life, Travel Plan, Geography, Pupil Premium

Agnes has a daughter at the school and has lived locally for 20 years. She has experience of strategy and policy in the public and third sectors and now provides consultancy and training on equality law, policy and practice. Agnes has had a range of governance roles - she has been a trustee of four charities and a vice-chair of one and has chaired a number of committees. Before becoming a governor, Agnes was a class rep for three years. Spare time is limited but when some can be snatched, she enjoys books, cinema and warm summer evenings with friends and a glass of something cold. Agnes chairs the Premises Committee (responsible for capital projects, school premises, health & safety & ICT). Agnes is also a member of the School’s Pay and Personnel Committee, and is the Pupil Premium Governor.



Sue Raynsford – Development and Governor Training, Sports and PE

Sue Raynsford joined as a community governor in 2016. She works with an international chemical trader managing quality and compliance systems. She is also on the committee of a local community association, Finity. She is married with 2 teenage children and has lived in Great Missenden for 17 years






Hope Eaton – Health and Safety, ICT, e-safety


Hope Eaton became a governor in April 2016. She is married to Matthew, a Director at Cognizant Technology Solutions, and has 2 boys at the school. They moved to Great Missenden from Florida in August 2014 and previously lived in Bedfordshire and London. Hope has had a diverse career that has included genetic research, training and development, IT project and product management and operational and technology transformation for companies in the US, UK, Australia and many places in between. Hope now runs a small consultancy providing executive coaching, change management, leadership development and employee engagement services, and is happy to call Great Missenden home. She sits on the Premises and Learning and Teaching Committees.



Simon Barrett


Married to Hannah, they have two daughters that attend the School, having lived in the surrounding area for a number of years. Simon's professional background is in real estate and finance where he currently heads up the Asset Management platform for one of the largest real estate investment manager's in Europe. With a keen and active interest in Sport and Music, Simon is an advocate of the benefits extra curricular activities bring to a young persons development alongside their core academic studies.


Growth Mindset - Challenge for All - OFSTED Outstanding since 2006


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