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Great Missenden 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



Guy Foreman - Co-Chair of Governors



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.





Liz Defries - Co-Chair of Governors


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!



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  


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




Jolene Upshall


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.


Paul Guerrieria


Paul joined the Governors team in October 2019 and has lived in the village for 2 years since moving from London with his family. He's worked in the advertising industry for almost 20 years, half of which he's 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.  His son Albie is in the school's Reception class and his daughter Betty will be joining the Pre-School very soon.




Barbara Horsfield


Barbara joined the Governors team in October 2019. Having moved to Little Kingshill in 2018, she has two sons at Great Missenden School and a third at a feeder school who is hoping to join in 2020.  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 getting to know the area after 20+years in London. Rare time on her own is usually spent with a good book!


Kaiser Munir - Safeguarding


Kaiser became a Parent Governor in July 2018.  He is our Nominated Governor for Safeguarding. He works as a GP locally and is married to Zareena (also a local GP) - they have two boys at the school. Kaiser also has an interest in sports medicine and is an Oxford medical student tutor. Outside of work, he enjoys travelling, participates in Triathlons and Marathons and is an improving guitarist.





Paula Kitching-Rees


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.

Staff Governors


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 Cartwight is in her fifth year of teaching at Great Missenden School. She has taught throughout Key Stage 2 and has led Year 5, she is currently head of Year 6. Miss Cartwright has been lead of History and for the last three years has co-ordinated Computing and Online Safety.