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Holmer Green Senior School

Holmer Green Senior School

Governor Profiles

Tony Green - Chair of Governors (Community Governor)

Tony Green - Chair of Governors (Community Governor)

Committees: Chair of Finance, Premises and Health & Safety
Term: March 2020 to March 2024

 

 

 

I initially qualified and worked as a microbiologist. I then retrained as a computer programmer and worked in the I.T. industry for 25 years.

I have been a councillor for over 30 years, first with the London Borough of Lambeth and then since 1999 with Wycombe District Council. In 2003-04 I was Mayor of High Wycombe. I am a director of HWBIDCo, a trustee of the Wycombe Heritage and Arts Trust and also a member of the management board of Wycombe Community Arts Centre. I am chairman of the High Wycombe Town Twinning Association.

I am also a governor at Highworth Combined School and Nursery in High Wycombe

Paul Davies (Community Governor)

 

Paul Davies (Community Governor)

Committees: Finance, Premises and Health & Safety

Term: October 2018 to October 2022

 

 

 

I am a supply chain professional with career experience in both the Public and Private Sectors. In recent years this has meant working with a number of local authorities, and the emergency services.  My particular strengths relate to commercial project delivery, this has included transition management, organisation and process redesign, business process outsourcing, supply chain and contract relationship management, project recovery, corporate governance and change management.

I’m married to Esther, my long suffering best friend, and we are the proud parents of Henry, our only son, who has just started Aerospace Engineering at Nottingham. I am passionate about equality of educational opportunity and interested to understand the impact of pastoral efforts in mentoring children and young adults.

My interests include motor sports, horse riding, antiques, hill walking and sailing, the latter including three transatlantic crossings, cruising and offshore racing. I held a commercially endorsed RYA/MCA Yachtmaster Offshore Certificate. I have managed a number of sailing projects and have been involved with youth sailing development.

Appointed as a Community Governor at HGSS in October 2018 having volunteered for the position. I’m really looking forward to working with everyone at HGSS.

Steve Pilgrim (Parent Governor)

Steve Pilgrim (Parent Governor)

Committees: Finance, Premises and Health & Safety

Term: April 2019 to April 2023

 

 

 

I have been a school Governor since 1990 in both Primary and Special school before becoming a Parent Governor at HGSS in 2015. I am also currently Chair of Governors at a local primary school and have recently completed Chair of Governors’ Leadership Development Training with the National College for Teaching & Leadership.

I have a background in Physics and have worked in the Electronic Component industry for over 30 years.

Emma Ginger (Staff Governor)

Emma Ginger (Staff Governor)

Committees: 

Term: July 2019 to July 2023

 

 

 

I am Head of Music at Holmer Green Senior School and I have been teaching for over 5 years. I am committed to ensuring that the teaching and learning at Holmer Green is at its best all the time as well as giving students the chance to extend their knowledge of music outside of the classroom through a variety of extra-curricular musical activities 

Lisa Swain (Parent Governor)

Lisa Swain (Parent Governor)

Committees: 

Term: March 2021 to March 2025

I was appointed as a Parent Governor of Holmer Green Senior School in March 2017 and am currently Development Governor responsible for governor induction training and development.  I am also in my 8th year of office as a Community Governor of a local primary school.  I previously worked in the theatre and events marketing industries and as PA to the Chairman of Everton FC. 

 

Jacqui Kirkpatrick (Staff Governor)

Jacqui Kirkpatrick (Staff Governor)

Committees: 

Term: May 2020 to May 2024

 

 

 

I am Head of the Humanities Faculty at Holmer Green Senior School with a specialism in Religious Studies.  I have been teaching for 16 years and using my skills as an examiner have a track record of raising standards for learners.  I am a big believer that education is not just about learning the course in school but creating well rounded individuals who are inquisitive about the world around them.  It is for these reasons I joined the Governors at HGSS, to create well rounded individuals and help them to achieve their goals.

In my spare time I am a qualified Dance teacher and have a great passion for the arts' 

Sarah Stewart (Community Governor)

Sarah Stewart (Community Governor)

Committees: Finance, Premises and Health & Safety

Term: October 2018 to October 2022

 

 

 

Having been a member of the local community for five years, with three children at various stages in the education system, I volunteered to become a governor.

Professionally I am a Chartered Surveyor, currently working in the public sector for the County Council, as a Project Manager in the major property projects team. I help get things built that the County needs (like schools and care homes.)

I am a member of the RICS and help assess young surveyors for membership.

If there is ever any spare time, I put on my trainers and head out for a run.

Scott Barrett - Parent Governor

Scott Barrett (Parent Governor)

Committees: 

Term: November 2017 to November 2021

 

 

I am retired from the Boeing Defence and Space Company where I worked for many years in software development and software configuration management.  My assignments have given me the opportunity to work in both the US and the UK.

I have a daughter who attends HGSS and I am delighted to be a governor for HGSS

Emma Starling (Parent Governor)

Emma Starling (Parent Governor)

Committees: 

Term:  October 2018 to October 2022

I am delighted to join the Governing Body as a Parent Governor.  I am familiar with the role having been a governor at Highworth Combined School since 2012 where I have held a number of roles including a period as Chair from 2014 to 2018.  I have been involved in an OFSTED inspection and the recruitment of numerous teachers, most notably the Head Teacher.  I continue to sit on both the Curriculum and Personnel, Finance & Premises Committees at Highworth.   I work for a Market Research Company.

