The Local Governing Board is responsible for the continued success of
Great Missenden CE Combined School
Nick Hardy - Chair of Governors
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.
Kate Jarvis – Vice Chair of Governors
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, 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.
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.
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
Liz Defries- Community 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!
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.
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.
Jolene joined the team of Governors in 2018. Having lived locally to Great Missenden all her life, she is a chartered accountant and has largely been in general practice throughout her career, with a brief dip into the health and well-being industry as a finance analyst. She enjoys running and swimming in her 'spare' time and she has the pleasure of being the wife of her car loving husband, David. She has 2 children, one attending the school and a smaller one currently attending a local feeder school.
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.
Guy joined the Governors team in July 2018. He lives in the village and has two daughters, one of whom is still at the school. He has worked in the media industry for the last 20 years, latterly as founder and co-owner of an independent publishing firm. In his spare time he can often be found running (slowly!) round the village, or on his bike.
He is our Nominated Governor for Safeguarding.
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
Charles Showan - Staff Governor responsible for Teaching Staff
Charles has been a teacher for 4 years before starting at Great Missenden. In 2016, he taught at Marsh Gibbon Church of England Primary School. He has taught in years 4, 5 and 6, as part of that teaching a mixed year group class. He has been subject lead for Computing, Assessment and English.
Before teaching, he worked in Travel Sales for TUI, and was Overseas Volunteer Leader for a volunteering company, based in South East Asia.
Sam Kaye - Staff governor responsible for support staff
Mr Kaye has been a teacher for 3 years. He has worked at Great Missenden School in Years 1 and 3, coordinating Sport and PE. Before working at Great Missenden School, Mr Ksaye completed his SCITT training at Holtspur School and Great Kimble School in Years 2, 5 and 6.
Before teaching, he worked with Thames Valley Police, in summer camps in the USA and was an LSA at Holtspur School in Beaconsfield.