Meet the Great Missenden Governors
The Local Governing Board is responsible for the continued success of
Great Missenden CE Combined School
Paul Guerrieria - Chair of Governors
Paul has lived in Great Missenden since 2017 after moving from London with his family, and he joined the Governing board in October 2019. He's worked in the advertising industry for over 20 years, half of which has been spent at Google, where he currently works. Paul is a trained and active parent and career coach, and enjoys playing tennis at Great Missenden Tennis Club. Both of his children attend the school.
Jolene Upshall - Vice Chair of Governors
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.
Barbara Horsfield - Vice Chair of Governors
(Role: Personnel & GDPR)
Barbara joined the Governors' team in October 2019. Having moved to Little Kingshill in 2018, she has three sons at Great Missenden School. She has worked in HR for a variety of multinational organisations for over 20 years, mostly in Professional Services and the finance sector. She is currently the HR Director at an insurance firm, and enjoys juggling work with a busy family life. In her spare time, she and her husband Scott spend time walking and cycling with their boys, and exploring the area after 20 years in London. Rare time on her own is usually spent with a good book!
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.
(Role: Equality & Diversity / Training)
Sue Raynsford is the Foundation governor and joined the board in 2016. She works with an international chemical trader managing quality and compliance systems. She has lived in Great Missenden since 1999 having moved there with her family from London.
Kaiser Munir (Role: Safeguarding, Vulnerable Pupils, and eSafety)
He is our nominated governor for Safeguarding.
(Role: SEND and Pupil Premium)
Paula Kitching (Rees) has two children at Great Missenden School and became a parent governor in 2019. She is an historian and education consultant who has worked and works with charities, community groups, government departments and veterans’ organisations. In recent years she has helped to set up the GM school History Club and enjoys making history accessible to all. When not working in the heritage and charities sectors, she spends her time with her friends and family, especially her children in a variety of activities. She can be found on early morning walks around the Chilterns, often for a bit of foraging and investigating some local history.
(Role: SEND and Pupil Premium)
Esther joined the Governors' team in October 2019. She moved from London with her family to the local area three years ago and has three children at the school. She has been a civil and family lawyer for the past 16 years and, prior to that, worked as a project manager for a youth development and overseas expedition company, working with schools throughout the UK.
(Role: Health & Safety and Premises)
Andrew became a governor in 2020. He has been in investment finance for over 20 years, and currently works in business analysis for a pension scheme serving the education sector. Having grown up in the local area, he lived in London and St Albans before he and his family moved to Chesham in 2017. His two boys joined Great Missenden School in September of 2020.
Kelly has worked in research and evaluation within the education sector for over 15 years, the majority of which she has spent working at the National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER). Kelly has managed national research, evaluation and assessment projects for a range of clients, including the Department for Education, national charities and What Works Centres, all with the aim of trying to improve outcomes for pupils. Kelly grew up in the local area and recently moved back to Great Kingshill with her husband and two young girls.
Johnny Magee– (Ex Officio) Head Teacher
Johnny Magee became Head Teacher of Great Missenden School in September 2019. Before joining Great Missenden, he was Deputy Head Teacher at Bedgrove Junior School, where he was also a governor. Johnny is originally from Northern Ireland where he managed two large restaurants and studied music at University of Ulster. He spent a year after university leading a nursery at a children's home in South Africa.
Olivia Cartwright - Staff Governor
Miss Cartwright is in her fifth year of teaching at Great Missenden School. She has taught throughout Key Stage 2, has led Year 5, and she is currently head of Year 6. Miss Cartwright has been lead for History, and for the last three years has co-ordinated Computing and Online Safety.
Ali McKee - Staff Governor
Mrs McKee is the school administrator and has worked at the school since March 2019. She lives in Great Missenden, with a child in year 5 and one who has recently left the school. She has a keen interest in music and can often be found around the local countryside geocaching with her dogs and family!