 

Anna Thomas - Community Governor

Anna Thomas - (Community Governor)

Committees@ tbc
Term: June 2019 - 2023

 

 

 

I am an HR Business Partner with 20 years’ experience, which includes the Not for Profit Sector as well as private companies in the IT Industry and manufacturing.  Our housing/care and support business works closely with local councils and is subject to regulation from the Care Quality Commission and the Audit Commission.  My strengths lie in Employee Relations and Change Management, having been involved in a large number of restructures, TUPE transfers, change management and complex ER cases involving disciplinary, grievance and absence. I also have strong attention to detail and work on and review policies to ensure they remain fit for purpose.  I also have experience in the Supply Chain in Purchasing, New Product Management and as a Materials Planner in the cosmetics industry, working for some time in France at a European Logistics Centre.

I have a child in Year 7 at Holmer Green, and a child in Year 10 at Sir William Ramsay, where I attend Parent Council.  I have a strong interest in education and have taken part on a project team to review the Year 7 induction experience at Sir William Ramsay.  I also recently reviewed the School Action Plan giving feedback from a parental perspective prior to publication.

My interests include reading, travel and languages. I have taught English to Speakers of Other Languages at Amersham & Wycombe College, enjoyed French and German and am currently learning Spanish independently.  I am excited at the prospect of being involved in the exciting future plans at Holmer Green Senior School

Anna Lee - Staff Governor

Anna Lee - Staff Governor

Committees - tbc
Term February 2020 - 2024

 

I am a Learning Support Assistant at Holmer Green Senior School working in the classroom to assist our SEN children with accessing the learning and achieving the best possible outcomes.  As a mother of two young sons, I am keen to offer both educational and parental experience to support my role.  Having previously worked for a major airline for over 15 years in a variety of commercial roles, I love to travel and also use the languages studied for my degree in French and Hispanic Studies at the University of Birmingham.  I am looking forward to using all of these key skills in the exciting new plans for the school.

Gareth Davies - Community Governor

 

Gareth Davies - Community Governor

Committees - tbc

Term: March 2020 - 2024

 

 

Currently I am Headmaster of Gayhurst School in Gerrards Cross, I have been Head of a prep school since 2008. I completed a Masters in Educational Leadership and School Improvement at Cambridge in 2011, following a PGCE and initial degree in Human Resource Management at Welsh universities. I am a current Independent Schools’ Inspector, participating in educational quality and compliance inspections. Previously, my volunteer roles include Chairing the IAPS (Independent Association of Preparatory Schools) Finance Committee and sitting on Council and Strategy Committees. I am currently a Board Director of iTrust, the IAPS charity and have also been a Governor of a prep school in Chelmsford, as well as having represented the independent sector on the Southend Safeguarding Children Board. With two daughters at Holmer Green Senior School, I have a vested interest in the school’s development and was keen to offer support as a Community Governor. When time permits, I enjoy spending time with my family, walking my dog, watching Swansea City and rugby, as well as occasionally playing cricket or hacking my way around a golf course.

Alex Down - Community Governor

    Alex Down - Community Governor

     Committees - tbc

     Term: September 2020 - 2024

 

After beginning my career in the Law, qualifying as a Solicitor at a London city firm, I transitioned into the world of marketing. I am now a senior marketing and communications professional in the food and drink industry, with experience managing premium boutique brands as well as fast-moving household name products. 

As the father of two young children, I care passionately about the standard of local schooling and the role that schools play in the community. I am committed to playing an active role in supporting the students at HGSS with the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead for them and will do whatever I can to ensure they receive the best education possible.

My interests include: trail running, road cycling, camping trips with my family and cooking. I have recently discovered ultrarunning and in the summer of 2019 ran the Lavaredo Ultra Trail, a 120km trail race over the Italian Dolomites. 

Mike Salem - Member

Mike Salem - Member

Term:  March 2021 to March 2025

Perhaps the youngest of the Governing Body, I gladly accepted the invitation to continue my support to our community in 2020.

I completed my education at HGSS in 2019 and currently read Philosophy, Politics and Economics at the London School of Economics. My key mission is to maintain, and more importantly build on, the strong foundation that the school created in the last couple of years, having seen first-hand the excellent progress the school has made. I also would like to see students challenging themselves and pursuing the pathway they wish to thrive in. I am a deep enthusiast when it comes to the importance of community spirit and the role of the individual in their community and I look forward to strengthening the school’s role and relationship in Holmer Green as a key institution of education.

Outside academia and my work, some of my interests include: exploring the British countryside and its history, tennis, sailing, and playing the bassoon.

Jim Leftwich - Member

Jim Leftwich - Member

Term:  March 2021 to March 2025

 

 

W E Jim Leftwich OBE.

Trained initially as an engineer with Rolls-Royce before progressing across a wide range of manufacturing industry in the UK and USA and retiring as a CEO in 2000. Involved in numerous charities in the UK and Africa for the past 40 years, for which I received the OBE in 2013.  I have been Chair of Governors at Widmer End Community School and a Governor at Holmer Green Senior School.

David Greenwood - Member