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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)

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.

My family and I moved to High Wycombe in 1997 and both our daughters attended Holmer Green Senior School. I was elected to the then Wycombe District Council in 1999 and in 2003-04 I was Mayor of High Wycombe. Following the merging of the different councils, I am now a member of Buckinghamshire Council. I am a director of High Wycombe BID Co and a trustee of the Wycombe Heritage and Arts Trust, which manages Wycombe Museum. I am chairman of the High Wycombe branch of the Royal British Legion and of the High Wycombe Town Twinning Association.


Paul Davies (Community Governor)


Paul Davies (Community Governor)

Term: October 2022 to October 2026

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 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, who has recently completed his degree in 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, hence I’m the link Governor for SEND at HGSS. 

My interests include motorsports, horse riding, antiques, hill walking and sailing, the latter including three transatlantic crossings, I have managed several sailing projects and have been involved with youth sailing development. 

I was appointed as a Community Governor at HGSS in October 2018 having volunteered for the position. This year I have taken on the additional role of Vice Chair of Governors.

Steve Pilgrim (Parent Governor)

Steve Pilgrim (Parent Governor)


Term:  July 2023 -  July 2027

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 currently the Safeguarding Governor and Chair of the Finance, Premises, Health & Safety Committee for HGSS.

I have 3 children, 2 grown-up boys who have both now ‘flown the nest’ and a daughter who is now at University following her time at HGSS.

I have a passion for sport and played Rugby Union for many years, until my knees decided it was time to stop.

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

Jacqui Kirkpatrick (Staff Governor)

Jacqui Kirkpatrick (Staff Governor)

Term: May 2020 to May 2024

I am Head of the Religious Studies Department at Holmer Green Senior School.  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' 

Anna Lee (Staff Governor)

Anna Lee - Staff Governor

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

Term: March 2020 - 2024

As Head of an independent prep school for the last 14 years, I was delighted to volunteer as a Community Governor of HGSS, to broaden my own experience in the state sector and at secondary level. With a vested interest as the father of two daughters at the school, I am keen to contribute to the school’s ongoing development and importance within the local community. I share many of the school’s values and am committed to offering a broad and enriching education, where children’s personal and social development is just as important as their academic development.

With a Masters in Educational Leadership and School Improvement, I have a wide range of educational experience to offer having served on Southend LSCB, as a compliance and team inspector for ISI and chaired the IAPS Finance Committee and sat on Council. I am also a governor of a local boys only grammar school and a board member of iTrust charity.

When time allows, 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.

Rebecca Roberts (Community Governor)

Rebecca Roberts - Community Governor

Term: December 2021 - December 2025

I have working in education for 25 years; I have been the headteacher of an outstanding primary school in Herts, since June 2010. I have significant experience of school governance in my role as headteacher, but also as a community governor.

I am also a Hertfordshire Improvement Partner and support four schools in Herts with their continued school improvement by monitoring the overall effectiveness of the school. I am passionate about ensuring all pupils have the opportunity to thrive at school, particularly the vulnerable pupils who may have significant barriers to their learning. I am also a great advocate of supporting the mental health and well-being of the whole school community.  I am hoping that my experience within school leadership, specifically in relation to school improvement, will bring a valuable skill set to the board.

I have two children at HGSS, they are currently in years 12 and 10 and one child at university. I have seen my children thrive at the school and wanted the opportunity to contribute to the school’s further development and improvement.  

Apart from spending most of the weekend on a freezing football pitch, watching my son and one of my daughters play, I enjoy reading, visiting the theatre, travelling and socialising with friends.  

Jeremy Hunt (Community Governor)

Jeremy Hunt - Community Governor

Term: December 2021 - December 2025

I have a background in Project Management in Hospitality & IT. I became a Community Governor at HGSS in December 2021. In 2023 I took on the additional role of Vice Chair of the Finance, Premises, Health & Safety Committee.

I have lived in Holmer Green and locally for over 10 years with a son who is going from strength to strength at HGSS. When the weather permits, I enjoy cycling the Chiltern Hills.

Victoria Strutt (Community Governor)

Victoria Strutt - Community Governor

Term: December 2022 - December 2026

I have recently been appointed as a Community Governor.  I have lived in Homer Green for 11 years and have two sons, one who is currently in Year 8 at HGSS and the other who will hopefully be joining in September.

I am a senior manager in a global reward and incentive business, with 20 years in advertising before that, and have been involved in a wider variety of areas from new business pitches to project management, marketing to mentoring and coaching. I hope my broad commercial experience, and desire to represent the local community and fellow parents, can help with the schools’ ongoing development and success. 

My interests include running, singing in a choir, travelling and supporting my sons in their various hobbies; mainly standing on a football side-line or in a karate dojo.

Melissa Miller (Community Governor)

Melissa Miller - Community Governor

Term: December 2022 to December 2026

I am currently a Regional Safeguarding Officer at the Lawn Tennis Association. I am also a mental health first aider for colleagues at the LTA. Before working for the LTA I was a Safeguarding Lead at both a local college and secondary school. I have supported both adults and young people with getting the help and support they need. A lot of the work I did with young people was supporting them with their mental health and making sure that the right agencies were working with them.

I have a son at HGSS and wanted to become a Governor as I am passionate about supporting all students achieve their full potential.

Liliana Minton (Community Governor)

Liliana Minton - Comunity Governor

Term: December 2022 to December 2026

I was appointed a Community Governor at HGSS in 2022 having volunteered for the position. I have been working in the financial sector in London for the past 15 years so I wanted to bring my skills to the school. I have a degree in Engineering and since then I have achieved further qualifications as a Master’s in Business Administration and a Master’s in Science, both achieved by studying part time to combine studying with being a working parent.  

I am originally from Santiago de Chile, I hope to bring diversity to the Governing body along with years of experience in finance. 

I have a child in year 10 and one soon to start year 7. In what little spare time I have available, you will find me in my garden or walking my one-year old dog in the Widmer End fields and the local area.

Claire Asare-Archer (Parent Governor)

Claire Asare-Archer - Parent Governor

Term: October 2022 - October 2026

I have recently been appointed as Parent Governor.  I have lived locally for 10 years and have two daughters, one who is currently at HGSS and the other due to join the school this year.

I am currently Assistant Headteacher at Hazlemere Church of England School. Working in a feeder school to Holmer Green gives me a good understanding of the local community and the needs of the children in the area.  I have worked in Primary education for over twenty years and I am hoping that my experience within the education sector will support my role as a governor. 

Mike Salem (Member)

Mike Salem - Member

Term:  March 2021 - 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 - 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.