Meet the Governors

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Mr Nick Hardy - (Parent, Chair of Governors) Sports, PE, Clubs

Nick Hardy became a Parent Governor in June 2014. He is married to Clare (a local girl originally, now Deputy Head at a local school) and has twin girls at the school. They moved to Great Missenden from Cambridge in 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.

Nick Chairs the Premises Committee (responsible for capital projects, school premises, health & safety & IT), is Vice Chair of the Finance Committee, is Equality & Diversity Governor and is Sports & Clubs liaison.

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Mr Rob Withers - (Vice Chair of Governors)  Development Governor, Numeracy

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.


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Rev’d Canon Rosie Harper

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.


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Mrs Rozalyn Thomson - (Ex-Officio) Head Teacher

Rozalyn Thomson studied classics at Queens' College Cambridge and started her working life at the British Museum, and as an archaeologist in Italy.She trained as a teacher in the Lake District and has worked in schools in London and Devon. She became an Advisory Teacher for Equal Opportunities before moving to Buckinghamshire to be Deputy Head of a school in Aylesbury. She joined Great Missenden School in 1998 as Deputy, and became Head Teacher in 2003.The school was graded Outstanding in every category in 2006 and the staff have made continual improvements since then. Rozalyn is the Chair of the local Liaison Group of Head Teachers and is a representative on the Bucks Academy of School Leadership.


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Mr Wyn Griffiths

Wyn Griffiths has been a Foundation Governor at the school for several years. He chairs the Curriculum Committee, is on the Finance Committee and also has an interest in literacy at the school. He lives in Little Kingshill and daughters attend the school. He is a chartered accountant and civil servant, working for the Shareholder Executive at the Department for Business.


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Mrs Sue Harratt - (Foundation)

Sue Harratt joined the Governing Body as a Foundation Governor in 2015. Sue lives in Chesham and has been a primary school head teacher for10 years, last year moving from a local school to a Church of England school in Hillingdon. She has undergone several Ofsted inspections as a head teacher. She is a member of the Extended Schools and Personnel committees where she hopes that her professional experience can be used to further enhance the work of this school. Sue firmly believes that all children have an entitlement to a high quality education whatever their background.


Mrs Liz Defries (Community) 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

Ms Caroline Taylor - (Teaching Staff) Deputy Head Teacher

Caroline Taylor has worked at Great Missenden for 5 years and became Deputy Head teacher in September 2013. She previously taught in London for 12 years where she was a leading Maths teacher for Barnet Education Authority. Caroline has always had a keen interest in Special Educational Needs and leads the school's Inclusion initiative "Challenge For All". Caroline is also Great Missenden's Assessment Co-ordinator and plays a key role in tracking and monitoring pupil progress and attainment across the school.


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Miss Beth Cartwright - (Associate)

Beth Cartwright is the Key Stage 1 Co-ordinator and Year 2 teacher. She joined the school in 2011. Previously to this she worked in an infant school in Kent for 8 years where she had the role of Assistant Headteacher and Literacy and Assessment Co-ordinator.


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Mrs Kate Jarvis - (Parent) Geography, Child Protection, Chair of Extended Schools Committee


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Mr David Battman - (Parent) Early Years, Music, Philosophy, Chair of Admissions Committee

 David has been a Parent Governor since 2010.  He chairs the Admissions Committee and has a particular focus on the Early Years stage of school, as well as music and philosophy for all year groups.  David also sits on the Finance and Curriculum Committees, working to ensure that parents’ views are fully represented.  He is married to Carys Martin, the school’s Food For Life Coordinator, and has two children currently attending Great Missenden plus two others who previously studied there before going on to secondary.  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.


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Agnes Fletcher (Parent, Community Governor)

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 community 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 is a member of the School’s Pay and Personnel Committee and of the Premises Committees. She is also the Pupil Premium Governor.

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Mrs Sue Raynsford (Community Governor)
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
Mrs Hope Eaton - (Parent) Art, ICT
Hope Eaton became a Parent 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. 

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